Any suggestions on the best way to hunt bears with out baiting them. We are not allowed to bait in Colorado. I know there are bears in the area and one is a monster. I just am not sure how to get at him.
tnhoundsman - No, that is not the intent. I know how hard it is to run hounds as well as how hard it is to bait and animals harvested that way are usually hard earned. But if you find the bear, patern it and kill it without the aid of bait or dogs, then you did it yourself, and anything done by yourself is more rewarding in my book.
Thanks for asking and not flaming right off the bat.
raz-n-co - Black bears will have many dens or bedding areas. Bears are constantly on the move in search of food so you should try to locate trails to and from food sources.
Natural food is the key. In upstate NY where I hunt, you cannot use bait or hounds for bear. I am very sucessfull hunting the areas of ripe natural fruits and or nuts at the time I am hunting. Ideal locations also have a source of water close by and some dense cover around.
Hey TNHoundsman what is up? Never did get over to go pig hunting with you. Proub for the best some dam yankee fighting a big ol hog with a knife.... well that might just have become a little to ugly. Work got real busy here in central TN. this winter and I worked most every day I was here. Hope you had a good season.
:( I have recently started a bullshit conversation with many of my neighbors and a few of the local loggers here in NE Washington and now am in the hunt for some information on bear hunting without bait and hounds also. What is a good place to look for bears??? What is a good caliber for bears??? Will a .270 WSM do the job???? Is it safe to move in on a wonded bear after only a few minutes??? Are bears safe to clean without gloves(I herd they can get diseases like tricenosis)????? What kinda shot place ment is required on a bear???? Thanx for any information. The trip is already set with one of my neighbors for the Swan lake area on Opening weekend of season. one last Q!!! DO bears have different habbits in the fall as to any other time of the year???
So what is the BS conversation about? "Can't hunt bears without hounds?"
The .270 WSM will do the trick.
Always becareful approaching any wounded animal.
You should always wear gloves when gutting an animal if you have cuts or scratches. I myself get infections from bear blood/meat if I have any cuts or scratches.
Broadside shots through the shoulders or lungs are a higher percentage shot.
Habits can change daily, but in the fall they will not usually be where they were in the spring if the food source changes by season.
As far as a good place to look, that depends on the area you intend to hunt. "Swan Lake" is not enough info to help you on that one.
If it is in the Sherman unit then here is some harvest data.
Year / number of bears killed
Every year my Pro-Staff and I head to the woods to hunt the old wise Tom. We travel thousands of miles covering numerous states hunting these old guys. Lots of times we end up hunting public lands or private property that have been hunted already. That’s the last thing you want to hear when you just traveled 6 hours that someone else has already hunted the property. We had to come up with a game plan and one real fast.
The first thing we did was ask the farmer were they usually see the birds in...