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And Blackie strikes out

Well guys
Bear season has come and gone and I failed.
I can piss, moan and grown and lay blame to everything like
{not being able to get the stands out before baiting, Guys coming
in scouting all over the woods and hanging their stands for the start
of the archery deer season, Two other bear hunters starting their
baits the week before hunting season, some small game hunting
starting the week before the season, and the two day youth deer hunt
started on Saturday the day after the bear hunting opener (boy was
there an influx of people with their kids out there on Friday,
Saturday, and Sunday)}.

But really, I can only point a finger at myself.

I can only blame my inexperience.

I did have a blast though, I learned a lot. And will definitely do a few
things different if I’m ever given the chance again.

I sat last night thinking about what happened to the bears and where
did they go? Then it dawned on me, This State land is surrounded by
farm fields and privet property (hunting land). These bear just moved
to safer places. On State land, tree stands have to be removed after the
season closes and cant be put back up until Sept. 1st. Stands can stay
up all year on privet property. That privet property did not have the influx
of people that the state land did. When the tree stands started going out on
Sept 1st, the bears diapered for 3 or 4 days, when they started coming
back, they only came at night, they slowly started coming earlier and earlier,
and then when the youth deer hunt and the shooting started, the
bears disappeared again. They just started coming back at night 3 days ago.

What I will do if I’m ever given the chance again is find the thickest areas
as far from any parking area, or trails that I can, and I’ll look for areas out
at the edge’s where it borders heavy covered or swampy private hunting
property. And I should never forget that I’m limited by boundaries but the
bears are not, and actually, if you consider that further north bear country is
thousands and thousand of acres, this area that we hunted could be thought
of as urban bear hunting.

I would like to thank every body for their help and tips, from Hotm00n for
pushing me to keep scouting and all those goofy tips (I did try some of those).
Sawbill, Nontypical2002, ADKBEAR, Cowboy Al, Red Rider, MnKaMRaM
And everybody else.

I still would like to get a picture of KONG. Do bears eat apples, carrots, and
corn? I can start baiting deer on Sunday, and could keep camera and bait at
his crib.

If any Michigan hunters in the Baldwin BMU would like a tip on this area,
Send me a PM and I’ll give you the GPS location.

Thanks
Jack Blackburn

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Sorry you didn't get your bear, but like you said you learned alot and that's the best part of the whole experience. It will all make you a better hunter the next time around. How's your daughter and wife taking it?

Thanks for sharing your whole experience with all of us Thumbs up

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Whats the old adage? They call it hunting, not shooting! Well, I don't know of anyone who's put more effort into their hunt than you but you certainly weren't unsuccessful. You learned a lot, you learned to think, you learned to look at things for yourself then interpret what you're seeing by yourself. Thats far more than most guys pick up on in years of hunting.
So treasure the hunt you just had. The effort put into it, the learning experience, the disappointments, the successes. Ain't it great! And like I said on last years moose hunt, "Oh well, there's always next year."

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Thanks guys
There no schools to teach the things that I learned this past 3 months except out in Gods woods.
Kristina started crying in the truck on the way home Wednesday night, and I felt so hopeless.
Thursday she wanted to stay out all day, we stayed out for 12 hours.
A Bobcat came in Thursday at about 5:00, and that was one of the biggest smiles I think I've ever seen her have.
She will be ok.

Last night at dinner, she told me where she wanted me to put her stand for bow hunting, which tree and how she wanted it facing. Archery deer season starts on Sunday.

Her chances of ever getting another permit for the Baldwin BMU are very slim, she would like to start applying for the Red Oak BMU which borders Baldwin. It will give her a better chance of getting to hunt them again.
And if boar bear have the range that I've read, then part of Kongs range might extend into the Red Oak.

Its raining right now, but I've got a big day ahead of me, I need to pull all the stands from out in those bear woods and get them set up where we hunt whitetails. My wife who hasn't hunted in 4 years wants me to set a stand up for her, I guess she felt a little left out when we were hunting bear.

Thanks again guys
Jack

OH YEA
Does anybody know if bears will eat apples, carrots, and corn?

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They'll certainly take the apples. I have a 15 ft high crabapple tree in my yard and a bear climbed up and broke the top off the other night pulling apples from it. Darn think also left a deposit on my lawn that I had to clean up. I suspect they'd take some corn especially after it starts to ferment and likely a taste of carrots as well. Its not really their preferred foods.

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Ditto on the apple thing. A couple of guys who I "corespond" with out east use them as their main staple at their baits. Too bad about the lack of bear sightings...but it looks like you learned a thing or two along the way. Thumbs up

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Sounds like you still had a good time even if the hunting was tough, and best of all you had a safe season. Always believing next season will be better is what keeps us coming back Thumbs up

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Blackie, you worked hard! You deserved to get a bear.

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sawbill wrote:
Whats the old adage? They call it hunting, not shooting! Well, I don't know of anyone who's put more effort into their hunt than you but you certainly weren't unsuccessful. You learned a lot, you learned to think, you learned to look at things for yourself then interpret what you're seeing by yourself. Thats far more than most guys pick up on in years of hunting.
So treasure the hunt you just had. The effort put into it, the learning experience, the disappointments, the successes. Ain't it great! And like I said on last years moose hunt, "Oh well, there's always next year."

I said the same exact thing after my moose hunt a couple weeks ago Think

Jack, If anybody deserved a bear it was you and your daughter. I am glad to see that spirits were not dampened to much. Good luck chasing the white tails around.

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Blackie......very sorry that you and your daughter didn't get a bear......I guess that's part of the mystique of hunting black bears......they are unpredictable, beautiful, smart, challenging, and they keep you coming back next year.....the biggest thing HotMoon did for me was to get me thinking outside of the box......how can we outsmart this smart animal?......Now you just get another year to "Figure Kong Out".......Look at it this way.......He'll only be bigger next year!

As for apples and corn......I used both in my bait pit......I bought feed corn and mixed it in a 5 gallon bucket: I filled the bucket about 2/3 full of corn, mixed 5 pounds of sugar and filled with water about 2-4 inches above the top of the corn. I put a top on and let it sit for 5-7 days, mixing every day. As for apples, I just picked up the ones that had fallen to the ground from our neighbors tree. Some were real good, some were not so good, and some were really rotten.....I dumped a bag or two around the pit every 3 or 4 days.......it seemed the bear started with the best apples first but then went down the line and eventually even the rotten ones disappeared.......

MnKaMRaM

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