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    • December 16, 2015 7:38 AM EST
    • Seeing a Bear in the wild is pretty exciting. Deer & Bear season run at the same time here in NY so the bear do come past my stand while deer hunting

    • December 15, 2015 10:56 PM EST
    • <p>So my buddy had the exact same thing happen to him 3 years ago with a bear.  And what you described is almost exactly what he had happen. I got a nice bear last year but was using spitfire maxxx 125gr broadheads and they did the trick.  I am probably done with bear for this year and going to focus on deer.  But love to hear bear stories!</p>

    • December 15, 2015 7:42 AM EST
    • Thanks for Sharing Michael. I shot a nice bear during bow season at 25 years. The shot was a bit high but I dont think that my Rage opened up because I found no blood. I have it on video so I know exactly where I hit him. I saw him 3 nights later on my trailcam. I couls clearly see his wound from the arrow so I was sure it was him

    • December 15, 2015 12:07 AM EST
    • <p>Realize this is an old post but thought, might be able to bring some life to it.</p>
      <p>I hunt bear quite a bit with the bow.  I have a couple of encounters this year in the dark (one of which wasn't very cool).  Closest I got was I had one at 30 yards about 20 minutes before shooting time and all I could make out was outline.  It was a cool season none the less and anytime I get to play with the bears it is pretty awesome.</p>
      <p>Anyone have any luck this year?</p>

    • February 7, 2014 1:15 AM EST
    • I was planning to put in for a Spring Bear Tag but haven't decided if I am going to put in for points or not.

    • July 4, 2011 9:31 AM EDT
    • How many of you out there are planing a bear hunt this year? are you going with a outffitter/guide or doing a DIY hunt.

    • February 7, 2014 1:19 AM EST
    • [size= medium][b]Bear Rug and Life Size Incision[/b][/size]

      [size=12pt]The First diagram below will show you where to make your incisions when skinning out your bear for a Rug or Life Size.

      1. Start your[b] first [/b] incision about 1" below the anus, keeping it centered, run it up to the top of the chest.

      * On MALE bears, when skinning for a Life Size, make sure to skin slightly off to one side of the testicles and scrotum. If you cut through them your going to loose that detail on your mount if damamged. If later you decide to do a rug your not loosing a lot of flank on one side and the male parts can be removed. If you know 100% that you are going to do a rug than go ahead and make your incision right through the middle of them.

      2. Make a [b]second[/b] incision from the back of the pad on the front foot across the chest to the back of the pad on the oposite front foot.

      3. Your [b]third[/b] incision should be made from the back of the pad on the rear leg, up the back of the leg about 1" below the anus, up the back of the oposite leg to the back of the pad.[/size]

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      [size= medium][b]Life Size, Rug, 1/2 or 3/4 Life Size, and Shoulder Mount Incision[/b][/size]

      [size=12pt]The [b]Ventral or Case Incision[/b] can be used if you are undecided wether or not you want a [i]Rug, Life-Size, 1/2 or 3/4 Life Size, Shoulder Mount, etc[/i]. This is also a good incision to use if you are nervous about screwing something up. It's not as easy to do in the field, especially by yourself.

      *Your going to want to start your incision at the back of the pad on the rear leg, up the back of the leg about 1" below the anus, up the back of the oposite leg to the back of the pad.[/size]

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      [size= medium][b]Shoulder Mount Incision[/b][/size]

      [size=12pt]If you plan to have a shoulder mount done with your bear than go ahead and remove the front paws off your bear, at the wrist. Than make an incision approximately 12" behind the front shoulder around the circumference of the animal. The Diagram below will give you an idea where to make your incisions. [i]Remember to always leave plenty of skin! Your taxidermist can always remove it later. Better to have to much than not enough. We can't add what isn't their to begin with![/i][/size]

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      [size= small][b]. . . .Skinning. . . .[/b][/size]

      [size=12pt]Once you have made your incisions and begin the skinning process you will have to sever the paws off the carcass at the wrist and ankle joint leaving them in the hide. This will help free up the skin. When you get to the head go ahead and sever the head at the base of the skull leaving it in the hide as well. You don't have to remove the skull or paws out of the skin if you are going to get the hide right to the freezer or to your taxidermist. Be careful when you get around the genital area. If you remove them or cut through them you will lack this detail on a Life Size mount. If you decide to have a rug done these can be removed later.[/size]

