2022 California Bear

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David Gough

David Gough

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Let's talk A zone. Yeah, A zone. You never hear about the zone for bears, but I'm in the north portion and I know for a fact (sign, tracks, talking to others) there are bears where I hunt. What I don't know is when they're most active. Conventional wisdom for B and D is that the best time to find them is archery and early rifle, but with my area being lower elevation and so much hotter, I have no idea when to focus. Thinking of waiting til well after rifle deer when it's cooler and wetter, but worried about food drying up by then.
I hunt mostly on the eastern slope of the Sierra's where it is quite dry (and can be really hot in archery season). We look for water as the bears need it everyday when temps are above 90 degrees. From trail camera footage it's interesting how often bears are moving midday to water sources.
 

amassi

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Let's talk A zone. Yeah, A zone. You never hear about the zone for bears, but I'm in the north portion and I know for a fact (sign, tracks, talking to others) there are bears where I hunt. What I don't know is when they're most active. Conventional wisdom for B and D is that the best time to find them is archery and early rifle, but with my area being lower elevation and so much hotter, I have no idea when to focus. Thinking of waiting til well after rifle deer when it's cooler and wetter, but worried about food drying up by then.
Depending how far north you could be in a prime late fall spot that bears will move into following to food

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David Gough

David Gough

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More pictures from scouting. Quite a few different bears are regulars in the area. The big cinnamon boar is top dog. He tried to destroy two of the cameras already. Can't wait to get this season started.

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big bear pond.jpg small bear pond.jpg
 

JohnnyB

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Mostly sows hitting your cameras?
I think there are seven unique bears on my cameras and only two of them are boars. Most of the cameras are video and the file size is too large to post. I am trying to figure out how to make the size smaller but I am operating at the apex of my tech skills at this point.

This is a bear thread but I have to say I have never had more bucks this early on my cameras.
 
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David Gough

David Gough

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I think there are seven unique bears on my cameras and only two of them are boars. Most of the cameras are video and the file size is too large to post. I am trying to figure out how to make the size smaller but I am operating at the apex of my tech skills at this point.

This is a bear thread but I have to say I have never had more bucks this early on my cameras.
Interesting. We have seen little deer sign on cameras so far. I just take screen shots of the videos for forums. All of our cameras are set to video.
 

amassi

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Anybody ever seen 3 adult bears following eachother like cubs follow a sow? All clearly big bears and appeared to be all boars. Followed each other for 400 yards across a face then started feeding and wallowing, never seemed bothered by each other
Brothers maybe- same color phase

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David Gough

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Anybody ever seen 3 adult bears following eachother like cubs follow a sow? All clearly big bears and appeared to be all boars. Followed each other for 400 yards across a face then started feeding and wallowing, never seemed bothered by each other
Brothers maybe- same color phase

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Two, yes. Not three. Seems that outside of the rut bears will tolerate each other when resources are scarce.
 

amassi

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Two, yes. Not three. Seems that outside of the rut bears will tolerate each other when resources are scarce.
Certainly a resource rich area but it was just wild watching them. Certainly not cubs or yearlings probably #200-250 easy.

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Where's Bruce?

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Nice! Surprised you can still hunt bear in Cali.
Bears...yes. Just not with hounds anymore. Cougars you can't hunt but they will hunt you.

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PvilleMac

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This is my first year going for bear and I’m stoked. I live in the D zones but have a B zone deer tag this year so Ill be looking for them all over. Im very thankful the fires haven't been horrible this year….yet
 

kjthompson

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Saw one just down on the road same morning around 6, looked like it had been injured by a car but headed down into the thick as I drove up. Headed up the hill to check a cam that wasn't sending pics and looks like a different bear was there at 820. I showed up just before 10. It looks like its just two different bears??. One on the road (8/13)and trail (8/9), one just trail (8/13)???? Im new to bears but finding some around is a good start I figure.
 

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Dunndm

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Moving back to CA soon after being away 4 years… Im down in so cal. Always wanted to hunt CA bear, is it all in northern Cal?


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