I just purchased a black bear tag for Archery. I figured if I saw one while hunting elk, I could take a shot. Then I realize I wouldnt be in a tree and would have to be rather close when taking the shot. Anyone else here hunt them with a bow?
We had a giant cinnamon phase black bear walk buy us at 40 yards last year. We watched him for a good 20 minutes. He knew something wasn't quite right but couldn't figure out what. He sat down and watched and sniffed for us a good 10 minutes. I wish I had a tag.
I had an archery bear tag with me last year during my archery deer hunt. I can't say that I actually hunted bear with archery equipment, but I wanted to be ready in case the opportunity presented itself. The year before, I was within 40 yards of a nice bear with a nice shot opportunity, but no bear tag. For now, I will probably continue doing the same thing. I doubt I can fit much time into my schedule to dedicate to bear hunting, but I want to be ready if the opportunity presents itself. With that in mind, I bought another archery bear tag for this season, so we will see what happens.
There is one tip I have learned over the years in hunting whitetails in late season snow. Do not overlook soybeans left standing on the edges of fence rows, woods, creeks, buildings wherever it might be, this is where the deer will be while the food lasts during late season. December/January will pull deer in from some distance away to feed on the easy to get to food.
I killed one of my nicest bucks off of a very small patch of soybeans that was left after rains created a...