AaronBlaine

ANYONE GET ANY BEARS YET?

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Nice to meet you to. Milo Hansen. Any relation to the Milo Hanson who's name is in the record books? Lol.

yep that's my sister, the frickin poacher

 You do and it’ll be the biggest mistake YOU ever made, you Texas brush-popper!--Rooster Cogburn

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 You do and it’ll be the biggest mistake YOU ever made, you Texas brush-popper!--Rooster Cogburn

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nice lookin bear

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 You do and it’ll be the biggest mistake YOU ever made, you Texas brush-popper!--Rooster Cogburn

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so cool.  I would love to get a bear I just cant seem to bring myself up into the woods with a rifle this early.  If I see a big buck that's gonna kill me that I cant take a shot lol.  I hope I get one this year during rifle.

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pretty sure its bow only for bear right now. didn't think you could use crossbow right now but I guess I was mistaken so I might be wrong about rifle as well

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as far as I have heard you can use a rifle for early bear. Could be wrong about that im going off another post I read so its a good question.  Dude I cant stop thinking about the three huge piles of bear shit we had our stand up at.  That spot was so perfect we def gotta get the bows back out there this year.  They have a pretty cool indoor 3d target center out east I wanna go check out as well maybe make a day of it and bring the ladies let me know!

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I know Maine isn't NY. But just got 205lb dry sow. That's dressed out. My father got 463 lbs boar that's also dress out.

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I am still waiting to hear that people are enjoying this early bear season. So far there's only been one (maybe two) who stated that they have participated in this new season. Why is that?

 

By the way, how many actual WMUs does this new season actually involve?

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By the way, how many actual WMUs does this new season actually involve?

I think I answered my own question. According to the map :  http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28605.html#Black  There are only 10 WMUs that have the new early bear season in the southern zone. That may explain why there is not a huge flurry of participation ..... lol.

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I'm kind of waiting to see how this maiden voyage of early bear season goes before I try it. I could be down there in about 1 1/2 hrs.

Just have no free time to go down and scout this year. If the new early bear season is a success, I'll likely be trying it out in years to come.


 You do and it’ll be the biggest mistake YOU ever made, you Texas brush-popper!--Rooster Cogburn

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Hey guys, I went up to the Catskills and bowhunted out of my tent solo for the weekend. It was wicked. Scat everywhere. My first bear hunt. I'm a spot and stalk guy, I love to be moving and exploring, it makes me a little scared at times but phyically it's demanding and also the psychological component is amazing. No luck though. It's pretty clear they know what's going on.

 

I logged some perfect set ups with my Trimble app, one in a marsh where I scented a small beaver hut with hiding all around depending on wind direction, and another on a set of cliffs that overlook a bedding area where I found not only scat but items that had been stolen from campers with HUGE teeth marks in them, coffee cans, juice bottle, chip bags. 

 

I made scents out of extracts of caramel / vanilla / anise and they were potent. I could smell my scented spots from 40 yards away in hiding. I started at 6:30 am, I was a little too freaked out to kick into the forest at dark with how much activity there was and I think that would have increased my chances.

 

Early am gearing up I bumped into a really cool cat, I wish I had gotten his info because he clearly knew his business, he's been hunting that area for 20+ years and has beena round the world on various trips. He was a total badass, military cut, former corrections officer, I was kicking myself that I didn't at least get his email. He showed me his trail cam pics that he had just retrieved and there were some beasts up there, at least 400 lbs. One pic was just ears as the bear was sniffing the camera. That got me so amped.

 

For everyone asking about guns, it is a gun and bow early season, so bowhunter, be careful with going full camo, I came across some 13 year olds, great kids but they were clearly a little wet behind the ears and I swapped my camo hat for a blaze orange one after that. Once I was in hiding I swapped it off. 

 

They're out there. I could have gone deeper but with the temperature, to eat that critter I would have had to skin and butcher in the field, and running that kind of weight in a pack bugged me a out a bit, so I kept it within a couple miles from my tent, which was about 1/2 mile from my car.

 

Damn straight I decented before going to sleep, and kept a dead clean campsite.

 

I'm going back up in 2 weeks for the 19th - 21st and I think if I can build up the courage I'll go deeper up to the peaks. There's so many of those rocky outcroppings and the forest gets thick. I'll tell you, I came across a pile of teeth marked juice bottles and scat and was surrounded by terrain they could easily be bedded or hiding in, I don't care who you are it gets a little hairy. I heard a grunt at one point, I'm not sure if it was another hunter making a call but I was standing right over a fresh patch of scat with ferns crushed all around me. my heart started pounding so hard I couldn't hear well. Took a deep breath and hunkered down for an hour or so then got antsy and moved out.

 

Saw some turkeys that I spooked, and no deer. Not sure why but I think the bears spook the deer, curious what you guys who are more experienced think.

 

I'll tell you one thing, they're out there for sure, en masse. Big ones too. Trail cams and scat piles don't lie.

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lucky dude, his bear gutted itself, did all the work for him!

The hit was a little further back then he wanted, The bear was quartering to us. He hit the liver and then went through the stomach. Bear went about 125 yards or so. 

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lol yea walking through a corn field to track a bear would def have me shook up lol so cool I love the intestine trail I had something similar happen with a buck I shot last year it was quartering away and the same thing happened

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