View Poll Results: What is your preferred method of hunting bear?

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  • Bait

    15 7.65%
  • Hounds

    41 20.92%
  • Incidental Take While Hunting Other Big Game

    34 17.35%
  • Predator Calls

    11 5.61%
  • Spot and Stalk

    89 45.41%
  • Track Through Snow

    0 0%
  • Other (Please Describe)

    6 3.06%
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Thread: Bear Hunting Style

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    My personal ethic relating to the hunting of bear dictates that I only take a black bear if it has been caught by my dogs. I do not oppose any method so long as it is not detrimental to the long-term health and survival of the species, regardless of whether or not it is deemed to be "sporting."

    Though I will never indulge in other methods, I will defend those who choose to pursue bear in a manner different from my own.
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    Keep them wild and alive and thriving! But if i have a tag it's season and I catch em' in the apple orchard

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    Bear hunting with hounds is by far the most thrilling way to take a bear in my book.
    Jim

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    I hunt spot and stalk and like it most for all big game, but I do like to hunt bears over bait too...alot, it's just a ton of work to do it all solo. That being said, I'll be out this spring.

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    I bait most of the time but I also spot and stalk. The nice thing about baiting is you get to see alot of bear activity, even if a guy doesn't shoot one. I spend days out there just watchin the sows and cubs playing around the baits, and have quite a bit of neat video that I rewatch from time to time. They are a fasinating animal, and everyone of them has thier own personality traits.

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    We use spot and stock and calling for our bearhunting activites Regards Bullet
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    This will be my first year hunting bear and I will be doing the spot and stalk method. The hound hunting does sound like a lot of fun and that it would present you with a better opportunity to size the bear up and to determine it isnt a lactating sow.
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    Hunting with hounds is a great American pastime and you will have the time of your life. But be careful!! Once it is in your blood and you hear the awesome sound of a hound treed, it is in your blood forever and you can't get enough. It got my Dad divorced...
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    The only two bears I have killed have both been on deer hunts. This year Im planning a hunt in Trinity. I think Ill be doing some spot and stalk. Since baiting is illegal in Cali.
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    Like to hunt bears by spot & stalk or spot & call. Also like to cold call.

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    My answer is other. This will be my first year bear hunting . I am going with Elmer Fudd so I am not sure how we are going to do it.

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    I PREFER TO USE MY DOGS TO CATCH ANY LARGE GAME.
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    Baiting or hounds are not an option where I live since both are illegal. That leaves spot and stalk as the only option.
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    Other;

    I take all of my bears by setting up a treestand or ground blind over a food source or water.
    I have called bears in with a predator call but have passed...too small.
    MIKE

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    I hunt bear only with a bow and over bait. It is a lot of work, but it really pays off. The encounters you get are unbelievable. They are fascinating creatures and very difficult to place a perfect shot on with a bow. You have to be patient and show great self-control if you are going to be successful with a bow. Sorry, had to seize the opportunity.





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    nothing is better than hunting bears with a pack of good hounds.. purely enjoyable.. purely sport.. purely great
    Do it well.

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    Since there is a lot of thick brush around here, baiting works, but sometimes those big brown bears show up and we're not allowed to shoot them over bait. Spot and stalk from a boat is very productive and is how I tend to shoot them. This spring I hope to have the Bear Baiting Class Certificate to allow me to set out a bait barrel and next fall I hope I can spot and stalk one of those Brown Bears.
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    90% of my bear hunting is with predator calls.
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    anybody every tried "grinning" a bear down like Davey?

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    Tree stands for me let them get good and close then kill em!
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    Ive heard calls actually work great not tried it but will try this year (my first year to hunt bear)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdjtexas View Post
    Ive heard calls actually work great not tried it but will try this year (my first year to hunt bear)
    i have used predator calls and have had several bears come to it at the same time to me the only times i have success with the call is in archery season i havent been able to have bears come in to the call during rifle season but every year several in different areas come in in archery is it the same for anyone else

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    what predator calls do you use? Coyote?

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    Can you add a little more detail to this?

    "They are fascinating creatures and very difficult to place a perfect shot on with a bow. You have to be patient and show great self-control if you are going to be successful with a bow."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Where's Bruce? View Post
    Can you add a little more detail to this?

    "They are fascinating creatures and very difficult to place a perfect shot on with a bow. You have to be patient and show great self-control if you are going to be successful with a bow."
    Bear have massive shoulders and their heart is down low like a pig. You have to wait for them to put the front leg forward for the heart vital area to be exposed for a shot. I've skinned one bear and seen another that had a broadhead stuck in the shoulder and one in the ribs and they weren't from our shooter.
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