When hunters talk about hunting bears, few realize, let alone have ever tried, calling for bears. Just like any predator, bears can be brought into gun and even archery range by utilizing certain predator calls and following some easy steps.
First and foremost to be successful in calling bears you have got to do your calling where there are bears. In the Northeast that tends to be near mast stands, and low lying areas, especially cedar swamps. In each area of the country there are certain areas that bears tend to concentrate; calling in these areas only makes sense.
While calling bears, it helps to both control your scent and hide your presence. Controlling scent can be done by both using any of the many scent washes before each hunt, both on yourself and on your clothing. Camouflage that matches the area in which you are going to hunt is key, avoud rapid movements. By sitting against a tree or bush you will help to break up your outline, never sit on top of a ridge.
The same calls that work for calling coyote and other predators also work well while calling bears, these include any of the mouth or electric calls now available, with the two best calls being the fawn call and the rabbit in distress. The squeaker often used in predator hunting to draw the predator those last few yards is generally not needed as bear that respond to calls generally come right in.
Next bear season give bear calling a try, you might be surprised, just remember that it takes time and patience just like all hunting.
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