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Minnesota bear season opens Sept. 1St. I would sure like to hear some stories.(I did not get drawn this year)

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So out there you have to draw tags to hunt bears? How does it work there if you dont mind me asking?

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We have a lottery system for bear, turkey and moose. Part of Minnesota is a "No Quota Zone" where you can purchase licenses over the counter. Not as many bears in that area so the state in it's wisdom allows you to shoot 2 bears in that zone. The rest of the state, mainly Northeastern Minnesota is divided into zones. You apply for a license in the zone you want to hunt. Each year you are not drawn you earn points. As your points accumulate your odds of being drawn are better. Where I hunt you average every 2-3 years to get drawn. In these "Lottery" areas you are only allowed to take one bear. I need to figure out a way to hunt in your country that fits in my budget. My daughter and her husband are bear guides. They own their own business. I think they would like to link up with an outfitter in Canada but I don't know how that works.

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Sounds like the bears are really hitting the baits. My Son-In-Law guided 4 hunters opening weekend they filled out plus seeing a lot of other bear.

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Yea the bears are all over out here. Im not sure how that works either but Im sure someday if everything works out with me I might be able to offer you a hunt up here sometime.

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atomikall, Sounds good to me. My son-in-law just called me. He was walking in to check a bait when a cub ran up the trail toward him. It turned right off into the woods. Then a second cub ( they may have been yearlings) ran toward him and made a left turn into the woods. You guessed it, next came mama bear. She came running up the trail but did not turn. He estimated her at 250 pounds plus. Her ears back and eyes locked on him. He was unarmed. He grabbed onto a small birch tree and swung his foot at her aiming for her snout. Her mouth opened to bite his foot, she snapped at his boot then turned and ran off. Thumbs up

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Sounds like what happened to me this year I had a small boar come hauling at me but I scared the shit outta him and he took off like a bat outta hell. Im glad everything is okay though close call from now on I carry some sort of weapon.

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I have been charged in the dark 2 times. No flashlight or weapon.

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I was taking photos in a nearby marsh this evening when I heard this growling noise. It was shortly followed by a branch snapping. Soon after that I heard that distinctive jaw pop and huff warning. I never got to see it though. I did however see a set of smaller bear tracks by the water's edge.

Blackbear, your son in law must have nerves of steel. One hell of a story to tell his kids eh?

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jfrench, He has had a busy week. Last Sunday his wife (my daughter) went into labor. 40 Mile trip to the hospital was too far. She gave birth with her husbands assistance in the front seat of the pick-up truck 12 miles from the hospital.
After the baby was born their 3-year old (from the back seat) said "Good job Dad!"
Which would you choose, your wife giving birth in your truck or being charged by a sow Black Bear "protecting" her cubs? Think
They are good kids. Good bear guides too. There is a TV crew up here this weekend filming a hunt with them. "Knockout Hunting Adventures." They were on that show last year too. ( Sorry about the bragging, Grandfather stuff ya know)

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Wow. Now that is one heck of tale to tell. You should be proud. I like the part where your grandson said good job. That's classic. Laugh I hope everything is fine with your new grandchild, and congrats Thumbs up .

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