Originally Posted by Catahoula
You guys don't understand how I appreciate bear hunting. I like to see bears in their own environment just doing their thing. 2 years ago I had a WY non-res bear tag. On my 3rd trip out I was able to watch a sow & 2 cubs feed for 1.5 hours from about 400 yards. I observed 4 other bears that year but never shot a WY bear. One that I let go was a huge bear. However it was near the end of the spring hunt & I wanted a fall bear & thought I could find a bigger one. Turns out that I never seen a fall bear that year. In my eyes that WY tag was paid in full by seeing the sow & 2 cubs. That was fun. I killed my 1st bear back in the 80's with a friend with hounds. A bear in a tree starring down at hounds or a bear dragging food out of a barrel is not natural. I found very little sport in hiking to a tree & blowing a bear out of it. Would never do that again. I have killed 7 bears. One with hounds & the other 6 by spot & stalk. I also let alot of bears go. Just being able to find & watch them is my thing.
Go ahead & run me down. What about the mighty houndmen that go to the bait sites that are not theirs to run bear. I have good friends that have quit baiting & even hunting bears because of this. When I was friends with a few houndmen I would go while they trained their dogs on housecats, racoons & bears. They also ran alot of deer & elk around for a day or two. They would dump a few dogs on a bear & then we would hunt dogs for 2-3 days. I will stick with my style of hunting. Hiking around is my therapy after a hard work week.
I respect your opinion, and that is the exact reason I do not hunt cats with dogs. It is just not my deal. But..... when I have dead sheep 50 feet from my front door during hunting season, I really do wish I had other options, without calling the fish cops or breaking the law!
If you truely like looking at bears and are in this area in the fall, no b.s. I can tell you where to go see the silver bear on any day.