Well, this will be year 3 for me hunting Bear in the D14 in SOCAL. First year was while deer hunting spot and stock. I never hunted the area before so it was mostly scouting mixed in with watching all the LA hunters wander cluelessly by. Last year I was more serious about it an found plenty of scat, tracks, and a possible food source away from the LA deer hunters, but it's not open enough to spot so I'm planning on trying a predator call this year. I just found someone willing to go with me to watch my back.
I think the years of deer hunting have handicaped me, but I'm feelin' like this will be the year of the Bear!
Maine: where did your friend pickup the bear in montana. I passed up a 6 footer earlier this week I didn't want to pack it 14 miles back to the pick up. We were out mountain goat hunting in the Bob Marshal wilderness. My kid still things I should have pulled the trigger. Maybe next week :smile:
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....