Hey Ozz, There are a few places to hunt black bear near you but there around 2-4 hour drive. Sanbernadino National forest and Where i hunt Los Padres National forest. You would be very suprised on the info on hunting that you could get by just getting a map from the Forrest service! Maps of the National forests practically tell you the trails where bears are!! No joke , Thats how i found a couple of hunting spots. Good luck .
[ This Message was edited by: PhilM.N. on 2004-02-07 03:52 ]
DON'T FORGET. Go ahead and get the maps but remember to CALL the FS to CONFIRM which ( if any ) forests have been reopened due to the fire closures. You can't even pull over due to erosion concerns. Our only opportunities here in SC will be on either BLM or private land otherwise UNTIL they let us back in. From prior experience (Kitchen Creek Blaze 70')with burn closures, we'll probably have to "Go North" if we want to hunt in CA.
The trails i'm talkin about are the ones people go hiking on. I have come across some huge tracks while walkin down a couple of trails and thought holy ----!! Man i couldnt even imagine hiking around the bend of a trail and crossin that bears path!! Any way the maps will usually warn hikers that bears are in areas that the hiking trails run through.Make sure when you decide to go lookin for bears that you are prepared.
Sorry I did'nt get back to you sooner, just saw your message and I'm coming back from a surgery. I believe it was opened back up in 72' or 73'. I can't find my old tag( I "lost" my office to one of my sons) as I killed a nice buck up there once they opened it back up again. What was a real problem for me was that I used to hunt deer in a completely different area (South of 94) and they decided to close adjacent areas as well EVEN THOUGH they had'nt been burned AT ALL!!! Now the Lagunas have'nt taken any fire but they've closed the ENTIRE Cleveland Forest down. Looks like they might be going the same route. With my luck they'll probably close adjacent BLM land too! I'm planning to talk with someone who might have an inside as to what the Feds are planning to do with the Forest so I can make NorCal archery plans ASAP if need be.
Re: finding bear above: Try a predator call if the scat is fresh. My hunting partner came upon some really fresh scat in Oregon last year and "hit" the call. The forest exploded and brush was being destroyed enroute back to him and then a huge black bear came over the hill on top of him and hit the brakes at EIGHT FEET!!! He unfortunately had his scope still cranked up at 9 power. So he "sight lined" the barrel and torched one off! Picture this. He killed him with one shot and it now ranks within the top 60 All Time Oregon Records.
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[ This Message was edited by: kNObs 52 on 2004-03-04 23:21 ]
Holy Cr@p that's a good story!!! He's lucky the bear stopped at 8 feet instead of 2!
Will you PM or Email me when you find out about the forest closure? The only area's I really know to hunt in San Diego are in the clevelands and a couple of pieces of BLM land that everyone else hunts too! The clevelands offer the opportunity to not see anyone else (If one's willing to go on a very long hike).
Thanks for your time, and I hope you completely recover from your surgery soon.
Over the years I have seen several elk and deer hides left in the woods by hunters and I have to wonder why they do this? I fully understand and agree about getting the hide off the animal as soon as possible to cool the meat, but why not pack out the hide with you and use it? As far as I know there are no state laws that require you to take the hide home, but to me why waste such a beautiful part of the animal? Some might think they have no use for the hide or it costs too much to tan....