DIY Spring Idaho Black Bear...questions

Discussion in 'Bear Hunting' started by jballeau1689, Jan 4, 2014.

  1. jballeau1689

    jballeau1689 Member

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    After 4 years in the USMC I'm getting out and heading home. Ive missed every hunting season since '09 due to being deployed overseas or training exercises and now I finally have a chance to do what Ive missed most. Ill be driving through Idaho mid-late April and want to do a spring black bear hunt. Im looking at Units 10 & 12 due to the amount of bears harvested year after year. I talked to a game warden who's pointing me towards those two units as well, plus everything I've read on forums. Today i ordered maps from Idaho fish and game and the bureau of land management, and U.S. Forest Service for those two units. According to what Ive read, this time may be a little early but this is the time I have available and am going to make the best of it. I want to do a spot and stalk while I'm here, I don't mind hiking all day and covering ground, maybe a little calling for fun; already preparing for weather, snow conditions and such. I'm interested in camping and working from there, or continuously moving camp. Im looking for anyone that can give me any hints, information, or what to expect. Seeing that all I have are maps and unit numbers, if theres anyone that could help narrow down the massive amount of land to a more precise location would be a huge help. Any little bit of help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank You

    Justin
     
  2. cross

    cross Well-Known Member

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    Look for glades and clearcuts on Google Earth. The bears will come out in the afternoons to graze on the fresh spring grass. Plan your hunts to be near roads so you can either glass from the road or take some walks into areas with good visibility. Have plenty of routes planned so that if it's too snowy in one area you can go elsewhere. Sorry I cant be of more help but I generally hunt in unit 6 to the north. Thats what I would do.

    Cross
     

  3. screech

    screech Well-Known Member

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    Also look for bluffs with grass around them I've seen a lot of bears in the spring feeding on grass on top of bluffs. The last time I hunted that area a lot of it wasn't posted. They started posting a lot of it so I don't really have any advice as to where nowadays
     
  4. jballeau1689

    jballeau1689 Member

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    Thanks guys!