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I am looking forward to seeing trail cam photos of the "belly dragger" black bear this year. The monster boar is still alive and he eats from my legal bait pile. This year he should be even bigger yet. My problem is, he moves only during the safety o

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  • 99explorer
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    I think the objection to baiting for bears is that it seems like shooting a dog at his dinner dish.
    But the requirement that the bait be at least 100 yards from the hunter's stand merely places the hunter at a point in the bear's travel route.
    Just my two cents.

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  • PigHunter
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    "To stalk a bear is to employ every hunting skill you possess. You must play the wind, as black bears have prodigiously sharp noses. You must walk silently, as their triangular ears are keen and stereophonic. You may fool a bear’s myopic sight, but if its other senses detect your approach, you won’t get close to these remarkably adaptable, hardy, and savvy animals."

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  • PigHunter
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    Originally posted by dewman View Post
    If you dump a bag of salt on your bait pile and the next day your bear is laying dead from a stroke, would that be poaching?
    That bear is already probably eating potato chips and other junk food, so maybe you are on to something there!

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  • PigHunter
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    Originally posted by DogSong View Post
    Tracking a GIANT black bear to his den? Lol, I think you got some cojones LovesOutdoors.
    Going to be hard to do three quick shots with that muzzleloader...

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  • PigHunter
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    Originally posted by JM View Post
    Definitely an AMERICAN black bear, haha. I kinda want to see it run. Sometimes you have to get creative and think outside of the norm to get to a specific animal. I don't see how your plan could mess anything up, so I'd say it is worth a try.
    One can but dream

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  • PigHunter
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    Originally posted by huntfishtrap View Post
    That bear looks like he's been living the good life. As far as tracking him goes, I think it's worth a shot. You can't kill something while sitting on a stand if it's not moving in legal shooting hours, so I would force the issue in that situation. Just be careful, and use enough gun.

    On a related note, I was listening to the radio while driving to work yesterday, and the guest happened to be a representative from HSUS. He was ranting on and on about how unethical and unsporting hunting bears over bait was, and how it and hunting them with dogs should be banned. And I'm not even going to repeat the drivel he poured out about wolf hunting. And all the while he was insisting that HSUS wasn't opposed to all hunting, as long as it was done "responsibly" and only for the meat. Right. I only listened because I like to hear what position the opposition is coming from, but by the end of the drive I think my blood pressure had doubled. You just can't reason with some people.
    Agreed HFT. It would be a waste of time to attempt reason with some people ;-)

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  • PigHunter
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    Originally posted by Gary Devine View Post
    This is not a sow carrying young Cubs. It's a huge male.
    Here are two night trail cam photos posted below.
    The first photo was taken on Halloween night of 2014. Trick or Treat!
    Notice the short nose muzzle.
    Giant tree trunk legs.
    Hanging stomach.
    New Jersey Game biologists call these monster black bears, belly draggers.
    Gary
    Would need to field dress and take out in pieces

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  • Srbyam
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    That is one fat bear

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  • JM
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    Originally posted by dewman View Post
    If you dump a bag of salt on your bait pile and the next day your bear is laying dead from a stroke, would that be poaching?
    Is there something you need to confess to, DeW?

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  • huntfishtrap
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    Originally posted by dewman View Post
    If you dump a bag of salt on your bait pile and the next day your bear is laying dead from a stroke, would that be poaching?
    What??

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  • dewman
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    If you dump a bag of salt on your bait pile and the next day your bear is laying dead from a stroke, would that be poaching?

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  • Gary Devine
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    Originally posted by JM View Post
    Definitely an AMERICAN black bear, haha. I kinda want to see it run. Sometimes you have to get creative and think outside of the norm to get to a specific animal. I don't see how your plan could mess anything up, so I'd say it is worth a try.
    I read a story where a bear hunter in North Carolina tracked a giant bear. It got up from its bed and stared at the Hunter. The hunter dropped him. Maybe it can happen for me also.

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  • Gary Devine
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    Originally posted by DogSong View Post
    Tracking a GIANT black bear to his den? Lol, I think you got some cojones LovesOutdoors.
    BTW, I Loved your two comics. LMAO

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  • Gary Devine
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    Originally posted by Gary Devine View Post
    This is not a sow carrying young Cubs. It's a huge male.
    Here are two night trail cam photos posted below.
    The first photo was taken on Halloween night of 2014. Trick or Treat!
    Notice the short nose muzzle.
    Giant tree trunk legs.
    Hanging stomach.
    New Jersey Game biologists call these monster black bears, belly draggers.
    Gary
    My 2011 bear was 2 1/2 years old and weight 250 pounds. If you double my numbers a 5 year old boar should weight 500 pounds. I think the bear in the trail camera photos I posted weights between five and six hundred pounds. I will need a backhoe or a front end loader to get him out of the woods.

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  • Gary Devine
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    Originally posted by DogSong View Post
    Tracking a GIANT black bear to his den? Lol, I think you got some cojones LovesOutdoors.
    Big bears like to stand up and see what's coming. They are fat so they would rather walk away instead of running. I should get three good Texas Heart shots at his butt. LOL

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