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Location: Ft Bragg, NC
Joined: 02/02/2008
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North Carolina Bear Hunt

I recently moved to North Carolina and have heard great things about the black bear. I am looking for a good spot to hunt public land, preferably close to Ft Bragg. I am currently looking at Bladen Lake due to its proximity however they only have 3 day a week hunting. This is an issue as I can't get away during the work week. Are there any better places nearby that I can try my luck at or am I better off working the Bladen Lake scene one day a week on Saturdays. Also, is calling a viable option for bears in NC? If not what are better options? I appreciate any help.

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Joined: 07/30/2007
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North Carolina Bear Hunt

If you can't request leave, try to plan a hunt around one of your 72 hour weekends if possible. If you're not tied down with family you should think about taking leave and hopping a flight to the northwest. Do they still allow you to hop military flights?

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Location: Ft Bragg, NC
Joined: 02/02/2008
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North Carolina Bear Hunt

Yes, I can try for a 3 day or 4 day weekend. However certain areas are 3 day a week hunting only which leaves only Sat open, possibly Monday. There is also no Sunday hunting. We can take Hops but they are uncertain. I am trying to do the hunting in NC. I also am not a fan of baiting a bear and my understanding is that is the predominant method in the Northeast.

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North Carolina Bear Hunt

Sorry to hear about Sundays. I didn't realize NC practiced that. Having just saturday is going to be a damper. You should try to find someone to go with and plan on hunting Saturdays. Instead of bait, go with scents and possibly calling. It wouldn't hurt to speak with any guides who are close to you. You may not be able to take three days, but maybe due to your circumstances you can work something out for three or four saturdays. You could always travel on Friday after weekend dismissal, and lodge there friday night. You never know until you ask. I never heard of a business that turned away business.

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