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Spring Bear Hunting in Oregon?

Has anyone hunted in Oregon for spring bear? What areas Have the best chances of seeing bears? I am a Pa resident so I won't get any scouting and won't know the area to well. Any tips as to where to start my trip or apply will be helpful. One more thing does anyone know anything about the first come first serve tags?
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Spring Bear Hunting in Oregon?

Without an outfitter or some serious scouting, chances of seeing or shooting one in a high density area is slim. SW Oregon has the highest density and in the spring the foliage is jungle thick. Not to mention you have be part mountain goat to get to where they are. They literally have tunnels through the berry and manzanita thickets to where one could walk right past you and you would never see him. Usually hear them first. I thnk the first come first serve were only for SW Oregon and probably almost gone by now.

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Spring Bear Hunting in Oregon?

I believe you are correct about all the first come tags being from the SW.
Thanks What area of the state is best for Spot and stalk methods. obviousily the SW is out lol

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Re: Spring Bear Hunting in Oregon?
Bennett454 wrote:
Has anyone hunted in Oregon for spring bear? What areas Have the best chances of seeing bears? I am a Pa resident so I won't get any scouting and won't know the area to well. Any tips as to where to start my trip or apply will be helpful. One more thing does anyone know anything about the first come first serve tags?
Thanks
bennett454

Did you ever get your tag for oregon spring bear?

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Spring Bear Hunting in Oregon?

know actually i never applied i was really more curious about the over the counter area. Then i kind of got lazy on the idea I was only considering it because my last day of classes were May 1st and bear season would have only been in for a little while in some areas 2 weeks. Did you apply or hunt?

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Spring Bear Hunting in Oregon?

over in eastern oregon in the blues or anywhere i have been over there has been good fo bears, last fall saw 6 in 3 days. in the starkey unit. Less dense and more open

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Spring Bear Hunting in Oregon?

Okay...I'll admit I'm ignorant (have at it).

I have a SW Oregon Spring Bear Tag and live in Beaverton. I know I'm at an extreme disadvantage, 'cuz I plan to drive down during one or two weekends to pretend to be a hunter. I have no idea where to go to even spot a bear. Any help is appreciated.

Sometimes ya gotta try and see if fellow hunters will help.

(This is not a call for you to give up a "secret spot", but just a request for what NOT to do.) Thanks.
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Spring Bear Hunting in Oregon?
garyflyangler wrote:
Okay...I'll admit I'm ignorant (have at it).

I have a SW Oregon Spring Bear Tag and live in Beaverton. I know I'm at an extreme disadvantage, 'cuz I plan to drive down during one or two weekends to pretend to be a hunter. I have no idea where to go to even spot a bear. Any help is appreciated.

Sometimes ya gotta try and see if fellow hunters will help.

(This is not a call for you to give up a "secret spot", but just a request for what NOT to do.) Thanks.
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If cost of travel is not a problem for you, best chances are going to be around the biscuit burn. Coos county and the Illinois river. Just watch out for pot farmers.

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Spring Bear Hunting in Oregon?

Thanks! I've learned from my previous hunting experiences that low expectations is the way to go. I'll curse you for raising my bar, but raise a glass to you if I'm successful!

The stuff about pot farmers is pretty scary, though!

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Check the forecast!

Just wanted to wish you luck and good hunting!  We just got a foot or more new snow on the road I was driving 3 weeks ago.  I would say to stay below the snow line and I have seen many growing up along the rivers.  It was definately not unusual to see one while fishing outside of Grants Pass as a youth.  I drew the spring tag in my back yard, lol, or I would have no problem spending time in southern oregon.  Some of the most sacred places on earth I have ever visited are down that way-Crater lake-Diamond lake-The mighty Rogue River, I could go on and on but I wont, good luck and keep us posted.

 

P.S.  Just dont steal there pot and you'll be fine.  If you do see someone they probably have seen bear especially with all the time they spend up there, politely ask them for some tips so they know you are there for hunting not to cause problems.  

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that's no joke. darn violent

that's no joke. darn violent hippies gettin all uppity over some skunk-weed.

what's the world coming to when the woods isn't even safe for us anymore?

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