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Do older bears prefer certain foods?

Posted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 5:13 pm
by Bearpawon
I'm reading the book "black bear hunting" by Richard P Smith and in the baiting chapter he says: "Although black bear of all sizes eat beaver, this food item seems to be especially favoured by adult males". So I'm wondering if bears start preferring certain types of foods as they mature similar to humans where kids prefer the taste of candy etc. but appreciate things like stews and fatty meats as they get older. What do you guys think?

Re: Do older bears prefer certain foods?

Posted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 2:46 am
by Freelance Bowhunter
FWIW I still like candy.

Seems to me like every bear loves beaver. It's like crack cocaine to a bear.

Re: Do older bears prefer certain foods?

Posted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 2:19 pm
by Bearpawon
Freelance Bowhunter wrote:FWIW I still like candy.

Seems to me like every bear loves beaver. It's like crack cocaine to a bear.


:D

Edit: I'm a complete newbie to hunting. I Have a binder that I'm taking notes of hunting beast stuff and from this book. I'm literally going to go to that section and write BEAVER-it's like crack cocaine to a bear

Re: Do older bears prefer certain foods?

Posted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 4:52 am
by Freelance Bowhunter
Bearpawon wrote:
Freelance Bowhunter wrote:FWIW I still like candy.

Seems to me like every bear loves beaver. It's like crack cocaine to a bear.


:D

Edit: I'm a complete newbie to hunting. I Have a binder that I'm taking notes of hunting beast stuff and from this book. I'm literally going to go to that section and write BEAVER-it's like crack cocaine to a bear


Not to take anything away from Richard's book, it's a good one, but you also need this book and DVD: http://www.bucksbullsbears.com/buy-stuff/

Re: Do older bears prefer certain foods?

Posted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 4:57 am
by matt1336
Bearpawon wrote:
Freelance Bowhunter wrote:FWIW I still like candy.

Seems to me like every bear loves beaver. It's like crack cocaine to a bear.


:D

Edit: I'm a complete newbie to hunting. I Have a binder that I'm taking notes of hunting beast stuff and from this book. I'm literally going to go to that section and write BEAVER-it's like crack cocaine to a bear



Another similarity I have with bears. Wow I learn something new almost everyday on the beast

Re: Do older bears prefer certain foods?

Posted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 7:09 am
by Freelance Bowhunter
matt1336 wrote:
Bearpawon wrote:
Freelance Bowhunter wrote:FWIW I still like candy.

Seems to me like every bear loves beaver. It's like crack cocaine to a bear.


:D

Edit: I'm a complete newbie to hunting. I Have a binder that I'm taking notes of hunting beast stuff and from this book. I'm literally going to go to that section and write BEAVER-it's like crack cocaine to a bear



Another similarity I have with bears. Wow I learn something new almost everyday on the beast


Suppose you like 'em really smelly too.

Re: Do older bears prefer certain foods?

Posted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 8:48 am
by Horizontal Hunter
Bearpawon wrote:Edit: I'm a complete newbie to hunting. I Have a binder that I'm taking notes of hunting beast stuff and from this book. I'm literally going to go to that section and write BEAVER-it's like crack cocaine to a bear


FWIW:
Don't forget a honey burn, or bacon burn. Different recipes include jello and marsh mellows. Google is your friend here. I have never used it as it isn't legal here so check your local laws?

Trappers can be a good source for the beaver carcass.

Bob

Re: Do older bears prefer certain foods?

Posted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:01 am
by matt1336
Freelance Bowhunter wrote:
matt1336 wrote:
Bearpawon wrote:
Freelance Bowhunter wrote:FWIW I still like candy.

Seems to me like every bear loves beaver. It's like crack cocaine to a bear.


:D

Edit: I'm a complete newbie to hunting. I Have a binder that I'm taking notes of hunting beast stuff and from this book. I'm literally going to go to that section and write BEAVER-it's like crack cocaine to a bear




I prefer a nicely cared for beaver.

That’s the last one- I promise

Another similarity I have with bears. Wow I learn something new almost everyday on the beast


Suppose you like 'em really smelly too.

Re: Do older bears prefer certain foods?

Posted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:04 am
by matt1336
Freelance Bowhunter wrote:
matt1336 wrote:
Bearpawon wrote:
Freelance Bowhunter wrote:FWIW I still like candy.

Seems to me like every bear loves beaver. It's like crack cocaine to a bear.


:D

Edit: I'm a complete newbie to hunting. I Have a binder that I'm taking notes of hunting beast stuff and from this book. I'm literally going to go to that section and write BEAVER-it's like crack cocaine to a bear[/quote

Another similarity I have with bears. Wow I learn something new almost everyday on the beast


Suppose you like 'em really smelly too.





I prefer them well cared for. I’m pretty particular about my beavers. I guess that where bears and I are different.
...last one I promise.

Re: Do older bears prefer certain foods?

Posted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 1:21 pm
by Bearpawon
a good bait setup is like downtown on a Saturday night. if there's beaver there bears will come from all around just like people. Thanks for the links Bernie, I enjoy your YouTube videos by the way.