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The Backyard Sportsman Takes on Black Bears, Oct. 15

October 9, 2010
To listen to this or any other show go to the following  VoiceAmerica Sports show page and select the month and episode you want to hear “The Backyard Sportsman” with Wm. Hovey Smith
 
  In listening to this live show I find that I made some errors. One of which I corrected, but others I did not. Fall bears are fat and best for the table. Spring bears have the best hides, but have very lean meat after hibernation. They have consumed all of their fat and sometimes even parts of their muscles to sustain them through the winter.
 
 

  The author extracting a medium-sized Idaho black bear taken by stalking and shooting during a muzzleloading hunt.   This Fall bear had been feeding on fruit orchards and was one of the best eating bears that he has taken.

  Black bear numbers are increasing throughout North America. Because they breed more slowly than deer,  they have not rebounded as fast as deer to repopulate their historic ranges in the eastern U.S.  Nonetheless,  bear are coming into increasing contact with humans in areas that are undergoing development – even near cities. These included a bear visiting  my Central Georgia home town 4-years ago. This was the first bear seen in Sandersville since the early 1800s.

HUNTING   

  Our guest on this program is Colleen Olfenbuttel, who is the North Carolina Black Bear and Furbearer Biologist. She received her bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology from Ohio University in 1997 and her master’s degree in wildlife management from Virginia Tech in 2005. At Virginia Tech, she studied black bear reproduction, cub growth, and black bear movements. She has worked in the wildlife field since 1995 and has had the opportunity to work on brown bears, black bears, wolves, island foxes, raptors, furbearers and white-tailed deer. Since 2007, she has worked for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission as their statewide black bear and furbearer biologist. She participates in the scientific management of bear populations by hunting and other means.

HUNTING TOOLS

    Because bear hunting and the preparation of bear hides is a specialized part of the hunt for most people, they will pay taxidermist who specialize in making bear mounts and rugs rather than using their usual taxidermist who may only see a few bear in his shop in a lifetime.   

HOME BUSINESS   

    Business Module 10 will discuss the physical equipment and structures needed for your new  business.

  HOME COOKING   

    A variety of recipes for black bear meat will be considered, including how to render bear fat to use in pastries and on other products.

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