What are your thoughts on spot and stalk vs. baiting?
Spot & Stalk
Real men hunt bears at eye level, not perched in trees swatting mosquitoes and listening to Harlequin romances via audiobook to avoid boredom.
Bait hunting is just an advanced form of trapping in which the hunter becomes the steel jaws of the bear trap. It’s a chess game, sure, and a waiting game requiring the ability to sit still and zone yourself into mental nothingness for hours—nay, days on end while waiting for that brief window when the donut-fattened bear of your dreams waddles in and you trigger the trap.
Let loose your imagination and come with me to Montana’s Bob Marshall Wilderness where I saw the biggest black bear of my life.
My guide, Greg Wonders, and I were sitting in a tiny hanging basin just below the mountain peak, leaning on a massive pine log killed 101 years earlier by a historic fire and eating our lunch, when he pointed up the slope and said through a mouthful of ham sandwich, “Look at that big black bear.” Then, he added, “Biggest damn black bear I’ve seen in years.”