This is my second year black bear hunting over a bait site. I had a monster show up last year at my site who fled the moment I started to draw my bow. He later showed up underneath my tree stand huffing and puffing, (which became his trail after I set the stand up) and decided to trot towards my ATV which was parked on a rock face which was approx. at the same elevation as my stand. Once he noticed my ATV, he bolted back down through the ferns knocking a dead birch tree over like it wasn't even there. Not sure if it was the ATV that scared him or my sent he picked up.He stoped as soon as he reached the thickets and slowly worked his way upwind and waited there until I left my tree stand. The next morning I went in to bait to later find out he climbed the spruce tree where my stand was set. He wasn't able to reach the stand because I had left several branches that prevented him from going further. This same bear climbed my brother in law's stand and bent his seat (this is the largest gorirla portable stand) and ate the foam cushion. The next day we moved his stand to another tree to find out he had climbed that one and bit into his pee bottle. His canine spread is 2 3/4 inches and we have measure his front pad at 5 3/4. I described this bear as having a very long and muscular body with a massive head. His front legs had to be at least 8" in diameter. My brother in law (who has more experience) finally saw this beast! He had goose bumps as he described his encounter in broad daylight! He said I had described him to a "'T''! He said he was built like a thourough bread with a square head.
This bear is continuously hitting my site and he has been coming withing 40 yds from my stand and waiting out in the thickets until I leave the site. I decided to move my stand to the opposite side of the bait which removes me from his trail. I know this bear remembers his encounter with me from last year because he now has me patterned! Hopefully he will show up now that I am well concealed, out of his trail and my ATV parked in another spot.
I appologise for the long story, I was planning a hunt tonight but was rained out with pouring rain all day!! Do bear hit the bait in rain! They are shure active before a storm front!!! Please provide me with any tips to help me bag this beast!
Wed, 2007-08-29 14:18
Black bear hunting in the rain