Anyone ever had an issue with a bear while deer hunting?

Discussion in 'Michigan Whitetail Deer Hunting' started by jacksonmideerhunter, Sep 19, 2020.

  1. TriggerDiscipline

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    I have lots of bears on my property. They will run away if they become aware of you. The only problem I've had with them is they will sit around for a long time playing with trees, water holes, bait, etc. Deer tend to steer clear of them too, so if you plan on hunting a spot, hopefully the bears haven't been around for a couple days.
     
  2. jiggin is livin

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    I wouldn't worry about a bear in the woods while I am hunting. They don't like seeing you more than you don't like seeing them.

    My problem would be, every time a bear shows up on camera, the deer stop showing up. If it hangs around, hunting will pretty much suck. At least that has been my experience.
     

  3. Stubee

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    I spend plenty of time walking in the dark with no weapon up in Ontario. Your rifle must be unloaded + cased outside of shooting hours. A lotta bear and timber wolves up there and I’ve got no worries.

    The only thing that ever spooks me in the woods are other humans, and that’s only on public land in Michigan.
     
  4. bucknasty11208

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    I’ll say this...bears freak me out!
    I’ve read a lot of literature on bear attacks and knowing I’m in the woods with something that could kill me with ease always keeps me on edge a little, especially in the dark. Now the literature I’ve read on bear attacks pertains mostly to grizzlies and I fully understand that black bears are much less aggressive, but they still freak me out.
    The last time I hunted during gun season a couple years back I was walking to my stand in the dark in the morning. I was following my boot tracks in the snow and came across a pretty good size bear track right in my boot print from the night before. Yeah, the hair on the back of my neck stood up a little.
    Back several years ago my brother had a bear walk by him at about 20 yards heading south. 15 minutes later here comes a doe on the same trail as the bear heading the same direction. Arrow to the heart, a 30 yard run, then ass over apple cart, and that doe never had to worry about a bear again.
    All in all, I don’t think the bears will be an issue but always be cautious. Thats just my 2 pennies worth.


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  5. jeffm

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    One less bear in your section of woods this morning at 8:45 am. Listened to the hounds for a hour treeing and the gunshot while I was across the main road over there at the apple tree.
     
  6. Trophy Specialist

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    I've had a few unpleasant run ins with bears. I almost always now carry a firearm with me while in bear or wolf country. No sence in taking any unecessary chances.
     
  7. Biggbear

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    Many, many years ago my Dad was hunting with a Buddy on some State land near Harrison. At dark my Dad was back his truck talking to a CO who had stopped to check his license. As they chatted the CO kind of looked over my Dad's shoulder behind him and said " what the hell is that." My Dad turned around and saw something white coming towards them. My Dad said he thought they were seeing an honest to goodness ghost. As it gets closer they realize it's my Dad's buddy, my Dad said his face was as white as a paper plate. When they asked if he was okay, all they could get out of him was b-b-bear.

    They got him calmed down, and Gene was able to relay the story. He had been sitting on the ground against a big oak tree. As end of shooting time started to creep in he heard something on the opposite side of the tree, he thought it was my Dad messi g with him. He looks around the tree and is face to face with a bear. The bear held it's ground and let out a WOOF! Gene knew it was illegal to kill it, so he smacked it across the nose with his hat, it spun and took off.

    My Dad and the CO told him he was nuts. Gene said that was just the first thing that came to mind, because he didn't want to get busted for killing one out of season. The CO told him if he had shot it at arms length there would be powder burns, etc to indicate an extremely close range shot. That would have been good enough for a self defense explanation.

    My Dad said if he hadn't seen Gene coming out of the woods, he may not have believed him, but he was so scared it was obvious he was telling the truth.

    For the rest of his life Gene never walked into the woods in the dark, and was back at the truck long before it got dark.
     
  8. up520

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    I guess there is always that one incident.
     
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  9. Bob S

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    Baiters may have to be concerned.

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  10. John Hine

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    I can’t get away from the darn things this year. I have a massive cornfield to my west & it is infested with them. Had both ground blinds trashed out there today. Nothing in the blinds but chairs. I have some evercalm on a piece of burlap hanging in front of a cam & cought what looks like mom & cub or cubs. Might have to pull out of there till after the freeze. I’m used to above average numbers of bears but this is somthin! E6DB6C94-9D44-4096-8D8D-19297DD93067.jpeg 1ECADDFB-DA4E-42BF-92FB-C989130C8018.jpeg CE2513A3-B6FC-4D6A-B418-18D5CEF3E757.jpeg
     
  11. ridgewalker

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    A few years ago one would not leave my blind. I am not sure if he had a whiff of my apple core or left over sandwich. He got right up to my window. I radioed my buddy and he had to come through the woods with his horn blaring before the bear moved away. Another one cut in between me and a buck that I had hit and that had a nice blood trail. Visibility was only 10-20 yards in the thick swamp so I backed off.
     
  12. Lightfoot

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    I've been lucky enough to see a lot of bears while out in the woods. A few rut rohs, but no scars to show for it.
     
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    Evercalm was mentioned in the 906 Outdoors episode I posted as well. The guy had Evercalm on his blind walls and it was trashed several times by bear. Maybe this is the new bear bait? I don't know but I looks like there may be something to it.
     
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    I always thought they were hibernating by then especially in the UP until I got this trail cam pic on a November 15th night.
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