Go Back  HuntingNet.com Forums > General Hunting Forums > Big Game Hunting
Black Bear Hunting High Mountians in the Spring >

Black Bear Hunting High Mountians in the Spring

Big Game Hunting Moose, elk, mulies, caribou, bear, goats, and sheep are all covered here.

Black Bear Hunting High Mountians in the Spring

Old 03-29-2011, 10:13 AM
  #1  
Nontypical Buck
Thread Starter
 
Wheatley's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Wright, WY
Posts: 1,281
Default Black Bear Hunting High Mountians in the Spring

With all this talk/posts about black bear hunting I think I am excited to try a spring black bear hunt this year. I have purchased a license to have while fall elk hunting but never concentrated on bear hunting itself.

Some of my questions are what and where to look for them. I want to hunt them spot and stalk. It is legal to bait in Wyoming but I do not want to go that route. I like hiking all over the mountains anyway.

This area generally gets a ton of snow over the winter. Our season is May 1st through June 15th. The elevation ranges from 8200 feet to 11000 feet in elevation where I can hunt them. From what I have read from others is the bears go higher in the summer, but do they find thier dens up high and when they come out in the spring move to lower elevations or do the den up in lower elevations? Should I start up high looking for them or lower in elevation?

What are good areas to look for them. Most of this area is dense forest but there are hill sides with openings and Aspen stands. Some rock slides up higher where I have found wild raspberries in.

I have also heard that early morning and late evening are the better if not only times to locate them. Where do they go during the day??? If that is true I will probably take the whole family on a early season camping trip and just have fun during the day. We all enjoy camping and we normally don't start until late June. This would give us another chance to go have some fun in the mountains.

Any help would be greatly appeciated.

Justin
Wheatley is offline  
Old 03-29-2011, 10:58 AM
  #2  
Spike
 
BCBear's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 14
Default

they love the green slopes when they emerge in spring. Look for south facing green grass areas and walk in slow with a good set of binos. Rumour is the big boys comoe out earlier. Sometimes the brown ones don't stand out as much as the black ones so look carefully around large rocks as they like to sunbathe on shiny days. Good luck...I threw a few pics of some various coats under the thread titled "new guy" last night
BCBear is offline  
Old 03-31-2011, 03:21 AM
  #3  
car
Typical Buck
 
car's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Circleville Oh
Posts: 894
Default

Are you going to the Big Horns?
car is offline  
Old 03-31-2011, 08:38 PM
  #4  
Nontypical Buck
Thread Starter
 
Wheatley's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Wright, WY
Posts: 1,281
Default

I can either go there or down were I elk hunt in the Southern part of the state in the Sierra Madres. The Bighorns are closer though.
Wheatley is offline  
Old 04-02-2011, 10:36 AM
  #5  
Typical Buck
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 612
Default

Follow the snow line as it melts. Spend some time hiking, much more glassing.
wyomingtrapper is offline  
Old 04-02-2011, 05:53 PM
  #6  
Spike
 
scottb3472's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Montana
Posts: 47
Default

I would also concentrate on the south and southwest facing slopes. Those area's tend to free up from snow first, which also means they green up faster then others. Good luck!!
scottb3472 is offline  
Old 04-04-2011, 06:02 AM
  #7  
Nontypical Buck
Thread Starter
 
Wheatley's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Wright, WY
Posts: 1,281
Default

Thanks for the tips guys, I am looking forward at giving this a try.
Wheatley is offline  
Old 04-04-2011, 06:28 AM
  #8  
Nontypical Buck
 
fritz1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Idaho
Posts: 1,081
Default

Originally Posted by BCBear View Post
they love the green slopes when they emerge in spring. Look for south facing green grass areas and walk in slow with a good set of binos. Rumour is the big boys comoe out earlier. Sometimes the brown ones don't stand out as much as the black ones so look carefully around large rocks as they like to sunbathe on shiny days. Good luck...I threw a few pics of some various coats under the thread titled "new guy" last night
This is some very good advice! Bears graze on grass when they first emerge out of there dens. Find the lushest green grass, its is easy on there stomach, on a warm sunny slope and do alot of glassing. Bears have poor eyesight but a great since of smell, so try to use the wind in your favor.
Good Luck, and Good Hunting!

Last edited by fritz1; 04-04-2011 at 06:39 AM.
fritz1 is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.