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how do you bear hunt

Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:10 am
by ghoasthunter
in new jersey my guys I hunt with track them drive them and bed hunt them.

Re: how do you bear hunt

Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:29 am
by Mike Foss
Here in Wisconsin it is legal to bait and use hounds.

Re: how do you bear hunt

Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:42 am
by ghoasthunter
Mike Foss wrote:Here in Wisconsin it is legal to bait and use hounds.

we can bait bears but we cant be closer than a 100 yards to bait unless we are on ground. bears never come into bait our season is in December so most bears are not moving. on a good side we shoot giants all the time last year we shot 16 in 5 days 4 of them were over 400

Re: how do you bear hunt

Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:49 am
by brancher147
I like to still hunt with the wind in my favor near food sources. We can hunt with dogs also, no baiting though which is fine with me.

Re: how do you bear hunt

Posted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 6:32 am
by ghoasthunter
brancher147 wrote:I like to still hunt with the wind in my favor near food sources. We can hunt with dogs also, no baiting though which is fine with me.
biggest problem with baiting for me is the bears stop moving around I see more bears before and after the season just hunting for deer and the big ones don't come into bait till after dark during bear season their is a bait pile every 500 yards on state land

Re: how do you bear hunt

Posted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:16 am
by OldMtnMan
No baiting or hounds in Colorado. I wouldn't use either anyway. I've been a still hunter since the 50's and that how I hunt for elk, deer, and bear. I'll sneak into natural food areas which are basically berries in my area. I use an old Hawken style muzzleloader to make it more interesting. No backup except a bowie knife. Just me and the bear trying to outsmart each other. Fun stuff.

Re: how do you bear hunt

Posted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:22 am
by ghoasthunter
OldMtnMan wrote:No baiting or hounds in Colorado. I wouldn't use either anyway. I've been a still hunter since the 50's and that how I hunt for elk, deer, and bear. I'll sneak into natural food areas which are basically berries in my area. I use an old Hawken style muzzleloader to make it more interesting. No backup except a bowie knife. Just me and the bear trying to outsmart each other. Fun stuff.
ive killed two tracking in snow with a old 54 cal definitely fun

Re: how do you bear hunt

Posted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:41 am
by JAK
I've always sat bait. But I tell u what the spot and stalk method looks awsome

Re: how do you bear hunt

Posted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:32 am
by brancher147
I have had good luck sitting near primary bedding also. I have only found a couple beds I would hunt, but if they are used frequently enough they are worth hunting, especially if they are near a main food source. Primary bear beds are pretty obvious with clear entrance and exit trails and sometimes include a huge pile of bear scat nearby, as bears will not poop in their beds like deer will, but will pile it up in the same area near the bed.

Re: how do you bear hunt

Posted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:54 am
by OldMtnMan
You're talking about a den? That wouldn't be legal here.

I hunt the main bear season which is actually a rifle season even though I use my muzzleloader. It's the whole month of Sept. The bears are on a feeding frenzy that time a year to fatten up for winter. There's no way to pattern them. A bear might travel for 20miles before it comes back to the same spot. It's always on the move. You need some luck to get a bear in my area.

As a still hunter I don't call for deer and elk. That wouldn't be still hunting. However, if i'm on the last week of the bear hunt I can be tempted to try calling. I find a distressed fawn call the best. I don't do it often, but hunting hard for a month can weaken me sometimes to give calling a try. The idea of hunting is to kill a bear and I can't be so stubborn to have a still hunt or nothing attitude. I'll save that for mule deer and elk.

Re: how do you bear hunt

Posted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:39 am
by brancher147
Nope, not a den. Just a bed. It is rare that bears have a primary bedding area (that I have seen) in the mountains I hunt but I have seen it. They usually move and roam endlessly, but in the cases I have found primary bedding it is definitely worth hunting, especially if near a good food source or if there are fresh trees marked nearby.

Re: how do you bear hunt

Posted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:23 am
by OldMtnMan
I don't believe i've ever seen one. At least I didn't recognize it for what it was.

Re: how do you bear hunt

Posted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:54 am
by Freelance Bowhunter
I have hunted baits more than anything else, but I have also killed bears on hound hunts, one in Idaho, one in Maine. I really enjoyed a spot & stalk hunt in British Columbia, but it's quite difficult. I killed the 42nd bear I saw in six days of hunting.

Re: how do you bear hunt

Posted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:27 am
by OldMtnMan
I wish we had the bear numbers that BC has. That's a bear paradise.