Hunting Black Bear - Useful Tips And Advice
Hunting black bear can reap big rewards. There are a few tips you will want to learn before you head out to bag your first bear:
- First, you should learn as much as possible about black bears: what do they eat, when do they eat, what are their typical behavior patterns?
- Once you are familiar with their habits, take some time before hunting season if you can to scout out the territory. If this is not possible, you may still be successful, contact an Outfitter!
- One of the most important things for you to remember is to remove your scent as much as possible. Bears have a strong sense of smell, and they know what people smell like.
They can smell your shampoo, your soap and whether you have been smoking. Instead of wandering right by you, they'll turn and go the other way. In order to do this, use unscented soap, shampoo and deodorant.
- When hunting black bear, wash your clothing in unscented laundry soap and then wash them again in plain water.
- Don't wear your hunting clothes around camp, where you may be likely to smoke or drink. You'd be surprised at how many scents your clothes can pick up. Don't wear any cologne, aftershave, perfume or hair spray or gels.
- When you are in a hunting stand, don't smoke or eat anything that may give you a detectable scent. If you must, use a nicotine patch while you are hunting to help curb your urge. Bears are smart enough to smell tobacco, and they know tobacco comes with humans.
- Stay still and quiet. Bring some cough drops or throat lozenges in case your throat gets dry or scratchy. Clearing your throat or coughing will scare off your quarry when hunting black bear.
Mint is a good choice for your throat drops, your tooth paste and your mouth wash. Bears actually like mint, so it may help attract them in addition to covering up any scent on your breath.
Movement will let the bears know you are there. Their visual acuity is based on movement for the most part, like many animals.
- If you plan on drinking in your camp the night before you hunt, choose beer instead of other forms of alcohol. The next day as the alcohol dissipates from your body, it will make you smell like bread instead of chemicals. Studies have shown that bears like bread and other carbohydrate-laden foods.
If you choose to use a feeding station when hunting black bear, do your homework. Most bear hunters who use feeding stations are very serious about their hunting.
If you've ever watched bears eating at the dump, you'll notice that they go for breads, pasta, pastries and any other carbohydrates they can find.
To prepare a feeding station, you'll want to load it with these same types of foods that attract them most. While the bears will realize these are human foods and will still desire to avoid contact with humans, many cannot resist the temptation.
Before you decide to use a feeding station, be sure to check the regulations for hunting black bear to see if this technique is legal in the area you intend to hunt.
Spot And Stalk Hunting
Spot and stalk hunting is another technique that works well for bears. This method works especially well in the coastal regions. The key to successful spot and stalk hunts is to spot the bear before he spots you.
This technique is very successful in the fall when bears are more focused on finding food than watching what is going on around them.
Watch for bear tracks near water sources: if you find them, you know this is a good place to find your bear. Bears must drink a lot during this time to prepare for hibernation.
Calling Black Bears can be either very exciting or extremely boring. When it works, your heart will be pumping very fast as you attract nearby bears..
Be sure you position yourself somewhere you have a good field of vision - the last thing you want is to be surprised by a hungry bear.
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