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It's very difficult, if not impossible to determine real world success rates for black bear hunters, and that's certainly true for success rates of nonresident hunters in Idaho's reduced tag fee units. But it's blatantly clear that the vast majority of bears killed in those units (approximately 75%) are killed by bait, and hound hunters. The success rate for "still/stalk" hunters in reduced tag fee units is substantially lower, hovering at about 200 bears or approximately 20%. With approximately 2500 bears killed in 2019 statewide, only about 8% of the total of bears killed were killed by spot, and stalk hunters in reduced fee units. The overall statewide success rate for the approximate 31,000 + bears hunters is probably less than 8.3%, with the vast majority of those bears killed by bait, and hound hunters. So, if you're a nonresident hunter, new to Idaho spring bear hunting, bear hunting in general, and unfamiliar with the terrain that you plan to hunt, you may want to consider optional methods of hunting spring bears, no matter how isolated, and secluded you think your hunting area might me. It won't be, just take my word for it.....
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