Spring Hunting Season is a very exciting time. In addition to being Spring Snow Geese and Turkey Season, it is also the perfect time for hunting black bears. Whether this is your first hunt for a black bear or your 100th, here are a few tips from GrandView Outdoors to keep in mind when hunting and calling a black bear:
1. HUNT WITH A PARTNER.
Since bears can be aggressive and large in size, a hunting partner will allow you to have more eyes watching for the bear to emerge and will provide added coverage just in case.
2. CALL WHERE BEARS WANT TO BE IN THE SPRING.
Spring is the time when all wildlife becomes alive and moves around after the dead of winter. This means that bears have just woken up from a long nap and will be searching for food. If the area you are hunting in is unfamiliar to you, visit with a local biologist to gather information on habitat preferences in the area.
3. HAVE AMPLE OPENINGS TO SEE INCOMING BEARS.
Although Black Bears may be large, they can also be very sneaky. Make sure you are in an open space where you can see all around you.
4. FOCUS ON BIG PREY.
As mentioned earlier, black bears are hungry in the spring. Mix up your distress calls and making sure they represent bear-sized meals such as elk calves, fawns, goats, sheep and/or pigs.
5. WATCH BEARS REACT.
“If a young bear approaches and suddenly bolts it may mean Mr. Big is about to hit the scene.”
6. KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR OTHER PREDATORS.
Know the area you are hunting in and what other large predators live there. It might not be surprising to call in a grizzly or a wolf depending on your hunting location.