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After reading a comment on a previous thread, about what bears like to eat and what we feed them. The question then arises what effect does that have on the taste of bear meat. For example if you deer hunt and shoot when up in God's country in the north, they seem to be much tougher and more gamey tasting. If you shoot one in the southern lower where there are a lot of crops for them to naw on all year they are not as tough and seem to have a much better taste. :D It would be great to hear everyone's take on the taste of bear meat, Good, Bad, or indifferent on the issue. I have heard so many guys say no they won,t touch it others say its great. Does it effect the bears like it does the deer? If the bear have more opportunity to food plots and farm fields does the meat taste better? Opinions Please?:)
 

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After reading a comment on a previous thread, about what bears like to eat and what we feed them. The question then arises what effect does that have on the taste of bear meat. For example if you deer hunt and shoot when up in God's country in the north, they seem to be much tougher and more gamey tasting. If you shoot one in the southern lower where there are a lot of crops for them to naw on all year they are not as tough and seem to have a much better taste. :D It would be great to hear everyone's take on the taste of bear meat, Good, Bad, or indifferent on the issue. I have heard so many guys say no they won,t touch it others say its great. Does it effect the bears like it does the deer? If the bear have more opportunity to food plots and farm fields does the meat taste better? Opinions Please?:)

bear meat is similar to beef, except it is a bit sweeter tasting.
Depending on the bear, and the time of year, might or might not be
lean, or stringy....

I have had limited chances at it, but take it when I get the chance.

I like it, and so does my family.
 

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Like any wild game what is done with the meat after the animal is down makes all the difference IMO. Dont ride around with the bear in the truck bed for a week showing your pals after its shot and it will be just fine.
 

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Totally agree Erik.....both bear i have taken (both in Canada) have been great.... slow cooker for the better part of the day.....standard roast seasoning... and wow.... everyone liked it...
 

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Bear meat is quality stuff. Like Rusty noted, you need to skin it right away and cool the meat asap. If the temperature is above 45 degrees or so Its best to quickly quarter it up, wrap the quarters in heavy-duty trash bags and put them in the freezer. Once frozen you can take a quarter out at a time and process it, at your leisure. Make sure to remove all fat once it thaws enough to whittle it off the meat. We generally cut roasts, and filet out the backstraps. It also works well 50/50 with venison for sausage.

Also agree with Rusty about the quality of the meat compared to when there were open dumps. Not near as many parasites found in bear now days, either.
 

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The bear that I have tasted has been pretty good. The one knock on it for me though is that it needs to be cooked to well done. Because bear eat raw fish and meat they can carry Trichinellosis.
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Thanks for the info fellas, I did not really think at all about making some 50/50 sausage with any of it. It has been over 20 years since I have got a bear and when I did my partner really could have used it so I gave probably about 98% of it to him so, I am looking forward to hopefully putting one in the freezer this year. So would I be better to keep it in roasts and stakes or does it mix well for burger? (We use a lot of burger)
 

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My experience with it has been it's very good- beef like-if you eat it when you cook it. When I reheated it, it was pretty rank.
My bear was over 11 years old, and definitely needed the pressure cooker treatment.
 

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My only time eating bear meat was when I had some bear jerky (not the dried stuff, more like steak strips).
It was really greasy and kinda turned me off of it.
 

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I got my first bear last fall, and found the meat to be delicious. The only bad part about it was when I realized there was no more in the freezer. I didn't find it greesy or tough at all. Can't wait until I get a chance to go out for another chance at hunting.
 

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You may have heard the expression: YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT! Well, that is true for bear. The first bear I killed many years ago had been feeding on a dump. The meat was so bad you could not cook it in the house. The taste was so bad, even the dog would not eat it, cooked or raw. Since then I have killed nine other bears that have fed on natural foods or sweet baits and their meat has been very tasty! I love the steaks and roasts and we make summer sausage with pepper jack cheese that brings rave reviews.
 

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Shot a bear in Southeast Alaska last fall. Bear had been eating salmon since late summer....The guide thought I was crazy for taking any of the meat home (excess baggage charge to fly 60lbs home). Well....I should have listened to the guide!!! Although the meat looked beutiful, it all tasted like ROTTEN salmon!. It was gross-dog wouldn't even eat it! Talked to some others who say that spring bear meat is good (eating berries all spring)-but don't ever waste your time with fall bear from Alaska!
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I swapped some caribou for bear meat and sausage a few years back & it was quite tasty. It was a spring bear from Saskatchewan if that makes a difference. The one meal I remember most was made by crock-potting the cubed meat with onions and portabello mushrooms in a semi-sweet red wine sauce then served over thick noodles. If I remember right, I put some sweet basil and rosemary in with it.
 
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