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Bears

Which bear do you guys think is most rewarding and exciting to hunt?

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Hmmm....toss up between Koala

Hmmm....toss up between Koala bear and Panda bear::whistling:   Okay, I suppose you want a serious response so here goes.  Keep in mind that this is just one man's opinion.  I think any DIY bear hunt is the most regarding, but all things considered equal, I would have to say the brown/grizzley bear.  Certainly, an argument could be made for the polar bear because of the environment in which they live and the fact that they are pure man-eaters, but I went with the brown bear because more people can hunt them.

To go a step further, which is more exciting brown or grizzles?  Yes, I know they are the same species, but there is a difference.  I would go with inland brown or grizzles over the larger coastal brown bears because of the terrain in which they are hunted.  The terrain for the inland bears just makes it a little more difficult and exciting, in my opinon.

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I went on and baged a 9 1/2

I went on and baged a 9 1/2 foot coastal brown bear almost 40 years ago.  All I can say about them is that they are massive.  The one that I shot you could only really see the hump on his back when he was broadside and even then he still didn't look like what he really was. 

Right now I am planning a hunt for a mounatin grizzly.  Even thoe they are a few hundred pounds lighter than their brothers on the coast I think that they are the best looking bear out there.  The don't have any excessive fat or size.  They are just one solid piece of muscle. 

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Well I was going to start

Well I was going to start this post with the statement that most of us are not going to be able to reply to this comment based on experience. Most of our responses would be threoretical because most of us have not hunted all the bear species. Most of the hunters I know haven't hunted even black bears; I have though and can atleast speak to that end. Critter is the exception though (I think there are a couple other guys on the forum that have chased the big bears too though) having hunted the big coastal bears.

I agree with CVC here fully. The grizzly/brown would be the most exciting in my opinion. From the stories that I have read, polar bear hunting does not sound all that appealing to me. But grizzly's... that sounds amazing! I also agree with him that interior grizzly's would be a more rewarding hunt. They are meaner! They don't get that giant influx of protein into their diet once the spawn starts to occur every year. They have to hack out a living in a much more unforgiving landscape than their bigger cousins.

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I hunted black bear years ago

I hunted black bear years ago and got one with my bow.  I did a little hunting for black bear in Canada after I got my goat and black bear hunting is fun, but I don't think it can compare to brown bear hunting.  The only thing that made the black bear hunting a little scary is that we were in grizzly country.

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I would agree with the other

I would agree with the other posts...hunting the grizzly bear is the most rewarding, in my opinion. I've only hunted the interior grizzly one time. Never hunted the coastal brown bear but any time you're in grizzly country, it's a tense situation. Every snap of a twig or rock tumbling from being kicked by moose, is a neck breaker. I was on edge at all times trying to decipher the origin of every noice I heard. No down time to relax with my guard lowered. An adrenaline rush to say the least. Can't wait to go back.

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It is a pale comparison to

It is a pale comparison to grizzly hunting, but it was a bit nerve wracking walking out of the woods at night after black bear hunting and thinking about running into a sow with cubs.  You had to stay on your guard when coming out of the woods in pitch blackness.

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I never have worried too much

I never have worried too much about black bears when hunting where there are a lot of them.  I use to hunt the Book Cliffs in Utah for deer and there are a lot of bears out there.  We always slept either in a tent or just out in the open along with cooking right where we were sleeping and never did have a problem with them.  But there were other camps that would ring their area with empty beer and pop cans on a string for an alarm if one should happen to come in. 

Now if in grizzly country all bets are off.  I would be sleeping with my .44 magnum or rifle at my side. 

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I guess I should have

I guess I should have mentioned that I was leaving a bait site in the dark so there was a good chance that bears would be in the area and we where in the middle of nowhere so it was dark dark even with a flash light.  Just didn't want to be walking down the trail and see a cub or two.

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