What do you call "near Portland". I haven't hunted them much in Oregon but have heard of areas that are suppoesd to be prime. First place I might look from Portland would be go out Hwy 26W to Hwy 6 toward Tillamook along the Wilson River. Now, what's close? Valsetz to far?
-Thats our family area, I have seen them over the years but never any trophies. In general in southern oregon where I grew up the bears seemed much larger and the stories even bigger. Alot of camp sites down there have problems keeping them away. Looking at spring harvest numbers the Hood unit and Santiam seemed to have the best odds. Anyway hunting out of estacada has its rewards if you are living on the east side, I recheck areas after work without having to take time off. I was wondering if you are going up in spring or talking about fall tags, because in the spring I know it has alot to do with freezing level and south faces that can offer some greenage for them to eat. I will be up there alot in early April scouting for spring bear, I will drop a line on any going ons in the area.
-Well so many questions I had got answered this weekend. Got a good 10 mile rnd trp hike in harriet lake area. Camping was good and soaking at bagby were fantastic! As for sign I saw little evidence of the blacks roaming around yet but they should be on the move soon if weather cooperates. I did get an ok backup blind set up, up wind from a good clearing for a bow opportunity. The roads were in good shape overall for most junctions off of the highway. Going back up this week and next weekend, drop a line if you have need for pics or info on particulars of any area near ripplebrook. Dito, anyone with more oregon scouting info drop a line. Thanks for the thread numbnuts, Get that bear!
good to hear you got out to scout, When i started this thread 4 years ago drew the N. cascade bear tag as a second choice, and was green when i came to just bear hunting, I'll tell you what i have learn a lot since then, I have scouted and seen bears down in the ripplebrook area, and down towards bagby. If you take rd 6310 and go up to the top when the weather and snow allows you'll find open areas with tons and tons of berries, with TONS of bear sign, Sit up there and glass in the mornings and late afternoons, and you will find those bears. I saw a nice bear 3 years ago up there in the powerlines about 2 miles away and wasnt able to make a stalk. I also have a pic of a bear track from up there that was in the snow and it was 6 in wide, and it was pretty fresh. I dropped my 30-06 shell in the middle of it to take the pic and it made the shell look like a .22 shell. I was hoping to get out on Friday but looks like its gonna rain so might have to wait a couple weeks as next week I go on call at work for 7 days.
i hunted the florence, OR area last year, and will return there next spring asl well, witha buddy that's from the portland area.
unfortunately, we didn't spot any bears and did not have good weather. but my buddy got a sweet mountain lion. that 110 pound female cat tried to get herself into position to eat me before hand! i can't wait to go back!
One of the most important components of deciphering a new hunting area is distinguishing between the summer and winter ranges for the game that you plan to pursue. Without knowing this you cannot make reliable assumptions about where the game will be come opening day. Knowing these areas will allow you to take the current weather (as well as the past couple weeks) and apply that to the landscape and make an educated guess as to where you might find that big buck or bull.
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