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    Trying to find the average score of a black bear in NC, anyhow to measure and score a bear skull.
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    Hello and WELCOME!!! Bear Skull Measurements are taken with calipers or by using parallel perpendiculars, to the nearest one-sixteenth of an inch.
    The greatest LENTGH is measured between perpendiculars parallel to the long axis of the skull, without the lower jaw and excluding malformations.
    The greatest WIDTH is measured between perpendiculars at right angles to the long axis.

    Greatest Width PLUS Greatest length would be you score....Good Luck and Congrats
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    Do you measure across the top of the skull or just the length? Also, any idea of what an average score would be, or an above average score? I've seen some sites that say anything over 21' is big and others say 24', but I can't find any scores for NC bears, just their weight.
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    Look at the figures of A and B...With calipers, measure from the front to the back of the skull (lower jaw removed), then from side to side. A straight-edge (Such as a yard stick) would get ya close... Add the two measurements together and voila, you have the Bear's score. Even though we hear alot about weight....Weight really isn't important with record bears because The only method recognized by Boone/Crockett is skull size. An average black bear in the lower 48 will be somewhere between 16 and 18 inches, but exceptional Bears will measure between 19 and 21. To make the Boone/Crockett record book, the minimum size is 20 inches for the awards book, 21 inches for the all-time book. You mentioned a 24 inch skull???? The largest Black bear of ALL TIME recorded with Boone/Crockett was a 'picked up' skull from Utah that measured 23 10/16....Think about that for a second lol 23 and 10/16 inch Skull....That's a Giant head!!!!
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