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.
There can be too much of a good thing with antler rattling.
I like to hit the horns together for a good 30- to 40-second rattling sequence and then hang them up and resist the urge to hit them again.
This works to the hunter's advantage, because if a buck has heard it, he may have been 300 or 400 yards away and he comes in and he's not exactly sure where it came from.
When finally is time to rattle again throw a slight change-up into the routine.
The second time, don't rattle as loud...