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Newbie needs opinions on using cub distress call

Would anyone care to share their opinions on using a bear cub distress call for spring black bear in Oregon? I will be hunting in the Northwest coast range. No baiting is allowed and gas is going up daily it seems, so I am looking for the most effective call or legal method to bring one in. The average success among hunters in the unit I will be hunting in is very low (about 5%). The terrain is heavily wooded with some clear cuts here and there.

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Newbie needs opinions on using cub distress call

Cub distress can work, but it can also scare off bears. I would suggest a cow/calf elk or fawn distress as well as rabbit distress. I would find out if there is much timber damage in the area and concentrate on the heavily hit areas.
Feel free to send me a message with any questions.

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From what I have read more sows are killed using a cub distress than boars. So personaly I would not use this type of call, if you shoot all your sows you have no bears!

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I agree with the last two posts. A cub distress call wil certainly attract a sow, which is not what you want to shoot. A fawn distress call would be more likely to attract a boar.

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Newbie needs opinions on using cub distress call

Although cub distress calls can be good for getting sows, they can also be successful for getting boars. Boars like to eat young cubs, because if a sow loses her cub, they immediately go into heat again. That is why a bear mating call can be successful no matter what time of the year it is, because a sow can go into heat at any time if she loses her cub. So although a cub distress can call in a sow, as long as you check carefully that the bear has no cubs, you should be OK. Although I have not had success with this technique yet myself, I have seen videos and read books that say that boars will come in to a cub in distress.

I might suggest using a bear mating call and a predator call as your main "go-to" calls. A mating call should call in a boar most the time, and if it calls in a sow, it is because the sow has no cubs.

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Newbie needs opinions on using cub distress call

Thanks for all the advice. I have read that the cub distress call might bring in a sow that has left her cubs behind to investigate and I definitely want to avoid shooting a sow in that scenario. But I wouldn't hesitate to take a sow otherwise. The black bear population here in Oregon is healthy and the pressure on these bears is low. I will look in to the mating calls.

Thanks again.

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Newbie needs opinions on using cub distress call

kbz123,

Awsome pictures of the country up there. The green open valley areas are fantastic. The unit I will be hunting in has a lot more trees. The open valleys are harder to find in this area. Nice bears too.

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Any predator/distress call can call in a sow that has left its cubs behind. In W. WA you do not have the ability to properly identify a sow vs boar most of the time and definately do not have time to determine if it has cubs or not.
I have called in boars and sows with cub distress, but I have scared away bears with cub distress as well. I have never scared away a bear with elk/calf distress and only scared away one that I know of with fawn distress.

You will have a higher percentage of bears coming in (especially when cold calling) with a fawn/calf distress.

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