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I am going black bear hunting this fall in the North Carolina mountains and I am looking for advice on typical travel patterns in mountainous areas, mountain range food sources, bedding habbits in mountainous areas, etc. I look forward to any advice you might be able to offer. By the way, we can not bait in North Carolina so food source recipes will be entertaining but, not of much use in this situation. Thanks in advance.

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you must be hunting public land

you can bait on private land just can`t hunt in sight of bait.

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Better be careful using that one. The law states that if you are in the vacinity and could have had "reasonable knowledge" of the bait, you will get busted. You do not have to be in sight but, only on the area. The catch is are you willing to let a judge make a decision on whether or not you should have had reasonable knowledge of the bait being there. That sucks but, it works the same way with waterfowl. I have friends that hunted at the coast in a cove that they saw tons of birds using. There were so many birds that the game warden had made notice and came back to check for hunters. One scoop with his fancy little dip net brought up a scoop of corn and everyone got tickets. They didn't bait the area but they said later that they did have suspicion of it being baited because of all the bird activity and that they just elected to not check it and play dumb if they got caught. Mmmm, didn't work for them.

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I hunt bears mostly in New York State, where (also) baiting is not allowed. The 1 thing to remember is that the driving force behind a bear (expt during breeding season) is food. What you have to do is find out what "mast" crop is in season where and when you hunt. A mast crop is any nut, berry or seed from a particular plant or plants. I.e. Soft mast could be rasberries, blackberries, grape, cherries ect. Hard mast acorns, beechnuts, hickery, maple seeds ect.
Once you have found out what mast or masts are in season when you will be hunting, find high concentrations of those plants or trees. Scout out these areas for abundence of food and bear sign (trampled down berry patches and scat). Hunt acordingly.
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Great information. How would you suggest I go about finding out what mast will be in season?

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Well the best way is to get out in the woods and look around. You could also contact the Ranger or game warden or whomever the encon officer in the area is and ask him.

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Well the best way is to get out in the woods and look around. You could also contact the Ranger or game warden or whomever the encon officer in the area is and ask him.

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