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    Prepping for the Bear Hunts!

    I will be the first to admit that I am a rookie black bear hunter. Fortunately for me I work in a place where there are a few guys who know what they are doing, and I am pretty sure there are a few of you here who may be able to help me.

    First, I want to see pictures of your previous bear kills. Second I want to hear what strategies you use to take home a black bear!

    Thanks in advance for any advice offered!

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    It would help if we knew where you will be hunting. Black Bear Hunting can be done with dogs; sitting over bait; spot and stalk, or just by still hunting. Not all methods are conducive to all areas depending on location, and the prevailing game laws in your particular area. GOSHENGRUNTER has an article on bear hunting further down in this section that pretty much describes a typical black bear hunt with dogs. They always go uphill, and will climb a tree or hole up in a cave if available. If you are following hounds, especially in the West, you will have muscle aches in places you did not even know that you had muscles. Taking a massive dose of vitamin C will do a lot to cure the muscle pains. As GOSHENGRUNTER says, it is truly one of the most exciting hunts that you have ever experienced. I have killed black bear while hunting with dogs; over bait; and even got one on spot and stalk (sort of) I looked down into a clearing and there he was. Scent control is of paramount importance when hunting over bait or still hunting. Scent control garments and cover scents are good ideas, as is a Thermacell in mosquito inhabited areas. Black bear are not especially hard to kill, but I like a rifle that has some power to anchor a bear. Especially important when hunting with hounds. My favorite bait gun is a Ruger #3 In 45/70 Govt.. My hound hunting guns are the old Winchester M.71 in .348 Winchester, or a Browning BLR or Savage 99 in .358 Winchester. Most of the houndsmen that I have hunted with carry a .44 Magnum handgun, or a Savage 99 in .300 Savage. All of the methods are effective, but the excitement of a pack of good hounds in full cry while pursuing a bear cannot be beat for heart pumping excitement.
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    My hunt will be spot and stalk, but baiting is legal here in Wyoming.

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    I don't have many bear hunts to my name or kills for that matter. My one kill was from when I was 17 and it also happened to be my 1st bow kill! I got this bear from Northern MN while I still lived with my parents. In MN you could try spot and stalk but I've never heard of anyone trying it and everyone I know back home hunts over bait. This bear came into my smorgasbord of donuts, fryer grease, breads and pretty much anything else I could get from my uncle's bakery along with a grape cool aid concoction used as a scent attractant. This boar was just shy of 200lbs and was aged by the MN DNR at 6.5 yrs old. It took 3 consecutive nights of seeing this bear before I got my shot, but being my 1st bear and 1st archery kill I was a bit nervous.



    My subsequent bear hunts all occurred while I lived in Vermont. I never was successful there while trying to hunt over berry patches or while using dogs. I will say I put on 38 miles and change one Labor Day weekend chasing dogs while trying to see a bear. I never did see a bear in the couple different dog hunts I tried but I almost felt like I was not bear hunting but rather dog chasing.

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    I'm still a rookie myself with only one bear under my belt. Being from MT where baiting and hounds are illegal my only options are spot and stalk and still hunting. When looking for spring bears, I will use similar tactics for hunting deer and elk. I will glass a south facing slope for bears grazing. Avalanche shoots can also be a bear hot spot. The first bear I shot was in a riparian area during late may. There was fresh bear scat every where and fresh broken stumps (for bugs). I think some bear hunters overlook these areas and focus only on the south facing slopes. Look for a good concentration of sign like scat, tracks, scratch marks on trees and broken stumps and logs in a area.

    I'm planning on getting one with my bow this spring. The last one I shot was with a 308 from 70 yards. Good luck.

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    I use dogs but do scout areas before our fall season, goatpoop nailed the signs I look for. Having dogs does no good if the game isn't there. That's when your dog chasing and not bear hunting.

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    I hope after Jason and I draw Nv bear tags and we go hunt bears together I will be able to help answer some bear question. I have yet to get one.
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    Just let me know IKIC, I'm up for running my dogs to help out.

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    I'm thinking I need to start putting in for Nevada Bears so I can come down and run them with my dogs.


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    Let's see some pictures guys! I know there has to be a bear hunting guru or two here!

 

 

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