Bear hunting North Fork Flathead

rileybassman

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Howdy all,

I live in Kalispell and am fairly new to the area... looking for a spring bear hunt area and have heard from some locals that the North Fork Flathead has some good areas...

Anyone hunted in that area and have any tips/advice?

Thanks!
 
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I second what Jason said. Glass the chutes and surrounding areas. Look for good grass, some cover and some water all in the general vicinity.
 
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Sounds good. Thanks for the tips guys... with a heavy winter, will early season be worth getting out for, or best to wait till mid to late season?

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Crap shoot I think. I know folks have been seeing bears. Montana got less snow than we did. Still alot of snow here. Heck, it snowed in town Here today. I climbed about 1000ft elevation out of the valley this weekend and there was still knee-deep snow on the road. I think here I might be wasting my time for awhile....still gonna do it though. Good luck.
 

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later in the season is always better. the NF has a ton of bears, but your not going to be able to access by car or easily by foot any hunting "spot" for a month probably. once you can drive in a ways, pick a drainage and glass the south and west slopes.

might help to look for a place that was not harassed by snocats all winter also. might not make a difference, just a thought.

*carry bear spray. just as likely to run into griz as anything
 
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Sounds good... only fall hunted bear before, so appreciate all the info!

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Just was up the N fork on thursday. saw a griz right on the main rd near wale creek. still knee to hip deep snow once off plowed roads up north
 
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Nice... yea thinking more mid may before it will open up much... cool seeing a griz tho!

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Definitely lots of bears up there, we see tons Everytime we float up there.

Plenty of Grizzly and wolf too. Pack bear spray, keep your head on a swivel.

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