There are some misconceptions that surround bear hunting, one of them being that bear hunting is easy. Nick says that the difficulty of the hunt is subjective on what kind of animal you’re after. If you’re hunting in a good area, success rates are usually pretty high if you just want to shoot a bear and you aren’t particular about the size. A bear hunt where you aren’t picky about size or color is one that you can be fairly certain you’ll get a return on your investment and come home with an animal. However, hunting trophy bears is a different story entirely. Nick says that big bears are tough to kill because they are smart, reclusive, elusive and tend to be loners. As a result, he says that a big bear is one of the toughest trophy animals to kill. Hunting in bear rich territory like Saskatchewan or Alberta hunters are handicapped by the terrain. In the Canadian provinces, timber and thick forests make it virtually impossible to sit and glass for bears like you can in the western U.S. In the west you can find a point, glass and if you spot a bear you can put a stalk on it. However, in Canada and locations with dense cover, Nick says there aren’t the same opportunities to stalk them, instead you have to wait for them to come to you. The bears definitely have the advantage, it’s a hunt that is on their terms and the hunter has to wait for the boar to make a mistake. Hunting in Saskatchewan, Nick says his favorite place to go is Otter Creek Outfitters. Because the owner doesn’t hunt the bears hard and only targets old mature boars every two or three years, Nick says the bears are able to grow up in an unpressured environment and it creates fantastic hunting opportunities for truly big bears.
Being able to field judge a bear is something that can be tough if you haven’t hunted before, Nick says. Using the barrel at a bait sight can help you determine just how big of a bear you are looking at. Using the 3 visible rings on a barrel, Nick says if the back of the bear you’re looking at reaches the second ring or a little higher it’s a fairly decent bear. If you have a bear with a back every bit as big as the barrel you are staring at, it’s a shooter. Without the ability to field judge bears with certainty, it can be easy for a hunter to make a mistake and take a bear much smaller than they anticipated. Talking to your guide, doing your research and understanding the physical differences between a younger bear and older bear before you head to camp is essential.
Outside of archery equipment, when hunting bears and all other big game with a rifle Nick says he likes a .300 Win Mag or .300 Ultra Mag. He notes that the .300 Win Mag is a great all-around caliber and flat shooting from 50-400 yards. The .300 Ultra Mag gives shooters a little extra range and packs a lot of punch. Regardless of caliber, Nick says it’s really about shot placement on any animal but especially bear. Making a poor shot and having to track a wounded bear into the woods is less than ideal and even dangerous. Putting your broadhead or bullet anywhere in the lung region will do the job, and unlike whitetails you don’t have to hug the shoulder as tight, bears lungs are situated a little further back. Understanding the anatomy of a bear and exactly where the kill zone is before you go afield is important to your success.
Nick has hunted all over North America with fantastic guides and outfitters. Viewers like to watch these adventures but sometimes assume they are out of reach for them personally. Nick says that’s not the case and he wants to be able to help people experience the same hunting opportunities he has had. So, working with the reputable guides and outfitters he has hunted with before, he explains how he can help you book hunts for everything from prairie dogs to grizzly bears. Nick says a lot of hunters don’t venture out of their own state but would like to go on a guided hunt somewhere else in the country. To those folks he says that there are plenty of reasonably priced hunts for the average guy, it’s not just for the wealthy. Antelope, elk, whitetails and more, firearm or archery equipment, or backcountry pack-in hunts – there are a lot of different kinds of opportunities available. He encourages anyone who is looking for a good hunt, anyone who wants info on booking with a good outfitter, anyone who has questions about booking an affordable hunt and more, to contact him through social media or send him an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Nick says he wants to be able to pass the same opportunities and experiences on to others who may not otherwise realize it was an option or didn’t know how to make it happen. By getting in touch with him, Nick says he can help you line up a great hunt with reasonable prices in places where tags are simple to acquire.
Listen in as Nick Mundt talks spring bear hunting and booking hunts this week on The Revolution. Be sure to catch Nick on “Michael Waddell’s Bone Collector” airing on Outdoor Channel, Sundays at 10:30 pm ET. You can also see him on “Booger Bottom USA”, Mondays at 10:00 pm ET on Outdoor Channel as well as “Realtree Road Trips”. Go back and watch all the wall to wall hunting action, season after season and the evolution of Nick’s facial hair with MyOutdoorTV where you can catch up on past seasons of both “Michael Waddell’s Bone Collector” and “Realtree Road Trips”.
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