If you are into the challenging adventure of bear hunting, you must know your hunting dogs. These hunting dogs vary in breed and type. The basic hunting breeds are : hounds, water dogs, and terriers. Whatever their breed or type, hunting dogs have been bred over the years to assist their owners in bringing home food for the family.
Different breeds of dogs have different sets of skills. For example, bear hunting dogs. Stamina is an important factor but not the primary skill here. It is highly important , yes, but the ability to pick up a scent and stay with it is more important in this case. In addition the ability to see exceptionally well all play a heavy part in making good bear-hunting dogs.
Hounds are popular bear-hunting dogs because of their superior stamina and sight & scent abilities. The Rhodesian Ridgeback (also known as the African Lion Hound) hunts large game such as bear, deer, elk, and moose. Other breeds used as hunting dogs for bears are the Plott hounds and the Walker hounds.
If you want to use bear traps, know that these traps and the use of bear hunting dogs has become controversial in certain areas, with strong animal protectionists. Trappers and hunters, not suprisingly, view this form of political control by such groups as a personal attack on their historical and traditional way of life. They say this is unnecessary chipping away at their individual rights.
These trappers and hunters argue that their method is a safe and effective way of killing bears. This is more so because large numbers of bears can threaten society and human populations. Noentheless, The Maine bill, Legislative Document 1635, bans recreational bear trapping in Maine. However, it allows the animals to be trapped for scientific research, animal damage control or public safety even though the traps are the same as what hunters use. This ban would remove the use of three types of bear hunting baits, hunting hounds, or traps.
If you want to go bear hunting, there are some popular areas such as Alaska, Colorado, Maine, Minnesta, Montana, New Mexico, and North Carolina. These offers professional guides and outfitters for the black bear, brown bear, and the grizzly bear. Professional outfitters can be a money saving option for you, especially if you are hunting big game. Check them out if you decide to go bear hunting in these areas.
Note that bear hunting licenses are required and some states require tags. A 5-day hunt usually cost around $ 1,250 for you and your hunting dogs.
Bear hunting is indeed a very lucrative buiness. Just look at Colorado . Hunting business are worth an estimated $ 180 million annually and risng.