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New bear hunter in need of some tips.

I am going hunting in west virginia this christmas to hunt black bear, I have never hunted bear before and would like any tips you'd have for a new hunter, Any links to websites that have information would be appreciated to! But I have one question, I am going to be hunting them in the winter (december 26th -31st) am I going to be able to see one or are they hibernating 24/7 for the hole winter?

Thanks

~John M

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Location: Middle Tennessee
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New bear hunter in need of some tips.

bear may be scarce that time of year, but Im sure there will be some roaming.. If baiting is legal, that may be the way to go if you can find an area a bear is using.. If dogs are legal...find a good houndsman in the area... If you bait, the bait needs to be out ASAP to get a bear to find it.

Otherwise, good luck...stalk hunting is very difficult in this part of the country

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New bear hunter in need of some tips.

Well I know where the bears den is so I could just wait near its den. What would you reccomend for baiting? And what about calling do they make a cub in distress call?

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Location: Middle Tennessee
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New bear hunter in need of some tips.

I wouldnt go calling a bear. When calling, you become the hunted.. If baiting is legal and you know where the den is, any scraps will work.. Set up the bait near the den and get back about 100 yards if using a high powered rifle and wait... Should do the trick, hopefully

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New bear hunter in need of some tips.

Alright thanks, I only have 5 days to hunt so I dont know if the bear will come into the bait that soon.
Does anyone know any websites that have tips and techniques on bear hunting that go in more depth?

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New bear hunter in need of some tips.

baiting in W V is a big time no no that will get you some jail time
If there is snow on find a fresh track and walk it out the mass crop this year was real good
Or see if you can use dog's someone around there may let you jump in to there hunt ck out "dad's bear' post that bear was shot off 12 plott hound's
on the run

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i just need to knock em down,,i just shot at my first bear

I live in madison va., there is plenty of bear here,,i just got my first shot at one today,,,dec.2 ,06 ,7:00,a.m. i must have got "BOAR" fever,,,i was big buck hunting,and just got down the trail to my stand ,,here came a 100/and some change bear 56 yards away i shot,and he rolled and ran,,i looked up and down that ridge,not a sign of hair,blood ,or nothing....i was heart broken,,i thought for sure i hit it just below the neck,,not my favorite shot ,but he was jogging pretty good ,,and thats all i had in my scope,,,alot of brush,,,,i think im a few inches high at 50 yards ,,so it might just scared him enough to roll,,,thanks for listening,,,i hope you have better luck with your first bear,,,,, later
Madison Mike

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Joined: 12/16/2006
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hunting in wv

I recently moved to Va but I'm hunting bear in WV around Christmas time as well. I will be staying with my parents in Danville (adjacent to Madison Mike). I typically go bear hunting around whitesville at this time of year for something to do and have yet to see a bear. There is scat everywhere but no bear. I'm supposed to try around East Bank this year with a buddy of mine.

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