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Just wondering, anybody stillhunt for bear and has that ever produced for you? I came close last year while stillhunting in gulch here in Oregon. Used the creek as cover noise. Had my son with me and didn't expect to get anything. Was mainly for father son time. I would like to try it again this spring and would like any pointers?

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Yeah, been mulling this one over a bit. Bear still hunting out west might be called spot and stalk and is a very effective way to hunt. Back east not-so much. The nose and ears of a black bear leave deer in the dust. Here in NY during early bear season up in the ADK's (mid sept) I still hunt while scouting for stand locations (no baiting or dog hunting for bears in NY). Have I killed bears doing it? Yes. How much of it was luck? A lot.
So you want advice on still hunting bears.
1- dont make any noise
2- dont smell like anything at all

Work the wind and hunt food producing areas and you run the possibility of seeing a bear so engrosed in eating that it is not paying attention as it should.

Be Lucky and be out there.

Good luck

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In the last ten or so years.
Every bear I have seen was while on an Elk hunt.
Every bear that I or anyone I know has taken. Was while on an Elk hunt.
Spot and stalk (still hunting, I'll guess is the same thing) is, as my experience goes, a chance situation. Being in the right place at the right time.
Of course any precautions, covers will no doubt increase your chances of getting close enough.

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Thanks Guys! In Oregon, No Dogs, No Bait either. Here in the SW part of the state the bear population is enormous. A good reason for that is the substantial cover and lack of hunting. You can see sign everywhere, but the bear is a diffferent story. Being from Alabama, Oregon Bear hunting reminds me of whitetail hunting back home. Now you see um! Now you don't. I have spotted a couple, but couldn't get close enough for the shot. What I meant by stillhunting is, creeping slowly along abandoned loggin roads and deep wilderness streams or trails. Before treestands, this is how we hunted in Alabama. The cover is similar to this part of Oregon. What cover scents work good for bear? The sweet thing about bear hunting is you almost have the woods to yourself and long seasons here in Oregon!

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Bama76 wrote:
Thanks Guys! In Oregon, No Dogs, No Bait either. Here in the SW part of the state the bear population is enormous. A good reason for that is the substantial cover and lack of hunting. You can see sign everywhere, but the bear is a diffferent story. Being from Alabama, Oregon Bear hunting reminds me of whitetail hunting back home. Now you see um! Now you don't. I have spotted a couple, but couldn't get close enough for the shot. What I meant by stillhunting is, creeping slowly along abandoned loggin roads and deep wilderness streams or trails. Before treestands, this is how we hunted in Alabama. The cover is similar to this part of Oregon. What cover scents work good for bear? The sweet thing about bear hunting is you almost have the woods to yourself and long seasons here in Oregon!

I still hunt / walk slow to most of my areas and if I make noise I cover it with a cow call or two. This has worked a few times for me.

Without bait or dogs I have found that predator calling works best. Here is an article on calling bears.
http://hunting-washington.com/calling-bears.htm

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Nice article BTKR. I've read it a couple of times. A couple of guys around here have had bear come to them in Elk season responding to a cow call. Is that common? Didn't know they would target cows or are they just looking for lost calves. One guy said the bear he killed was on the run and he thought it was a bull. When he blew his cow call, the bear turned 180deg and headed straight for him???

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I have killed four or five with just a cow call. I truly believe that they are really hard on the elk in some areas. I have had them do a complete 180 and come in on a string to a cow call.

This one was feeding in some thick salal/salmon berries and was feeding away from me. I couldn't see it, but I could hear it. A couple soft cow calls and I heard it turn towards me. I walked up a grade to get a better field of view and it followed me the whole way. It looked like it was going to intercept me at a large alder.

This time I was in a hurry to get to my spot and I was making alot of noise. I was cow calling every thirty seconds or so as I headed down an old logging road. As I slowed to survey the situation this guy stepped up on the road facing me with slober running down chin.

Another time I was between two bunches of elk and the calves were answering me. As they got farther away it seemed that I was a lost or trailing calf. This boar came in silently through the dry, thick brush.

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That is so cool! Thanks for sharing. Bear hunting in SW Oregon is still very undersubscribed and most guys just sit around griping about not being able to bait or run dogs. With that being said, I haven't found anybody to help me in my bear quest. Thumbs up

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