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Discussion: Bear permit

in: Bernard; Bernard > 2016-05-22

May 24, 2016 7:38 PM # 
Did you have appropriate ammo? I wouldn't expect that what you load for turkeys would necessarily do more than anger a bear.
May 25, 2016 4:05 PM # 
This is a fact. I was not even going for turkey at the time. I was going for small game. So using even weaker buck shot. But if the bear was really close and bit the rifles muzzle as I stuck it in his face, It would work.
May 25, 2016 7:07 PM # 
Ah, expanding your list of potential targets, eh? Have you fired the gun at anything alive yet?
May 25, 2016 8:40 PM # 
LOL! mostly not. But its a good excuse to get up at 3:45 in the morning, hike into the woods in the dark and then sit motionless for hours while making turkey mating sounds.
Two weeks ago, I did just that up by St. Lawrence U. No luck of course but then on the way home I drove by- not one- but two full grown "toms" ready to harvest. Unfortunately they were on private property. From the shotgun bangs that I heard, the locals were having much more luck on private lands with open fields than I was having in a soggy state forest!
May 26, 2016 1:51 AM # 
So it sounds like you may have fired the gun. Have you hit anything?
May 26, 2016 1:56 PM # 
so far - a Grouse- very tasty, A woodcock - very gamy.. I wont hunt another. Several wood squirrels-really tasty in stews. But I hunt them using a 22 rifle - no shotgun. Hunting squirrel with a shotgun is too easy. While hunting them with a 22 requires skills and accuracy similar those needed for deer hunting. you have to sit very quietly and wait for them. If they see you, they quickly take off like a rabbit. They are nothing like their urban cousins would basically ignore humans.

Some day I will get that Tom Turkey and it will be thanksgiving in May.
May 27, 2016 7:45 PM # 

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