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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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Location: OlyWa
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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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Location: Na Hamsha
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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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Location: OlyWa
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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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Location: Minnesota
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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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