Wisconsin Bear Hunting
Cool temps seems to have helped the baits some. However, I feel that the lack of food in the forest has nothing to do with it. About 15 miles I have put on in the bush over the last 3 days. Finding nothing but grasses out there. Barely any mushrooms of any kind either.
Big Momma I believe is now safe for the year. Doubt I will have another hunter sitting in that spot this year. The last hunter was 3 nights ago. She came in at 9:20 that night. The last 2 nights she has been in at 7. Smart old girl!!
Do have one hunter coming back Oct 4th-9th. Might sit that last day, but of course the rest will be with the dogs.
Jackwagons have started to play again. While baiting yesterday the girls found a couple of metal objects buried in the bait trail. I had to go back out with the law to investigate. The objects were of no serious threat to humans, but surely could have hurt a dog. A sad life you must live. To have the time to play these games.
Yes acorns, and all mast crops will pull bear. Which is what is the biggest problem in zone c with corn!! The reason only a few come back is hibernation. Even if it is what we think is warm. Mother nature says its nap time. Weather like we have now. Rain, and cool temps scares me. This is going to make the mushrooms pop. Which some are used along with grasses to help form the plug. Once they start forming that plug its over.
Thank's Steve for the info on the rain.That's kinda what i thought. Season is to short to be sitting in the house waiting for the rain to stop.Also i hear people say cut back on how much bait to put out when season starts what do you suggest and do acorn's really pull the bears of the bait?I have number's of bears eating my bait at all different times threw out the day untill season starts then they vanish for a couple weeks but then only a couple come back.Thanks for the great info if i ever get a tag for A i will give you a call.
Classic- Yes they will at times. Perhaps not the safest thing to do in the rain if sitting. Can make tracking a real nightmare.
I made the mistake of not going out back in 2010 when my daughter had her tag. We wanted to get after Bowtie, or Blackie. 2 monster bear pushing 500lbs, or more. We got 7" of rain in 24hrs. I decided not to go out that morning. Both of those bears hit the same bait an hour apart. I would have had a 1hr old track to work with. Now I dont care if tornados are swirling in a blizzard. I load up!!
One shot- Yes it varies greatly. This year it took 8 in A, 11 in B, 1 in C, 5 in D. Yes crop damage is a possibility. However if those types of tags are issued. They go to the farmer. Got to know someone to get one of those tags!!
Does it take a greater amount of points for the different zones ? And if you are willing to go after crop damage bears does that help at all ? Enough of assorted bee hives have been getting hit that I know of in central Wisconsin .