Bear Calling While Hunting
By “The Bear Whisperer” Blaine Anthony
Fairfield ME –-(Ammoland.com)- The Bear Whisperer and North American Safari TV crew are no strangers to hunting trophy bruins.
The short story below is regarding one interesting trek in the woods in the Northeast.
We were highly anticipating tracking a particular New Brunswick – a quest for a true predator! This was a bear that was actively and frequently killing for meat.
Although calling in the East was a new experience for me, I figured it was the best tactic considering the fresh moose carcass nearby. Having used up all of their winter fat reserves, bears become ravage springtime feeders. The protein offered by newborn moose proves irresistible to hungry bears. An adult black bear can sustain a diet for one week with a moose calf kill.
I wanted to play on this bear’s natural instincts with a cub-in-distress call. The reason for the call was twofold. One, the bear may think there was other bears feeding on a carcass that was rightfully his own. Or two, because it was spring, the boar bears were just beginning to chase the sows. A boar’s amorous thoughts would turn violent if the sows cubs were nearby.
It has been determined that a sow may not breed if she is with her first year cubs. However, she may rebound into heat at the death of those cubs. So, a boar will graciously kill off the cubs to regain mating rights.
Thirty minutes into my second calling sequence he appeared. The steely eyed bruin cautiously slumbered towards the call, at a nerve-racking pace. He was coming directly for the ground blind. The bear was clearly on the hunt and was extremely wary of his surroundings.
I had to wait for the perfect opportunity to draw my bow back without getting caught. After a stare down that seemed to stretch the entire evening, the bear began to circle the blind. This gave me a much needed moment to gather myself. Seconds later, he reappeared a mere 17 yards from the tip of my broad head. The angle afforded me a chance to draw, and then I let it rip. The blood trail led us directly to the boar a mere 40 yards from the blind.
Blaine Anthony “The Bear Whisperer” is the producer and host of North American Safari (airing January 2011) and Bear Whisperer TV (debuting fall, 2011) Gear used on this hunt: Limbsaver Speedzone Bow – Tru-Fire T-1 Broadheads – Carbon Express Mayhem Arrows – QAD Ultra rest – Wood n Trail camo – Leupold Vendetta Range Finder – Border Crossing Scents Beat bait in a stick.