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  1. Padre86

    Pistol cartridge for Black Bear

    I’m away from my house for the weekend. I’ll post a pic when I get back. It’s the m&p r8 (pretty much the same as the s&w trr8 with a few minor differences). Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Pistol cartridge for Black Bear

    Ended up getting an 8 shot S&W chambered in .357 magnum. 5” barrel. Scandium frame, so a bit lighter than the average stainless steel magnum revolver but still heavy enough to tame the more powerful loads. Perfect for my needs. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Shot placement of bear.

    Congrats on your hunt! Where did you get the bear?
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    Shot placement of bear.

    Middle of the middle is what I've always heard. Bear hunting magazine is a great resource. They just started a podcast too.
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    Plattsburg man kills mother bear and cubs

    Just FYI, shooting a sow with cubs is NOT ILLEGAL in the Northern Zone (which is where this incident took place). The man was ticketed for taking more than 1 bear and hunting over bait. I would not be surprised if more than a few successful bear hunters up there committed the same crime as this man (hunting over bait) as finding bear up there is not easy.
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    Big Otter Lake??

    It’s a moderately technical 4x4 road. Last time I drove it (2-3 years ago) I was in a 4Runner with skid plates and a rear locker, also with a friend in another vehicle. Unless the road has seen significant maintenance since then, I would only go down it if you have a good 4wd vehicle. I did use the locker at least once, though I suppose good throttle application would have worked too. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Big Otter Lake??

    There is a 4x4 road which goes all the way to the southwest corner of that lake (approaches from the west out of the Independence River Wild Forest). You could just drive in instead of going by float plane. As for hunting intel, your best bet is to get in there and do some scouting. It's rugged terrain and you'll have to get a feel for the local food sources and the travel corridors used by the animals. Consider bringing some predator calls with you.
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    Good to know.
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    Big Otter Lake??

    Big Otter Lake west of Old Forge?
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    Luna and Kunox's Tracking Journal 2018

    How did you get your dog trained for bear? I have been laying artificial deer blood tracks for my dog and as well I have used deer hide. Did you use a similar method for bear? I've heard that bear don't leave the same sort of scent trails as deer.
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    Dragging or Packing?

    There are plenty of areas that are 5 or miles away from a road, dirt or paved. There are many roads also listed on maps that are either closed off to the public or no longer active at all. Also, traveling 5 miles, or less, of off-trail terrain can easily take a half day depending on the type of terrain. How many miles from a dirt road? It seems like you're playing with the semantics there.
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    Early Bear 2018

    I was up in the central Adirondacks this past weekend. The weather was hot (low 80's) and the foliage was still up and green. I might make an attempt in some areas next weekend if the weather cools down, as it is predicted to do. But the foliage will still present a problem...there wasn't much visibility in the areas that I had checked out. I appreciate the DEC's gesture by allowing for an early bear season, but I haven't found it all that productive over the past few years. Trying to still hunt a black bear in warm weather with heavy foliage on the trees in a place like upstate NY is a tough endeavour.
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    Dragging or Packing?

    The typical hunting season up there is prime weather for hypothermia. You're fine if you keep moving, if for whatever reason you have to stop and you're unprepared to deal with the cold, you can quickly find yourself in a rough spot. If hypothermia isn't even on your radar while hunting up there, I'm not so sure you should be hunting up there to begin with. Also, I've been agreeing with almost everything you've said up until this point, so I don't know why you feel like deriding my opinion.
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    Dragging or Packing?

    Okay, but again I think different people have different understanding of what true backcountry hunting entails. If you have an established tent camp or primitive cabin that is road-accessible with potentially helping hands there, yes a drag may work and may even been viable because you have a safety net to fall back on, so to speak. If you're hunting out of a lean-to or small tent and you're alone, 5 or more miles away from the nearest dirt road, a drag that takes several hours or more may not be viable. In fact, I'd argue it wouldn't be safe too seeing as if you get too exhausted, hypothermic or hurt, you have no one to come help you. There is plenty of terrain I've seen up in the ADK's through which I would have no desire to drag a 180lb deer by myself...just too much work with a whole lot of risk. Drags work until they don't, and if you're unprepared to parcel up that animal in the deep woods, you can quickly find yourself up sh#t creek without a paddle.
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    Dragging or Packing?

    Just wear gloves and check yourself for ticks when you're done handling the deer. It's not that big of a deal. The rope and drag method will not work in the remote areas of the Northern Zone, especially for a solo hunt.