I just found this forum today. I am not a black bear hunter as yet but I have a couple friends who are so I want to learn more about it.
It would be kind of cool to know something about bear hunting before I tell them I might be interested, because as soon as I say that I am in for the long haul and more than a few brews before they get tired of talking.
Usually I'm a moose or deer hunter, but this year I'm goin after a Black bear for the first time ever. I know they live close to my area as I usually see 3 or 4 walking in my neighbourhood a coupla times aweek in the summer. Anyway, I gotta wonder when the spring hunt is comin back for a little populaton control.
Until then, I've done some research on baiting stalking, rifle loads etc... I'll let you know how it turns out and what worked for me.
Understanding wind currents and thermals in hilly, broken terrain can often be incredibly frustrating. I've found that collecting and storing milkweed seed pods during the late summer has made me a better hunter in the bluff country that I hunt. These little feather like seed dispersers will float on the lightest of air currents and will show you what the wind is not only doing right at you're location but more importantly down range. I like to use the off season to float them...