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Fall Bear Opener 1 August

Discussion in 'Northwest Hunting' started by Oathkeeper1775, Jul 30, 2015.

  1. Oathkeeper1775

    Oathkeeper1775 Coast Range Well-Known Member

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    Be alert, hunt hard, hunt long, hunt smart, enjoy our tradition, and come home safely.
     
  2. Gunnerboy

    Gunnerboy Cowlitz County Active Member

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    9 hrs.. 124 miles.. Not one chewed up tree, pile of poop, trail or track of bear.. Its like they evaporated in this heat. Did see 37 elk, 1 deer, 6 rabbits and 2 grouse, So not at all a wasted trip.

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  3. Oathkeeper1775

    Oathkeeper1775 Coast Range Well-Known Member

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    I stumbled upon a dead-end logging trail that had black berries galore on both sides for 150 yards...Football-sized dark purple scat heaps every ten feet or so. I found a tunnel in the berry-bushes where the bear was coming and going.

    So I picked a fir stump on the hillside 100 yards above the trail; perfect as I could approach the stump from where I was parked on the other side of the hill, and didn't have to expose myself....I scouted the stump and decided to be on that stump before first light the next day. I marked the route back to the truck...all set!

    Got an urgent call from home and had to leave :rolleyes:.
     
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  4. Gunnerboy

    Gunnerboy Cowlitz County Active Member

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    Sounds like the prime spot to me! I have some spots like that but due to this fire danger there locked up :mad:
     
  5. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    That sucks, man! Hope things are ok!
     
  6. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I have a noob question. I usually just hunt for elk/deer, but I get a big game card just in case.
    I've never actually gone bear hunting. Do you eat the meat? If so how is it?
    I'm not into making mounts or rugs so I don't really have a desire to shoot something I won't use to feed my family.
    Or it's trying to eat me.
     
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  7. Rock solid

    Rock solid Nw oregon Member

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    Yes we eat it. Some people love it some not so much it's on the greasy side. I normally do burger and sausage and mix with pork or beef, I enjoy it. If you get one and don't want the meat I'll take it off your hands
     
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  8. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    ^^^^I agree, mix it with lean meat and grind it into sausage. I like it but my wife hates it!
     
  9. scrandall01215

    scrandall01215 Washougal,WA Well-Known Member

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    I like it ! I'll cut some of it into steaks and bbq. Mmm good!
    The rest sausage or pepperoni.
    Stacy
     
  10. scrandall01215

    scrandall01215 Washougal,WA Well-Known Member

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    Find a swamp and you'll find a bear!
    Stacy
     
  11. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Plus a bear would make a lot of dog food if you decided not to eat it....after you hung it up and realized it looks like a man hanging there,lol
    I have heard it makes fine ham also?
     
  12. Oathkeeper1775

    Oathkeeper1775 Coast Range Well-Known Member

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    Yup, steaks, ham, burgers...organic unless you get them off a but or trash heap..
     
  13. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Making me hungry