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I've killed close to 1000 of them, if you get in my neck of the woods I can point you in the right area. I've had a few friends that have passed from cancer and didn't get all their buckets lists filled. Sad deal
Wow! I appreciate it. We will be between Elkton and reedsport off of Hwy 38. What neck of the woods are you in? It's very sad. Just trying to make the best of it
 
The foothills of the cascades, up towards Detroit. I was a goverment trapper for 20 years. I know all of marion, linn and Clackamas county pretty well
Oh okay. I've been up there but never hunted that area. I would be honored to have the opportunity to do what you did for that long that's really cool. Thank you for the insight I appreciate it Tlock!
 
The foothills of the cascades, up towards Detroit. I was a goverment trapper for 20 years. I know all of marion, linn and Clackamas county pretty well
I knew of a government trapper that grew up in your neck of the woods in Mehama. He worked Lincoln county area. He was a friend of a friend.

My friend told me a story of where he was set up on bait for a bear by his trapper friend. He said he smelled this bad smell while sitting there but didn't see anything. When he told this to his trapper friend afterwards, his response was the bear was right there.
 
I knew of a government trapper that grew up in your neck of the woods in Mehama. He worked Lincoln county area. He was a friend of a friend.

My friend told me a story of where he was set up on bait for a bear by his trapper friend. He said he smelled this bad smell while sitting there but didn't see anything. When he told this to his trapper friend afterwards, his response was the bear was right there.
Or it was the stinky bait! That would be rod, he's been a trapper for 35 years. Top notch guy, he tought me alot of what I know. I just recently left the agency
 
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Aloha, Mark
 
How does wind speed effects 270 winchester with 130 grain bullets vs. 308 in 165 or 300 win mag in 180 grains at distances of 200-300 yards. The 270 is going to drift significantly more than the others even the 270 Hornady is moving at about 3000 fps?
 
How does wind speed effects 270 winchester with 130 grain bullets vs. 308 in 165 or 300 win mag in 180 grains at distances of 200-300 yards. The 270 is going to drift significantly more than the others even the 270 Hornady is moving at about 3000 fps?
It depends on the bullets you're shooting. Inside of 300 yards I'd say shoot what you have most confidence in. Any of those 3 are more than enough gun for bears and wind drift will be within an inch or two of each other
 
Anyone have success yet?

We finally have been getting up into some areas higher up I wanted to learn. A lot of snow is still blocking roads and many of the roads that the snow has melted are blocked by trees from the winter storms.

In one area, we have fresh track and scat and have patterned their movements to the feeding areas. With only three days left we have available to hunt until the end of the season, we will see if we can catch them in the open.
 
Haven't had much luck yet. One of my favorite hidden swamps that I killed a bear in four or five years ago, didn't have a single pile of "bear sign" for the first three or four times I checked it. On the fifth visit, I found the carcass of what appeared to be a fairly large bear. It was kind of odd. There was one hind leg still attached, but the other three quarters plus the head and hide were gone. I wondered if maybe the bear caught a bullet in one hind leg and the meat was too bloodshot to bother removing the ham. I could see some of the old bones from the bear I killed not 10 feet from the carcass. I'll probably make another hunt or two after the woods empty out a bit after Memorial Day. I was out Thursday and it was getting pretty crowded in the national forest.
 

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