Bear Hunting

More good news is that bear hunting opportunities have been enhanced for the 2017 big-game season. In a nutshell, hunters will now have more opportunities to bag a bear while on elk in deer hunts. It’s important to check your licenses and also make sure that you have the appropriate tags for the areas you intend to hunt.

A Common Mistake Early Season Hunters Make:

One of the biggest mistakes hunters make when pursuing black bears is not realizing how drastically their day-to-day activities shift from August to September. Many hunters while scouting, make the mistake of patterning late summer bears thinking that these patterns will remain the same when the season starts early fall. What’s important to realize is that mid August will usually bring about an increase in feeding as the barest sense cooler weather approaching. This means the Bears will not only be eating more, but they will switch to food that is higher in fat and calories in order to store carbohydrates needed for hibernation. Some studies have shown that bears during this crucial. Will eat nearly 24 hours a day. Finding habitat with ripe fruit, nuts and other types of bear food can be an excellent strategy for early-season bear hunters to adopt. Also it’s important to consider that before hibernation, bears make migrations of up to 50 miles from where they spend their summer to the areas where they end up hibernating. In general focus on lower elevation areas where food sources are prominent in order to increase your chances of success.

Ignore Summer Bear Sightings

Probably been the most important factor for hunters to consider is to completely ignore where you’ve been seeing bears during summer months. Hunting these areas will probably not be productive as the Bears move into feeding mode, early September. Since the Bears are eating so much during this time., The amount of scat found in feeding areas and on trails leading to feeding areas can be exorbitant. Since these bears often return to the same areas to feed day in and day out, finding fresh scat and setting up to hunt the area nearby can be a good strategy.

If food sources are hard to come by in the particular area where you hunt, many hunters find success by setting up on migration routes. Remember, black bears travel up to 50 miles during the fall might migration. Having a good idea of where these migration routes are in setting up to hunt them can lead to great success.

One good point to remember when hunting early-season bears, is to avoid shooting bears with thin hair or hair that is lighter in color because these tend to be smaller yearling cubs which are best left to roam. Remember, as an ethical hunter you do not want to shoot any bear that is a member of a family group, so care must be taken when bear hunting this time of year.

Resources:

Black Bear Hunting Tips