Hello, I am going to go bear hunting for the first time this coming weekend. I have spent alot of time reading about the sport, mainly on this site, but it seems like everyone addresses baiting.
I'm hunting on Fort Lewis in Western Washington along the Nisqually River just south of the Indian Reservation. Some information about the area, the Indians just took down the fishing nets and the river is being flooded with salmon. Several bear have been taken out of the area the past couple of days. The area is supposed to be very plentiful with healthy, large bears.
I have a tree climber stand and a cub and injured rabbit call. I'll be using a 30-06 with .180 grain bullets.
I've hunted white-tail my entire life, so I'm mainly I'm looking for the basic stuff every bear hunter should know:
1.) What time should I enter my area and what time are bears most active?
2.) What is the best method to use the callers and what will each call provide?
3.) Is cleaning a bear comprable to cleaning a deer or is there something I should be aware of.
4.) Is using a drag rope practical for a bear?
Any other advice you have would be greatly appreciated.