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What makes you choose your spring bear hunt?
« on: December 14, 2016, 03:15:23 PM »
So I have never hunted hard for bears and in last few years have just put in for points . Well 2017 I'm gonna put in for the draw with 6 points. I have been to some areas during deer and elk season other areas have only seen pics or read about. I live in piece County and I know I'd have to buy a Hancock pass for the areas close to me which doesn't bother me a ton cause I know I can spend more time there  but the northeast corner and Southeast corner are both just so beautiful  and may get to give me a more memorable  hunt but I may have to make several trips as scouting and the unknown realm.

So what I'm asking is like any hunt what makes it appeal to you is it numbers , success,  seeking other animals for another season, she'd hunting

Just trying to get some imput and our units you guys like and why

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Re: What makes you choose your spring bear hunt?
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2016, 03:18:15 PM »
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Re: What makes you choose your spring bear hunt?
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2016, 06:23:25 PM »
I put in for Kapowsin because we are in there any way scouting and predator hunting and if we come across a bear we can shoot it . If I had 6 points , there is no way I would burn them on Kapowsin , I usually draw that tag with 1 point and of the 150 tags they give I think the number of bears killed is in there is usually less than 10 a season . 2015 saw 6 killed and 5 were investigated . We're building points for my wife , we are looking at the N.E. corner for her. When she draws we'll buy one of Dale's at Bearpaw Outfitters maps and head that direction .

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Re: What makes you choose your spring bear hunt?
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2016, 06:24:48 PM »
Close to home equals time in the woods.
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Re: What makes you choose your spring bear hunt?
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2016, 06:37:30 PM »
NE corner for the sheer numbers.... and I have a cabin to stay in which helps, but really there's just a ton of bears around the area I'm familiar with in the 101.
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Re: What makes you choose your spring bear hunt?
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2016, 07:11:55 PM »
Only put in for units that you are familiar with!  Just because you can add more choices does not mean you should.  Pick one or two that you know well and are close enough to hunt. If you don't get drawn then at least you get points. It is simply amazing how many people I have met over the years who put in for hunts blind and then complain.  Bear hunting is not easy!

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Re: What makes you choose your spring bear hunt?
« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2016, 07:23:30 PM »
Close to home equals time in the woods.

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Re: What makes you choose your spring bear hunt?
« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2016, 06:42:51 PM »
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Re: What makes you choose your spring bear hunt?
« Reply #8 on: December 16, 2016, 09:21:51 AM »
Only put in for units that you are familiar with!  Just because you can add more choices does not mean you should.  Pick one or two that you know well and are close enough to hunt. If you don't get drawn then at least you get points. It is simply amazing how many people I have met over the years who put in for hunts blind and then complain.  Bear hunting is not easy!

There is only one way to learn a u it and that is to go there and put some miles down ,network  with friends /family/fellow hunters , and maps

It's no different than fishing you try new spots for different outcomes

You have to put in effort to get success but everyone had to go somewhere new at some point

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Re: What makes you choose your spring bear hunt?
« Reply #9 on: December 22, 2016, 08:13:37 PM »
Go where the bear are. Time in the woods does not necessarily =killing a bear.

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Re: What makes you choose your spring bear hunt?
« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2017, 03:07:38 PM »
It's frustrating to watch 25/50 tags in the Wenaha go un-hunted every year.

I'm assuming because it's too far for some, and others drive to it...look down and say no thank you.


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Re: What makes you choose your spring bear hunt?
« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2017, 05:15:40 PM »
It's frustrating to watch 25/50 tags in the Wenaha go un-hunted every year.

I'm assuming because it's too far for some, and others drive to it...look down and say no thank you.


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Re: What makes you choose your spring bear hunt?
« Reply #12 on: January 10, 2017, 05:33:19 PM »
It's frustrating to watch 25/50 tags in the Wenaha go un-hunted every year.

I'm assuming because it's too far for some, and others drive to it...look down and say no thank you.


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I think a lot of that too is people show up too early and there is still 2' of snow
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Re: What makes you choose your spring bear hunt?
« Reply #13 on: January 10, 2017, 08:16:05 PM »
It's frustrating to watch 25/50 tags in the Wenaha go un-hunted every year.

I'm assuming because it's too far for some, and others drive to it...look down and say no thank you.


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Re: What makes you choose your spring bear hunt?
« Reply #14 on: January 11, 2017, 08:57:48 AM »
Go where the bear are. Time in the woods does not necessarily =killing a bear.

