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preferred elevation for bear

I am scouting some topo maps of the GW national forest in virginia to find some areas to start scouting for bear. Is there a preferred elevation that black bear can be found?

Or is there anything on a topo map that can help me narrow done some good areas to start scouting instead of just randomly walking through the woods?

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Look for streams running off of a hill into a lower lying flattened area. Might be a swamp, and a good place to start tracking. If you get a flattened area surrounded by three or more hills with drainage emptying down, chances are you deffinately have a swamp with some good fall stock surroundings. I also look for very tight ravines, usually makes for good day hiding spots. That's what works for me here for starting. The more you use that map and see the terrain, the better you'll get at reading it. A deffinate plus if you're looking into new spots in the future.

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What ever elevation the food is at when you are hunting. Bears can be at the top of mtns down to the lowest swamp around. If the nut trees are ripe and up high that is where the bears will tend to be. If the rasberries are ripe go lower to logged off areas. Think food, water and cover when scouting for bear.

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If you're in the NE, looks like another good fall mast. You might want to concentrate around that. Won't be much need for them to move around as much.

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Here in the Adirondacks looks like we will have an average acorn crop, but no beechnuts. We had a great year for beechnuts last year, but still didn't get a bear. Cry Brick Wall,)

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If you cant use Bait definitly find some sort of natural feed, this time of year I would say hunt low ground look for dead trees chewed up this time of year they'll be looking for bugs in them termites, beatles and other insects to eat.

Find a Water source (small one beaver pond or small river walk them and look for tracks) When you find fresh sign & food source, find a good spot for a stand in between to two and you should be good to go. Thumbs up

I love those muddy beaver ponds. Theres always a new track around every corner. Nothing beats tracking and scouting man.

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