Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - 14

1980

It was in the late '70s that Dad started to record
where bears were shot, and where they were seen
during fall turkey and deer seasons. He took a topographical map and color-coded these observations for
both in- and out-of-season reports.
Over the years, he started to see a pattern in the type
of terrain the bears were using.
Then, he began hunting those areas.
At 3:50 p.m. on the only day of the 1980 season,
Dad's efforts paid off. He harvested the camp's ninth
bear, and his first of what would be many.

terrain & wind

1992

1995

1996

"Bears are built for the mountain," Dad explained.
"They can walk through a hillside of dry leaves, yet
you can barely hear them. They can climb a tree in a
matter of seconds or escape down over a steep side
where few men would ever walk.
"How they use the land is probably one of the
most important things I've learned in all my years of
hunting them."
First thing in the morning, Dad explained, mountain
bears feed on the flats, and usually they walk the top
ridge to access these areas.
Once pressured off these flats, they instantly drop
down over the side to the first bench and circle back
to catch the wind, he said.
"I feel they often bed high on the benches because
a lot of food is on those nearby flats, and they can
scent-check the wind while remaining out of sight,"
Dad said. "Mountain points heavy with cover also are
hot draws, where lots of transitional vegetation allows
them to loaf in the sunlight around midday, while still
offering an easy escape route.
"Those top two benches will produce bears," he
emphasized. "Hunt on the edge of a heavy band of
cover where it opens up just enough to see. If you find
a bear trail, hunt that trail, because they often will walk
the same paths repeatedly."
When he's hunting bear trails, Dad constantly
checks the wind to stay downwind of where he'd
expect bears to be traveling. That means he might be
sitting above the bench one time and right on the edge
of the bench, below the trail, at other times.
"I always monitor wind direction throughout the



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