Wanting to get started bear hunting

Discussion in 'Bear Hunting' started by JST, Apr 27, 2013.

  1. JST

    JST Well-Known Member

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    Been wanting to take the plunge for a while. So I figure Im not getting any younger. So, how does a guy get started. Whats the easiest and/or best states to draw in?? Anything you guys think would help. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Ultramag45

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    Wa. state..Over the counter tags...2 of them...Highest bear density in lower 48...check these guys out...www.bearhuntwashington.com...huge bears and near 100 % harvest every year...gun)
     

  3. HARPERC

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    Start with the basic questions, spring, or fall? Guided or DIY? How far are you willing to travel? How many days have you got to invest? Are you thinking spot and stalk, bait, or hounds?
     
  4. JST

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    Im a DIY kinda guy. And it would be spot and stalk. We have a bear season here. But its down south and the quota is filled the first morning. Im kinda thinking Colorado because I've been there before. But never bear hunted. Not sure how many points are required. for the various units. I am in the process of checking that out. Im wondering if perhaps one of the other rocky mountain states has less points. Or is there a better state to spend you money in for bear hunting than Colorado???
     
  5. JST

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    I missed your post. Thanks I will check that out. Thanks.
     
  6. JST

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    So is there a lot of public land in Washington??? And what are the fees???
     
  7. HARPERC

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    Yes, quite a bit of public, and timber company land. Some fees on timber company, and some road closures on the public ground. Roughly 3 main areas coastal, Cascades, and Eastern WA.. These are broken into smaller units, with season dates August 1-November 15, a couple units open September 1, spring tags on a drawing. Non resident bear looks like $222, they sell licenses in packages so anything else drives the price up. Eastern WA. is 1 bear , all I know of the 2 bear areas is it will cost you another $222 for another tag, NR bear tag doesn't appear to be good for anything else.
     
  8. Ultramag45

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    Lots of Public land, STATE LAND..Coastal by far is the best..hasnt been commercialy hunted with dogs in 18 years...1st tag and license is 222..second is 90 bucks..it is just like Vancouvewr Island where Shockey hunts...only alot cheaper..all hunts are spot and stalk...Baiting and hounds are outlawed...check those guys out...bear hunt washington, washington bear hunting, bear hunting guides washington state,bear hunting eith Windle's Guide Service... went with them twice...very reasonable price, and we killed some nice bears... They pretty much have the whole Olympic Peninsula to their selves...
     
  9. HARPERC

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    I only have 2012 regs, and they indicate the 2nd bear tag $222, has it changed this year? Or am I missing it elsewhere? I checked your link, interesting they are calling as well, any idea how successful they are with that?