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Opening Day Spring Bear Hunt 2016

Discussion in 'Northwest Hunting' started by MilitantBEEMER, Apr 2, 2016.

  1. MilitantBEEMER

    MilitantBEEMER Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    Went hunting yesterday for the first time and had a great time enjoying the beauty.
    Saw lots of signs of bear activity but no bears... Oh well hope to get out again next week.
    Good luck fellow spring bear hunters!

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  2. AndyinEverson

    AndyinEverson Everson, Wa. Well-Known Member

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    Always good to get out hunting , even if you come home empty handed.
    Nice pictures , thanks for sharing.
    Andy
     
  3. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I always plan on enjoying the outdoors and being away from people. If I get something to put in the freezer that's just a plus.
     
  4. Panther

    Panther Keizer Active Member

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    Planning on heading Out Sunday scout around. (Sw bear) First time bear hunter, Hope to find a dumb one.
     
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  5. BaggerRyder

    BaggerRyder The Couv Active Member

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    I leave 5/1 for Eastern bear. Last time I specifically hunted spring bear I killed a 250+ boar the day after we set up camp. Easy Peasy;)
     
  6. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I certainly wouldn't be offended if you didn't say, but where did you hunt for bear?

    I had wanted to go bear hunting and always wanted to check out the indian heaven wilderness. Just haven't had the time.
     
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  7. MilitantBEEMER

    MilitantBEEMER Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    We were out between Noti and Walton Oregon off HWY 126. Lots of areas out there.
     
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  8. BaggerRyder

    BaggerRyder The Couv Active Member

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    I hunt Eastern Oregon. Starkey unit. I've taken two bears over there. A female while elk hunting, and the boar during our only spring bear hunt. We call it bear camping, because we aren't really hunting all that hard. It's really just an excuse to get out in the woods and explore some new elk areas in the unit without all the other hunters around.
     
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  9. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    My uncle is a big hunter and I've always wanted to hunt with him but I can't see spending that kind of money on a tag for non resident.
     
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  10. BaggerRyder

    BaggerRyder The Couv Active Member

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    Yeah it's expensive however ODFW changed the prices for bear tags this year so non-resident and resident is the same price. $15.50.
    Elk on the other hand is $549 vs. $46 for resident. I've only lived in WA for the past 8 yrs, the rest of my life I lived in Oregon. My hunting partners and dad live in Oregon so I still shell out the extra money to hunt with them and in an area I've hunted in for 20+ years.
    My hunting buddy thanks me every season for my generous monetary contribution to the conservation of Oregon wildlife.
     
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  11. Panther

    Panther Keizer Active Member

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    I planned on heading in the morning. Should be passing through Eugene around 5 if you wanna jump in.
     
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  12. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    Noti is bear central.
    West of philomath as well.
     
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  13. Panther

    Panther Keizer Active Member

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    A beautiful day didn't see any yogi's or boo boo's.
     
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  14. MilitantBEEMER

    MilitantBEEMER Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    I was unable to make it out today, planning on heading out next weekend. Hopefully they stop sleeping 22 hours a day soon.
     
  15. Panther

    Panther Keizer Active Member

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    Spring turkey opens next weekend!
     
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  16. BaggerRyder

    BaggerRyder The Couv Active Member

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    Anyone able to get out for the Oregon East side opening over the weekend? I'm leaving on the 1st over to the Starkey unit and interested to hear if they are up and moving around.
     
  17. MilitantBEEMER

    MilitantBEEMER Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    Finally some signs of activity... Saw 7-8 piles like this in about a 1 mile stretch, thought for sure we were going to come across the bear(s) responsible..... But alas we were skunked again... 1 week left till season is over.

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  18. Panther

    Panther Keizer Active Member

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    Closed the deal, was a lot of work but it was worth it. Hunted every weekend by myself to get my First bear, it's an experience I will never forget.

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  19. MilitantBEEMER

    MilitantBEEMER Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    Nice bear. CONGRATULATIONS

    I went out at least 8 times and never saw a bear. Yesterday we headed over to the coastal area on 5 mile and saw not a thing... Bummed but had a great time getting out in nature.
     
  20. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Details!
    Do you know the weight?
    How close were you when you were able to get a shot?