Just a curiosity question regarding bear snaring. Would a bear purposely chew their own leg off to escape from a snare like a coyote might do? We can not snare or use bait in Arizona, but I came across a snare like the two you have photographed in a deep oak covered canyon several years ago. I always wondered what it was for. Thanks.
I have never heard of a bear chewing of their foot to escape . But , I guess anything is possibable ............ I have snared dozens of bears and all feet in tact ... We did get one last fall with a broadhead embeded in it's spine .
Here is a couple pics of the 2 bears that my son and I got this season . The season opened Wensday Oct 1st I had mine Thursday morning and my son has his Sunday morning . Mine is in the snare and his is hanging on our friend's loader
Sweet Bear! How heavy was the first bear pictured in the snare? It looks very nice. I guess, going back to my earlier question... You probably are required by regulations to check your snares daily..but if were sick or soemthing for 4 or 5 days, would the bear be dead when you returned...or would a paw be left from it chewing its way out after a time period of absence?
Porbbably the reason I never had a foot missing . They are checked daily and If I was sick ,my son would be looking after the gear . I have been trapping for 40 years and have never, and I mean never ,left my bear snares unchecked for more than 1 night . We're on the go by first light . .No feet missing on our bears because of neglect .... If a bear got loose with a snare still on his foot , no doubt the foot would rot off ....Never sent a bear away with a snare dangling either .. Some of us know what we're doing and some of us don't !!!!! The bear with foot missing . my guess would be that a trapper sent it away with a snare attached . Hard to really know for sure ..
caper 40 , There is indeed bears in the country where I told you to go . There is a very healthy herd of bears in Nova Scotia . At least where I'm trapping them . It's not that far from where I told you to hunt ..My estamate would be very high ..... Use extream caution If confronted with a bear . They are very unpredictable ...Especially a female with cubs .....
Understanding wind currents and thermals in hilly, broken terrain can often be incredibly frustrating. I've found that collecting and storing milkweed seed pods during the late summer has made me a better hunter in the bluff country that I hunt. These little feather like seed dispersers will float on the lightest of air currents and will show you what the wind is not only doing right at you're location but more importantly down range. I like to use the off season to float them...