ADK yea you really dont know how close you were to me I woulda loved to have some real beers with yea and do some scouting and show you around the amazing places I found over the years. Plus you dont live around here so I wouldnt have to worry about you taking my hunting spots but anytime you wanna get together let me know man Im up for meeting for some beers and great hunts plus its about 30 bucks for me to get my guide license so I could bring you anywhere any guide could. Congrats on your hunt bro did you post pics yet? Did you do any fishing and where thats another thing I could have hooked you up with some lakes around where you were you would have loved specially for pickeral and lakers.
Fisher King : I dont like to take any sows unless I know they dont have cubs but If she was huge like abnormaly huge and her cubs were almost ready to leave mama Id take her why not they'll live their bears. I have also used corn syrop anything sweet like that works amazingly well when baiting bears. Where abouts do you hunt? and what city is closest to you? Go get her man and it dont matter how much you try to scare her she come back she might just take it a little slower next time she comes in (and it all depends on how you scare her) breaking branches shell be back yelling she'll be back shooting near her she might come back you never know and the bear you heard in the bush could have been anyone of them they all sound bigger on those crunchy leaves and twigs they were prolly just waiting around till you left so they could clean you out. I almost guarantee it.
I live nere Bracebridge but I hunt out in PortCarling.
The reason My buddy wanted me to take the sow is there are to many bears around, heavy depradation on fawns and calves. He figured get 4 for the price of one.
Saw her again last night shot beside her and she took off like a bullit.
As I was walking into my stand last night I pushed somthing off the bait. I figure ther is more than one set of bears coming to the bait.