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Oregon and the roo welcome aboard !!

i will soon give the correct answers of this quiz,, sorry for the delay i was very busy with courses and other stuff .

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Moon while your posting the answers post some pics from your last trip! (please)

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sorry Al for taking soo long to answer back, i am really busy lately,, with the hunting season behind the corner in Alberta it gets crazy

i could not find the memory card of all the grizz and black photos but i got one of the bighorn, i will load few pics for now until i find the other one .

sorry again

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I'd like to particpate....hunting black bears for the first time this year.....started baiting on Aug. 12th.......season starts here in MN on Sept. 1.

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HotMoon....I've read a bunch of your posts and had a question......I'm black bear hunting for the first time this year on 50 acres my family owns in NE Minnesota.....in one of your posts to someone you mentioned that bait sites take a few years to get going.....I created the bait site in early August and started baiting on Aug. 12......had the first hit on the 17th where a hanging sack of meat scraps and fat disappeared.....then on Sunday night the covering was taken off the pit and ate a little..... but, doesn't seem like a lot of action......neighbors all around have seen 3-6 bears in the past weeks......Maybe they are wary of new site with all my smells and work clearing the site, etc.?? ps. have used Dr. Nordberg's book as my model for approaching the hunt.

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MnKaMRaM wrote:
HotMoon....I've read a bunch of your posts and had a question......I'm black bear hunting for the first time this year on 50 acres my family owns in NE Minnesota.....in one of your posts to someone you mentioned that bait sites take a few years to get going.....I created the bait site in early August and started baiting on Aug. 12......had the first hit on the 17th where a hanging sack of meat scraps and fat disappeared.....then on Sunday night the covering was taken off the pit and ate a little..... but, doesn't seem like a lot of action......neighbors all around have seen 3-6 bears in the past weeks......Maybe they are wary of new site with all my smells and work clearing the site, etc.?? ps. have used Dr. Nordberg's book as my model for approaching the hunt.

Hi MnKamRam and welcome aboard !

to comment on the book and the author first, i woul like to say that i have read the book myself and found it to be useful especially for a first time bear hunter,, keep in mind that any hunting book outhere should not be considered as all u need to know or everything u need to know especially if book talks about black bears.

as we all know some technique could be helpful on some bears and some don't, so the book give u general info and the idea of this book is to help u take the first baby step toward acheiving ur goal, and i am sure the more u do it the more u discover new things and the better u get and find ways of ur own !

I myself use to use heavy logs to create the walking trail to my stand and switched to Dr Nordberg idea and start using a sled to make the trail and find it a lot easier to do so .. so lots of good info in the book.
regarding his technique , i would say that Dr Nordberg has a lot more info to offer but kept a lot more to himself maybe because another book is under way,, or because (any long time hunter keep some info for themself and not share it with others)

the book is a good book, and will help any new black bear hunter to start somewhere, and for someone like Dr Nordberg who shot record book bears in his many hunting years would be an insult if i say he is good, Dr Nordberg is not a good bear hunter, Dr Nordberg is an exellent black bear hunter .

Now u already know a lot more about bears after reading his book then u did before , so u r a lot better now and more capable going after these smart sneaky animals then u did before, but a lot more info is needed ,, these extra info u can gain from reading other ppl opinion and experience, the best teacher u can learn from is yourself and the experience u will gain while pursuing these animals !
there is no such a thing called 1 technique is good for all bears, as we all know bears are different so one thing can work well on this bear and fail horribly on the next bear u see, the more u know the better ur chances are .

yes sometimes it takes 1 week to get the bears hit ur new site and sometimes 1 even 2 years,, it all deppends on the location, the timing and THE BEAR U R GOING AFTER !!!

describe the area for me and i will get back to u on what i would do in ur case to try to help u more on establishing this critical first year new baitsite ,, once u do the rest is a lot easier !

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SORRY FOR THE LONG WAIT GUYS !!

before I start posting the answers, i have something to say......

lots of u may or may not agree on some of the answers to say the least, but u should keep in mind that all answers are based on my own experience, bear habitat in my area and should be taken as general info not the bible of black bears !

u will read the question and find the correct answer after and why i chose it .

