Video: How to Score a Bear Skull

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Video: How to Score a Bear Skull

While scoring antlers is a long and complicated process, scoring bears for record books like Boone and Crockett or Pope and Young simply requires two skull measurements. The skull is a good tool for comparison because it’s the most accurate way to compare bears to each other. Skulls must be dried...
Clay Newcomb Apr 29, 2022
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Why We Love Spring Black Bear Hunting

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Why We Love Spring Black Bear Hunting

I watched the big cinnamon bear blow out about 300 yards from the two orange dots working their way up the mountain. “There goes that,” I said, peering at them through my spotter. I waved a white game bag back and forth overhead until those little orange dots seemed to take notice and began...
Hayden Sammak Apr 5, 2022
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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...
Clay Newcomb May 13, 2021
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Colorado Woman Killed by Black Bear While Walking Dogs

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Colorado Woman Killed by Black Bear While Walking Dogs

Laney Malavolta was found dead north of Durango, Colorado, on April 30 in a wooded area near U.S. Highway 550. Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the La Plata County Coroner’s Office confirmed Tuesday that Malavolta’s death was the result of a black bear attack. According to a press release by CPW, 3...
Maggie Hudlow May 5, 2021
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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...
Clay Newcomb Apr 30, 2021
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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...
Clay Newcomb Apr 23, 2021
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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...
Clay Newcomb Oct 15, 2019
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Changing Perspective: Hound Hunting for Black Bears

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Changing Perspective: Hound Hunting for Black Bears

The big, chocolate-colored boar was exactly the type of bear I’d dreamed of for years. This was the third time he’d bayed up on the ground in heavy cover and it was my last chance. Our crew had been after him for eight hours and, with evening approaching, there wasn’t time for another chase. The...
Brody Henderson Jun 5, 2019
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A Guide to Hunting Black Bear

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A Guide to Hunting Black Bear

Famed hunter and explorer Daniel Boone once killed 155 black bears in a single year. He brined and smoked the meat and sold it as “bear bacon.” Today, most American hunters who do hunt bears will kill only one or two in their lifetimes. For them, bears are regarded as a novelty species, something to...
Steven Rinella Nov 17, 2018
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