Bear Hunting Basics

Hunting a bear is one of the most exciting types of a game a hunter can go after. Ask any hunter that has hunted bear and they’ll claim the experience is like no other. The actual tracking and stalking of a bear is just as much fun as actually getting one. However, before going on the hunt you’ll need to make sure you follow all hunting safety regulations and hunting laws in that region. You’ll also need to make sure you have the right licenses and permits; not only can you be fined and lose your equipment you can be jailed.

Black Bear HuntingIf possible, on your first bear hunting trip you should take someone with experience in hunting bears. This will help educate you more and also help improve your chance of nabbing a bear. You’ll never stumble upon a bear in the wild, it can happen, but the odds are far against your favor. You’ll need to find an area that a bear is using for foraging or lodging. Our bear hunting guide and bear hunting tips can help you determine if a bear is using a specific area in the wild.

You should also make sure you have all the hunting equipment you’ll need for bear hunting. This includes making sure you have the right clothing, supplies, etc. Being ill prepared in the wild can have negative consequences; always have a first aid kit available, along with a method of communication. Always make sure someone knows when you’re leaving, where you’ll be hunting and when you’ll be back. This way if something happens and you don’t return they can report you missing to the proper authorities.  If archery hunting make sure to carry bear spray or some kind of weapon.

There are several types of techniques used to hunt bears.  Spot and stalk, Baiting, Calling and/or Using scents and attractants.  Bears have an extremely strong nose and sense for food.   This makes calling and using scents and attractants a very successful and popular method.

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