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  1. #1
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    Default 2018 Idaho Spring Bear

    A few years ago I got the hankering for a bear. Hunted Montana spring of 2015, stumbled on and brought home a smallish red bear. Spring 2016 hunted Idaho east of Hailey, saw nothing but a young wolf. Spring 2017 hunted the southeast side of area 49. saw one small sow. I read area 39 has lots of bears, but also a lot of competition, baiters, hounds, hunters, etc. I'm just looking for one more average bear (5'+-). Would like an area less pressured, but possibility of seeing more than one bear over a 5 day hunt. Any suggestions I'm in NE Nevada so looking mostly in the South Central Idaho Units, Spring, Spot and Stalk.
    If 39 is still my best bet any recommendations? I'm thinking above Arrowrock Res. I've also heard of pretty good bear population over around Anderson Ranch Res,, Pine Featherville.

  2. #2
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    Your expectations may be too great to be realistic. In any case, try hunting Units 36A, 37, 50 and 51 which offer some surprisingly good opportunities for both spring and fall bear hunting. Hunting earlier in the spring season may help to eliminate some of the competition from hound, bait and spot and stalk hunters. You may be pleasantly surprised at the number of bears you'll see once you become familiar with the terrain in these units.

  3. #3
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    Wow, my expectations too great to be realistic! When the main expectation is to see more than one bear during a 5 day hunt, with something being around a 5' bear. Competition from others will always be there, was just hoping to balance out pressure vs bear population. I appreciate your reply, I enjoy the hunt itself as much as anything, so I'll be going somewhere, enjoy being out and seeing new country, and hopefully at least see a bear.

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    I live in the area you thinking about. There are bears here. Being close to Boise, it is baited and hound hunted heavily. The farther you can get away from Boise in the unit, the better your odds of finding a bear. If you’re going to buy a license, you should apply for the bear draw this month.

  5. #5
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    The areas you mentioned all have bears, I think your expectations are realistic. If you are set on coming to Idaho to hunt bears buy your license now and apply for one of the controlled units for spring bears 39 has a lot of baiters and houndsman but I wouldn't let that be a deterrent the unit is HUGE and holds bears but just like anything you'll burn some boot leather and glassing time to find them best of luck.

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