Agreed. Burned 5 points last year on the North Skagit hunt and although my buddy killed a dandy bear opening weekend (he drew with 5 points also), I hunted the area hard something like 17 or 18 more times and only saw 2 small bears. According to the Fish and Game there were a total of 6 bears harvested between the Monroe and North Skagit hunt. Monroe had 2 successful hunters and North Skagit had 4. Personally I will be putting my points towards the NE or SE from now on.   
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Re: What makes you choose your spring bear hunt?
« Reply #15 on: January 11, 2017, 09:04:38 AM »
Close to home does not equal more time in the woods for me, with younger kids at home I find if I don't do some sort of destination hunt I can't seem to find the time to make into the woods. I would rather take a couple four day weekends or longer trips. Also like to learn and check out new areas.

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Re: What makes you choose your spring bear hunt?
« Reply #16 on: January 14, 2017, 09:40:53 AM »
Close to home does not equal more time in the woods for me, with younger kids at home I find if I don't do some sort of destination hunt I can't seem to find the time to make into the woods. I would rather take a couple four day weekends or longer trips. Also like to learn and check out new areas.

That's seems to be my exact thoughts

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Re: What makes you choose your spring bear hunt?
« Reply #17 on: January 14, 2017, 09:56:50 AM »
I think it depends on the OP home situation then. With kids sounds like getaway long weekends are the way to go but if not then putting in a for a unit close would be the way to go it's nice to be able to run out later on in the season after work and still have a few hours of daylight, less likely to encounter other hunters in the area as well.  :twocents:
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Re: What makes you choose your spring bear hunt?
« Reply #18 on: January 14, 2017, 02:10:08 PM »
I put in for Kapowsin because we are in there any way scouting and predator hunting and if we come across a bear we can shoot it . If I had 6 points , there is no way I would burn them on Kapowsin , I usually draw that tag with 1 point and of the 150 tags they give I think the number of bears killed is in there is usually less than 10 a season . 2015 saw 6 killed and 5 were investigated . We're building points for my wife , we are looking at the N.E. corner for her. When she draws we'll buy one of Dale's at Bearpaw Outfitters maps and head that direction .
@ justyhntr  That line..."5 were investigated".  Are you saying that 5 out of 6 bears were poached in Hancock?

I'll second the above, if I had 6 points, I would not burn it in Hancock.  Go East, then come back in a year and pull a Hancock tag with 1 point.
I pulled two Hancock permits on back to back 1 point draws.  Burning 6 points on an easy draw, low odds hunt doesn't make sense to me.  Especially if it means buying a pass you wouldn't have otherwise.

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Re: What makes you choose your spring bear hunt?
« Reply #19 on: January 16, 2017, 05:33:40 PM »
I think it depends on the OP home situation then. With kids sounds like getaway long weekends are the way to go but if not then putting in a for a unit close would be the way to go it's nice to be able to run out later on in the season after work and still have a few hours of daylight, less likely to encounter other hunters in the area as well.  :twocents:

Ya long  getaways are better I don't mind  loading the whole family up and they have a camping  party while I'm out putting miles down

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Re: What makes you choose your spring bear hunt?
« Reply #20 on: January 17, 2017, 12:49:11 PM »
I put in for Kapowsin because we are in there any way scouting and predator hunting and if we come across a bear we can shoot it . If I had 6 points , there is no way I would burn them on Kapowsin , I usually draw that tag with 1 point and of the 150 tags they give I think the number of bears killed is in there is usually less than 10 a season . 2015 saw 6 killed and 5 were investigated . We're building points for my wife , we are looking at the N.E. corner for her. When she draws we'll buy one of Dale's at Bearpaw Outfitters maps and head that direction .
@ justyhntr  That line..."5 were investigated".  Are you saying that 5 out of 6 bears were poached in Hancock?

I'll second the above, if I had 6 points, I would not burn it in Hancock.  Go East, then come back in a year and pull a Hancock tag with 1 point.
I pulled two Hancock permits on back to back 1 point draws.  Burning 6 points on an easy draw, low odds hunt doesn't make sense to me.  Especially if it means buying a pass you wouldn't have otherwise.

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I believe charges were filed on one , the other 4 they could not find enough evidence of baiting so the last I heard they were not charged . There does appear to be quite of baiting that goes on during the spring season in Kapowsin . Guys like to buy the liquid attractant , place it where they can see it from a distance and wait . Without witnessing them putting it out it's pretty hard for the WDFW to prove they are doing it . Because of what we saw last year we won't be putting in for that tag again . 

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Re: What makes you choose your spring bear hunt?
« Reply #21 on: January 20, 2017, 08:11:09 PM »
Where can I draw that I can access easily and know or semi know....
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