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Old 05-10-2013, 08:14 PM
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New to bear hunting what are some need to knows?

I'm 16 I have a .300 win mag Savage model 11, I really like black bear meat as well as the furs and I'd like to hunt one of my own this year. How would I start? Is my rifle to high of a caliber? Should I get a guide? I'll be hunting in Arizona, what are some need to knows when bear hunting? I am a decent shot I should be better by time bear season rolls around next year, thank you hunters, I am new to this forum I am not sure if I'm in the right category or not. If not can a moderator move me to the right category



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Old 05-13-2013, 03:50 PM
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Re: New to bear hunting what are some need to knows?

you need to be more specific... bait, dogs, spot and stalk? spring, fall?
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:37 AM
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Re: New to bear hunting what are some need to knows?

I did my 1st fall bear hunt over bait here in mi last fall , thing I learned are 1 if you baiting, try to do it in an area that will be the least affected by dog hunters, start baiting as early as possible to establish a site. Prepare to sit a lot. Learn the best way to field judge a bear.
Your .300 will be fine. Bears are quieter and faster than you would expect.
A properly set up bait site can tell you how many and good big the bears visiting are, a camera will tell you when they are coming in. Be loud maintaining you bait, and quit when you hunt.
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Old 05-16-2013, 01:12 PM
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Re: New to bear hunting what are some need to knows?

last year was my first year bear hunting most of it was spent high country spot and stalk the rest was done from a canoe. I have bin using a 3006 and 45 colt personally I think your 300wm is just right. no madder how you are hunting remember to take it slow and do it right I've messed up more hunt than I care to say because I went to fast dident want to do it right and I'm only 16. enjoy Andrew.
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Old 08-25-2013, 09:06 PM
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Re: New to bear hunting what are some need to knows?

I too am relatively new to bear hunting. I am hunting black bears. Here in Ontario the hunt starts sept 1st. I set up two baiting stations yesterday, as i am hoping to get my black bear in October rather than september. makes for a better coat. Both stations have trail cameras set up.

My bait stations are about 1/2 mile apart, as I am hunting on private property which has approx 300 acres, of a good mix of hay fields, good thick bush near by, and lots of food, apples, berries etc...it should be a bear paradis.

My questions are:

1.How often should I check my bait?
2. Why make noise going in to check bait? (Please explain)
3. Once I have a hit, I plan on setting up a stand. (tree or ground blind...which is better?)

Reason i have not set up stand first as I was hoping to get bears coming in first. I know about 1.5 miles away, there are bears, but dont have permission to hunt in that area yet. working on it though.

Any advise is greatly appreciated from you experienced bear hunters.

Kind regards,

Jaime
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Old 08-30-2013, 05:49 AM
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Re: New to bear hunting what are some need to knows?

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I'm 16 I have a .300 win mag Savage model 11, I really like black bear meat as well as the furs and I'd like to hunt one of my own this year. How would I start? Is my rifle to high of a caliber? Should I get a guide? I'll be hunting in Arizona, what are some need to knows when bear hunting? I am a decent shot I should be better by time bear season rolls around next year, thank you hunters, I am new to this forum I am not sure if I'm in the right category or not. If not can a moderator move me to the right category



The 1st thing to do is check the State regulations where you hope to hunt. In most States it's a draw process, just about each State has different regulations on methods. Yes, I see you've been away a while.
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Old 10-19-2013, 08:37 PM
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Re: New to bear hunting what are some need to knows?

300 mag is plenty of gun, over the years we've had folks take over 40 bears, and most were taken with lighter cartridges, and a couple with bows. Use a good bullet, and put it in the right place. We can't bait here, so it's spot and stalk, takes patience, but is effective. Watch the wind, bears sense of smell is tough to beat. You can call pretty effectively, but I'd advise caution if using a "Cab Squaller", because things can get interesting fast. However, they are pretty effective in calling in boars (as well is the PO'd sow).
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