2022 California Bear

blackshuk

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Went out scouting in X12 this past weekend, didn't see any bears or fresh sign. We were glassing creek bottoms/meadows that were at around 8,800-9,000 feet.
Saw older sign and some tracks that looked semi recent, but that's about it.

Didn't see and berries around there, we're gonna head up higher into the basin next trip.
Anyone been in the area and have any juice for what the bears are keying on right now?

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8404

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So it's my understanding that bears will typically key in on grasses during the springtime, if they can, they'll be trying to pick up deer fawns from late spring to mid summer, then move on to berries in the fall. My question is, with it being so dry out here in California, and having seen very few berries where I normally have in wetter years... what are these bears eating?
 

NickStew

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Let’s get this post started! After the fires ruined my bear hunting plans last year, we retrieved what was left of our trail cameras. Two disintegrated, one melted, one had the card swiped, but one had a gold mine of bears, deer, and some surprises.

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Post your scouting efforts and don’t forget to pick up those bear tags!


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Thanks for starting this thread David. I lost two trail cameras in the fires last year too. Both were a complete loss. Put a new one out 4 weeks ago and excited to check it, especially with the rifle season open for me now.


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Freezing Moon

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In search of some late season advice. I saw a nice big bear opening morning of rifle season in September but wasn’t able to get on him. Fast forward to now and in between various life commitments I haven’t been able to get back out. I want to go back to the same spot and fill my tag but I’m well aware that the game has changed this late in the year.

I’m going to be in NorCal, 6-7000 feet, thickish country with a mix of timbered slopes and meadows. Some questions :

Am I correct in assuming that at this point bears are focused on fattening up for the winter so pretty much everything is a food source?

Do rain/storms make bears more active like deer, or is the effect neutral or even negative?

How does bear behavior change this time of year relative to earlier in the season?
 

Marble

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From my understanding they will forage nearly all day pending snow fall. There is some disagreement as to how many hibernate, but it seems the great majority of bears in CA do not. They still need extra pounds for the winter.

My best suggestion, and my plan, is to sit an area I know the bears go to water and there is feed there too. They travel off of the mountain through a small valley. I've seen 2-3 bears at a time in this area.

I would like to find this one again.
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David Gough

David Gough

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From my understanding they will forage nearly all day pending snow fall. There is some disagreement as to how many hibernate, but it seems the great majority of bears in CA do not. They still need extra pounds for the winter.

My best suggestion, and my plan, is to sit an area I know the bears go to water and there is feed there too. They travel off of the mountain through a small valley. I've seen 2-3 bears at a time in this area.

I would like to find this one again.
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Beautiful bear
 
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David Gough

David Gough

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In search of some late season advice. I saw a nice big bear opening morning of rifle season in September but wasn’t able to get on him. Fast forward to now and in between various life commitments I haven’t been able to get back out. I want to go back to the same spot and fill my tag but I’m well aware that the game has changed this late in the year.

I’m going to be in NorCal, 6-7000 feet, thickish country with a mix of timbered slopes and meadows. Some questions :

Am I correct in assuming that at this point bears are focused on fattening up for the winter so pretty much everything is a food source?

Do rain/storms make bears more active like deer, or is the effect neutral or even negative?

How does bear behavior change this time of year relative to earlier in the season?
Yes, food is king. A fresh blanket of snow will help you cut tracks.
 

gadwallop

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My season ended with tag soup (family has the rest of my days this year), but getting to spend some time in the San Gorgonio Wilderness made the whole thing worth it. I've seen/heard of just two bears being shot on public in D14, way down south, and only saw one cub (no mama) myself the weekend before the opener.
Best of luck to all of y'all, get em all. I left one extra for you on the mountain.
 
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