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I was lucky enough to draw one of the Maryland bear permits. However I have never been bear hunting.

In the Maryland area would you recommend; stand hunting, stalking, still hunting?

Is the use of calling benefitial?

Obviously the morning and evening are good. Is there anything that I should do different during the mid day? Stay put? Move around?

Location: Minnesota,
Joined: 08/28/2004
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Can you use bait ?

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Bait

Baiting is illegal.

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Joined: 10/19/2004
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I have never had much luck calling, and depending on the terrain, I had much rather be in a stand, than on the ground with a wounded bear. I would suggest still hunting, much in the same way as you would whitetail. Find the bears bedding areas & food source & get somewhere in between.

Good Luck, & be safe

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Location: Minnesota
Joined: 03/23/2004
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Baiting may be illegal, but what about the use of scents and attractants? Several states don't allow baiting but will allow a hunter to burn honey or bacon grease as an attractant. If either of these are still considered "food baits" by your state, then I would recommend getting some smoke sticks for bear and burning them. They are a non-food product and when burned give off a smoke trail similar to burning an incense stick. Some manufacturers offer sticks in dead fish, berry and anise fragrances (if you can call the smell of dead fish a fragrance). If you can use smoke sticks, I'd position myself in an elevated stand (10-15 feet high) upwind of their bedding location and burn a couple of sticks so that the smoke drifts into where they are bedded. Focus on the last 3-4 hours of the day before dusk. Bears are curious about new odors, especially if it smells like something that they think they might want to eat. When they smell it, they will come. Good luck.

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