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Bear hunting

Bear hunting

Bear hunting, perhaps the form of hunting that can put the hunter to the ultimate test in terms of courage and drive. Although the normal bear is a peaceful animal that likes to stay on its edge and likes to avoid confrontation with humans, the bear has the capacity and ability to harm or kill a human easily. Something that is usually an explanation for bear attacks is that the bear is injured, sick, guarding its prey, or it could be a female with a young.


Bear hunting with dog

When it comes to bear hunting, it is usually conducted with a dog. The procedure is that the dog is trained to look for a bear either on winding weather or to track down the bear. Both methods work as long as the dog has a clear task. Once at the bear, it should bark at it (chasing/barking), the important thing is that the dog with his bark tells his master / mistress that the bear is here, and when the hunter sneaks forward, his sound from the sneaking is drowned by the dog's bark. Many bears sit or lie down when the dog barks at it, and in most cases the shot is usually simple and calm.


Characteristics of the dog

You can summarize a dog's characteristics in 3 ways for bear hunting to work:

1. Tracking ability, or at least a willingness to seek out bears.

 2. Chasing/barking, the dog must have the courage to bark at the bear.

3. Pursuit

If the dog possesses these 3 characteristics, the bear is a fairly easily hunted animal. Now many dogs are called "bear dogs" but very few are actually functioning bear dogs in my opinion.


The bear's behavior

Once the dog / dogs have found the bear and barked at it, a lot depends on the type of bear and how it behaves on the scene. The dream bear weighs 250 kg + -50 kg, these bears are usually so confident and secure that they do not become afraid of the dog but takes it easy. Often when you come sneaking in, it becomes a simple shot at a calm bear.


The slightly more unpredictable bears are often in the middle class 150 kg + -50 kg. These often have more anxiety and are sometimes more aggressive towards the dog or sounds in the woods (which can be you when you are on your way to the scene). These bears are usually a good idea to approach with some caution and be prepared in case they attack the sound.


The slightly smaller bears can certainly also be aggressive, but do not have the weight of a medium-sized bear. They prefer to flee, preferably if they notice something new and unknown is creeping in.


Good luck with the bear hunt!