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Pressure on the Trigger – Bear Hunting

Pressure on the Trigger – Bear Hunting

A Bear in My Sights We’re at the end of the bear over bait hunting season. Until last night we hadn’t seen a bear with our own eyes. We have some interesting things going on but we see these things only by camera. Steve’s site has three sows with a total of six cubs, a first. They’re sometimes in the area at the same time but not at the barrel together. They keep themselves and their cubs separated. Site two,…

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Bear Hunting Up a Tree – Opening Week

Bear Hunting Up a Tree – Opening Week

Bear Hunting Up a Tree There isn’t time to write how-to’s and other helpful posts. I’m putting up veggies and herbs from the gardens, we’ve been on vacation, and now I’m hunting. We’ve been tending three bait sites for 33 days now. Monday was opening day and I’ve been bear hunting up a tree. I’m up the tree, not hunting bears that are up a tree. It didn’t take long for my butt and back to remind me of why…

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Bear Hunting 2017 – Putting Meat on the Table

Bear Hunting 2017 – Putting Meat on the Table

Bear Hunting 2017 Soooo…here we go. Don’t leave! I’ll handle this topic as honestly and sensitively as possible. Bear hunting. This is an old-time skill that was on the decline for many years. The number of women who hunt is increasing and we’re teaching this skill to children. For many of us, we know too much about factory farming, wildlife conservation (population management, for example) and eating a natural diet. We are, after all, animals. We’re animals. We’re part of…

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Harvesting a Black Bear

Harvesting a Black Bear

Harvesting a black bear It was a long bear season. I spent 60 hours at two sites, in a tree stand and two ground blinds. Steve spent at least that much time baiting; he did the majority of the work while I literally sat on my butt most of the time. It paid off in harvesting a black bear on September 16. (A plugin is acting up with photos.) There were days I had to dig deep to stay seated…

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Bear Bait Barrel

Bear Bait Barrel

How to Make a Bear Bait Barrel Making a bear bait barrel isn’t difficult. I’m using an old plastic barrel the girls had for barrel racing their horses and pony. Steve cut a hole in it with the chainsaw. The size of the hole isn’t particularly important to me. I’ve seen large holes bears can stick their heads into and small holes they have to reach into with a paw. One doesn’t seem to work any better than the other….

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Bears! So Many Bears! – Bear Hunting 2016

Bears! So Many Bears! – Bear Hunting 2016

Bears! So many bears! There are so many bears on Bait 2 this year that it’s a little overwhelming. We have more bears at that site already this year than three sites combined in 2015. I name and study the bears for the same reason I name the livestock we eat – to keep them straight in my mind. I’m going to call them something. “The smallest bear” can change when a smaller bear shows up. The current smallest bear…

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Preventing Nuisance Black Bear Problems

Preventing Nuisance Black Bear Problems

Preventing Nuisance Bear Problems There’s a rogue bear on the loose, being a pain in the backside, and scaring people. It’s probably a yearling that’s been through family separation and doesn’t quite know what to do with itself yet. Sows drive their yearlings away, sometimes violently, to prevent them from being killed by boars during mating season. If the youngsters haven’t mastered finding food they can become problems. Others can find food just fine but take advantage of easy opportunities….

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Hit a Bear? Please Call for Help!

Hit a Bear? Please Call for Help!

Hit a Bear? PSA. Attention please. :/ If you hit a bear please don’t assume it’s okay because it got up and ran. You seldom ever, or maybe never, have seen a dead bear on the side of the road in Maine. They have hard bones but their internal organs are still soft. If you hit a bear, please, please call the warden or police. You might be nothing more than shaken up and your vehicle might be just fine,…

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