Re: Central CA bears???
HARPERC makes a good point about finding bears in the open, especially that time of year. However for mid-day, glassing the fruit/berry bushes in the bottom of watered draws is my proven technique. If they wiggle, glass a little harder. It may only be wind, but it may produce a bear.
I hunt very sparse country in the breaks of the Snake River in Hells Canyon, wich is rich in wild plumbs, & blackberrys etc, but only in certain places. There has to be a water sourse nearby to keep the bears there. They are lazy critters, and want only to pack on as much weight as possible with minnimal effort expended before winter. If you know where to look, wiggeling berry/fruit bushes are a tell tale sign in my world. Elderberry bushes are the easiest to pick out at distance in my experience.
I have had very little luck "blind calling", but i carry a predator call for coaxing critters into the open out of the wiggeling bushes, for a shot.
Good advise so far. I enjoy reading about other peoples techniques. Im always trying out new stuff for my own playbook, and L/R/H is a great resourse.
18 more days and ill be chasing fuzzy wuzzy myself...... the wait is touture!!!
Note the picture in my "signature" below. That was on a bear hunt a couple years ago in Snake River country. Using the same techniques described above. We downed a monster but it was from 27 yards accidentally bumping into him in a huckleberry patch on our way to glass another draw. hehehe always happens when you least expect it I guess. Hopefully Ill be able to extend the range a bit more this year, but Im not about to scare a big one farther away just so I can shoot farther. Ill take a gimmie, Im not proud. haha
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Last edited by winmag; 07-31-2011 at 01:05 PM.