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.
From the books that I have read, there is a lot of importance in knowing every nook and cranny of your hunting territory as well as the animal that you are hunting. So scouting as much as possible, just walking the land, will give you a good idea of what's around the corner or what's on the other side of a hill. Which can be very beneficial.
Making your own maps of human and deer trails, and different types of foliage such as group of pines,...