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Do I take a tag on a deer scouting trip
« on: August 11, 2022, 06:39:52 PM »
Seeing the storms here in the NE tonight I started to wonder if this wet “cooler” weather will get bears up and moving.  I was planning a camping/scouting trip up in 105 where we had a bear wander through camp in June.  Wasn’t planning in getting a bear tag but now I kind of want to.  I’ll be up there anyway.  So do you think this weather would increase the chances of seeing a bear incidentally.


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Re: Do I take a tag on a deer scouting trip
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2022, 06:53:35 PM »
Their cheap enough, better get one. Been hauling logs out of 105 all summer, no shortage of bears.

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Re: Do I take a tag on a deer scouting trip
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2022, 07:00:29 PM »
I can't speak to your area, but what finally made me start buying bear tags was a situation on high buck where a bear came within 80 yards of me, totally oblivious, and I couldn't shoot it because I didn't have a tag.  A little later a guy up on a ridge high above me took a couple long ass shots at the bear - don't know if they got it down or not.  With a tag on hand, I could have taken an ethical shot and had some meat. Without, I got to witness that crap.  What are they, $20?   

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Re: Do I take a tag on a deer scouting trip
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2022, 07:43:31 PM »
Yeah.  I would much rather have a tag and not see one than the other way around. 


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Re: Do I take a tag on a deer scouting trip
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2022, 08:02:20 PM »
I don't think bears care much about weather this time of year. They just eat and move and eat and move. If you want to carry a weapon with you then buy a tag, if you are happy to hike around without the weapon then don't. If you have a desire to get a bear then buy a tag, if you have no desire then don't. If you are going to be out during bear season you always have a chance.

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Re: Do I take a tag on a deer scouting trip
« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2022, 08:09:54 PM »
If you are a hunter in the state of Washington you should always have a bear and cougar tag if you hunt deer and elk.  There is no eexcuses not too.

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Re: Do I take a tag on a deer scouting trip
« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2022, 10:09:57 PM »
The real question is why wouldn't you?

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Re: Do I take a tag on a deer scouting trip
« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2022, 05:43:25 AM »
Not if your not going to take a gun.

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Re: Do I take a tag on a deer scouting trip
« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2022, 06:06:47 AM »
Heck yeah!  Weather doesn't always matter.  I've seen Bears in 100 degree middle of the day.  I don't thinks its gonna be very cool, gonna be rippin hot.  Just have lotsa ice and get the bear outta there quick if you blast one.

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Re: Do I take a tag on a deer scouting trip
« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2022, 08:36:01 AM »
This time of year bears don’t like sun. Could you see a bear? Sure but low odds. As soon as sun hits areas they feed in the morning they move to shade and timber. Same with evenings as canyons shade the bears emerge.

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Re: Do I take a tag on a deer scouting trip
« Reply #10 on: August 12, 2022, 08:39:39 AM »
I would buy it, carry it during scouting as well as through the season.  One year I didn't and we can all guess what happened.

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Re: Do I take a tag on a deer scouting trip
« Reply #11 on: August 12, 2022, 01:08:13 PM »
Bears are always moving. They eat all day and night and in between that they take naps to digest. And yes buy a tag.

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Re: Do I take a tag on a deer scouting trip
« Reply #12 on: August 17, 2022, 07:45:59 PM »
Better to have in case 

 


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