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Best state for bear?

What is the best option for success on a guided black bear hunt?

Any recommendations for which state would be best for an unguided hunt?

Bottom line, where are the most bear????

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That one is

That one is simple

Alaska

Alaska

Alaska

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lots of tracks

I saw a lot of bear tracks in Alaska but I never did see a bear.

Would you recommend the coastal hunts?  That just seems like an easy hunt to me. 

Cruise the coast eating fresh caught seafood until you see a bear....then go shoot him!

Other options?

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There are bears just about

There are bears just about everywhere up there.  I baited in the interior, but knew some guys that hunted the coast down around Prince William Sound.  You've got the general idea, but it's not that simple.  You can glass from the boat, but the terrain is glaciated, U-shaped valley stuff with lots of vegetation.  So getting up to the bear you spotted can take some effort when going up a steep slope with thick undergrowth and lots of devil's club.

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Alaska GMU 16B we got them by

Happy Alaska GMU 16B we got them by the 100's. Guided or unguided it's the best

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I live in oregon, and read a

I live in oregon, and read a stat a couple years ago when i started really getting into bear hunting that oregon has one of the biggest bear population in the lower 48.(alaska had the biggest). For non-res you can get a guided hunt or DIY. The SW oregon tag is over the counter and has the best bear density in the state. In the SW zone you'll find more of the black phase bear, up in the NE areas you'll find a lot of color phase bears. We have a spring bear hunts which is a draw tag but easy to get other than that its a fall OTC tag good for pretty much anywhere in the state. the price for a non res is $140 for lic and tag is either $182 or $282 i cant remember you can find that info at www.dfw.state.or.us .

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great info!

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I live in oregon, and read a stat a couple years ago when i started really getting into bear hunting that oregon has one of the biggest bear population in the lower 48.(alaska had the biggest). For non-res you can get a guided hunt or DIY. The SW oregon tag is over the counter and has the best bear density in the state. In the SW zone you'll find more of the black phase bear, up in the NE areas you'll find a lot of color phase bears. We have a spring bear hunts which is a draw tag but easy to get other than that its a fall OTC tag good for pretty much anywhere in the state. the price for a non res is $140 for lic and tag is either $182 or $282 i cant remember you can find that info at www.dfw.state.or.us .

                                                                                               

      

Thanks for the info Numbnutz!  

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That is just the sort of thing I was hoping to find out! 

 

 

 

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prices

groovy mike wrote:

numbnutz wrote:

I live in oregon, and read a stat a couple years ago when i started really getting into bear hunting that oregon has one of the biggest bear population in the lower 48.(alaska had the biggest). For non-res you can get a guided hunt or DIY. The SW oregon tag is over the counter and has the best bear density in the state. In the SW zone you'll find more of the black phase bear, up in the NE areas you'll find a lot of color phase bears. We have a spring bear hunts which is a draw tag but easy to get other than that its a fall OTC tag good for pretty much anywhere in the state. the price for a non res is $140 for lic and tag is either $182 or $282 i cant remember you can find that info at www.dfw.state.or.us .

                                                                                               

      

Thanks for the info Numbnutz!  

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I looked at the 2011 regs when i got home, The prices are $140.50 for a licence and $182.50 for the tag, and you can get 2 tags, a general tag(specify area) and a SW or cascade additional tag. page 9 in the regs has the prices and page 37 has the non-res black bear tag info and areas to choose from.If it were me I would choose the SW area or Eastern area if you chose the SW area you could get the additional tag as well and hunt 2 bears. You could get the lic and 2 tags for $505.50 and do a DIY hunt for pretty darn cheap. The non-res tags for deer and elk are kinda ridiculos but the predator hunting is fairly cheap and abundant. You could also get a cougar tag for $14.50 OTC and shoot a cat as well. we have a ton of those too. hope this helps. 

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If you wanted to stay in the

If you wanted to stay in the lower 48, I would not hesitate to say Maine.  My cousin did some guiding at one time, and they never had any problem filling their tags.  Lots of big black bears up there!

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maybe Maine

Ca_Vermonster wrote:

If you wanted to stay in the lower 48, I would not hesitate to say Maine.  My cousin did some guiding at one time, and they never had any problem filling their tags.  Lots of big black bears up there!

 I might go back to Maine for bear someday.  I've tried it twice and saw little bear each time.  The trouble is that I'm just not willing to settle for a bear that weighs less than I do! 

I might need to pay a little more for the outfitterthan I could afford the first time around, or do a little more work scouting for myself....

It's along way from home for me, but I do have a sister that lives there... so you never know what might work out.

 

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best state

The absolute BEST state double spaced (OR NOT!!) is Alaska. I was not successful, but it has more black bears that any other state, (even single spaced) :thumbsup1:  Yes

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