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What You Really Need To Know About Bear Hunting

Aug 18, 2007
When it comes to hunting there is little that comes close to the sheer excitement of bear hunting. This is particularly true in North America where there are few, if any, more dangerous animals to go after.

Bear hunting can be a major thrill for most hunters but this excitement comes partially from the dangers associated with this particular sport.

Typical bear hunting breeds are the brown bear, grizzly bear,and black bear and there are many areas in North America where such breeds can be legally hunted.

Before you head off on your bear hunting trip, here are some basic guidelines and advice to help make the experience more enjoyable and less risky.

First, make sure you are on the right side of the law. Check the local state regulations for where you are planning to hunt and make sure you have the correct hunting permits or licences. You also need to make sure that the season is right for the bear you are after. Additionally, some states have regulations on the number of bears that can be shot in any time period so ensure you find out all this information before you go.

Next, you will need to have the right equipment with you for several reasons. You need to be able to make a clean kill with any animal so that the creature does not suffer. A large animal such as a bear will need to be hunted with a rifle. Don't even consider the use of a bow or a shotgun. A good rifle will be at least 30 calibre. Talk to your local gun store and ensure you have the correct loads for shooting bear.

Be prepared for the environment. If you find yourself in a tight spot with a bear and need to make a hasty exit, the last thing you want to happen is that you trip or get snagged on something. Make sure you have sturdy well tracked footwear - hunting boots preferably and wear clothing that will not get easily caught in bushes or brambles.

Try to find a buddy to hunt with. Hunting such large animals is not a good idea to do on your own. Its best to have someone else hunt with you. This is particularly true if you are new to the sport. If you don't have someone obvious you can team up with then get in touch with your local hunting club or arrange a bear hunting vacation with other like minded individuals.
About the Author
Garnett Johnston runs and maintains a free information site for anyone seeking advice or tips on hunting. The site can be found by visiting http://www.besthuntingtips.net
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