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Our opening day was last Sat. and one of my buds ended up in a standoff with about a 250# black bear before daylight while rigging his climbing stand to a tree. He heard something walking toward him while gearing up his stand, shined the light over and lo and behold, here's Mr. Bear; who didn't run. Grunting at him at about 15 yards or so. He tried waving his arms and eventually shouted at it. Bear stood it's ground. Another bud heard the shouting and came down the hill to him (had just left two minutes before and was on the way to his spot). Thought he might have been hurt or in a conflict with another hunter, etc. Finally between the two of them eventually ran the big bear off. Needless to say, my bud almost ended up with skid marks and the wreck in his boxers.

We see a good many bears but they always bolt at the first hint of a human. Just wondering if any of you bear experts out there have run into this type of situations with Black bears.

Think that maybe it was a big sow that might have had some cubs close by but not sure.

Glad I was hunting elsewhere. How about help us out.:eek:
 

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Pepper spray for those of you that can't carry sidearms with you in the woods. Of course in some of the socialist repulics y'all live in the pepper spray may be illegal too ;)
 

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We're not supposed to carry sidearms in the archery season. But hey, I'd rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6.

Thanx AK.

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Huh?
 

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As in rather face a jury than be carried in a casket.

So pepper spray the best route since we can't shoot 'em. Does this stuff really work or will it make him really mad enough to have me for breakfast. I'd still like to think it was a sow with cubs close by. I'd feel a little better if that was the case.

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I think if there were cubs near by,he probably would have been in a little more trouble.Some bears are just unpredictable.Some have a nasty disposition...........the problem being.......you never know which one you have in front of you.There are numerous cases where humans have been pursued by black bears.
They did the right thing in waving it away and hollering at it.........however there was a case here in michigan a few years ago where a couple guys with a recorder had this happen. the waving and yelling slowed it down,but it still pursued them.They made it out.......but not by much.I'll gaurantee you they had to clean their shorts afterword.
A number of years ago while out of town,my twin boys(14 at the time)decided they were going bowhunting without me(a chip off the ol' antler)they ran into a couple of cubs while in the woods by the house.They took to the trees and were safe.thank god the mother didn't show up.Its a rare occurance around my area to run into bears but there have always been a few around.My mistake was to not educate them in what to do if they ran into any.It's a wonder that boys grow into men without dying before they make it.
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I noticed some bears have a little more "attitude" than others, just like people. Some are more curious, some spook more easily etc. The bears I come across in the north woods of Maine and New Hampshire usually take right off. This is very wild country, and most bears never see a human, yet they still run. When I see bears closer to developed areas, they seem to be quite bold. Just like alot of coyotes actually.

Don't waste your time worrying about black bear attacks. You are more likely to be attacked by a whitetail buck than a black bear. If you feel more comfortable, get a small can of pepper spray, and that should send a clear message to that bear.
 

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"get a small can of pepper spray, and that should send a clear message to that bear."

I think they make a can of pepper spay specificly for bears , but its not small , I think its about the size of a soda can .
 

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So if I run into a black bear without my pepper spray or sidearm while bow hunting, what are the right things to do?
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I would do some calling and try to get the bear in. Then spray the Bear with pepper spray. His fear for Humans will than keep him away.

P.S. dont try this! :D
 

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Hey Mont,

Want to carry my Mathews hunting with you for saftey! :D

There is a bear season in Virginia this year, I think he would look good on the floor as a RUG!
 

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With all bears ,when you want them to go away, make yourself as large as possible. Yell and scream but do not make any agressive moves towards the bear.

Once attacked it is suggested that you fight a black bear and play dead for a grizzly. My thought is to fight like Hell all the time. Get out your knife and get to work. It's worked a couple times up here in the last couple years. However, bears that are trying to get you away from cubs or their food sometimes will discontinue their attack when you submit. The only case of a bear that actively persued it's victims then consumed them that I have heard about was about 12 years ago up here. It was a black bear and it killed two adults and consumed them.

Bear spray is a good deterant. I use the stuff from here.
 

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Can't remember who asked but we're in Rockbridge County, Virginia. The season on bears opens this Saturday, the 11th. We see a lot of bears but never one like this.

Thanks for the link AK. Sounds like a winner.

As I'm a little guy, I'm not much more than an appetizer.

Note: My buddy was hunting the edge of an apple orchard. Lots o' bears around this time of year. Three were taken at this spot last year, all dressed over 300.:eek:
 

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stick- that's a pic of the guy BEFORE he started this company. Frankly, if I get away from a bear attack and I'm still standing I'm going to be a happy camper.
 

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is baiting legal where you live? when it was legal in wahington state and i was running cows on nat'l forest land we would have mad hungry bears to deal with every time we unloaded horses and dogs to ride for cattle. sometimes you could pull in, slam a pickup door a couple of times and here would come one or two bears. perhaps someone is baiting in the area you hunt. i have hunted and shot bears for years and agree that it is very rare that a bear that has'nt been fed or otherwise tampered with is any threat. now that cougar are no longer being pursued by dogs here it is getting to be the norm for cougar attacks and challenges now also. bless peta and other groups of that ilk.
 

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We can't, and don't bait where we hunt. They seem to like the orchards and bee hive outfits. We've got a lot of both.

Would just as soon not see one around. Lot's of the bear hunters just chase anymore and don't kill em unless it's a really big one.

Population is on the rise for sure around here. Come saturday though, we might just "thin the herd".

Thanks for the input folks. I'm really bear ignorant as they've only become real common the past couple of years. You guys have been a great help.

I had a friend to lose a buck to a bear last year. Bear seemed to get his tag on him before my buddy tracked the buck he shot. Bear stood his ground then too.
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my bear experience!

I had a cub run across in front of me this year as I was hunting and run towards the road that some friends were riding back down on on their motorcycles.

It was curious about the sound of the bikes!

I was lucky and saw the butt of mom about 40 yrds away and her head behind some trees...so...

I ran like heck to my friends at the road!
No shame, I was between a mom and cub!:mad:

They were 50 yrds away and I thought 4 bows would be better than 1!

Brian
 
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