Good deal. Thank you for the lead, I'll definitely be doing some scouting!
When bear sign is located, do they usually stay in the area, or do they cover a lot of territory?
When I find an abundance of bear sign in the form of scat and fresh tracks, I figure they are still around. Last year, we started to see a bunch of concentrated bear sign in two different areas. In the morning, I saw some very large tracks that were not there the night before.
I hunted the ridge above those tracks and was about two miles from them when I shot a 6' -400 pounder that walked right up to me (25yd shot). I am not saying that it was the same bear, I am simply saying that the very large tracks belonged to a large bear like the one I shot.
I recently went backpacking in the Los Padres National Forest between Pyramid Lake and Piru Lake. LOTS of bear sign including some huge tracks and a lot of scat.....never saw one though. The tracks were only a few days old as there was a pretty good rain the week before.
A perk of majoring in wildlife biology in college is the plethora of hunting knowledge that you collect throughout your course load. One of the most important factors in whether an area can hold large quantities of animals or produce large antlers is forage.
Most universities, state schools and even community colleges offer basic botany courses and plant ID courses. Although it might not be feasable for the average middle age hunter to pay tuition and go back to college to learn hunting...