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.
Accuracy. What an incredible way to give yourself a true advantage.
Go to your club and get a bunch of guys together - and put a target out there at 250 meters. Break out the deer rifles and see who can shoot a decent group, even off of the bench, at this distance. I think you will be shocked at how few can do it.
So - with that in mind, I recently set out to try to develop a semi-custom rifle that I could afford and that would shoot - repeatedly - at MOA.
I started with a platform that I love...