      [size= small][b]. . . .Field Care. . . .[/b][/size]

      [size=12pt]It is important, once the Bear is down, get it skinned out. Bear will hold their body heat for a long time especially if it's large and carrying a lot of fat. Once the bear is skinned out, get it to a freezer or to a taxidermist as soon as possible. You will want to keep the hide as cool and dry as possible. Don't put the hide in a plastic bag. Place it in a burlap bag, it will allow air to circulate and keep flies and other insects off your trophy. It will also allow heat and fluids to escape.

      Heat and moisture are a hides worst enemy. They promote bacteria growth that will cause the hair to slip (hair falling out), sometimes in large patches. Once this has started it doesn't stop until all the hair has fallen out of the infected area. If it is hot outside you will need to work as quickly as you can. If it is below 40 degrees you will have a little more time to work.

      DO NOT;

      * Get the cape / skin wet if it can be helped.

      * Lay the Skin in the sun. Keep it in the shade.

      * Drag the animal when bringing it out of the woods. This can damage the hair and cause bald spots.

      * Ride the animal / hide around in the back of your truck all day showing it off to friends and family. Take pictures and get the animal in the freezer or to the taxidermist

      [size= small][b]. . . .Freezing. . . .[/b][/size]

      [size=12pt] If you decide to freeze the hide don't roll the hide......FOLD IT! It will help the hide thaw out more evenly and quicker. Also don't put the skull in the middle of the hide when folding. It can take up to 3 days for a bear skull to freeze all the way buried in the hide. When you put the hide in the freezer place it on a plastic bag NOT in it, to prevent it from sticking to the freezer. After the animal is frozen than place it inside a couple plastic bags.[/size]

      [size= small][b]. . . .Salting the Hide. . . .[/b][/size]

      [size=12pt]For extended trips in the field and out of state, especially during warm weather it may be necessary to salt a hide in order to preserve it for mounting or tanning. I do not normally suggest this unless you are proficient in properly skinning the cape from the skull, splitting the lips, eyes, nose, and ears, and removing the flesh and fat.

      I buy my salt at the local feed store in 50# bags. It is called Feed, Feeder,or Stock Salt. This is a fine grain salt like table salt. Make sure it is [i]Non-Iodized[/i]. [u]DO NOT use rock salt.[/u]

      Lay the skin out flat and apply the salt liberally. On an average bear hide I will use a whole 50 pound bag of salt. There is no such thing as too much salt. Let the salt stand on the skin for 24 hours, then shake it off and salt it again. You shouldn't have to use as much salt the second time, but be sure that the entire skin is covered. Let it stand for another day and then shake the skin off and let it air dry. Large hides should be rolled before they are completely dry otherwise they are difficult to transport.

      Consult with your taxidermist on how to complete these tasks and then you can properly salt a skin.

    • January 22, 2014 2:18 PM EST
    • I took a bear with a Bow this year at the Whitetail Hunting Club in Forrestburg NY

    • March 29, 2013 9:53 AM EDT
    • Does any one know of any good places to bear hunt in ny like state land or pupblic hunting areas

    • May 17, 2013 4:56 PM EDT
    • [b]Wife who can't load shotgun uses it to club bear attacking him[/b][/size]


      Published May 17, 2013


      [b]“Now the bear is right at the front door and at the windows,” Gerre Ninneman said.[/b]

      [b]The bear, which was only a year old, then continued to circle the cabin and looked into its windows. A responding deputy later shot and killed the animal with "one shot," Gerre Ninneman said.[/b]

      [b]Ninneman suffered bite marks from his waist to the back of his head and required staples to close some wounds. He was hospitalized but is expected to recover, as is the couple's dog.[/b]

      [b]The bear, meanwhile, was being checked for rabies in Madison during a necropsy to determine what may have prompted the attack, Department of Natural Resources supervisor John Huff said.[/b]

      [b]“Generally, bears avoid encounters,” Huff told the station. “We’re not really sure why the bear made the decision it did. It was a bad decision.”[/b]

      [b]Bear attacks are extremely rare in the area. There have only been a few attacks in Wisconsin in recent decades, Huff told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.[/b]

      [b]Ninneman said he’ll now teach his wife how to properly load and fire a shotgun.[/b]

      [b]“I owe her my life,” he said.[/b]


    • October 25, 2012 5:00 AM EDT
    • Great pic!

