You likely realize there’s been some hubbub over the years regarding bears and hunting them over bait. If you think it’s like shooting fish in a barrel you’ve never hunted a mature bruin that uses dense cover and nocturnal conventions to live an apparition-like lifestyle right under your nose. Sure young bears may hammer bait like birds at your bird feeder, but rarely do seasoned veterans saunter right in with a target painted on their side.
Regardless of the debate, I enjoy spring bear hunting. You get to interact with the animals. You get to view numerous animals and if you’re lucky, you get to shop for one that fits your definition of a “great hunt.” Even so, there are times when I like to turn up the dial on spring bear hunting for just a touch more action. My first step to an extra jolt of adrenaline is to hunt bears at ground level. Plant yourself on their turf and face-to-face for an experience you’ll never forget.
You can hunker in a ground blind, but for my last few hunts I simply retreat into the brush and try to blend into the backdrop. A savvy bear will circle and catch my scent, but some of the big wilderness bears I’ve been hunting in northern Alberta just don’t seem to care. They still march right in giving me enough of hunting buzz to literally cause my arrow to shake from the rest. Try it and you’ll see what I mean.