Scrummy, Idaho is one of the few states that allows all three types of hunting. I've never done any hunting other than stalking and from blinds. My bear-hunting friends that use bait start putting out bait and game cameras in various areas before the season starts, thus locating a bruin with a nice coat. For mountain lions, dogs are the only way to go. I usually get a bear tag along with deer and elk but have never hunted bear exclusively. It seems I always see them when I don't have a tag. I'm retiring next month so hopefully the extra time I devote to hunting the wily bruin will pay off!Scrumbag wrote:That would be a dream! Do you use hounds, bait or stalk?Rotnguns wrote:Thanks Scrummy!
Indeed, this part of the US has great outdoor opportunities. I'll have to check out Randy Newberg's series and see what he's said about us!
I'm gearing up for Spring bear and turkey season here (starts April 15 in this locale). Due to COVID, outdoor rec is booming and hunting pressure near the inhabited areas of our state has reached new levels. That being said, if you get two ridges away from a road here, you may as well be in Alaska!
If you ever get out this way, shoot me a message and we will find you a bear! There are way too many here because so few hunt them. Same with mountain lions and wolves.
PS "Bell-Target" isn't that what the NVA called Hueys? :P
Thanks for the welcome and the information about bell-target shooting clubs, 1066! I did some further exploration and found this great website that you are likely familiar with:
Frank Spittle's historical perspective, linked on the site as a pdf, is most amazing to me. Sounds like there were leagues and contests everywhere, even in pubs, at ranges from 6 to 100 yards. There's quite an interest in air-rifles here too, and metallic silhouette divisions just for them are appearing.