Black Bear Hunting

Black Bear Hunting

by Richard P. Smith


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  • A thorough, comprehensive guide to hunting black bears
  • Tips and techniques to locate your black bear and information on the best weapons, gear, and methods to make your hunt successful
  • How to judge the size and sex of bears in the field as well as how to estimate weights of bagged bears based on two measurements

    The more you know about the animal you're hunting, the better your chances are of having a successful hunt. Learning about the life history, habits, and behaviors of black bears is important for bear hunters because the animals are different from most other popular big-game quarry--and there's a lot of false information out there. This fully illustrated guide covers all aspects of baiting, dogging, spotting and stalking, calling, hunting natural food sources (including grain fields) and snow tracking as well as where to hunt--making it a valuable resource for the novice and expert alike. Loaded with practical advice from a noted hunting expert, this book not only explains the best techniques for the hunter, it also describes the behaviors and actions of the hunted.

  • Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9780811702690
    Publisher: Stackpole Books
    Publication date: 08/09/2007
    Pages: 384
    Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

    About the Author

    Richard P. Smith is an award-winning outdoor writer and photographer living in Marquette, Michigan, who has hunted deer for over 40 years. His writing and photography regularly appear in magazines such as Deer and Deer Hunting and North American Whitetail. He is the author of numerous books on hunting.

    Table of Contents

    Acknowledgments     ix
    Introduction     xii
    Understanding Black Bear     1
    Black Bear Sign     35
    Field Judging Black Bears     48
    Baiting Basics     60
    The Bait Hunt     81
    Bear Baiting Ain't Easy     112
    My Biggest Bear     116
    Wildlife Encounters at Bear Baits     123
    Bears and Corn     128
    Apple Tree Trophy     135
    Hunting Hard Mast     143
    Hunting Fish Runs     150
    Water Hole Ambushes     156
    Spotting and Stalking Black Bears     161
    The Best Black Bear Hunting in the World     167
    Hybrid Black Bear     177
    Calling Black Bear     182
    Drives     190
    Snow Tracking     196
    Bear Dog Basics     202
    Training Bear Dogs: A Family Affair     217
    Hound Hunting     222
    The Dee DeMoss Story     243
    Where to Aim     250
    Recovering Wounded Bears     261
    Caring for Your Trophy     282
    Dealing with Skulls     297
    Rifles, Guns, or Bows?     306
    Guided Hunts     316
    In Support of Spring Seasons     327
    Protecting Bear Hunting for the Future     337
    Index     361

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