Hunting Bears: The Ultimate Guide to Hunting Black, Brown, Grizzly, and Polar Bears

Hunting Bears: The Ultimate Guide to Hunting Black, Brown, Grizzly, and Polar Bears

by Kathy Etling


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Hunting Bears: The Ultimate Guide to Hunting Black, Brown, Grizzly, and Polar Bears by Kathy Etling

For most hunters in North America, taking a bear is incidental to hunting deer. For others, however, challenging a big bruin on its own turf is the purpose of their hunt and may become an obsession. Whether it involves hunting the wary black bear in Maine over bait, chasing a clever black bear trying to avoid a pack of hounds in the Rocky Mountains, sneaking up with a bow on a huge grizzly, placing the crosshairs on a massive brown bear as it exits an ice-cold Alaskan stream, or enduring bitterly cold temperatures and inhospitable hunting conditions while hunting the hunter—the great white polar bear—bear hunting is an adventure only for those of strong heart and mind.

In Hunting Bears , Etling covers all aspects of bear hunting and all species of bears to hunt—black, grizzly, brown, and polar. She omits no tactic, strategy, or bear behavior and includes interviews with many of the nation’s most successful bear hunters as well. Between the covers of this book is information that most bear hunters would take a lifetime to amass.

If hunting any of the bears found in North America or the world is your dream, you'll want to add Hunting Bears to your outdoor library. It will provide you hours of first-rate reading and will inspire you to bag your trophy bruin.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620877012
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date: 07/01/2013
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 797,925
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Kathy Etling is an accomplished author and seasoned trophy deer hunter. She has written many bestselling books and was awarded the prestigious William Vogt Award and the Apogee Award from Western Outdoor Writers, plus numerous awards from the Outdoor Writers Association of America. She has served as field editor for Buckmasters Whitetail Magazine, Petersen’s Bowhunting Magazine, Sports Afield, and the NRA’s American Hunter and Free Hunter magazines. She is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association.

Table of Contents

Preface vi

Introduction: The Spirit Bear ix

Chapter 1 All About Bears 1

Chapter 2 Black Bears 7

Chapter 3 Black Bear Behavior and Sign 17

Chapter 4 Baiting Black Bears 21

Chapter 5 Hound Hunting 31

Chapter 6 Spot-and-Stalk Hunting 37

Chapter 7 Calling Black Bears 43

Chapter 8 State Bear Hunting Regulations 49

Chapter 9 The State of Brown Bears and Grizzlies Worldwide 53

Chapter 10 Hunting Grizzly Bears 63

Chapter 11 Hunting Brown Bears 75

Chapter 12 Polar Bear Natural History 89

Chapter 13 Hunting Polar Bears 91

Chapter 14 Big Bores for Dangerous Bears 99

Chapter 15 Bowhunting Bears 115

Chapter 16 Making the Shot 121

Chapter 17 Do-It-Yourself Hunts and Packing for a Bear Hunt 123

Chapter 18 Fly-In Bear Hunts and Boat Charters 129

Chapter 19 Choosing an Outfitter or Guide 135

Chapter 20 Taking Firearms into Canada 139

Chapter 21 Trophy Bears 141

Chapter 22 Preparing Your Bear for the Taxidermist 145

Chapter 23 Hunting Licenses, Tags, and Regulations 149

Chapter 24 Staying Safe in Bear Country 155

Chapter 25 From Field to Table-All About Bear Meat 163

Chapter 26 Status of Bears throughout the World 171

Chapter 27 Threats to Bears 173

Appendix: Bear Score Sheet 179

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