This August16th I will have access to some private timber ground in NW California to bowhunt black bears. Densities are good at 4 bears per sq. mile, and my sources tell me that Blackberries are the main food crop at this time of year. I'm planning on spot and stalking as well as stillhunting the numerous gated roads in the area. One source has seen as many as 6 bears per day while driving around.
I'm looking for guidance and words of wisdom from folks who have hunted in this fashon before.
This will be my first time on the property, and I'm wondering "am I better off to cover lots of ground, or concentrate on productive looking berry patches with optics?"
Any still hunting tips?
Any field judging advice?