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Bought my first bear tag this year. Been hunting in the last great place for 18 years, though I left for a few for college Shame on You! I wont be leaving again, ever. no place like home.

I am so ready for this spring bear season I am going nuts. I have been lurking this site for awhile, but figured when I got my first bear (whenever it may be) I would have to log in eventually to show it off.

Any bear hunters around here that are as impatient for the season as I am? I am hunting public forest land and dont care so much about shooting a bear as I do getting out this first time. I would love some tips from anyone, esp. Montana bear hunters, this being my first bear hunt and all.

Who has trips planned for this season? Lets hear about them, as many or few details as you care to include. Put some snuff in'em, too. Hate to think I am the only one this anxious about the season opener.

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5 more weeks (give or take a week) before they start showing up on the grass flats. Spring is on the way Yes !!! Got my tree stand site picked out and all I need to do now is order my broadheads and I'll be in buisness. I really miss the smokehouse raiding, picknic ruining, fishing hole stealing, breaking into your garage to steal your hanging deer, garbage tippers during the winter.
Viva la blackie!!!

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SEAlaskaHunter - What part of AK are you hunting bears? I am looking to go to PoW this fall and I might need some advice.

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POW's the place to be for big black bear. 22 of the top 25 black bear in the state come from this island. If you are planning a fall hunt all you will have to do is find a fish stream and sit back and wait. The Harris River is a good spot, and has a camp ground on it for a nice do it yourself hunt. There are also Forest Service cabins scatterd all over the island that you can rent for something like $5 a day. Staney Creek is also a good spot to find bear that time of the year.

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Hey Bigcallin where are you hunting in Montana? I lived and hunted all around the Kalispell area for several years back in the early 70's. Saw lot's of bears back then but the primo place was up at the Yaak. Only shot a couple, just never got the fever for them. Used to see lot's in the Swan Range, up behind Lakeside (but not to high). Over by Creston and up around Polebridge. God I loved Polebridge. Went back several years ago and took my sister up, she live's in Kalispell and didn't even know where it was! Place has been taken over by hippies. Used to go up to the store and get a couple chunks of Rat Cheese to take out with us.

Back then,if you didn't get a bear, you didn't want one!

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SEAlaskaHunter wrote:
POW's the place to be for big black bear. 22 of the top 25 black bear in the state come from this island. If you are planning a fall hunt all you will have to do is find a fish stream and sit back and wait. The Harris River is a good spot, and has a camp ground on it for a nice do it yourself hunt. There are also Forest Service cabins scatterd all over the island that you can rent for something like $5 a day. Staney Creek is also a good spot to find bear that time of the year.

Thanks. Looks like we will be at Karta Lake the first week of Sept. Oh yea, the cabin rental is more like $35 a night, not bad (but not as nice as $5)

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Getting ready for spring bear here in WA if I get drawn. I was thinking of hunting POW in '07 possibly. I also saw a bunch of bears in the Chugach State Park when I was there. DT

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DT - What units did you apply for? I got a good one last spring in one of the Western WA units.

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Don Fischer wrote:
Hey Bigcallin where are you hunting in Montana?

For Bear, I am taking a shot in the dark. Planning on taking a short 4 day trip south of Livingston, in the Gallatin's, east of the Highway. It is close to home (by my hunting standards anyway), about 6 hrs drive. I see a few Bears come out of this area every year. Odds probably are'nt that good, but harvesting is the least of my concerns. To get out and get experience is my main goal. Taking 3 hunters, 2 fisherman aiming for trout on the Yellowstone.

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billythekidrock, I put in for some of the east side units. If you get drawn for Kapowsin and don't know where to go just ask. I have hunted there my whole life. My 15 year old cousin shot a 300 pound cinnamon there last year. Dirty Tough

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Thanks.

Next year there will be 6 more eastside units open for spring bear......

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