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Tn Bear?

Postby timberjack86 » Thu Dec 05, 2019 6:59 am

Anyone out there still hunting? I'm going to try again this weekend and hopefully scout for the upcoming Christmas hunt on South Cherokee.
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Re: Tn Bear?

Postby Stykbow » Fri Dec 06, 2019 10:33 pm

Good luck. Hope you kill a good one.


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Re: Tn Bear?

Postby Travis G. » Sun Jun 14, 2020 9:38 pm

I am following this topic as well. Never been bear hunting and wouldn't know where to begin in Tennessee. Whats the best areas for public land bear hunting? I am assuming still hunting is the primary option for people without dogs? I would love an opportunity at a bear sometime, so I am starting my research if anyone has some helpful info.
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Re: Tn Bear?

Postby Atchman2 » Mon Jun 22, 2020 10:22 am

I wish I knew where to still hunt them. Many states allow baiting for bears during the season. In Tennessee, they can bait but it has to be gone two weeks prior to when you hunt. There is no baiting on public land allowed.

I think your best bet is to hire a guide if your really want to kill one. You could wander for days in the mountains and never see a bear. What I think I would do is some aggressive scouting during the small game season. Perhaps then I would do two things 1) I would use my predator call if I were in an area with sign. What do I have to lose? 2) I've heard of this, but not sure of the legality. I've heard of guys warming up honey on a small stove as an attractant. Since you aren't putting it out for "bait". I just don't know. I would for certain call the local TWRA agent before I tried it.
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Re: Tn Bear?

Postby redheadshooter » Mon Jun 22, 2020 2:19 pm

I was turkey hunting on the east side of the state one day in a bear zone and saw 5 bears. 2 boars (I assume by the look) and 1 sal with 3 cubs, and was done hunting by 11 am. With that being said, I never went back to check it out during bear season considering I live within 10 miles of the Mississippi river!
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Re: Tn Bear?

Postby CATCHDAWG » Mon Jun 22, 2020 4:29 pm

Atchman2 wrote:I wish I knew where to still hunt them. Many states allow baiting for bears during the season. In Tennessee, they can bait but it has to be gone two weeks prior to when you hunt. There is no baiting on public land allowed.

I think your best bet is to hire a guide if your really want to kill one. You could wander for days in the mountains and never see a bear. What I think I would do is some aggressive scouting during the small game season. Perhaps then I would do two things 1) I would use my predator call if I were in an area with sign. What do I have to lose? 2) I've heard of this, but not sure of the legality. I've heard of guys warming up honey on a small stove as an attractant. Since you aren't putting it out for "bait". I just don't know. I would for certain call the local TWRA agent before I tried it.

The honey is a no-go because it is food/bait. As far as the predator call, while hunting coyotes in the small game season, I’ve had a few bears come to a call and each time I was using a piglet in distress sound. Never had one come in to any other sound.
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Re: Tn Bear?

Postby Stykbow » Mon Jun 22, 2020 4:59 pm

I hired a guide to bear hunt once...once! I’d have done as well to burn my money and go on my own. I’m not saying that there aren’t some good ones, I’m just saying do some serious research before you hire one.


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Re: Tn Bear?

Postby Atchman2 » Mon Jun 22, 2020 9:55 pm

CATCHDAWG wrote:
Atchman2 wrote:I wish I knew where to still hunt them. Many states allow baiting for bears during the season. In Tennessee, they can bait but it has to be gone two weeks prior to when you hunt. There is no baiting on public land allowed.

I think your best bet is to hire a guide if your really want to kill one. You could wander for days in the mountains and never see a bear. What I think I would do is some aggressive scouting during the small game season. Perhaps then I would do two things 1) I would use my predator call if I were in an area with sign. What do I have to lose? 2) I've heard of this, but not sure of the legality. I've heard of guys warming up honey on a small stove as an attractant. Since you aren't putting it out for "bait". I just don't know. I would for certain call the local TWRA agent before I tried it.

The honey is a no-go because it is food/bait. As far as the predator call, while hunting coyotes in the small game season, I’ve had a few bears come to a call and each time I was using a piglet in distress sound. Never had one come in to any other sound.
Well since I am not using it as "bait". I just want it for scent. No reason to "poke the warden" though.

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Re: Tn Bear?

Postby Atchman2 » Mon Jun 22, 2020 9:57 pm

Guess what was on my game camera today?
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Re: Tn Bear?

Postby timberjack86 » Sun Jun 28, 2020 3:48 pm

Hopefully you can tag him this fall. There's no better wild game meat imo.
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Re: Tn Bear?

Postby 'borohunter » Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:35 am

Nice - keeps the hope alive for sure
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Re: Tn Bear?

Postby rmmonty32 » Tue Jul 28, 2020 11:31 pm

Im just gonna hunt next to my trash cans this season. JK

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Re: Tn Bear?

Postby 41Magnum » Fri Jul 31, 2020 7:59 am

Got several pics of this critter. He’s a frequent flyer through this area as well as several other bear. Hope to put a tag on him this fall.
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Re: Tn Bear?

Postby 2in1shot » Fri Jul 31, 2020 4:36 pm

Healthy!
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Re: Tn Bear?

Postby timberjack86 » Wed Aug 05, 2020 7:10 pm

This one ain't huge but he's legal. Hope he sticks around till now season.
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Re: Tn Bear?

Postby 'borohunter » Thu Aug 06, 2020 2:44 pm

Nice
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Re: Tn Bear?

Postby waynesworld » Thu Aug 06, 2020 3:55 pm

So have a question for those out east around Sevierville, is there some public land that you can hunt deer and have chances to get a bear?
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Re: Tn Bear?

Postby rmmonty32 » Thu Aug 06, 2020 7:20 pm

waynesworld wrote:So have a question for those out east around Sevierville, is there some public land that you can hunt deer and have chances to get a bear?
North Cherokee wma is going to be closest to Sevierville but i wouldn't call it close. You would have to check the regs on that wma. I know on South Cherokee bear and deer hunting do not coincide.

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