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Oregon Spring Bear

from the hunters i have talked to they prefer spot and stalk,some have found good area with sign and used predator calls, i like to do both

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I heard today there was good bear hunting down around smith res. Was curious if you had heard anything one way or other, Numbnutz...or anyone else?

There is a camp ground on the northern end. Maybe the bears come around for 'camper snacks"?

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762A

We were successful for drawing unit 762A - Pine Cr, Catherine Cr, Keating.

We have never hunted these units but heard they are pretty good, anything we should know about? Tips, comments, or general advice?

Thanks!

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I've never hunted that unit, Gunner. Good Luck. I curious on the size difference between the easter bears and the western bears. I have heard the bears in the valley tend to be smaller then their eastern cousins. Never hunted much on the eastern side. Do know the whitetails sure lot bigger then our puny blacktails

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Oregon Spring Bear

I am interested in Fall Bear hunting, as I forgot to put in for a Spring Bear tag. Do you have any recommendations on hunting techniques for Bear. This is the first time I have hunted them. I got a couple on my game cam when we were scouting preseason for archery last year. I think I will go back to that same area and try, I saw a lot of tracks, and then had them on camera. I would like to use my bow, but would be willing to use my 7mm also. Do you know if there is a pound limit on your bow for bear? Anyhow, any tips would be greatly appreciated.

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Bear Reg Questions

Huntress

Your best bet to find answers on poundage and limits and all that is to look in the ODFW big game regs. They usually outline that stuff pretty well. You will have to get pretty close to make a good kill shot with a bow.

Hope this helps. Good luck

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hey whiskey, did you get your map yet, and if so what do you think?

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not yet...will let ya know what I think when I get 'em

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3 digit unit #s

hey on my maps i don't see the unit numbers expressed in three digits?
are you guys hunting the washington side or something?
(is it the controlled hunt #?)
i drew the oregon sw spring bear which is pretty much all of the 20's on the odfw map.as for bears the place crawls with em,if you can't cut tracks or find sign you aren't out of your truck.i've been after a pretty big bruin for a couple of years with my mom,she really likes bear meat but i don't want just any little bear myself(taxidermy$$$).tips i would toss out is try to keep about 50 yds on your blind side,i can't tell you how often bears have snuck up on me while i was just kicking back.also look for areas with tracks and poop near water with two trails (enter and exit) bears like to have their options open.alot of the times they will circle around you before coming in,and be prepared for more than one bear as well.
i've sat still while 5 bears have worked an area together,and have heard of as many as 10 hitting a food source or watering hole.
when i killed my first bear as a kid i just sat there watching raccoons through out the day,when they suddenly scattered off the rotten corn i saw a boar come in and sniff around for about 10 minutes before he made the clearing.pay attention to what the rest of the critters are doing if you are working a good spot and if you hear a woof and grunt behind you just maintain your cool.
all the people who tag out year after year set up bait before the season to bring in bear to areas that smell like people. the odfw uses bacon to get the tetracycaline into the bears to gage age with teeth.i like to cook bacon at camp before i go out in the morning and make no attempts to get out of the smoke either.works for me,probably work for you too.i have run into a guy that wore a sack of bacon around his neck in the woods as well,he swore by it.

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Welcome to BGH Brok Lee. Sounds like you are a bear hunter!

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