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i was thinking about a bear hunting trip in the TN mountains this year is anyone ever hunted bear?

If you live in TN where do you hunt
 

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I have hunted them in Wisconsin a few times, and I plan on hunting them this fall in Minnasota. I took my 1st bear (and smallest) many years ago with a rifle and vowed to kill the rest with bow. My biggest was a 500 pound monster I arrowed just outside the City limets in Wausau Wisc.









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For bear, most folks go to the TN side of the Smokies....I know a fellow who traveled to NC to hunt. Bear are showing up more and more all over East TN, even middle TN some.
 

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hey buckmastr didnt i see you in some hunting magazine?
 

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Wasau what zone is that in ? the last time I went it was near the town of Iron River WI Zone A1
The 500 pounder was from the Wausau area, Zone "C"...
The pic of the big one in the woods is from "A-1" near Drumlin.
The Gun bear was from zone "B"
If I ever get one in zone "A" I will have gotten one in each. :biggrin:



joel the signmanhey buckmastr didnt i see you in some hunting magazine?

I have been in a few hunting Magazines. Here is a link to the story about the 500 pound bear ( The bath tub bear )

Articles:The Bathtub Bear
 

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While we are on the bear subject... My last Wisc. bear hunt was quite exciting, even though I was more the mentor, than the hunter. I made a few mistakes on his bear hunt, and they almost cost me dearly.... Read this article about my sons 1st bear hunt and almost my last ....

Articles:Junior Saves Me from a Charging Bear?
 

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great story.im gonna try bear hunting up at camp this year.weve seen apair,ma,,pa and 2 cubs 2yrs ago we still get sightings but not of them all together the trail camera got some good pics.huge black bear.only thing is i got to hunt em with a bow.thats what kept me from trying it already.i still think im bringing a rifle for "back up":w00t:
 

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I'm with you dude...

the gun would definitely be Backup Plan A if yer talking about bear. Backup Plan B (run like a mad man) doesn't always work. Option C (crap yer pants while running) is smelly, and equally ineffective.
 

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:lol: :w00t: :lol: :lol: good thing its private property the game guys might be upset carrying a rifle during bow season
 

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the gun would definitely be Backup Plan A if yer talking about bear. Backup Plan B (run like a mad man) doesn't always work. Option C (crap yer pants while running) is smelly, and equally ineffective.
just hit what your aiming at with the bow and throw the backup plans in the dump. a sturdy skinning knife should suffice for a backup plan.

just messing with you joel. by all means take a gun. if it aint in bow range than blast it with your rifle. its still a trophy and a fun hunt no matter what weapon you choose. and if i was bow hunting bear i would like something with plenty of UMPH :boxing: to use in case i missed and just ticked the beast off. mad bear chasing you, means you need firepower quickly. and if your like me you cant shoot arrows nearly as fast Legolas did in Lord of the Rings.
 

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For a first time bear hunter, I will recommend a hunt over bait in one of the states that cater to out of state hunters (like Maine).

That way you can taste sucess (and bear roast) sooner.

After all, just going after bear is not guarantee that you will see one.

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