Because bears are omnivores, it is true their meat can vary wildly in taste depending both on diet and time of year, but I don't know that I'd ever call it gamey. The best bear meat is almost sweet, though I've also eaten bear that is rich in flavor. Like anything, preparation is the key. Bear meat is a great candidate for braising. It makes delicious carnitas and is a good substitute for venison in chili or stew. I've been told bear hams are wonderful, but haven't had the chance to try them yet. They make good sausage, fresh or cured. In short, bear meat is like any other wild game: Take time in both the care and cooking and you'll be rewarded.