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Well our first attempt at a do it yourself Minnesota bear was a success. After scouting and finding large bear sign (which I described in an earlier post) and lots of hard work - I believe we harvested the one leaving the sign.

My son and I sat in a stand together so that he could experience bear hunting, with the hope of taking him out next year to try and harvest one.

The bear measured 5'9" from the nose to the base of the tail, its chest measured 45" around and the estimated weight was 300-350 pounds.
2 1/4" between canines and front pads where just a hair over 5"

I am going back tomorrow after work to try and fill the second tag during the second weekend, but could be a lot more work if I get one because I will be alone this weekend. Every bait that we place was completely cleaned up every morning.

We sat this bait at 4:30 pm on the 1st, at 5:50 a bear (approx. 150lbs) came in but was jumpy, about an hour later had another bear come in but held up in the cover and would not commit to the bait. 20 minutes before dark this guy came out and took what seemed like forever to come towards the cubby. He never really did commit, when within about 10' of the bait he turned around and started to leave, so grabbed the rifle and shot. The bear ran about 50 yards and piled up.

Was a great experience for both of us, but talk about work. It took us about 3 hours to get it out to the pickup and was finally skinned, quartered, and on ice at 2:20 AM in the campground.

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First Minnesota Black Bear - Blackbear thanks for the advice

Fantastic, congrats on a great bear. Is this your first? Beware bear hunting can become an addiction.

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Nice bear trapper!!!!

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First Minnesota Black Bear - Blackbear thanks for the advice

ADK, I shot my first bear about 15 years ago in Manitoba with an outfitter, 150 pound sow. This is my second and my first doing it myself.

The addiction already set in, I am heading out this evening to attempt to fill my second tag. But doubt I will find a bigger one.

I am not the type to shoot something just for the sake of filling a tag or killing an animal. Hopefully I can find a larger one or a color phase but I have heard the chances are slim for that in Minnesota?

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Nice bear trapper congrats Thumbs up on the hunt do you have any more pics to share and how did your hunt go last night?

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First Minnesota Black Bear - Blackbear thanks for the advice

Won't make it out there until this evening and will return Sunday. I will post if another one falls!

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Thumbs up

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First Minnesota Black Bear - Blackbear thanks for the advice

Great bear Thumbs up I'll bet your son is feeling the addiction also Yes

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Congrats nice bear, I hope a nice one like that decides to visit my bait sometime soon Thumbs up
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Trapper62, Good job. Are you hooked now too?

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Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up

Great job NoDak trapper. Tell them all back home you got it in the Turtle Mts.LOL

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