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#1 All-Around-Outdoorsman

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 11:01 AM

There are bear on the land i hunt on...1/2 of it is a north facing slope with lots of blowdowns and it is complete briar thicket....always find bear sign in this area, only ever laid eyes on one once, when we nearly walked over it. Well i was unfortunatly at the beach for family thanksgiving this year over bear season, and got no chance. I just spent some money on a 30-06 with a leupold vx-3 on top. This bear season i want some more excitement. I recently heard about calling black bear, any proven tactics? Calls? Setups? All help in appreciated!


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Posted 22 January 2013 - 05:11 PM

You should have lots of deer there so I'd go with fawn distress first or any other big game animals that are around,  they are scavengers so even raven calls should work.



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Posted 22 January 2013 - 07:33 PM

I have used dieing rabbit calls and got some response of bang and breaking sticks and it must of windded us and we never did see it  We were three pretty spooked guys.



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Posted 22 January 2013 - 07:35 PM

Never called one in on purpose. Calling coyotes one time and had a black bear come in to about 30 yards. I was using a jackrabbit call.

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 07:44 PM

On a elk hunt several years ago my daughter was using an older model GPS that made little noises. We were sitting behind a large log as she couldn't sit still.  She ended up bringing a bear in to about 45 feet before it winded us.  She still talks about it :smile:



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Posted 22 January 2013 - 09:09 PM

You should have lots of deer there so I'd go with fawn distress first or any other big game animals that are around,  they are scavengers so even raven calls should work.

 Only thing I can add to hassell's comments is to hunt in an area where you have some visibilty .. Not pleasant having them show up at close range ! Oh watch your back too .



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Posted 23 January 2013 - 05:47 PM

How about stand hunting?? Not much visibility from the ground at all. 30 yards some places at the most.


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Posted 23 January 2013 - 06:28 PM

 Myself I don't stand hunt any kind of animals, hunt on the ground only, unless you know exactly where they are feeding at, then you could use a stand, with some proper scouting around you should be able to find their freshest eating area's. They are not hard to hunt if you do your homework on their habits.



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Posted 29 January 2013 - 07:49 PM

Thanks for the help everyone! Bear season is far from here in PA but its always good to get a gameplan and scout things out before the season.


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