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Clay Newcomb

Clay Newcomb

Clay Newcomb is a 7th-generation Arkansan that grew up in the Ouachita Mountains. He's a hunter, mule skinner, curious naturalist, and observer of rural culture. He's also a writer, filmmaker, podcaster, and owner/publisher of Bear Hunting Magazine.

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The Biology of the Black Bear Rut

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The Biology of the Black Bear Rut

If you are bear hunting from late May into June, your hunt will be influenced by the bear rut. Knowing all you can about it will make you a better hunter. A 1980 study by Kim Barber and Frederick Lindzey conducted on Long Island, Washington, found that female bears are in estrus ranging from six to...
Everything You Need to Know About Black Bear Shot Placement

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Everything You Need to Know About Black Bear Shot Placement

After all the work to get within shooting distance of a big bear, you need confidence in your ability to make a great shot. Bears are big, tough animals that are unforgiving when hit badly. Many new bear hunters use shot placement and strategy derived from experience in deer hunting, but bear...
The 3 Phases of the Spring Bear Rut

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The 3 Phases of the Spring Bear Rut

Timing is everything with hunting. The best destinations in the world can be highly productive for a certain species at a given time, but at other times can be only average. Oftentimes spring bear hunting is lumped into one broad category covering the months of May and June. When booking hunts in...
Video: How to Saddle a Horse or Mule

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Video: How to Saddle a Horse or Mule

At some point while hunting, you might use an equine animal to access the backcountry. In this video, I’ll go over the basics for saddling a horse or mule. I’ll cover saddle prep, saddle placement, tightening saddle cinches, and the “safe zone” for not getting kicked.
How to Not Be a Public Land Knucklehead

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How to Not Be a Public Land Knucklehead

It was the opening morning of the 1996 turkey season when I met my first public land knucklehead. I was 16 years old and barely old enough to drive, and I was hunting an area riddled with gobblers—and hunters. I drove past a parked truck and pulled to the side of the road a quarter mile away. After...
Four Ways to Kill a Fall Black Bear

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Four Ways to Kill a Fall Black Bear

If you’ve failed to tag a deer or an elk and now you’re trying to salvage your fall hunting in order to maintain the honor of your family name, why not go after a black bear? You don’t have to plan for years in order to put some bear steaks in the freezer. Many states offer over-the-counter bear...