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Washington Spring Bear Hunt

Hey Everyone. I have never had the oppurtunity to hunt for spring black bear. So this year my brother and i applied for permits and we are both wondering if drawn where would we be most successful to hunt what GMU's are the best. Any info Would be appreciated. Thanks.

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You must have only purchased the permit ap?
Kinda depends on where you live and what you are willing to do for a bear.
Most of the Eastern units are great. On the westside take a look at the two new units this year and look at Kapowsin for less competition.

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The only thing about the kapowison unit is the land use permit $300 so if thats something you may consider, also I have talked to more than a few guys who hunt bear quite abit and several have said that even hunting everyday for spring bear they never even saw a single bear.

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I have talked to more than a few guys who hunt bear quite abit and several have said that even hunting everyday for spring bear they never even saw a single bear.

I agree. Spring bear hunting is not easy. I have had two permits and only killed one bear. I did see and miss another the second year, but sometimes you only get one chance.

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Washington Spring Bear Hunt

This will be my first year going after bear. I applied for a spring permit also. It sounds like my odds are much better with the fall hunt. I will be using a .270 Win with 130 gr Barnes Triple Shock X-Bullet. Any thoughts?

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This will be my first year going after bear. I applied for a spring permit also. It sounds like my odds are much better with the fall hunt. I will be using a .270 Win with 130 gr Barnes Triple Shock X-Bullet. Any thoughts?

What spring units? I think the Monroe and Skagit units will be tough draws, but should be very productive for those lucky few.

I have killed a few bears with 130grn out of my .270, but if you are going to use that rifle I would suggest moving up to 150 grns. Make the first shot count with a double lung hit and you will be fine.

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LOL You had the two I applied for. Skagit was my first choice and Monroe was my second. I also have 150 gr Nosler Patitions in 270 Win. Is that a better choice?

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Welcome to BGH JBond.

Either of the bullets yo mentioned should be enough. The secret to killing is using a bullet that will get inside, both of those will do.

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JBond wrote:
LOL You had the two I applied for. Skagit was my first choice and Monroe was my second. I also have 150 gr Nosler Patitions in 270 Win. Is that a better choice?

The 150's will do the job.

Good luck.

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