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.
First make sure your gun is safe, remove the bolt and clean your barrel from the chamber to the end of muzzle. Clean the barrel using butchers bore shine until a patch comes out white. Run a total of 5 separate patches soaked with denatured alcohol through the bore and let dry for 30 minutes. Insert a cleaning rod with a jag and a dry patch into the neck of the chamber. Make sure it will stay there through the next process. Now using another cleaning rod, install a patch that has been coated...