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Who's excited for spring bear!?!?

Discussion in 'Northwest Hunting' started by BullsBucksandBoars, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. BullsBucksandBoars

    BullsBucksandBoars The right place at the right time, OR Active Member

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    Here's a couple I killed the last couple years!

    To be honest bear isn't my #1 favorite thing to eat but it's good enough and being in the woods full of new life watching herds of elk, grouse drum away, and scouting for that fall's buck; all with the chance to kill something is hard to pass up

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    20 4/16" P&Y

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    Taken with my GREATgrandpa's ".30 WCF"
     
  2. salmonriverjohn

    salmonriverjohn N.W Oregon coast, Gods country Well-Known Member

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    A couple of fine Bear! My family and I gave up on spring bear as the meat isn't anywhere as good as a fall bear that's gorging on berries and apples, yummie! We took three this fall, nothing bigger than 350 or so, but all were good eaters. Any bear is a real trophy though. Good luck and enjoy every minute of it:thumbup:
     
  3. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    Nothing like that dark hair in the woods.
    Love bear hunting.
    The meat,,,, it's average. Come on I can't lie, it's tough to enjoy.
    It's all in the prep though I know.
     
  4. satinwood

    satinwood Portland Member

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    I have tried for the last three years for spring and fall bear with no luck. I love being in the woods though. Sure beats sitting at home. If you had any tips to spare a novice at bear hunting, PM's would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for sharing the pics!
     
  5. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    Bear hunting is much fun.
    Almost as fun as mule deer hunting.
    Sping time, they eat grass. Fall find the berries.
    Bears are like humans. If its hot, head for shad and water. If its cool, get up and move.
    Coke can size crap, is a larger bear.
    Above all, use your ears. Sometimes there noisy, sometimes there stealth. They will just come out of nowhere. But I've been lucky to hear them most times.
    Watch your wind also.
    Law of averages. The more your out there, the better your chances.
    Good luck
     
  6. salmonriverjohn

    salmonriverjohn N.W Oregon coast, Gods country Well-Known Member

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    Sage advice from Oregonhunter5:thumbup: To that I would add,, Blackberry's, their addicted to them. My now adult kids and I have taken a long string of fall bear by glassing the vast dense patches here on the coast. As stated in the above post, really pay attention to the wind, I can't stress that enough. I think it's a toss up between the bear and the elk as to whom has the better sniffer. Use your glasses. Look for that black patch that seem to suck up all the light without reflecting anything back.

    And PLEASE look for cubs before pulling that trigger. Many times we've glassed nice big bear for quite awhile before seeing the cubs, all at once there they are. The last thing you want in your memory is the thought of leaving a couple of young cubs to die a slow death.
     
  7. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    Couple more thoughts.
    Anchor them down with a shot tight behind the shoulder. Very tight. Then lay another one on him. Bears can run and run and run. Then die. Fat plugs the bullet hole sometimes.
    Bears are Hard to judge on size. If the ears look really small, shoot it.
    After you get one, hang it up and skin it. Tell me what you think it looks like.
    It will freak You out.
     
  8. TapRackNGo

    TapRackNGo PNW Well-Known Member

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    I would love to do this, but have no experience hunting bear. Would love it if someone could PM me some details, maybe where to go, tactics. I'm sure it's not the same as deer.
     
  9. 23Bandit

    23Bandit Aloha, OR Active Member

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    This freaks me out every time I see it...LOL!!!
     
  10. tahoe2

    tahoe2 Seattle area, Washington state Member

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    I've heard they somewhat resemble a human with the skin off, but I have never seen one that way yet.
    I therefore understand your sentiment, bet I'll be freaked when the time comes for me !!
     
  11. Whitey375

    Whitey375 Eugene, Oregon Active Member

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    If you really want to freak out, cape the paws out. Makes my hands hurt thinking about it, lol.

    Sent from my HTC Sensation 4G using Tapatalk 2
     
  12. BullsBucksandBoars

    BullsBucksandBoars The right place at the right time, OR Active Member

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    When I was just a lil squirt we used to chase bears with some of my dads (Nestucca) high school buddies but since they banned dogs it was never a solid thought in my mind until recently that I missed elk season due to knee surgery and needed to get out of the house.

    I got a wild hair a couple years ago and started hunting them in the spring, MAN 'O MAN!!! Besides bow hunting elk, spring bears are my 2nd favorite thing to hunt!

    I'm a third generation PC Doryman so this year I'd really like to focus some time on fall bears in August. Bottom fish for ling in the AM, clean up, glass cuts in the evening 'till dark and do it all over again... Ol Gus Orviston ain't got nothing on my "perfect schedule" lol
     
  13. TroutLakeHunter

    TroutLakeHunter Vancouver, WA New Member

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    you mean " spring poop meat bear " :D Just kidding just kidding... those are some nice black bears buddy !! i still have yet to harvest me a bear... nice work :thumbup:
     
  14. salmonriverjohn

    salmonriverjohn N.W Oregon coast, Gods country Well-Known Member

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    Not much of a spring bear meat guy myself, I'll wait until their eating real food. Their definitely high on the list of great hunts for spring though.
     
  15. Karamojo Bill

    Karamojo Bill North Oregon Coast New Member

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    I am the proud father of this fine man! If you can see the bumper sticker on the truck in his first photo it was the motto I raised him with, "I'd rather be hunting WITH my kids than hunting FOR my kids!" Hey salmonriverjohn, let get out in the dory this year rather than just taking about it....I know my fault...what are you days off? We three could go together...I do not fish weekends though...just let the tourists have the beach
     
  16. salmonriverjohn

    salmonriverjohn N.W Oregon coast, Gods country Well-Known Member

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    You pick the dates my friend, I'll take whatever, whenever, whichever off! Welcome to the site skipper.
     
  17. BullsBucksandBoars

    BullsBucksandBoars The right place at the right time, OR Active Member

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    Bump-

    It's getting close to that time of year again... :)
     
  18. prkrgrp

    prkrgrp oregon Active Member

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    love spring bear hunting got the new 308 out and ready to drop one. as far as eating bear meat, add 20% beef fat to it grind it up into hamburger meat and your set for the summer barbecue.
     
  19. FatBuddah

    FatBuddah Gresham Member

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    Got me a new 338 edge that needs it first notch! Can't wait to get east
     
  20. jluck

    jluck Really,Really, Close to Newport Oregon 97365 Voted #1 Member

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    Who's excited for spring bear?....

    Maybe those who drew there tag....(Insert favorite multiple profanity here).

    Good luck to those who did.