Bear Season Is Upon Us!
© 2017 Brent Reece
If you are a hunter in Maine then you know what time it is for all of us bear hunters.
IT’S BAIT RUNNING TIME!
This the time of year we set out the barrels and start hauling al manner of foods to the woods to draw in all the bears. I know guys who swear by Old Roy and bacon grease. I know others who have a pipeline from JJ Nissen or Country Kitchen. Others still who have connections at Little Debbie or Hershey to get other sweets.
All over the Map from Allagash to Jackman……..Monticello to Patten and Kittery to Fort Kent the bear hunters are a field. Logging in long hours establishing new bait sites and filling old ones. Setting trail cams so you can see the age and maturity of all the bears and when they come to the bait.
This is not some accidental sighting but a carefully calculated endeavor to put the right bear in the right place at the right time. These bears are being fed and finessed into putting aside their fear to offer a hunter the chance to take a bear cleanly and humanely. Not ”jump shot” in an accidental encounter with the elusive critters.
Every effort is made to present the bear to the hunter in the best way to insure harvest and a very humane one.
Well some will say that bear baiting is not very “sporting”.
HUNTING IS NOT A SPORT!
It’s a lifestyle….and a culture all it’s own.
When someone is said to have “made sport of” something or someone they are insulting or are demeaning that person or activity.
Hunting is far too important to be addressed by such terminology.
Sportsman is a term for someone who does something with high moral standard and ethics. So having great Sportsmanship while hunting is not to belittle the endeavor but to raise it up to a better standard. What better standard can there be then to honestly accept that bear baiting is the best and most humane of all the methods we use today!
Therefore it is in fact the SPORTSMAN’S Choice for ethical hunting of bears.
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