Spring black bear hunting offers a medley of reasons to participate.
It provides you with a spring big game species to hunt months before the opening of fall big game seasons. It provides a reason to be in the mountains enjoying the blossoming of spring. It also could end with a magnificent trophy destined for your décor.
Of course the real adventure comes from the adrenaline rush of being within spitting distance of a large predator able to eat you. This is particularly true if you tackle this mission with archery gear. My favorite black bear hunting memories include my Mathews bow and staring face to face with a spring bruin. As docile as black bears look you have to treat them with great respect and prepare for the worst. If you do any amount of research and read about past black bear attacks you might be surprised. Experts are beginning to shed some startling new findings on the behavior and character of this predator found coast to coast.
One of the most astonishing revelations is that many of the attacks were not due to surprise encounters like those that occur in grizzly country. In fact, many bear experts now believe black bears to be the more aggressive of the two species when it comes to hunting and they believe black bears are actually more inclined to hunt you than a grizzly.
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NWTF Exceeds 1.5 Million Hunters Goal Three Years Early
More than 1.5 million new or formerly lapsed hunters are hitting the woods thanks to the National Wild Turkey Federation and its partners.
Making The Switch From Rifle To Archery
“More time in the field.” That is something I read years ago over and over again in our local game and fish regulations.
Public Access Expanded In Southwest Montana
The largest wildlife management area in Montana is now 160 acres larger thanks to a joint effort by a conservation-minded landowner, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP), and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
Land Navigation Vs. Electronics
Each year that goes by, I find myself trying to figure out ways to get farther and farther from the truck come hunting season.
Do You Really Need A New Bow?
I don’t think I am alone when I say that buying a bow is an exciting time.
A Beginner's Guide To Processing Your Own Wild Game Meat
Originally published at goHUNT.com
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3 Tips For Overcoming Fear In The Backcountry
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Montana Fishing In November
Many anglers flat out forget about Montana fly fishing in November.
Bears & Gobblers
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Learning to be effective behind the glass is a huge advantage out West.
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A Season of Sharptails
The birds erupted from knee-high grass, a scant 40 feet from the dark, twitching nose of a black-and-white English setter, his flanks, ribs and legs invisible to the eyes of the hunter. I swung on the nearest bird, the barred primary feathers of its wings beating frantically for lift into full flight.