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    • March 11, 2012 6:01 PM EDT
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    • August 31, 2011 8:45 AM EDT
    • awesome pic!

    • April 12, 2011 10:41 AM EDT
    • good job, I am always am worried my hunters are just siting watching a bait by the last day and not hunting, I would not put a hunter where I did not think they could score wither it be a bear or deer, but at times it is hard to keep there motivation up, specialty after sitting in stands for 5 days, I am sure some of you know what i mean. Yes I do guide I own and operate Birch Hill Camps we got 18 bears last season, it was a good year, not to many hunters with the economy, but a very enjoyable season. Getting ready for this fall already.-steve

    • December 24, 2010 5:20 PM EST
    • So how did your Bear season go Steve? Went on my first bear hunt this fall. Stayed in Parkman Maine, beautifull country, love it. Six men and a boy in the cabin(all friends) 5 bear, i got mine the last hour of the last day, and we had to recover it the next morning. It only went 30 yds. one shot, TC encore Pro Hunter 45/70, 275 lb. sow (no cubs). Highly recomend u all see Maine if you have not yet. Do you guide, Steve?

    • August 1, 2010 4:29 PM EDT
    • Its just your time to make the doughnuts- keep it up steve
      & Good Luck~

    • August 1, 2010 4:21 PM EDT
    • Its that time of year - I have put out 38 bear baits and got about 10 more to go, season starts 4 weeks from Monday. gotta get my game cameras out too.

    • July 31, 2010 9:56 PM EDT
    • Should have previewed that post. Change hope for home and you got it.

    • July 31, 2010 9:54 PM EDT
    • I've hunted'em a few times in New Mexico . Scouted them ,and saw them on a regular basis till the season opened, and then they disappeared. My cousin got his bear but I've come hope empty handed. I stick with elk ; seeing elk on his ranch is a sure thing.

    • July 31, 2010 9:54 PM EDT
    • I've hunted'em a few times in New Mexico . Scouted them ,and saw them on a regular basis till the season opened, and then they disappeared. My cousin got his bear but I've come hope empty handed. I stick with elk ; seeing elk on his ranch is a sure thing.

    • June 9, 2010 7:58 PM EDT
    • I am not sure are you allowed to use bait there or scents? seems like I remember someone saying they just hunt them from stands where they find sign they are feeding, but that might not have been NC

    • June 9, 2010 5:50 PM EDT
    • I am trying to make 2010 my first official bear hunt here in NC. I have 4 kids so I have to pick and choose alot of the time what to hunt, and whitetails squirrels and turkey always get the nod, then ducks and rabbit.....but my DREAM is Bear and Elk, Ultimate dream is a combo Moose and Grizz hunt!!! I think I would die and go to heaven!

    • May 15, 2010 11:39 AM EDT
    • Any one out there hunt bears? I guide bear hunts here in maine, love it and look forward to the season every year, even though I don't get to do much hunting myself, it a great enjoyment to help others get there bear.

    • May 15, 2010 6:34 PM EDT
    • 2010 spring turkey, black bear permit application deadline Dec 10

      Weekly News Article Published: December 1, 2009 by the Central Office

      MADISON – Turkey and black bear hunters have until close of business Dec. 10 to apply for available permits for the 2010 spring turkey season and the 2010 black bear season.

      Final permit levels for the spring turkey hunting season are set at 225,420 total permits (not including State Park & Disabled Only Hunting Zones). This is a slight increase from 225,120 total permits available for the 2009 spring season.

      Total permit availability for the 2010 black bear season has not been determined yet. It is possible there will be more permits available for 2010. Permit levels will be taken up by the state Natural Resources Board at its Jan. 27-28 meeting.

      Hunters registered 3,907 black bears in 2009. This number is preliminary and likely will change when all registration stubs are collected and entered. Hunters registered 2,955 bears in 2008.

