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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:40 am 
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Stills and a video of bears out back -- https://forestandfield.blogspot.com/

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:09 am 
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Stills and a video of bears out back -- https://forestandfield.blogspot.com/
. Great pics and awesome video...I really enjoy getting and seeing bear pics and repairing an occasional damaged camera is worth it to me!


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The primal friendships that we establish with our regular visitors is something that we don't often talk about here. Many things come to mind when we think about all of the positive benefits of camera trapping. The comforting feeling we get from seeing our regular friends from time to time is one of the finer ones. My backyard Deer have got to be some of my favourite visitors.

I'm curious Woody, do you keep a camera trapping journal of all of your observations over the years?

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:44 am 
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He sure did a thorough job of scoping the place out for food, and that 2015 bear was a real bruiser.


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that 2015 bear was a real bruiser

I'm almost positive it was the same bear from 2005 until 2016; the 2013 photo was a good profile of his full self; I'm thinking he was about 500 pounds then, maybe more. We've had black bears over 600 pounds in the county. In 2016 a bear in excess of 600 pounds (not sure how much in excess) was shot within five miles as the crow flies, maybe closer, so I figure it was the big guy. That may well be why no bear appeared in 2017 and now the bear in the video has occupied the vacated territory.

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do you keep a camera trapping journal of all of your observations over the years?

I file the photos (not all, just the ones I think are work saving) by year and camera trap location and keep a log of set locations, which camera is where, the dates each camera has been put out and pulled, the dates each individual camera's batteries and cards were changed and the species photographed (and whether any individual animal or bird has something distinguishing -- piebald, injury, etc.).

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Hello Woody, I appreciate your efforts with your blog and telling the story!

What is the bear eating in front of the camera in the YouTube video at 1:12? Hopefully it is a completely natural source of food as bears are so susceptible of becoming habituated to food that humans put out. I'm guessing it was simply coincidence that it was eating some natural food source in front of your camera.

Although I am an avid bowhunter since 1976, I've never been supportive of baiting wildlife for hunting purposes, especially with bears. Baiting bears should be banned along with food plots for deer and other animals. We should do whatever we can to ensure wild animals remain wild. Feeding them moves the ball in the other direction. An habituated bear is a dead bear around here.

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What is the bear eating in front of the camera

I'm not sure what it was eating, there's a small ant nest in front of the camera and a handful of old rails from a split-rail fence. It may have been eating ant pupae or something from among the rails -- insects, salamander ???? -- or grazing on the grass that grows in the open area. Our black bears frequently graze in the spring; in 2009 I photographed a female and her year-old triplet cubs avidly grazing in a field. They did that for quite some time; as near as I could tell, all they ate was grass not any of the forbs that also grew in the field.

Yes, a habituated bear is a dead bear either from hunting or because it's a deemed a nuisance bear.

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That's good news. I knew you wouldn't be baiting bears with food. Shooting a baited bear from a treestand is about as sporting as hitting a deer with your bumper. Plus it puts every bear that becomes habituated at risk of getting into more trouble. I'm surprised baiting of bears hasn't been outlawed a long time ago. As hunters we are shooting ourselves in the foot for allowing this to continue.

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Feeding bears has been illegal in Pennsylvania for a few years and baiting for hunting any species has been outlawed for many years. Baiting flies in the face of the entire concept of "fair chase" hunting and certainly gives ammo to anti-hunters (pardon the pun).

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Your posts are always most interesting Woody.


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