Hey Aroostoon, just noticed your name. Where in the county are you from? My cousin lives up in Houlton, as do most of my relatives on my Mom's side. I was actually born there. They pretty much get a bear every year. He also got a moose this year. Not a biggie, but still successful.
How many people hunt bears without hounds or bait out there? Just based on what I see on TV (yes... a very naiive understanding) it seems like the vast majority are over bait. Are there any guys that have success using other methods like calling or still hunting?
I really think it's all about terrain. If you are up where Aroostook and my cousin lives, the visibility in those pine forests can be down to 10 yards, and some/most animals can live their whole life without being seen by a human. Some places it's 10's of miles to the next road. Baiting is a way to make their movements more predictible, and increase success rate.
In more open spots like here in CA, there are alot of guys that hunt them by spot and stalk. Alot of hounds used too, but I think most are not taken that way.
that is pretty much what I expected. I trying to get at if you knew anyone that hunted them with other methods but it sounds like hounds and bait are pretty much used exclusively out there. It sounds like they are by far the best methods for the terrain and vegetation types that you guys are dealing with.
Has anyone gotten a bear since this was posted. Any pictures?
The record books, that are put out by Boone & Crocket and Pope & Young and where I live is Henry Kelsey they are a great way to research a state or a province for big game. This does take some time but the knowledge it gives you, can be very valuable. Not all hunters have their trophies recorded, as where I live after the Hanson Buck became the new world record typical Whitetail, we saw a flood of hunters and now that has happened, some hunters are shying away from the record books but...