Laramy says while the season is open, the hunting will only get more difficult as the weather continues to heat up. Bears are like Sasquatch himself, Laramy says, they don't like the heat and as the days get warmer the bears become more nocturnal. Setting up and maintaining a good bait site is key to success right now, and any time during bear season, early or late. There are endless ways to go about setting up your bait site, Laramy says, as bears are like people and they each have a taste for different things. He highlights his go-to choices for bait and attractants and also explains why baiting is hardly an ace in the hole. Bears can smell nine times better than a bloodhound and are, pound for pound, one of the most intelligent animals in North America. For that reason, a bait site isn't an automatic tag filling guarantee, they are too smart for that, Laramy says. Bears learn quickly and that's part of the challenge with bear hunting and baiting. Laramy highlights the need for bear seasons with a look at the depredation that bears are responsible for when it comes to ungulates. In states like Montana and Idaho, Laramy says during this time of year one bear will eat up to 40 calf elk or fawns a month. In the realm of predator threats to the ungulate population, bears are harder on ungulates than wolves or mountain lions.
As summer begins and camping season really takes off, Laramy also offers his tips for camping in bear country. With more people in the woods, bears and getting used to people and that can be dangerous. Laramy talks about common sense strategies to avoid bear encounters, his own close encounters with bears and his thoughts on the effectiveness of bear spray.
Listen to this week's show as Laramy "Sasquatch" Miller, host of "Last of a Breed" on Sportsman Channel, Mondays at 8:00 p.m. ET joins The Revolution to talk late season spring bear hunting and common sense tips for camping in bear country this summer.