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Use of dogs for Black Bear

yea i'm sure. he was bayed in one of the tickest patches of mountain laurel that east tn has to offer. he almost got a b&c award missed by 1/4 inch.

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Use of dogs for Black Bear

Bear hunting with dogs is by far more challenging than over bait, now I'm not trying to criticize anyones way of hunting, and I will not dog on anyone that hunts, but try to see things from a houndsmans point of view. First off, where to start, you have to find a track, or get a strike from a rig dog. Sometimes here in Utah that takes all day, you might not even get to turn the dogs on a track. Now , if you have a track it has to be fresh enough for the dogs to trail. If all works out to this point, and you get Mr. Bear jumped, he has probably spent alot of time warming up and polishing his best running shoes, and the race is on. Now, in order to kill Mr. Bear, you have to get close enough for a shot, easy enough. Most people think he'll run right over and climb a nice big tree and wait for you to get there. That what I thought when I first started. Hah, hah, nope he'll just keep running. Sometimes the bear will stop, or just walk, and if you have good dogs they'll keep him bayed up or at least bay at him while he is walking to give you the "Advantage" of knowing his location. You need to get there, and usually it is not easy doing that. Hopefully you can get ahead of them and get a shot as the dogs tell you his location, sounds easy huh. If your luck is like mine, he'll beat on the dogs until they shut up and quit barking at him, then it will get hot and some dogs will start quitting the race, then it all goes to hell in a handbasket from there, and now you are hunting dogs not bears. I won't try to fool you, we have our good days too, and a bear trees, or we get one killed on the ground, but most days are like the one mentioned above, not challenging at all.

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Use of dogs for Black Bear

Bear hunting with dogs is by far more challenging than over bait, now I'm not trying to criticize anyones way of hunting, and I will not dog on anyone that hunts, but try to see things from a houndsmans point of view. First off, where to start, you have to find a track, or get a strike from a rig dog. Sometimes here in Utah that takes all day, you might not even get to turn the dogs on a track. Now , if you have a track it has to be fresh enough for the dogs to trail. If all works out to this point, and you get Mr. Bear jumped, he has probably spent alot of time warming up and polishing his best running shoes, and the race is on. Now, in order to kill Mr. Bear, you have to get close enough for a shot, easy enough. Most people think he'll run right over and climb a nice big tree and wait for you to get there. That what I thought when I first started. Hah, hah, nope he'll just keep running. Sometimes the bear will stop, or just walk, and if you have good dogs they'll keep him bayed up or at least bay at him while he is walking to give you the "Advantage" of knowing his location. You need to get there, and usually it is not easy doing that. Hopefully you can get ahead of them and get a shot as the dogs tell you his location, sounds easy huh. If your luck is like mine, he'll beat on the dogs until they shut up and quit barking at him, then it will get hot and some dogs will start quitting the race, then it all goes to hell in a handbasket from there, and now you are hunting dogs not bears. I won't try to fool you, we have our good days too, and a bear trees, or we get one killed on the ground, but most days are like the one mentioned above, not challenging at all.

L. Sorenson

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Use of dogs for Black Bear

In my line of work I have to move frequently, and have lived in several parts of the country. I have come to the conclusion that every area has a local, tradional practice which many others consider unethical or "cheating". (NS = baiting deer, Ontario = hunting big game with dogs, Sask ="road hunting")

In reality it's people enjoying the outdoors and the traditions that were passed down to them. I'm not so quick to judge others actions just because I don't agree with them anymore, as long as they're legal.

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