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hello i am a 14 year old maryland resident and this year me and my dad both got drawn for the license this is a one in a lifetime thing for marylanders and would like to know tips hint or possible locations 

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Welcome to the forum and

Welcome to the forum and congradulations on that bear tag. 

There are very few member on here from Maryland so you may not get very many responses to your question but I would suggest that you contact the game and fish office for the area that you have the tag for and talk with the regional biologist and see what they have to recommend. 

You don't say what type of hunt it is going to be.  Is it a rifle, or archery hunt and if either can you use bait and is it for this fall or next spring?  If it is a spring hunt and you can use bait it should be fairly easy to locate and bag a bear, if it is a fall hunt where you can't use bait then that is a whole different matter. 

Good luck on the hunt and come back and let us know how you did.  Even if you don't bag a bear the story should be a good one. 

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well its in the fall with

well its in the fall with rifle it is a four day season and we cant use bait, lures or electronic calls

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Spot and stalk may be a hard

Spot and stalk may be a hard one for you to do unless you know of a area that holds bears.  Out west we would find a large meadow that we could watch but I don't know what the area that you have the tag for is like.  As I mentioned the best thing would be for you to contact the area biologist with your fish and game and see what he has to say and recommend. 

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ok thank you

ok thank you

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The area we will be hunting

The area we will be hunting is mostly mature forrest with numerous 20-50 acre older clearcuts mixed in. Would you recommend sitting on the hardwood flats and trying to intercept them feeding or climbing a tree overlooking the thicker clearcuts? We will be hunting pretty much all day and as we said previously there is no baiting allowed.

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find the food

From hunting bears a few times in TN and in CO, I think you need to find the best food source. Do some research in your area and find out what they prefer to eat that time of year. Berries or mast or something else? They will be eating up to 20 hours a day getting ready for their winter nap. Also try to find an area with a known high population and try to find travel routes. They will travel logging roads and trails just like deer do. Get out before season and walk the trails and roads and look for any secondary trails that intersect with the larger ones. Fall hunts can be tough, be prepared to put lots of miles on your feet. I wouldn't rely on stand hunting unless you find an area with massive amounts of sign and food sourses. If you can look up the past years harvest stats, it may give you an idea of the population compared to other areas. Good luck on your hunt.

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Besides the above you can try

Besides the above you can try calling them in. Any predator call will work. Sit back to back with your dad so they don't sneak in behind you.

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How much sign do you

How much sign do you typically find in one area. We are only finding 1-2 piles of scat in any given area. Talked to adjoining landowners and they claim they have seen 6 different bears in the area this past few months and a neighboring farmer said he ran 9 out last winter while he was cutting his corn. Did find this tree.

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I'm not sure how it is in

I'm not sure how it is in Maryland, but here in Colorado the bears are trying to fatten up for winter. They're out 20 hours a day looking for food, and are moving around pretty fast. Where you see sign one day that bear could be miles away the next day. We have the same laws that you do here. No bait, dogs etc. Spot and stalk, spot and shoot, or calling are the only options. You can also combine two methods by spotting, and trying to call it in instead of stalking. Just depends on what style of hunting you like.

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