Well it is a good story if you enjoy tripping over a bear every 10 yards or so in a 2 mile area of land I spotted 30 bears but I am sure I have counted 1 or 2 bears twice..In any event it is still an alarming number of Bears in a small area.
I basicaly sat is a small patch of brush for a while and watched the Bears come out one by one and sizing them up, Quite a few small bears came out in the 175-225 lbs range, Finaly I saw this good solid 300 lb Bear I figured it would be a perfect first bear so I started to move up on it closer and closer untill I closed the gap to 60ish yards. and after calming my nerves I took a text book shot hitting boath lungs and the heart.
And that was my first bear hunting experiance in short form.
NICE BEAR!! thats a wicked story to go with it too. The same thing happened to me last weekend. I had just attempted a stalk on a bear and was walking back to my stand to retrieve my hat i had left there. I wasn't paying much attention as it was getting dark and it was hard to keep quite. i kept walking and before i knew it there was a bear laying in the feild 10 yards ahead of me. OOhh and did i mention this is using a bow. To cut the story short the bear never offered a clear shot at its vitals. It later heard me sneaking toward it and stood up for a split second and ran off. If i had only stayed in the stand it would have been a 6 yard shot . ,) . Stalking a bear with a bow is a little more challenging and exciting. A rifle is too dont get me wrong.
One of the most important components of deciphering a new hunting area is distinguishing between the summer and winter ranges for the game that you plan to pursue. Without knowing this you cannot make reliable assumptions about where the game will be come opening day. Knowing these areas will allow you to take the current weather (as well as the past couple weeks) and apply that to the landscape and make an educated guess as to where you might find that big buck or bull.
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