There are various ways of hunting for bears that can be highly successfully and incredibly exciting. One such tactic is known as spot and stalk hunting, which is incredibly popular out west, such as in Idaho. There is nothing like being able to sneak up on a bear, or any predator, with a bow, even if it is a tad bit intimidating. Of course, the intimidation is what makes it so exciting and fun!
Glassing for Bears
When spot and stalking bears, you will use a pair of binoculars and spend quite a bit of time hiking while looking for bears. Similar to elk or deer hunting, you will want to get on a hill or mountain that overlooks a glass or feeding area for bears. Once you spot a bear that you are interested in, piece together a plan and attempt to sneak up on the bear.
In some cases, you may get lucky and the stalk will be short and easy; however, in other instances, the stalk will take some time. As with any situation, though, the goal will be to take your time and be as patient as you can be. Don’t move until you know that the bear is unable to see you or it is preoccupied. A lot of people assume that the bear is unable to see, and while it is true that a bear can’t see as well as a deer, it can still detect movement. If possible, get to an area where a bear is headed. If you can find a bear feeding toward a certain area, attempt to cut it off on the way.
To get close to the bear, use bushes, trees, and brush. If you find bears that are feeding in a wide-open meadow, it can be hard to stalk real close. So, you should try to hunt in areas you know where there is some cover available. As long as there is a low area or a rise in the meadow, you will be able to sneak up on the bear.
Locate Food and Water
No matter what it will always come down to food and water for animals. There are a lot of bears out there, so it isn’t real hard to stalk them. Even on a budget, it is something that almost all bowhunters can do. The key is locating food, so take the time hiking and glassing meadows looking for bears. With a pair of binoculars, it won’t be hard to locate a brown or black bear feeding.
If you are looking for a way to go on a fun- and adventure-filled hunt that won’t have you spending an excessive amount of money, then you should consider hunting black bears this fall or spring. More often than not, the rate of success if high, the cost is relatively reasonable, and level of excitement is unmatched. For more information, contact us at Full Draw Archery.