We feel it in the air: it’s hunting season!
Fall is one of the best times of the year to hunt bear, not only for their migration patterns, but, also, the weather is perfect to be out in the wilderness: not too hot, and not too cold.
If you plan on going out this fall to bear hunt, there are a couple of tips to keep in mind to make it a successful one.
Bait, or no bait?
Knowing your bait situation is a top priority. Some people prefer it; others go without it. But it’s worth really mapping this out beforehand, so you know just how and when you’ll use it in your hunt. (Visiting the site once before you hunt is also worthwhile.)
Perfect the stand
If you’re an avid hunter, then you know that you’ll be standing for a while. If that’s the case, you’re going to want to make sure in advance that your stand, or how you hide yourself from bears, is as comfortable and convenient as can be. In order to do this, do a few trials runs to ensure that it works smoothly.
Do I smell?
Try to give off as little smell as possible. Cut out your own body odor and any artificial smells (food, smoke, etc.), and wear clothes that can breathe, so you’re not sweating.
Essentials to bring
Bear hunting takes a whole lot of patience, so pack knowing that you’ll be there for a while. Comfortable clothes, bug repellent, and a rangefinder are key here.
Get there early
Early bird catches the worm. Or, in this case, the bear. Getting into your stand as early as you can will allow you to catch bears during their morning feeding hours, and establish your sense of the environment sooner rather than later.