Bear Hunt: 4 Ways to Judge the Size and Age of a Black Bear

Countless articles, books, and DVDs tell us how to age and score whitetail bucks in the field. However, you’ll very little advice is available on how to judge the age of a bear. That’s unfortunate because bears can be particularly difficult to judge for hunting. Use these techniques to decide whether a bear is the one you want to release your arrow or pull the trigger on. 

Why Boats are Great for Bear Hunting in Canada

Bears like to travel lake shores, river edges, and tidal inlets near oceans. All of these habitats offer food in the form of grasses, insects, flowers, crabs, fish, and animal carcasses.

That makes boats a great transportation method for bear hunting, either to reach prime territory or to actually conduct some of the hunt from the watercraft.

Bear Hunting Tips: 11 Things You Should Take on Black Bear Hunts (infographic)

Whether it’s your first time or an every year ritual spring bear hunting is exciting. There’s something special about being out in the greening spring woods with the chance to come face-to-face with a bruiser bruin. The hunt will be all the more fun and successful if you make certain to take along the right hunting gear. Here’s a list of items you might not have considered.

3 Great Places to Hunt for Grizzly Bears

The Boone and Crockett Club recently announced a new No. 1 hunter-taken grizzly bear. This monster bruin was taken in 2013 by Larry Fitzgerald near Fairbanks, Alaska, and scored 27 6/16, missing the world record mark by just 7/16 of an inch (a bear found dead in Alaska in 1976). Bears are scored based on skull length and width measurements.

What are the Best Bear Baits?

All bear hunters have their own secret baits and scents but the truth be known, most people bait with what is available. Here's what I mean by that. If you're baiting correctly, you're going to have maybe six bears coming in every afternoon. Six bears can put away the food! So, filet mignons may be the best bait but who can afford 300 pounds of filet mignons every two days?