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Predator Calls For Bear

Melissa Bachman |

Calling_Black_BearWhen preparing for your fall season, have you ever thought about throwing a predator call in your backpack for your next bear hunt? Growing up in central Minnesota, calling coyotes was a major part of my hunting in the winter months. However, I’ve now been calling black bear in close for several years and truly enjoy every aspect of it.

A bear’s number one sense is its sense of smell. They also have incredible hearing so stalking up close can be extremely difficult regardless of what time of the year or where you may be hunting. My favorite ammunition to use for black bear is a .300 Win. Mag Ballistic Silvertip in a 180-grain bullet. You will experience very little drop out to 200-yards, and the 180-grain bullet does the trick on even the biggest black bear.

Now for calling the bear: There are some very simple rules to remember that will ensure the highest rate of success. First, never call to a bear that you have just busted. If you already spooked the bear off he’s already gone – no predator call in the world will bring him back. Next, make sure you are emulating the sound of something that they would naturally go after in that area. Do a little research to find out what kind of animals they may prey upon. Usually I do a lot of my calling in Alaska during the spring on POW Island where there are a lot of sitka fawns dropping that time of year. Lastly, black bear seem to have a very short attention span. Once you get a bear’s attention keep on that call. It may seem like a bit over the top at times, but as you can see in my videos below, the more I called the faster the bear would come. Just in case you have your doubts about how well calling black bear can be, I prepared a short video explaining a few tips and showing just how close you can bring a big boar in.