Bear hunting is one of the most thrilling experiences you can ever have.
Deer hunting is a classic sport, and nothing compares with a fall afternoon knocking down waterfowl, but a bear hunt is completely unique.
There is something special about taking down a predator that could, given the opportunity, cause serious injury and even death. It challenges your nerves even more than your shooting skills.
Before you head out hunting for your bear, let’s take a look at some of the most important things you need to remember.
Bears are some of the most highly regulated game in North America, so you need to be completely up to date on all the regulations for the state or providence you are hunting in. Know exactly what you can and can’t do, and be sure about licensing requirements and other legal restrictions. Baiting is a common practice for bear hunts, but it may not be legal in your area, and illegal methods can land you in big trouble with the authorities.
Hitting a bull’s eye with your arrow is one thing, hitting a bear in the woods with the perfect kill shot is another. Don’t just practice with a standard target, purchase a bear target and rip it to shreds with practice. A quick kill shot to the vital organs is the most ethical way to hunt, so don’t start until you know exactly what you’re aiming for.
A bear’s eyesight is not great, at least not compared to deer and other wild animals. Their sense of smell, however, is impeccable. You should give added attention to your scent reduction techniques, including sealing your hunting clothes, avoiding gasoline and other contaminants, and using the right apparel to keep your odor down.
Bears will meander towards a baited area any time of day, but the most common time is the evening. If possible, time your hunts so you are set up and ready to shoot by the early afternoon. This will ensure your not walking around and making a ruckus during prime hunting hours.
Whenever approaching a baited area, approach with caution and patience. Bears are constantly feeding, and you might just stumble upon one having a meal at your bait. Startling a feeding bear is bad news, so be ready whenever you approach the baited area.
Using calls can be a handy technique for bringing in bears, especially for archery hunters who generally need a shorter shot. There are many calls that you can work on, including grunts, chomping sounds, and cries. Some biologists have cautioned against cub-in-distress calls, however, as these can trigger aggressive responses from mama bears.
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NOMAD Outdoor is pleased to announce a partnership with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF). Now, you can get the same high-quality, premium outdoor wear you’ve come to love and expect from NOMAD, but with a special turkey twist. These items will feature the NWTF logo and be available in both the new NWTF Mossy Oak Obsession camouflage pattern as well as the Bottomland pattern. The best part? A portion of each NWTF collection sale will go to the organization to support their work.
At NOMAD, we love the excitement and challenge of turkey hunting. It’s one of the most difficult yet rewarding forms of hunting, and like many American outdoor enthusiasts, we are always waiting for spring and fall turkey hunts. However, we all need to be reminded that turkey hunting, however enjoyable, can be a very dangerous sport. When done recklessly, turkey hunts can cause injury and even death.
You may have taken a hunter’s safety course, but it’s always wise to review proper turkey hunting safety so you and your fellow hunters can stay safe in the woods and the fields.
Every single state in the nation, with the exception of Alaska, has wild turkey hunting, making the sport easily-accessible to a vast majority of American hunters.
Some states, however, are better than others. According to Realtree, there are nine states that earn an “A” for turkey hunting. These states are located all over the country, so no matter where you live, you’re within a day’s drive of some world-class turkey hunting. So what are the best states for turkey hunters? Let’s find out...