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Earlier this week I took one of my buddies turkey hunting, he's 78 and is a good hunter, just never went spring gobbler hunting much.

left the house at 1:50 am to drive out to western Md., hit heavy thunderstorms about an hr. from the spot (it's a secret spot:flute:)
it had quit raining before we got there but it was a soaked

walked back in and got set up in good time. Daylight comes and no gobbling, yelps or clucks, also no crows or ravins----everything is soggy
I called off and on for about an hour, no answers and no birds sneaking in.

then I caught some movement cresting the ridge, and here comes this bear steady sneaking down on us, I got my buddy turned to see him, the bear kept stalking straight toward us, then he caught our wind and locked it up, I yelped quiet a couple of times but you could see he scented us, he stood there about a minute then turned and off he went

we did a combination of walk and gun and setting up for 20-30 minutes till about 1;00, but
the only bird action we had that day was seeing a scarlet tanager, which was the first one my buddy had seen.

seeing a bear in the woods is always cool, this one was about 250-275 lbs. live weight, this is the first one I called in while turkey hunting, called three in with a fawn distress call while bear hunting.

He's a fun guy to hunt with, I just hope I can still pick up a gun when I'm 78
 

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Wow sounds like fun. You guys must sleep different hours than I do. When I was younger I could do the crazy hunting and fishing hours but these days it would need to be real special to get me out like that.
 

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Two blackies hung around my stand at the same time while deer hunting last year. They didn't mind each other or me for that matter. But--I decided to leave the 30-30 at the house and hunt with the 35 Rem or 308MX--just in case.
 
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Around my parts we call in Bobcats and Coyotes from time to time and every now and again a gobbler:p My turkey hunting buddy is 80 and hunts as hard as anyone I know, although this Spring he only bagged a Coyote that came in... he still gets his part of the game!!
Coyotes are good for target practice, that's about it.

Great PICS! Love the game porn!


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I have a lot of bears up my way, and every yr in spring gobbl;er me and most guys in my hunting camp have bears come in, BUT in all honesty, I don't think there coming into teh calls, they are just out and about on the prowel, its mating season this time of yrs and males cover tons of ground looking for females, and or just looking for food
but we see maybe 15-20 bears a season at camp, maybe in like 14 days of hunting, some yrs we see a LOT more, and many times its the same bear , with markings that we can tell
never had one try to sneak in on us, they just tend to walk pretty soft footed as they are
in deer season, cannot tell you how many times I had bears climb up the tree I was in to see what I was, there courious critters, for the most part, most want nothing to do with humans
some will try to figure you out, but most times after they KNOW your a human, they leave you alone
never had a bad experience with a bear, and have been within 20 ft of about 500+ of them over the yrs, maybe more
heck I have them in my yard a few times a a week 6-7 months a yr, never bothered me, the dogs, or the house
once in a while they do get into the trash cans, but I try to keep them clean and that helps that
some times though, one will take the garbage can for a walk, for no apparent reaon other than to play with it!
had one smaller male a few yrs back that liked to play the drums on one, would carry down to the back of my yard, set it up and bang on it for off and on for about an hr or so! , many times I would have to go outand take it off him, as he would drive me nuts banging on it at the weee hrs of the mornings, trying to sleep in the summer time with windows open LOL
I like bears, but I respect them and there strength they have for sure, but I don't fear them at all
 

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Whenever out with my 20GA I always have a couple of slugs with me.
 
