Looking for bear advice, maybe a hunt partner?

Windpowerpro

Junior Member
Joined
Mar 7, 2017
Messages
30
Location
Mandan, ND
Well long story short, the friend I was going to go bear hunt with backed out. I've never hunted bear and would really appreciate if anyone was willing to show me the general ropes. I'm not asking for honey holes or anything. My initial plan was to go to Montana mid to end of May, somewhere in the 520/ 341 area, and get on the glass. I feel like I have a decent idea of what to do. I have hunted deer and elk in the back country, but never a bear. I have everything to be self sustaining aside from knowledge. Any advice or guidance is appreciated. Thanks Sliders.

Sent from my SM-G920V using Tapatalk
 

tugrivercopper

Super Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Sep 7, 2014
Messages
1,238
Location
Highland County Virginia
I have never hunted out west so I cant advise on hunting tactics and whatnot, but i can help ya with meat preservation, skinning and butchering, advice and recipes if yoru looking for that info
 
OP
W

Windpowerpro

Junior Member
Joined
Mar 7, 2017
Messages
30
Location
Mandan, ND
I feel pretty good with all that stuff tugrivercopper. I appreciate the offer and if I think of anything I will absolutely reach out.

Sent from my SM-G920V using Tapatalk
 

Bubblehide

Senior Member
Joined
May 13, 2015
Messages
1,658
Bears can generally be found near water. Generally speaking the need a good amount of water to digest their food. So creeks, rivers, lakes and riparian areas are all good bets for finding bears nearby.

As a total novice bear hunter, I'd advise you to take a drag and drive the dirt roads,during the day/evening, cleaning them of tracks, and then starting early morning, looking for fresh tracks. This should give you a good idea of the bears utilizing the area your hunting. It should also give you a decent idea of at least some of their travel routes, and any concentrations of bears utilizing a specific area. From there, I would concentrate on the heaviest used areas.

I have no idea what the regulations are for bear hunting in Montana, but if baiting is permitted, you may then want to bait the area(s) most heavily used. Here in Ca, baiting is a no go.

Here in Ca, in May, the bears can generally be found out and about feeding during the day, in areas with little to no pressure. So your plan of glassing, given the same conditions exist, is sound if you can overlook large areas. Generally in Ca, during May, the bears are primarily eating grasses and forbes, although they may still target fawns. I imagine the same conditions apply in Montana during May.

So in short, try to identify areas that multiple bears utilize, and then concentrate on those areas. Spend a little time identifying areas of concentration will significantly improve your odds, and it will be time well spent; providing you the opportunity to spend the remainder of your time hunting productive areas.

Best of luck!
 
Top