1. ## Measure your body parts......

One of the things you should do is measure your body parts. Starting with the spread from the tip of your thumb to the splayed tip of your little finger. For example my right hand fully splayed thumb to tip of little finger is exactly 9" and my left hand (For reasons I know not) is exactly 9 1/2". What does this matter........?

When working the beach or river bed and following a bear you have insight, you can reach down and see what the width of the front print is. I can put my right hand down quickly and see that the track is 8 1/2". Or put my left hand down and see that the track is 9 1/2" or more. This is valuable information which you can acquire quickly while closing on the bear, or abort the quest. Note: I have NO Idea what your hand width is, check it and remember it.

"The stories I could Tell"...............Hehehehe

2. How strange- my right is 9" and left is 9.5", Maybe too many broken fingers in my time. Good information, thanks.
Goo

3. I wonder how many guys are going for the tape measure as we type?

4. Had to give rep on the title.. That was funny..

5. Originally Posted by AGL4now
One of the things you should do is measure your body parts. Starting with the spread from the tip of your thumb to the splayed tip of your little finger. For example my right hand fully splayed thumb to tip of little finger is exactly 9" and my left hand (For reasons I know not) is exactly 9 1/2". What does this matter........?

When working the beach or river bed and following a bear you have insight, you can reach down and see what the width of the front print is. I can put my right hand down quickly and see that the track is 8 1/2". Or put my left hand down and see that the track is 9 1/2" or more. This is valuable information which you can acquire quickly while closing on the bear, or abort the quest. Note: I have NO Idea what your hand width is, check it and remember it.

"The stories I could Tell"...............Hehehehe
I've always used the length of each segment of the index finger; each equals one inche. (Half of the first segment is missing on my left hand - come in handy for doing fractions!) Always look at the bear track - estimate - then confirm by using the segments of the index finger.
Joe

6. I just measured the segments of my index finger.... 1.25 " hmm

you've been low ballin' us Joe.. lol

finger straight out , underside wrinkle to wrinkle is 1 inch... but outside corner to corner pushes 1.25 easy

7. I go by arm spread 74inch's and measure stride

8. Originally Posted by Roland on the River
I wonder how many guys are going for the tape measure as we type?
Count me as one of them. Left is 10" and right is 9 3/4". Not sure why that is. Hmmmm........

9. Originally Posted by Amigo Will
I go by arm spread 74inch's and measure stride
Most adult males are 36" (three feet) from their nose to the tip of their middle finger, or 72" finger tip to finger tip.

10. Wing span 82", pinky to thumb tips 9 3/4 both hands, palm width 4 1/4" each, fists 4 3/4". That is all you get from me, measurement of any other appendages is on a need to know basis only, and none of you need to know.

FWIW, I have been using 9 1/2" hand span for such things for years.

11. I carry a small tape measure

12. OK, What is a cubit (that is most likely miss spelled)........?

13. Wingspan 76", hand are both 10". The 10" span has won a couple bets from non-believers.

14. A Cubit was the length mesured from Pharao's extended forefinger fingertip to his elbow.

Untill ya came up with this thread, I have just put my boot down next to 'em and had a look.

15. For those of us less 'in-the-know', what is the other half of this equation? What are the widths of typical mature bears, both black & brown? Maybe these 'field sizing' rules would be an interesting thread on their own.

16. you guys all need to get outside a little more

17. Went straight for my tape, myself
Wierd as this is, My hands are only Right-8 1/4", Left-8 1/2" .......
SO, what's up with the big hands, you guys....??

I have been using my foot, measuring for years, in almost any boot I wear, is nearly exactly 12" toe to heel, Works Well
w/o having to remove boot even (grin)

18. Works great for setting snares for fox and lynx also. Ideally you want a 9" loop, 9" off the ground for lynx and just a tad small and lower for fox.

19. Originally Posted by iturner8
For those of us less 'in-the-know', what is the other half of this equation? What are the widths of typical mature bears, both black & brown? Maybe these 'field sizing' rules would be an interesting thread on their own.
The "General" way to estimate a track, is the width of the track +1 for for most brown bears. Sometimes +2 if you get lucky. (grin)

20. Originally Posted by kodiakrain
Went straight for my tape, myself
Wierd as this is, My hands are only Right-8 1/4", Left-8 1/2" .......
SO, what's up with the big hands, you guys....??

I have been using my foot, measuring for years, in almost any boot I wear, is nearly exactly 12" toe to heel, Works Well
w/o having to remove boot even (grin)
LOL me too... 10" both hands spread, 4 3/4 across the palms and left is 8" right is 8 1/4 to the tips...

i will have to remember those real good if i end up wife fishing again... cause if i can put two hands together and her buts wider... shes going back for the pan size!#

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