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I have a lot of bears up my way, and every yr in spring gobbl;er me and most guys in my hunting camp have bears come in, BUT in all honesty, I don't think there coming into teh calls, they are just out and about on the prowel, its mating season this time of yrs and males cover tons of ground looking for females, and or just looking for food
but we see maybe 15-20 bears a season at camp, maybe in like 14 days of hunting, some yrs we see a LOT more, and many times its the same bear , with markings that we can tell
never had one try to sneak in on us, they just tend to walk pretty soft footed as they are
in deer season, cannot tell you how many times I had bears climb up the tree I was in to see what I was, there courious critters, for the most part, most want nothing to do with humans
some will try to figure you out, but most times after they KNOW your a human, they leave you alone
never had a bad experience with a bear, and have been within 20 ft of about 500+ of them over the yrs, maybe more
heck I have them in my yard a few times a a week 6-7 months a yr, never bothered me, the dogs, or the house
once in a while they do get into the trash cans, but I try to keep them clean and that helps that
some times though, one will take the garbage can for a walk, for no apparent reaon other than to play with it!
had one smaller male a few yrs back that liked to play the drums on one, would carry down to the back of my yard, set it up and bang on it for off and on for about an hr or so! , many times I would have to go outand take it off him, as he would drive me nuts banging on it at the weee hrs of the mornings, trying to sleep in the summer time with windows open LOL
I like bears, but I respect them and there strength they have for sure, but I don't fear them at all


I never felt this bear was coming for us as humans, but he was stalking in on us like we were a "turkey".
His posture was not a bear just coming thru the woods, and as soon as he caught our wind he hit a brick wall and was not coming closer, (after he left I ranged the spot at 31 yards)

I've hunted bear in maine every year since 1988, and also a couple of other states, with a longbow up to an 1895 CB, and have had the pleasure of watching them up close a number of times.


A couple of years ago in Tioga co. Pa., a guy at a camp next to us had a bear charge into his turkey decoys, and left in hurry when he jumped up and yelled at it.
Penn state released a study they did on fawn mortality, coyotes #1, bears #2
I usually cut the stomachs open in the fall to see what they been into and have seen----oats, clover, apples, wasp nests (for the larva), corn, clover, meat and beechnuts, (no people)

Several years ago in Alaska I predator called in a big blackbear to 18yds, he circled around above and behind us and was there long enough to know we weren't deer (I shot him with a 336 in .35 rem)
In Alaska the grizzly gets the publicity, but according to the stats back then (2004) there were a lot more blackbear attacks than from the bigger bears.
 

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was out night hunting yotes one night back in the woods and was using the foxpro caller with some rabbit distress calls and after about 20 minutes a big black bear came crashing out of the woods looking for the stinking rabbit. It sure got my attention as this bear was coming in hungry looking for his wabbit. made me realize ground hunting at night is more dangerous than I thought.............sure made me feel better with the 45-70 resting on my lap. bears are fun to watch in the wild but yes they deserve respect.
Many bears show up on my game cameras around the property and occaisionally they will either eat the camera or smack it off the tree/pole it is attached. one of the reasons I only buy cheap game cameras. they do not last long in bear country.
 

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Mrguvna, a tip on trail cams in bear country
make sure the camera is as scent free as possible
never touch bait and handle the cam
been using trail cams since the 90's
have tons of bears here, had 2 or 3 cam's chewed up till i realized, they would find the cams based on scent, and then get close and smell it, if it had any scent to it, they would lick it, if it had trase of corn or?? And or it made a noise//most cams make noise when they take a pic
they would try to open it to see what it is, they are very couriuos critters
but them with there powerful jaws and paws/claws
break a cam pretty easy, even if they didn't mean to Lol
been about 10 yrs now since I had a cam get damaged, now I am more scent ful with my cam's

and yes in Ak and most places black bears do most attacks
personally I believe its just cause there are more black bears
just like your more likely to hit a white tail deer with your car than you are to hit a mule deer across the usa, simply, more whitetails in more places

I am sure a bear can be called into a call
but my experience with black bears in Pa, is, they don't bother much, too small a meal, and too low odds of catching a small critter
injured death calls may work better, as the bear would think its injured and upping its odds maybe

but I have bears in my yard all the time, with raccoons next to them and could care less, same for rabbits, and many times adult deer
as a fact, 99% of the time, the bear will leave when other animals show up
in my food plots, I have seen deer chase a bear out of them many time
and I am not sure why, but I have seen cats and foxes, scare the crap out of bears and deer
more so house cats
seems wildlife doesn't like cats Lol
last night a bear was raiding my bird feeders, a big 350 + male bear, and a small red fox came, and that bear took off like death itself was coming after it Lol
the fox was maybe 10-15 lbs Lol
acted like he owned the yard Haha!
 
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