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Good Morning All,

This is my first post to this site- this is also my first season bear hunting, with my bow no less. I have been deer hunting for sixteen years but this is my first bear season. Anyway, my question is- do you carry some security while hunting with your bow when hunting bear? I've done alot of reading this summer on the subject but no real answers. I'll be hunting in New Hampshire. Should I carry some mace? or an axe? or should I just hunt with my 30-06 for the first time? There are bears in the area we are hunting. We hung our stands a few weeks ago and saw a small bear right in the area, along with a few clawed up trees. Any suggestions? Think

Thanks- good to be here.
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If you are with a hunting partner who is using a firearm, then you should be set. If you're hunting alone it wouldn't hurt to carry some back up. Mainly for recovery. You don't want to be following a blood trail, then suddenly be suprised by a bear in waiting. Or one you thought was dead. It just doesn't hurt to be safe.

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Hey Bundy
Wlcome to BGH.net. You will find it a much better site than where you have been Thumbs up Aint nobody here carries dull arrows for bear. If you go to the Black bear section there is a topic open on this right now.
Hunting bears over bait in Canada I carry a few stones to scare any "non-shooters" away when it is time to get out of the stand. I usualy have a small pepper spray with me also just in case I have a bear that is dead set on getting in the stand with me. Have never used the spray but have had it in my hand ready to a couple of times.
Can you bait in NH??
To be honest I never take the bow first time I go to hunt anything. I always take a gun and scope things out for future bow hunting opertunities. Esp if you are hunting bears over bait for the first time. Bears moving around under you can be a little shal we say stressfull esp to some one who has never hunted them before. So my sudgestion is take both with you if possible. Carry the 06 the first watch or 2 and see how you feel then about dragging the bow up with you on the next watch???
Good luck and post photos

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I agree for your first hunt I would take your gun. Then when you feel more comfortable about hunting them take your bow I dont hunt bears with a bow so I wouldnt know how it feels to hunt them with one but if you do I would be bringing a sidearm with you and since you are from the states Im sure you are allowed if you have the correct licences but thats just me atleast bring something with you that you know will fend one off bear mace Ive heard works good too the ones with the spray nozzle some will shoot in access to 30 feet so they work pretty good I think.

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Thanks for the advice guys- I've been thinking about it all weekend. I'm gonna try and take both weapons into the tree with me, of course, with all the screw in equipment pegs, it's gonna look like a decorated christmas tree!!! lol . Yes, you are allowed to bait in New Hampshire. The only thing is, the season starts on Sept.1, and you cannot bait until Sept.1, unlike Maine where you are allowed to bait a few weeks before the start of the season. Along with my rifle and bow, I do have a small cannister of mace I can clip on my belt. My brother-in-law is a cop, he said he can get me one of those riot control cans that look like a fire extinguisher-what do ya think Think , a little overboard. Thanks again.

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Not overboard atall I would rather have that than a little can of mace.

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If it's not overkill then I'm gonna go with it. Thanks for all your help Big smile

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Bundy,

Welcome to BGH! I thought about hunting bear in NH this year but it's not gonna work for me this year. I'm going to CO to hunt elk with my muzzleloader on the the 6th of Sept. Sounds like you've checked the rules on baiting already. It's pretty restrictive in NH. You need to supply F&G with a map locating your bait sites and a bunch of other baloney. To be honest, it's too much trouble to mess with for this year. Like you said, you can't bait before the season starts. I hunt on private land owned by a small company. I would need to get written permission to bait on their property. Are you hunting on private land? Since you're in MA I would guess you're hunting southern NH? Good luck with it!

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Hi NH Hunter,

Yes I am hunting private land. I will be hunting in central NH, my Lt. on the fire department owns 90 ac.- he doesn't hunt or fish and offered up his camp and land for the entire season, you don't walk into a sweet deal like this often, that's for sure. He said he just wants some meat if i'm lucky. I usually cook for my crew at the station anyway. They love venision tips on the grill when it's cold outside!! Thumbs up

Bundy

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Bear steaks anyone?

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Yep for sure You? 6 days and Ill have some on the table.

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