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Old April 11th, 2016, 09:02 PM   #1
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School me on black bear hunting.

I have only been deer and turkey hunting. And I prefer to bow hunt.

I have been reading up on DNR's website but I would like some experienced advice for bear hunting in Michigan. I'd also be hunting without dogs.
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What unit are you going hunting in?
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I think I would like to hunt a bear as well.

not with dogs.

my cousin shot one about 10 years ago, and the meat was actually pretty good.
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I have been bear hunting in MI for quite a number of years... what are you wanting to know? I hunt in the Baraga district in the U.P. so I can draw tags about every 2-3 years if I go for first season. I believe that tags are a little harder to get in the LP if that is where you are looking. If you haven't been putting in for tags, that is the first step. Figure out where you want to hunt and do some research on available public land and start putting in for the tags. May 1-June 1 is the application period for bear and elk. Even if you don't have an area that you are looking to hunt, just put in for a point for this year since the odds of drawing on your first try are generally very slim. You can apply for your first or second choice (location and/or season) or just get a point for next year without entering a lottery. I always put in for the first season because I like to get out there before the dog season opens, although I have had success during the second season as well. Nothing against that method of hunting but I have had a few bad experiences with hound hunters over the years and the added pressure in the woods can really shut the bears down sometimes. I have always hunted over bait and I think that is about the most reliable method for hunting them in MI. A spot and stalk type hunt would be very difficult unless you were on some private land with agriculture or something. Some people may have negative opinions about hunting over bait, but it's a legal method and a lot of fun so I have no issues with it. I love hunting the big timber and I enjoy the whole process of establishing an active bait site, running the baits and then hunting them. I have taken 4 bears with my bow and the meat is quite good as long as you are diligent about taking care of it immediately after the kill, especially in the early seasons (September). Let me know what other kind of specific info you are looking for.

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my uncle has a place in the u.p that he does bear hunts. if you would like his number i can pm it to you and he can tell you everything you need to know about it.

i do know he provides room food and baits them and you just go out and hunt.

its in Ontonagon, MI
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