Strategies for Bowhunting Bears


For hunters of deer, wild turkeys, and other big game, hunting black bears can be the ultimate in exciting hunts. When planning a bear hunt, as with any hunt, you’ll want to ensure you have the right bow, arrows, broad heads, and other gear, a prime location, and a sturdy treestand that will give you a clear view and a good shot opportunity. Once you’ve nailed down those key pieces, you also may consider adding a decoy to your setup. Field and Stream‘s Bill Vaznis shares his three decoy tactics for hunting bears with bows. Bowhunt bear Photo by Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Trophy boars are smarter than your average bear. But even the savviest old bruin has a few chinks in his armor. Using a decoy is an exciting way to exploit them. Even weary old black bears will come in spoiling for a fight. Here are three strategies for drawing a dominant, hungry bruin into bow range. 1) The Easy Meal 2) The Intruder 3) The Feeding Female

Photos: Charles (Chuck) Peterson, Creative Commons (top); Alaska Department of Fish and Game (above)

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Shannon Rikard
Shannon Rikard is a freelance writer and photographer with a passion for conservation and wedding and portrait photography. The Archery Trade Association and National Wild Turkey Federation have published her work. A self-professed word geek, she enjoys Wheel of Fortune, crossword puzzles, and finding a dynamite synonym to illustrate any point. After starting her career in public relations with a national conservation organization, she ventured out on her own with Copper Door Studios.