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Question by CoBowHunter. Uploaded on September 12, 2011
I am assuming that black bear meat is a bit fatty? Am I right?
In the fall, a bear will have more fat than most game animals. I really like the meat, it tends to taste like whatever the bear was eating. Bears feeding on berries have a nice sweet flavor that is great slow roasted.
like greenhead said, depends what he ate. if he was a dumpster bear or scavenged on dead animals a lot hes not going to taste very pleasant....most members on this site seem to mix in a lot of pork or beef with there bear dishes.
The only bear i've eaten was in chili and sausage. rightfully so.
I maintain my treaty with the ursids; they don't bother me, I leave them alone.
Only have had it in the sausage form. I hear its pretty greasy.
Properly take cared of and prepared its wonderful. The seasons I'm familiar with (Maine) are September through Novemeber. The early part being in the warmer weather. You really need to be prepared to gut it, skin it and ice it very quickly. Otherwise it does become inedible fairly quickly. My uncle lost all the meat from a bear he had to leave overnight one September.
It is like any other wild game. If prepared proper it is good. I like to describe it as a course roast beef. I like to roast it up on a pan where the grease can drip away from the meat. The grease from the fat dosen't taste good. Other than that I like the taste of it. Those are the ones here in WV.
I found it greasy and stringy. I don't hunt them as neither I or my wife care much for it.
I've a few friends and a couple relatives in Alaska. So I have had bear meat sent to me on request. Before I ate, I asked what it taste like? Greasy dog was more than one response. I attribute this to unlike Yogie & Booboo; who might taste like a picnic basket. A lot of bears hang out at garbage dumps and not above eating careen. I myself might taste like beer, brats and a hint of pork chops.
had grizzly brats once and they tasted wonderful, and as for black bear meat had it many different ways the best i would say was in a beef stew type dish
Every time I have eaten bear it was great, it does seem to lend itself to long slow cooking techniques as it can be a little chewy.
Like many said above, how you care for it makes a huge difference.
Had it when I was about 14 or 15 at a muzzleloading shoot, as far as I can remember, it was kinda tough and stringy, but not bad flavor-wise. I think they had cooked it in butter. Maybe a marinade might help tenderize it if need be.
Carl Huber, if you taste like beer, brats, and pork chops, I'm guessing you'd go well with some sort of apple side dish-LOL!
Like WAM, I'm no bear hunter, although I am glad someone is hunting them. We have way too many around here. I have eaten both black bear and grizzly but it was more than thirty years ago and I really can't tell you what it was like. I do remember that the grizzly roast they shared with me at an outfitter's spike camp wasn't bad eating and not cooked up in any special way. Problem with bears is the meat is usually only worth eating during the fall hunt but by then they have rubbed their hides badly. Hide and claws are best when they first come out of the den in the spring but the meat isn't much good.
Awesome! Thank you for the responses.
backcast; as long as it's low and slow in the smoker or twice through the grinder and stuffed into my own intestine.
Forget everyones preconceived notions and just find out what all the talk is about. shoot one, care for it properly, and then enjoy natures bounty.
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