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Was successful on my frist time drawing...unit 716A. As a frist time bear hunting, any and all advice welcomed. Anyone familair with this unit/...wannna tell which tree I need to hide behind? (chuckles)

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Where is that unit JR? Near you somewhere? See ya Wed!

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Don,
716A is N.Cascades unit...description from regs:

The Santaim Unit excluding the Marion and Linn Co. portion outside the Willamette NF; the Mckenize Unit excluding the Linn Co. portion outside the Willamette NF.

the NF is just miles from house, so dont have to travel far Only thiing is, the area I had seen the bears tracks this past deer season, and the area I had built a couple different brushpile blinds, is timber company land. Silly me...oh well. Half the fun is scouting new lands anyways.

Dutchess says to tell your boys Hi, she be there Wed. to tease 'em... Mr. Cool!

Is anyone familair with the 716A unit?

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whiskey,
I also drew a 716a tag, that is the santiam unit for the most part, I've been hunting up there for 15 years. I have seen quitea few bears up there, outside of ripplebrook is good country as well as near timothy lake, i have a friend who is up there walking the pipeline near timothy lake says he see's bear a few times a week.

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Thanks Numbnutz,

If Im reading the regs right, hunt only INSIDE the NF? Im stoping my the SweetHome ranger station tomorrow to get a current map.

I have elk hunted up behind the "mountain house" a few times. Thought I may try up around there. Figured Ild use this spring hunt to scout for the fall hunt. Or are they in completly different areas from spring to fall?

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i found a web site called bigskymaps.com that sells maps of all the oregon hunt units,i have ordered from there, the maps are great and in great detail,they are $7.95 and well worth it

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from what i understand from the regs is canhunt all areas of santiam and mckinzie units exept in the marion and linn county ares have to be in the NF

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more tips, hunt low elevations below snow line, south faceing slopes and areas with spring grasses poping up, thats what the bears will be eating, in other words find a foodsource and stake it out

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Thanks Numbnutz, I can use all the tips ya wanna give

Checked the website out, ordered me a map, thanks. In this unit what would you say was the average distance for a shot?

****scraches chin and wonders if he could convince the local gamewarden that his dog was hunting grouse, and not in fact tracking bear?***

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on average your shots will be within 50 yards, kinda dence woods, but good clearings, and open meadows if you can find them, near the pipelines and powerline clearings you can see as far as the landscape will allow

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Thanks again for the advice, another silly question.
Bear Hunting, is it a "Sneak and stalk" kind of hunt, or more of a "hide and wait" type hunt?

Yes I know I will need to scout and find signs and such, was wondering more once I find a spot with signs. I would think it is more a hide and wait type thing?

***wonders if he can convice the game warden that the pile of steaks laying on the log, is actually my lunch I was just "airing" out before cooking?***

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