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Location: Washington's Back Country
Joined: 06/25/2005
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Ok heres the deal guys and gals I got drawn for a Spring Bear tag here in Washington in GMU 121 Huckleberry. I have never shot a bear and never really hunted bear outside of riding around with this old guy who said we were hunting. What can I do? No baiting or Hounds here in Washington.....thank you Tree huggers....so thats besides the point...I could spot and stalk possibly....maybe call....Spot and stalk what kind of areas am I looking for during this time of the year? Anything would be helpful thanks

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Location: Washington
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Spot and Stalk

Check areas that have loads of lush grass and forbs. The bears will be "grazing" there and will eat the best forage first. Around seeps and small meadows are good bets. I'll check with the Region Wildlife Bio for the area. I hunted with him in the fall and can probably get some good info about the spring bear wherabouts. He lives in Huckleberry and might have a good idea.

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Location: Olympia, WA
Joined: 04/25/2005
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I dont know if skunk cabage crows over in huckleberry, but if it does, fresh blooming patches of skunk cabage might be a good place to check out, I know on the westside they will eat the stuff. Dandelions are also a good food source for a bear in the spring, as well as salmon berries later on towards June, depending on weather conditions.

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Location: Washington's Back Country
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Well I live in the Huckleberry too but dont have any idear as to where the bears are this time of the year. The higher country where I see them in the fall still is covered with snow.... sad ...We do have a little skunk cabbage but not a whole lot..

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Location: OlyWa
Joined: 04/27/2005
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Southern slopes, grassy slopes and old grades, seeps or springs. Depending on the area/terrain they will be looking for grasses, flowers and other vegetation in the open as well as ripping logs/stumps for bugs. In the basins and draws they may be looking for skunk cabbage, devils club and salal.

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Joined: 08/27/2004
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Yep they will deffinetly be looking for fresh forage and as for what my fellow bgher above me said big old dead trees are a great place to start stalking they love ripping trees apart in the spring to find big grubs and all kinds of insects, inside hallowed out maples, oaks and whatever kinds of american trees you have there looking for hives. Im not sure if you have blueberrys there but those are great places to look around here big blueberry patches are what they are into here in the startin of summer. Also if you know any good salmon or trout streams or rivers in the area stick around those because if you can catch them there so can the bears.