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Offline andrew_in_idaho

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0 bear club
« on: April 23, 2015, 09:19:29 PM »
Seems like every avatar pic I see lately is a dead bear. I have never killed a bear personally and it got me thinking how many of us are members of the "0 Bear Club". I'm hoping to remove myself from the club this weekend, other members when do you hope to exit?

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Re: 0 bear club
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2015, 09:35:15 PM »
  If it makes you feel better, I've been hunting since I was 14 on my own.  I'm 40 next month.  Last year I killed my first and second bear, along with a cougar.  It will never happen again like that.
  Keep trying and it will happen sometime.  The last 8 years I couldn't get bear off my mind.  Now I'm broke and owe big time to the taxi!
  Well worth it.
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Re: 0 bear club
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2015, 09:38:58 PM »
I left your club in 1997 when I finally got serious about getting one.  :chuckle:
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Re: 0 bear club
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2015, 09:40:15 PM »
I've got a good buddy playing guide and taking me to his honey hole this weekend. He says he will be surprised if we don't tag at least 1 bear.

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Re: 0 bear club
« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2015, 09:40:36 PM »
1986 for me. Rick ;)
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Re: 0 bear club
« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2015, 09:53:26 PM »
You guys are only proving my point, I need to kill a bear and soon

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Re: 0 bear club
« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2015, 10:05:13 PM »
i hope to leave it between now and june 15

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Re: 0 bear club
« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2015, 10:15:55 PM »
I left your club in 1997 when I finally got serious about getting one.  :chuckle:

1981 for me (bow).  Once the pressure is off and that first one is in the freezer they seem to come a lot easier.
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Re: 0 bear club
« Reply #8 on: April 23, 2015, 11:55:33 PM »
I grew up in SE Alaska, so I guess I cheated.
If you really want one get up above tree line in the berries come August. Pretty easy to see them in that kind of situation. If your willing to pack one out.

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Re: 0 bear club
« Reply #9 on: April 24, 2015, 12:09:16 AM »
I grew up in SE Alaska, so I guess I cheated.
If you really want one get up above tree line in the berries come August. Pretty easy to see them in that kind of situation. If your willing to pack one out.

If we get any berries.  Past five years ripe August berries have been hard to come by.

Has always amazed me how much heavier a pack full of bear meat is compared to a pack full of elk meat :chuckle:  Packing one out of the high country can be quite the good bit of work.
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Re: 0 bear club
« Reply #10 on: April 24, 2015, 04:59:34 AM »
1986 must have been a good year, my first bear was that year too!   You want bear?   Hunt them seriously like you would deer.  I think they are almost easier to get then deer.

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Re: 0 bear club
« Reply #11 on: April 24, 2015, 05:04:08 AM »
You want bear?   Hunt them seriously like you would deer.  I think they are almost easier to get then deer.

I agree!  Plus you don't have to waste time figuring out of they have three points or not.  Looks big enough...Boom!
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Re: 0 bear club
« Reply #12 on: April 24, 2015, 06:53:45 AM »
Looks big enough...Boom!

Said 1,000 guys who shot a cub  :chuckle:  Ground shrinkage is a real deal in bear hunting.

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Re: 0 bear club
« Reply #13 on: April 24, 2015, 07:13:10 AM »
I am with you.
63 never shot one . Had several almost moments.
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Re: 0 bear club
« Reply #14 on: April 24, 2015, 07:19:31 AM »
First in 2012......hopefully the second next month. 

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Re: 0 bear club
« Reply #15 on: April 24, 2015, 07:24:26 AM »
I have yet to get one.
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Re: 0 bear club
« Reply #16 on: April 24, 2015, 07:47:51 AM »
Looks big enough...Boom!

Said 1,000 guys who shot a cub  :chuckle:  Ground shrinkage is a real deal in bear hunting.

I had a self defense situation last year that I should PM you about.
I think this comment is underrated, judging bears has got to be the hardest thing to do sometimes.  I've killed 5 bears and one was pretty darn small, they can fool you very easily if your newer to the situation.  The small one I killed was 550 yards away and he looked like a pig! Look for the head and if the ears look big, it's more than likely a small bear.  Look for small ears with space in between them.  And a sway to there walk, in the spring when you draw a tag, take your time and watch the bear.  Give some time for cubs to come into view or for a boar to bring up the rear (no pun intended)!  When you kill your first bear you'll never forget it, walking up to a dead bear is a bit different than walking up to a deer or an elk.  And if he/she does the death moan, you'll know it!

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Re: 0 bear club
« Reply #17 on: April 24, 2015, 07:49:48 AM »
Only two to my name. I've been lucky.....right place right time. I think bear hunting in our state is under appreciated. Long season, ample hunting area, solid population, you can put your tag on any bear.

Walking up on a downed bear is indeed different.
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Re: 0 bear club
« Reply #18 on: April 24, 2015, 07:54:59 AM »
When you kill your first bear you'll never forget it, walking up to a dead bear is a bit different than walking up to a deer or an elk.

I was 20 yards away from my bull last fall when I put a finishing shot on him.  He kicked around and passed for a couple of minutes.  I pet him and thanked him as he died.

My first boar bear was close to 300# and I couldn't touch him for like 10 mins  :chuckle:
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Re: 0 bear club
« Reply #19 on: April 24, 2015, 07:57:10 AM »
 :yeah: I've killed 3 of my bears in consecutive years within 200 yards of each other, two on the 1st of October and one on the 2nd.  They were killed in the alpine and the blue huckleberries were FAT, good eating bears.

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Re: 0 bear club
« Reply #20 on: April 24, 2015, 07:58:13 AM »
When you kill your first bear you'll never forget it, walking up to a dead bear is a bit different than walking up to a deer or an elk.

I was 20 yards away from my bull last fall when I put a finishing shot on him.  He kicked around and passed for a couple of minutes.  I pet him and thanked him as he died.

My first boar bear was close to 300# and I couldn't touch him for like 10 mins  :chuckle:
That made me laugh, I've done the same thing!

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Re: 0 bear club
« Reply #21 on: April 24, 2015, 08:22:46 AM »
If you target bears its not too hard.  If you hope to stumble across one deer hunting you may wait a while for the opportunity.  Since I've started bear hunting seriously 5 years ago I've either shot my own or shot D-Rocks :chuckle: every year.

Also, I would like to once again point out that since D-Rock met me, he has not killed a bear by himself.   :dunno:  Just sayin :IBCOOL:

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Re: 0 bear club
« Reply #22 on: April 24, 2015, 09:08:38 AM »
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Re: 0 bear club
« Reply #23 on: April 24, 2015, 09:18:19 AM »
I'm in your club for WA.  I've seen two but could not get shots as I just had my bow.  My first was in 1980, then one in 1984 (both over bait in Ontario), and my last in 90 or 91 in OR with my bow.  Ten yards away, face to face with my bow,  I can't remember the year, but I sure remember that bear.....    :chuckle:

I'm going to try harder this year since I want to do corned bear.

Good luck OP, and anyone else chasing them this year.

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« Reply #24 on: April 24, 2015, 09:56:09 AM »
Look in this stuff in autumn.

 

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