Question # 1

which of the following is an ideal Black bear habitat

1 poplar forest with lots of water
2 evergreen forest with lots of water
3 mixed forest with lots of water
4 open terrain with lots of water
5 none of the above

The correct answer is number 3
why ? beacuse bears like a variety of trees, and variety of trees offer the bears a variety of plants and food and cover .
if ur area has poplar trees only that does not mean that u will not find bears there, the question here is about the IDEAL black bear habitat .
u will find bears near poplar trees in certain time of the year but u will not find them later on in the season, u may also find bears near everygreen late season but may not find them early in the season, so that's why a mixed forest is the ideal habitat for bears because it has everything the bear need all year round .

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My site is a clearing about 15ft wide by 25 ft long where 3-4ft. high grass and shrubs were that I knocked down. On the north and south sides (the 25ft sides) are shrubs and 3-4ft grass right to the edge of my clearing. The logs/pit are on the east side of center of the clearing. My stand is 15ft high in a pine tree with two other pines and 3 birch trees making a little grove. It is about 5 yards from the west end of the clearing. I can enter the stand from the back of the little grove and I enter the clearing for baiting on a path I made in front of the little stand of trees (where the stand is). At the east end of the clearing I piled up branches and windfalls to a height of about 4 ft and about as wide as the clearing (12-15ft) and it goes into the brush about 4-5 ft. I thought I would try Nordberg's concept of a positioning bait in this pile of branches...there is a little clump of 1-2inch diameter shrubs on the clearing edge in front of this pile. Not sure if this helps or makes sense HOTMOON, (or others).

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Question # 2

now u r hunting new unit, u never been hunting this unit before , when is the best time to scout for bears before u pick a bait site:

1 1 month before the season opener ( spring season )
2 first week of spring cause bears are starting to come out of hibernation ( of course if the weather is good and all that )
3 1 month before the season opener ( fall season ) so ur hunting the next spring season
4 first snow fall
5 i don't scout i setup my bait site and let bears find it
6 none of the above ( u tell us when )

the correct answer is # 4 First snow fall

there is few reason why scouting after first snow fall is the best to look for bear signs .

1 because once u spot bear signs on first snow fall u will be within a mile or so close to the bear who made it and will allow u to fairly know the timing when these FRESH tracks were made . ( snow have stoped falling minutes ago )

2 after a fresh snow fall the bears hit the panic mode and start looking for a den to sleep the winter in, therefor the bears will move alot and usualy run in circles until they find the perfect spot,, ( usualy in the same area of their previous den ), once u find tracks on fresh snow and follow it , it will be impposible not to spot the bear who made the fresh tracks , this will allow u to know the ( favorite ) bear habitat of his territory ,which make it the best location to setup the baitsite.

3. scouting is good all year long, but let's compare the spring scouting to first snow fall scouting .
once u find signs of bears in the spring or summer , it will be almost impposible to follow it for as far as that bear goes, it will also be very hard to judge how fresh or old these signs are,, fresh snow fall tracks will tell u exactly when this bear made these signs .
one more very important thing fresh snow fall scout offer that spring or summer scouting doesn't offer is the clarity of the signs ,, one time i followed a bear sign in fresh snow for 4 hours and was reading the bear movement on the fresh snow as if i was watching the bear on tv ,, it was so great and so clear, and learned a lot from the signs the bear left behind, like where he laid down and where he rolled on the fresh snow eat little bit of snow and even tracks of the bear chasing a rodent ..!! after about 4 hours since i start following the fresh signs i came across other bear signs of all shape and size, the tracks were in circles and almost like zig zag which let me believe that the bear had entered another bear territory ,, i could have never found all these signs if i was summer scouting, so since then i switched to first snow fall scouting and will never change !

another thing to keep in mind is all cougar hunter here in alberta wait for first snow fall to hunt em , so another good tip to learn from the expert !!

Try it u will love it !!

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Hotmoon, you should re-post your disclaimer that your reasons and reasoning often applies to your area specifically. This is likely why you and I are at odds on so many theories. Even where I am in Northern Ontario, bears have long since denned before the first snow. I betcha its the same for the guys hunting in Tennessee and other southern climates.
BTW, one of my hunters took a boar last night that weighed on a scale, 345 lbs. field dressed so on the hoof would have weighed close to 400. The guy was from Ohio and was the first bear he's ever seen.

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