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I am going to give bear hunting a good try this year. I know that it is important to find what bear are feeding on at a particular time to find the bear. Is there a chart of what bear eat and when it comes ripe on the east coast (charlottesville, va). I really don't have a good grasp of what they like or even what it looks like. Of course I know white oak, red oak, and fruit trees but none of the berrys or other things that I should keep an eye out for and when to keep an eye out for it. Can anybody help with this?

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Best info I can give you is get in contact with the local State Biologist. Get ahold of the state dept of enviro conservation Or whatever the governing body in VA is called. These people work for you the tax payer and they should (?) be the experts as far as what would be a ripe mast crop and when and generaly what the bears are feeding on at any given time of the year.
If you were talking northern NY here I could help you out but you are out of my territory.
Good luck with the bear hunting.

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White oak is certainly preferred over red oak acorns. Any fruit bearing trees and shrubs found in the wild will draw bears when they ripen. This could include pin cherry, choke cherry,mountain ash berries, raspberry and whatever other berries native to your State. You may also have berries that grow close to the ground--blueberries, dogwood or bunchberry and wintergreen. Don't forget wild mushrooms. I'm certain you'll have gunk growing there that we don't have.
And don't forget to consider domestic grain crops, also a great draw in the fall for bears.

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Re: bear food
mufan wrote:
I am going to give bear hunting a good try this year. I know that it is important to find what bear are feeding on at a particular time to find the bear. Is there a chart of what bear eat and when it comes ripe on the east coast (charlottesville, va). I really don't have a good grasp of what they like or even what it looks like. Of course I know white oak, red oak, and fruit trees but none of the berrys or other things that I should keep an eye out for and when to keep an eye out for it. Can anybody help with this?

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