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Trail Cam Pics, First Time Black Bear, Advice?

I am new to bear hunting. I am baiting and plan on using rifle. I have set my stand up at 50 yds? Any thoughts on distance for rifle? My seconds question is judging bears. I have read and heard about the 400 lb bear turning into a 200 lb bear once down. I have attached some pics of the bigger bears I am getting in. One I think is pretty good. The other one has a tall back but is "skinny". Thoughts on size. FYI - Trees are marked at 36 inches.(Marks in back are "lower" due to terrain - but all measured at 36.) Last but not least - bait quantity - I am putting out 5-6 gallons a day in morning. It is bone dry by next morning. Any thoughts on quantity?

Thanks in advance and good luck to all.

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Re: Trail Cam Pics, First Time Black Bear, Advice?

Move your stand 15 yds closer and use a bow. That will get your blood pumping Yes

If I were rifle hunting, I would back away and try to get downwind of the trail their using.

I can't help with judging the size of the bear. I haven't shot that many bears but the bigger bear looks good to me.

Good luck and show us some pics when you get him.

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Re: Trail Cam Pics, First Time Black Bear, Advice?

A 400lbs bear looks like a voltswagon bug, wide, hump on the back, belly hanging down to the ground, block head.
If I had to guess with those pics that larger one is probibly 250lbs - 300lbs

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Re: Trail Cam Pics, First Time Black Bear, Advice?

The dark muzzled bear isnt bad (see how his ears look smaller than the other one's?) but he is no 350.

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Re: Trail Cam Pics, First Time Black Bear, Advice?

I agree that the darker bear isn't bad, but isn't a monster. As far as distance, I'd go with what's comfortable with the rifle. I've had bears come in with me sitting in the stand 20 yards away. Some people really worry about odor, but the thing about hunting over bait is that you don't have to worry about it as much. Bears have the best noses in the woods, so I've gone the other direction -- desensitize the bear to your smell. I always wear an old T-shirt in to the stand, which generally involves some sweating, etc. After getting the shirt properly "seasoned" I leave it on the stand when I depart. When I come back, I bring in another shirt and swap them out. I've found that as a result, bears that hit my bait when I was in the stand could care less about my smell. Last year's bear even circled the stand looking right at me. If anything made them jumpy at all, it was unnatural noises that wouldn't normally occur. For example, one bear was lying down in a slight depression at the bait and I wasn't comfortable with the shot. But when I leaned the rifle against the rail, it gave a slight squeak and the bear popped up and alerted -- presenting a perfect broadside. :\:D/

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Trail Cam Pics, First Time Black Bear, Advice?

A couple guys I work with shot one of their bear with rifle at 20 yards out of the ground blind. They have it set up that close cause a couple of the guys bow hunt. I think 50 yards should be fine just make sure you have good line of sight. I know after looking at one of their hunts the bear looked to be pretty good size until it was down on the ground then kinda shrunk about 1/2 the size. Maybe it's the adrenalin that makes em look so big in the scope due to the limited experience we have....

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i Agree that he's not over

i Agree that he's not over 300 but depending on where you are that weight is an average black bear. You should be able to tell by now which trail they are using to get in and may want to move your stand if needed so you can see up the trail in case the day you are hunting it hangs up for some reason and doesn't come all the way to the bait, or runs off the bait and stops. Good luck bear huntin is exciting. We can't bait here so its alittle different.

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Nice looking bears but i do

Nice looking bears but i do agree not 350lbs, I still wouldnt hesitate to fling an arrow at one.

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I like the idea how you put a

I like the idea how you put a line up so you know what 36'' is and can use that as a rough judge. I'm going to steal that from you so I can employ it as well. Keep us posted which one you get...

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Impressive bears look like a 45gl drum and there heads make there ears look like bumps them. It look like you have one gooder there for sure. Can you use barrels for baiting where you are? Just by making the bait that much harder to get it will keep them there longer, coming back and you can make your bait last longer.

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Have you got anymore trail

Have you got anymore trail cam pictures?

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