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heard em hooting last night..

I wouldnt be 1% sure unless i saw them doing it,it never pays to assume anything

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heard em hooting last night..

I am skeptical, but willing to learn.

I have posted this link at other boards at a couple sites and have yet to get a response. (can't post links to them here 'cause they will be deleted by the mods)

Hopefully this topic will teach us all a thing or two about bear vocalizations.
Though I will not be swayed 100% until I see it with my own eyes and hear it with my own ears.

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Hootin Bears
jonesy wrote:
The last couple of nights i've heard them again, going bk and forth. One of the nights it was not quite dark yet. Going to go up on the mountain, in general direction where i heard it coming from. I know there is no guarantee that it will help, but i may just get lucky Big smile .

I just joined and not sure i'm doing this right ???

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Hootin Bears

Last Fall i was sittin on my bearbait and listening to an (owl) hootin about
an hour before dark. About 1/2 hour later, a large bear came into my bait from the direction of the hooting. Back at camp i told this storey and my brotherinlaw told me that over in Vermont at a friend of his, they sit on the back deck of his house and hoot the bears in and turn on the floodlights when they get close.
a couple of days later, i tried hootin at my bearbait as i dismantled it and
turned around to see a hundred pound bear standing up looking at me about
100 yards away upwind. I have never "seen" a bear hootin but as they say..
"somethin is goin on here". At 55 years old and hunting for 45 years, i think
i just learned somthin?????? ;-O here is a pic of the bear

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heard em hooting last night..

Since this topic came up last year I have been asking alot of other bear hunters that I know about it. A couple have told me that they have heard an actual hooting sound while on or near a bait. Very interesting to me.

I am wondering if it is more of a variation on the pulsing sound or moans.

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Location: SE Alaska
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heard em hooting last night..

While I have never heard an actual hoot from a bear I do know they are very vocal animals and make sounds that you would not expect them to make. It would not surprise me a bit.

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Re: Hootin Bears
Tommy wrote:
Last Fall i was sittin on my bearbait and listening to an (owl) hootin about
an hour before dark. About 1/2 hour later, a large bear came into my bait from the direction of the hooting. Back at camp i told this storey and my brotherinlaw told me that over in Vermont at a friend of his, they sit on the back deck of his house and hoot the bears in and turn on the floodlights when they get close.
a couple of days later, i tried hootin at my bearbait as i dismantled it and
turned around to see a hundred pound bear standing up looking at me about
100 yards away upwind. I have never "seen" a bear hootin but as they say..
"somethin is goin on here". At 55 years old and hunting for 45 years, i think
i just learned somthin?????? ;-O here is a pic of the bear

Thats a nice looking bear. congrats! welcome aboard.

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Probably "hooting"

Where I live there is a wildlife park with 2 captive bears. In addition the Red Lake Indian Reservation is nearby and I have sat for one-half hour at a time watching and listening to black bears who raid the dumpsters there. At both of these locations I have frequently heard a communication that could be roughly termed "hooting". The vocalization I am familiar with occurs between bears and is usually made by one bear as an inferiority display. It usually goes like this--a more dominant bear hisses and sometimes bluff-charges a less dominant bear, and the less dominant bear backs away, cowers, and makes a "hrnk. hrnk, hrnk" sort of sound to show it's submission. It is exactly the same sound called "A Bear Family Conversing" on the http://www.bear.org/Black/Sounds.html website someone listed earlier.

The sound I am describing may or may not be the same one Jonesy is talking about. When I have seen it made it is made between bears that are familiar with each other, not when 2 bears are genuinely competing for food or to breed a sow--those confrontations can be deadly. The interaction I have seen is more like a hierarchy being established between bears that "know"(?) each other. And the less-dominant bear utters it several times in quick succession.

This following is a total guess and I could be wrong. Perhaps what some people have been hearing in the woods are, for example, a yearling bear and his mother staying in contact. Their second year of life the mother drives her yearling away, but they often still share the same home range if they are both females. From what I understand when a yearling male gets kicked out he is "on his own" and has to go establish new territory but I would guess he, too, hangs around his mom's turf as long as he can like a teenager that doesn't want to move out! Anyway, maybe the mother bear still "hoots" to her young'n, but doesn't let them get too close.

Bear behavior is the last great frontier for big game hunters and people are discovering more and more fascinating knowledge about them all the time.

Bearmag

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Black bear hooting

I've seen enough posts I decided to comment regarding my third hand AND personal experience.  My Grandfather was the Hermit Perley Swett in Stoddard NH who lost over 100 goats mostly to a black bear that began eating them - numerous stories in Keene Sentinel from the 1960's to 1970's covering that bear. He saw the bear and saw it hoot.  He reported it to my Dad who told me one night when my Dad and I both heard it.  It DOES indeed sound like the Barred Owl, very much so, just a little deeper and slower. They both noted that.  Per my grandfather, when the black bear hoots, it rocks back to its hind legs and then forward a couple times during the hoot.  I heard it many times in Sullivan NH where I grew up and my Dad confirmed the sound to me as my grandfather confirmed it to him.  I shared it with my kids on various family camping trips.  Many times we would hear it as two distant sounds that slowly worked toward each other in the night - apparent mating calls.  My wife was still skeptical. Then it happened - we were living in West Keene up Hurricane road area and were woken up in the night by the same sound - it was much louder.  We (my wife and I) both got up.  One came from one side of our house and the other came from the other side of our house.  They both got louder and louder until they were both on our land.  They were both definitely within 100 yards of our house.  One may comment that we too did not "see" the bears and that is true. (I was too scared to venture out with a light - wouldn't you be?). However,  we opened the windows and the sound of two bears actually mating and the related grunting we heard was NOT, definitely NOT the sound of two Barred Owls.  My wife ceased questioning this from that day on.  There were multiple sightings of black bears in that area by neighbors and both my wife and I saw a black bear about a mile from our house crossing the road not long afterwards.  We know black bears frequented that area and the other sounds we heard that night of the result of their mating call "working" when they reached each other convinced us beyond any doubt at all.  Black bears do hoot as their mating call.

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bear "talk"

I am from upstate NY.  We live on 15 acres surrounded by state land.  We obviously have an abundance of wildlife, including bears (and owls).  While cutting firewood from our property one year, we actually saw a small owl perched on a tree stump, watching us.  We have heard off and on, over the years, what we assumed were owls communicating with one another.  I'm sure some of them were in fact owls.  However, after a trip to the hunting camp, I now know some of those "hoots" were not owls, but bears.  Here's what happened - while we were at camp, outside talking, I commented on the owls that were sounding off.  My daughters boyfriend laughed and said those aren't owls, they are bears.  I laughed back and said, bears don't hoot.  To that, he cupped his hands around his mouth and let out the exact sounding "hoot" I had just heard.   A few seconds later we heard the reply.  I still wasn't convinced.  After a few more exchanges and what I heard next, I totally changed my mind.  After the last "hoot" coming from out in the woods, we heard the chattering of baby cubs (which sounded more like typical bear sounds). Unless owls can imitate baby bears, I can tell you with 100% certainty, bears do vocalize in a hooting manner.  It is a series of high and low pitch short hoots, the last one coming out like a wavering throaty sound.  

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