Going on my first bear hunt in less than two weeks. It will be with Jim Shockey in Sask. over bait with a rifle. Any words of wisdom for this hunt. Prcaticed with my 30-06.
Anything to remember, any thoughts on scents?
What time of year are you going? The only thing I would mention is the weather. Earlier in the bear season (opening to mid Sep) shouldn't be too bad, but anytime after 10 Sep or so the weather can turn nasty quick. Our falls are usually very short.
Buzz, you are one lucky guy to be able to hunt with Jim Shockey. He is my all time hunting hero. As far as what you need... a good set of ears! Listen to what Jim tells you. You are hunting with the best!
Did he say that the sweats had to be white? Must still be snow where you'll be hunting.
Here's a quote from Sask hunting regs:
"It is a violation to hunt big game in a designated rifle season, or accompany a hunter, without wearing a complete outer suit of scarlet, bright yellow, blaze orange or white, or any combination of these colors. You must wear head gear of any of these colors except white."
I chuckle when I see photos in hunting mags of people "rifle hunting" in Sask with camo. Basically posing for the "action shot"
Understanding wind currents and thermals in hilly, broken terrain can often be incredibly frustrating. I've found that collecting and storing milkweed seed pods during the late summer has made me a better hunter in the bluff country that I hunt. These little feather like seed dispersers will float on the lightest of air currents and will show you what the wind is not only doing right at you're location but more importantly down range. I like to use the off season to float them...