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Isaac
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2009 9:47 am    Post subject: Bear hunting Reply with quote

Anyone do much bear hunting with flinter or matchlock? I am thinking that I should be able to draw my kill tag for next fall's WI season in Northern WI. I am definately using my fusil, although moments of madness have made me think of using the matchlock. I am pushing for the fusil as the smell of the match will be an issue (although I have some correct ideas), BUT this being my first bear and bear tags not the easiest to come by around here... want to go for something a bit more sure (i.e. flinter).

IW

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2009 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have every year for the 5 or 6 but prior to this year we only had 3 days. Hard to kill a bear within a 3 day time frame here without being able to chase it with dogs or bait it. Usually always see a bear when out hunting other critters as our general season is from mid-Nov to first part of Jan. and we hunt all the seasons with flintlocks. This year we get 2 weeks for bear : )
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2009 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've taken a bear with a flinter - black bear with a .50 flint "Hawkin" long time ago (1988). It did the job nicely.

I know a couple of people who have harvested black bears with 20 gauge smoothbores. They reportedly did the job nicely.

Swanny

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2009 5:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Go with the flinter.bears have a good sense of smell.Are you hunting from a stand over bait?

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2009 7:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Mike,

I will likely use bait and be climbing a tree. Part of me hates to use bait from an historic view but with limitied hunting time and 10 years of applying for the tag... I gotta do what I gotta do.

Isaac

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2009 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MMMMMMMM... Bear-B-Q!


Good luck, Issac!

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2009 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unless you can run bear with dogs the next best approach is bait and wait.Bears are close to humans in habit and thought processes so pay attention.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 19, 2009 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Isaac wrote:
Part of me hates to use bait from an historic view


Bear hunting with hounds is still legal in some parts of the country unless I'm mistaken. That being said, I wouldn't feel bad. A woodsman would do whatever to survive.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2009 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TiminIndiana wrote:
Isaac wrote:
Part of me hates to use bait from an historic view


Bear hunting with hounds is still legal in some parts of the country unless I'm mistaken. That being said, I wouldn't feel bad. A woodsman would do whatever to survive.


A lot of hound use around here yet. Very historic if one wanted to do it that way.

IW

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2009 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Isaac wrote:
Very historic if one wanted to do it that way.


Yeah, I've hunted wild boar behind hounds with a knife. It's a trip.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2010 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I ran 20 bait stations out in the Cascade mtns of washington for about 8 years....start your baits approx 3 weeks before season opens, and I don't know what you are going to use for bait, but use some kind of stinky half rotten meat nailed to a tree above the barrel to get it started...I used sweet rols, dog food covered in molasses and bacon scraps.....most bears will come to sweets really regular once they find em.....good luck have fun and ENJOY!!!!

PS...you should be able to get molasses in 5 gallon pails at a feed mill they use it to mix sweet feed.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Me and few like minded friends spend a whole week at bear camp each sept. We all hunt with flinters I use a trade gun. Im on bear number 14 in my life. I missed a bunch of seasons when I was in the army.
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