I still have a few years to go before I can draw a kill permit for bear ( you need 7 preferance points, one per year you apply), but interested in different ways to get them in close enough for the shot. Thinking of trying it with the bow. Any suggestions?
I've had plenty on the trail cams, from 100 lbs to over 400 lbs, Looking for Mr. big so I can hang the rug on the wall of the cabin (which I hope is up by the time I draw a tag..lol)
Thanks for the info.
I just read on the net that a 727 lbs bear was shot about 30 miles from my place up north. New WI record. The guy that shot it owns a gas station I always go to because he helped me out the 1st year I got my land when I had a flat on my trailer on the way up. He is having it full body mount and puttingit at the gas station.
A 510 lbs was shot even closer to my place last week also. I hope I'm not to late...lol
We had a nice bear right in camp a few years ago. 8AM, the wife was sitting by the fire pit reading a book. heard something and thought the neighbor was sneaking in, turns out it was a bear in the 400 to 500 LBS range, only 20 yards from her. She did everything your suppost to do, slowly stood up and faced the bear, but didn't make eye contact and then slowly backed towards the camper. The closer to the camper she got the faster she moved...lol Being new to having a place in bear country, I screwed up by putting bird seed down on the trail. He came in for the seed. He took off faster then she did and I never got to see it that trip, but saw one just as big the year later only it was 70 yards from camp.
We don't use bird seed any more in summer.
Well I finally got my Bear tag for this fall. I set up a friend last year to hunt on my place, but he and his son didn't start bait until mid Aug for an early Sept hunt. Only had one bear in the trail cam and that was a very small one. I plan on starting to bait as soon as it is allowed. I have 2- 55Gal drums filled with granola and chocolate. In Wi we can not use metal, glass or plastic for a bait station so I hollowed out a stump that I can fit a rock over. Tree stands are already in place. (I'm heading up next week to look things over) I am off for recovery from surgery for the next 2 weeks. I had a "Cochlear implant" stud put in last Thursday. It's a stud placed in the skull that after it's healed will hold a sound processor. 3 months from now I can get the sound processor. Hopefully I'll be able to hear the big ol' boar come in this year.
I would have to say find a trail that the bears use daily. Looks like you found on since you have them on trail cam. Second, you will need to bait or track them. I recommend baiting since you would like a trophy from the sounds of it. I have had good luck with sorgum/pancake syrup and dog food. I know sounds a little off but it works great the bears seem to love the sweet smell that from the syrup. Track down a 55 gallon drum and chain it to a tree. From there find a tree where you are gonna place your tree stand. Put your trail cam on it for a couple of days and maybe a week to find what times they are feeding. Do your scouting to find out when Mr. Big comes in for his feast. Make sure you have enough food to keep bringing them back. And when you check the food and your cam be very careful you don't walk up on any bears that are feeding. Not good news if you are not ready. Good Luck and shoot straight!