      Applications for each of these two permit drawings cost $3 and may be purchased at all authorized license agents, through the Online Licensing Center of the DNR Web site, Wisconsin DNR Service Centers, or by calling toll free 1-877-LICENSE (1-877-945-4236). Applications postmarked after the Dec. 10 deadline or filled out incorrectly will not be considered for the drawing.

      Spring 2010 turkey season

      Turkey hunters are reminded that turkey management zones have been consolidated. The number of turkey hunting zones has been reduced to seven large zones instead of the previous 46-zone structure. There is still the same amount of total turkey hunting area. Each of the new zones combine a number of the smaller zones to give hunters more flexibility to move about in search of wild turkeys.

      The 2010 spring turkey season officially begins with the April 10-11 Spring Turkey Youth Hunt. The regular turkey season begins on April 14 and consists of six, 5-day time periods that end on May 23.

      The drawing for permits will take place in late January-early February. Successful permit applicants can expect to receive a postcard by mid-February.

      Permit winners may then purchase their required 2010 spring turkey license (Resident $15; Nonresident $60) and turkey stamp ($5.25) or bear license ($49). Conservation Patrons and Senior Citizen Recreation Card holders do not need to purchase a turkey license or turkey stamp. A carcass tag will be printed at the time of purchase

      Permits remaining after the initial drawing for spring turkey will be issued for sale one zone per day on a first-come first-served basis after March 10, 2010 at a date to be specified later.

      Youth turkey hunt April 10-11

      The fourth annual Spring Turkey Youth Hunt will be held April 10-11, the weekend prior to the opening Wednesday of the first regular season.

      Thanks to the new Mentored Hunting Law, the spring turkey youth hunt will be open to youth 10-15 years of age (residents and nonresidents), with or without hunter education certificate of accomplishment. There are special rules and regulation for those participating in the Mentored Hunting Program and interested hunters should carefully review these rules prior to heading out into the field.

      A spring turkey license, stamp, and a valid permit (carcass tag) is required to hunt during the spring youth turkey hunting season. All other existing rules and regulations in regard to turkey hunting zones, hours of hunting, bag limits and more, apply. See the regulations pamphlet for details.

      Applications for special turkey hunts for hunters with disabilities also due Dec. 10

      As a reminder to those hunters with disabilities who wish to turkey hunt next spring on private lands, there is an alternate opportunity available using a separate application and authorization form.

      Applications to conduct a Spring Wild Turkey Hunt for People with Disabilities on private land shall be on department Form 2300-271 and 2300-271A. Forms need to be submitted by Dec. 10 to the local DNR Wildlife Biologist or department office for the county within which the hunt will take place. Please note that any hunter applicant who applies for a disabled turkey hunt on private lands using the above forms may NOT also apply for a permit through the regular spring turkey hunting drawing. For additional information, please visit the Wild Turkey page of the DNR Web site.

      Free turkey hunter education clinics begin in February

      Free turkey hunter education clinics will again be offered statewide, occurring February through April. Clinics cover turkey biology and behavior, turkey hunting methods, regulations, safety precautions, and hunter/landowner ethics. Clinic sites and dates are still being finalized. Information on where clinics will be held will be available on the DNR’s Wild Turkey website in early January, at DNR Service Centers, or by calling (608) 261-8458. Additional clinics may be added after the initial listing. Hunters that initially do not find a clinic in their area should periodically check the Internet or at a DNR Service Center for updates.

      Black Bear

      The 2010 black bear hunting season runs Sept. 8 through Oct. 12.

      Hunters are not permitted to use dogs and can only hunt over bait or by other means in Zones A, B and D during the Sept 8-14 period; dogs, bait and other means may be used Sept. 15-Oct. 5, and dogs only may be used Oct. 6-12 in these zones.

      In Zone C where dogs are prohibited, hunters may hunt bear over bait or by other means Sept. 8 through Oct. 12.

      In 2009, hunters registered 1,519 bears in Zone A; 869 bears in Zone B; 683 bears in Zone C; and 829 bears in Zone D. There were 7 unknown bears recorded.

      FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Sharon Fandel (for Spring Turkey Info) (608) 261-8458; Linda Olver (for Bear Info) (608) 261-7588

      View all articles in this issue or check our previous Weekly News Issues.