ctious- I am really having a hard time finding the right words. In order to not come off like I am attacking you. The best I can come up with is, YOU ARE DEAD WRONG!!! By far and in any way you look at it. Sitting over bait is the easiest form of bear hunting one can do. Yea, Yea, you have to start the bait. Then keep it baited. Then put up a stand maybe. Then hunt.
Dogs well that is a whole different story. Just you go buy yourself a pup or two. Then care for them, and train them. Then tell me how easy it is. WHAT? train them? Nope, cant just go to the pound and buy a mutt and turn it loose. It takes the right breeds, and lots and lots of training. Both in and out of the field. Depending on who you talk to, and each dog. It will take 3-5yrs to have a finished bear dog. That only leaves a couple years of peak performance. Before they begin to slide. These are not bird dogs. Many bird dogs do not go through the punishment a bear dog does in a day during the course of a whole year. Then even if you have some dogs that might run a bear does not mean you have bear dogs. You cannot train a top performing athlete by working out a day or 2 a week. It takes daily hunting for a couple of months to get dogs in the top rock hard chiseled condition. That is needed come the harvest season, and one is going to hunt on a daily basis. Which is why some of us start the conditoning process long before training season even starts. If you dont think this does not matter much. Just bring them dogs you might hunt on weekends only if lucky up by me. Wont be long at all before you realize the importance of training and conditioning.
Bait sitting lasts a few months at best. Dogs are year round work. Even just during the season. You bait. You go sit in stand. You go home. Not much more than that. With dogs you need to load them in the morning. This takes me about 30 mins. I can do it in less,, but have a process I like. Which involves letting as many as 12 dogs loose in the yard at once. Many people have a hard time keeping one dog in the yard. Try 12! The you hunt all day. Care for the dogs has to be done during this time as well. Then you get back. Tired and worn out. You still have to put the dogs up in some method. Clean kennels, feed, water, and take care of any injuries. Not done yet. You still need to make sure all collars, and batteries get charged.
Then there is the whole in the woods thing. It was mad mention already of a big bear on the ground. Does not matter the size of the bear. Many small bear will stay on the ground. Fight and walk all day. Any houndsmen that cares about his dogs. Is going to be right in there with them. This may mean for many miles, and through stuff many folks wish they never new existed. Nothing better that belly crawling into thick stuff after your dogs. Knowing there is a bear somewhere in front of you.
Granted we get those easy days. Bear trees fast, and close to a road. Does not happen often enough. A well trained pack will make it look easy at times. Still there are many times. You need to help the dogs in some fashion.
So it's not just the dogs bear. There was a lot of hard work and time spent. In order for them dogs to be able to do their job. Then there is all the money spent on it as well. My tracking equipment is worth more than my truck!! You have vet bills, feed bills, repair bills, and of course bait. I do a lot of my own vet work. Still got over $700 this month alone. Truck repairs has cost me over $1000 in just parts this month. Cant afford to pay anyone to fix them. so that cost is down. Bait, well that all depends on the baiter. I cracked barrel number 84 today!!
There is nothing easy about dogs. If anyone really believes that. You are more than welcome to come be my handler for 1 week. I'll feed and house you for free. Your only job will be to care for and hunt the dogs. After a few days a whole new outlook on the matter will be had.
OHH SNAP! That's all for now. Rooster crows in 4hrs for another day of the bear hunting grind!!