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To find out when a bear is visiting a bait site, set up a commercial timing device at the main trail being used by the bear. These timing devices are inexpensive. They consist of a digital clock timer and string stretched across the trail. When the bear breaks the stringline, the clock stops, and you'll know exactly when the bear visited the bait site.
So you didn’t draw a turkey tag? You can still go hunting, and maybe even have more fun! Put on the camo, grab the calls and head out with the video camera or 35mm.
Practice with all your equipment on. This allows for any uncomfortable conditions to be dealt with before the onslaught of the hunting season.
I was in a hunting camp the other day when the new load of clients showed up. Three were in fair physical condition and one was enormously out of shape. The outfitter cringed, for before him stood a potential disaster of Titanic proportions. The animal the mountain of a man was booked (and paid a small fortune) to hunt, required mountains of walking. I left, but that hunt likely ended with a dissatisfied client, frustrated guide and no meat in the freezer. As an outfitter, I've been there and can relate. If you're going to book a once-in-a-lifetime hunt, don't ruin the experience by lacking the discipline to kick yourself into some semblance of condition. It isn't necessary to run 20 miles a day, just walk five miles every second day. Swim or ride a bike on the off days and even play golf. Anything that makes you physically move will help your outfitter and make your hunt a huge success. Also, watch your carbohydrate intake in the weeks and months prior to the hunt. Leave the white breads and pastas alone and munch protein rich foods. Take vitamins to make up the metabolic difference.
If a big buck spots you at your stand site, relocate that stand to a new spot at your earliest opportunity. Mature deer often will avoid spots where they’ve had a previous bad experience.
Try to use attractant scents to your advantage. If you hunt in an area where it is predominantly corn fields, use a corn scent. If you hunt in areas with heavy apple trees, use an apple scent. Since these are some of deers' preferred foods, they are lured in by the scents. This works exceptionally well in preseason when the deer are storing food and building up fat for winter. I have been using this technique for two years and it has proven itself over and over to me-by attracting some of the largest bucks that I have ever seen. If you tailor scents to match the habitat you spend a lot of time hunting in, you will be rewarded.
In some western states and Canadian provinces, both black bears and protected grizzlies occupy the same range. In these areas black bears are also found in brown color phases, which complicates identification. A grizzly's face will have a rounded, dished out appearance. It will also have a large hump above its shoulders. A black bear's head will be more rounded and it will not have a pronounced hump above the shoulder area.
Remember to spend plenty of practice time shooting your hunting broadheads because they will fly different from field tips. Knowing how your broadheads shoot will give you more confidence when you draw back on that trophy animal.


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