Bear Hunting Techniques
The key of this technique is quite simple actually: you have to see the bear before he detects you first. During September and later fall seasons bears are occupied munching almost everything they can flop a lip over and their digestive system is very busy handling these goodies. In order to keep their digestive systems working properly they need to drink a lot of water so if you find a spring or a tank with black bear tracks you have found the best place for a bear hunting adventure. When choosing an ambush site always remember to use the wind in your favor.
Using a predator call to attract bears will most likely attract the large sized bears as they are more aggressive and dominant. Try setting up your calling place where you have a good field of view: in front and both sides because the last thing any hunter wants is to get “acquainted” with a very hungry bear.
Comparing the calling tactics used for the bear in comparison with the ones used for coyotes or foxes they are pretty different (besides the known danger factor), because a bear’s attention span seems to be quite short and if they are reacting to a call and the sound eventually stops, so will the bear. This aspect can be used to the hunter’s advantage because he can stop a bear in a perfect shooting position or “luckily” stop him before he runs plumb over the hunter. When you start a calling series you must call as continuously as possible and when you observe an incoming bear you should vary your calling according to the animal’s reactions and try to get a better feel on how to handle the bear when he approaches shooting distance.