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 .....
How many times have you wished for a better view across a clear cut, an agriculture field or down a powerline?
Ever wanted to get a little higher to try to get above a deer’s nose?
Have you ever wanted a taller stand because… well… just because?
Here is an example of a stand I made a few years ago and it has some very real advantages and a few disadvantages.
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