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First Bear Hunt

Postby Smitty8105 » Sun Aug 28, 2011 12:04 am

So i got drawn for a Michigan Bear Tag this year after 5 years of trying. I put in as a Party with my cousin and we both got drawn!

Looked at guide options in the unit we are hunting, and the cheapest was like 1000$ per person. Sorry not gonna pay that crap. So i found a guide that with bait 3 stands for us from now until September 25th when we go hunt! The good thing is he is only charging 250$ per bait sight. He is also leaving us 9 days worth of bait when we go on our hunt, we just have to bait the sites ouselves while we are hunting.

I am heading up there to the hunting area labor day weekend to have the guide show me the bait sites and the rest of the area.

Now that i got all the important info out of the way, anyone do any bear hunting, and have any tips?
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Re: First Bear Hunt

Postby adaye » Sun Aug 28, 2011 6:31 pm

It can be hard to judge a bears size. A large bears ears will seam small compared to the head and appear to be located on the sides of the head. With a small bear the ears will seem large compared to the size of the head and on top of the head.

Bugs can be a real pain on bear hunts depending on the location.
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Re: First Bear Hunt

Postby Smitty8105 » Sun Aug 28, 2011 6:33 pm

Thats what i have heard, i was told to judge the distance between the ears also.

I have a thermacell so bugs are no issue, lol!
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Re: First Bear Hunt

Postby adaye » Sun Aug 28, 2011 6:42 pm

Good luck and take plenty of pics. I've been on 6 or 7 bear hunts over the years. Last year a buddy and I went to New Jersey on a self guided hunt and he shot a nice one just shy of 440lbs.
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Re: First Bear Hunt

Postby Smitty8105 » Sun Aug 28, 2011 8:11 pm

Not getting my hopes up to much, this is my first Bear hunt, it is kinda a 50% guided, 50% do it yourself hunt! Trail cameras will be set at all 3 sites, so until i pull the cards on the 25th of September i am not gonna get too exited!
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Re: First Bear Hunt

Postby Smitty8105 » Sun Oct 02, 2011 11:33 am

The Bear hunt was a total bust, hunted hard for 6 days in pouring down rain and 25mph winds with gusts up to 45mph for 5 days straight. The last day was perfect 29 in the morning, calm no wind, and 49 in the afternoon, no wind. Sat the morning and at 8pm Heard barking. Hound hunters came right into our bait site.

So got up and moved to another spot 4 miles away, and guess what, the same damn hound hunters showed up 45 min later. Stopped and talked to them, they had been running dogs out where we were hunting all week, no wonder we didn't see anything.

Had one more spot to sit the last night, it was on private property. Seen a 80lb Bear at dark, and that was it.

Had a lot of fun, but am completly dissapointed.
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Re: First Bear Hunt

Postby savingyour6 » Sun Oct 02, 2011 4:42 pm

well at least you had a good time. sorry you didnt get a bear. hopefully you learn some thought and will be able to take it back next time you go. stay at it. you will connect eventually. just remember "A hunt based on only trophies taken falls far short of what the ultimate goal should be...time to commune with your inner soul as you share the outdoors with the birds, animals, and fish that live there." - Fred Bear :egrin:
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Re: First Bear Hunt

Postby ChrtruseMajic » Sun Oct 30, 2011 12:23 pm

Well that sucks that those guys were running dogs through that area. Unfortunately, those kinds of things will happen on public land. I am assuming you were using public land. Anyways, I am sure you learned tons and had a great time doing it despite the lack of taking a bear. I hope you have better luck next time. Did you get any pictures of anything? Scenery, fun stuff, other wildlife?
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Re: First Bear Hunt

Postby C_Carr316 » Sun Mar 25, 2012 12:38 pm

Good luck - looking forward to the pics....
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Re: First Bear Hunt

Postby Thia Queens of Camo » Sat Mar 02, 2013 3:58 am

Just remember a day in the woods is always better than a day at work!! I hope you give it another try and have a more successful hunt! But sounds like you had a good time anyway!
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