Originally Posted by Catahoula
I wish Idaho would only allow spot & stalk for black bears like Montana does. Hound hunters are always running bears off of other peoples baits. Do away with hounds & baits. All good.
Well you made me think about it.
We all share the same woods, and finding ways to do it without bumping into someone else's hunt gets more difficult with time.
My first bear hunt we hiked in to a berry patch, the sun came up, and there must have been more than a dozen of us glassing the same spot.
Bait close to roads, and your bear will get run by hounds, no doubt.
One thing I've discovered watching over the years is taking away someone else's time in the field yields, no more time in the field, tags, or season for the rest of us.
I've taken bear every way, but predator calling. Hounds are an exciting way to hunt. Usually they'll take you someplace most folks won't go. A good adrenaline rush, and every young person should take on the challenge of keeping up with the dogs. It's a tradition that we'll all be worse off to lose. A great group hunt that a novice can come along with, and learn from the veterans.
Bear bait is the perfect first hunt for kids in my opinion, a controlled situation, by no means a guarantee, and in some of the jungles in Idaho the most realistic way to take a bear.
We lost our bait, and hounds a long time ago, there has been no benefit to the spot and stalk hunters. Which we also do. The thing that makes bear hunting so interesting is the number of ways it can be done.
All this becomes is divide and conquer. Using the grizzly the same way the wolf has been used, an excuse to keep folks out of the woods,