Early bear season is having beneath way in components of New York. This consists of a season that runs from Sept. 7-22 in components of Regions three and four in southeastern New York, as properly as the classic early season in Regions five and six that starts on Sept.14 and continues on into the early muzzleloading and typical major game season in the Northern Zone.
As New York Outside News recently reported, locating bears this season could prove difficult for hunters. As opposed to final year, there is a lot of meals in the woods for bears and hence the bruins are scattered about and could be anyplace. Bears are travelers, as well. Radio-collared bears have been recorded traveling 50 miles or extra.
But when a bear keys in on a strong meals supply, they could stick about awhile. Consequently, bear hunters this year will be focusing on mast crops like acorns, beechnuts and black cherry. I can attest that in the Adirondack area we’re hunting at a strong acorn crop. That will advantage the deer herd as properly, but will also make it really hard for hunters to pinpoint whitetails.
1 meals supply bears essential in on is beechnuts. I’ve been in the woods adequate this summer time to say there are a lot of acorns, but I haven’t discovered any beechnuts however. I have spoken to some hunters who have and if you are a single of them and come about to be a bear hunter, then you have got a hunting spot that is as superior as any.
Black cherry is an additional crop bears are drawn to. I’ve deer hunted really a bit out of my brother’s camp in the Northern Adirondacks exactly where I’ve had encounters with black bears and discovered their scat complete of black cherry in years when that crop mass produces.
I’m not a great deal of bear hunter. But if I have been, there are a couple of techniques I’d employ. 1st, I’d speak to the pros such as forest rangers and biologists who have been in the field and know exactly where bears frequent. 1 buddy of mine who is an ecologist for a land preservation organization tells me he consistently sees black bears in particular places of the lands he’s accountable for.
I come about to hunt some of these lands. Dens are discovered consistently right here in truth, I’ve walked up on them myself. And so is scat. So there are locations that basically hold bears year soon after year and thus will have to have a constant meals supply.
In the Adirondacks, a single of these locations is the Higher Peaks area, exactly where hikers and campers continuously encounter bears. The bear-human conflicts are not as higher as they have been final year when meals was scarce and bears regarded a peanut butter sandwich to be dietary staple. But bears regularly roam this area. The hunter just has to determine if a lengthy drag and dealing with the non-hunting hiking neighborhood is worth it. I know for a truth that for some devoted bear hunters, it is.
Great year, or poor year, there are bear hunters out there who will not miss the early season. If you are a single of them, superior luck to you.