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Hunting bears : the ultimate guide to hunting black, brown, grizzly, and polar bears
Etling, Kathy, 1945-
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New York : Skyhorse Publishing, 2013.
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x, 180 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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For most hunters in North America, taking a bear is incidental to hunting deer. For others, however, challenging a big bruin on its own turf is the purpose of their hunt and may become an obsession. Whether it involves hunting the wary black bear in Maine over bait, chasing a clever black bear trying to avoid a pack of hounds in the Rocky Mountains, sneaking up with a bow on a huge grizzly, placing the crosshairs on a massive brown bear as it exits an ice-cold Alaskan stream, or enduring bitterly cold temperatures and inhospitable hunting conditions while hunting the hunter--the great white polar bear--bear hunting is an adventure only for those of strong heart and mind.

In Hunting Bears , Etling covers all aspects of bear hunting and all species of bears to hunt--black, grizzly, brown, and polar. She omits no tactic, strategy, or bear behavior and includes interviews with many of the nation's most successful bear hunters as well. Between the covers of this book is information that most bear hunters would take a lifetime to amass.

If hunting any of the bears found in North America or the world is your dream, you'll want to add Hunting Bears to your outdoor library. It will provide you hours of first-rate reading and will inspire you to bag your trophy bruin.

Author Notes

Kathy Etling is an accomplished author and seasoned trophy deer hunter. She has written many bestselling books and was awarded the prestigious William Vogt Award and the Apogee Award from Western Outdoor Writers, plus numerous awards from the Outdoor Writers Association of America. She has served as field editor for Buckmasters Whitetail Magazine, Petersen's Bowhunting Magazine, Sports Afield, and the NBA's American Hunter and Free Hunter magazines. A member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association, she resides in Osage Beach, Missouri.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vi
Introduction: The Spirit Bearp. ix
Chapter 1 All About Bearsp. 1
Chapter 2 Black Bearsp. 7
Chapter 3 Black Bear Behavior and Signp. 17
Chapter 4 Baiting Black Bearsp. 21
Chapter 5 Hound Huntingp. 31
Chapter 6 Spot-and-Stalk Huntingp. 37
Chapter 7 Calling Black Bearsp. 43
Chapter 8 State Bear Hunting Regulationsp. 49
Chapter 9 The State of Brown Bears and Grizzlies Worldwidep. 53
Chapter 10 Hunting Grizzly Bearsp. 63
Chapter 11 Hunting Brown Bearsp. 75
Chapter 12 Polar Bear Natural Historyp. 89
Chapter 13 Hunting Polar Bearsp. 91
Chapter 14 Big Bores for Dangerous Bearsp. 99
Chapter 15 Bowhunting Bearsp. 115
Chapter 16 Making the Shotp. 121
Chapter 17 Do-It-Yourself Hunts and Packing for a Bear Huntp. 123
Chapter 18 Fly-In Bear Hunts and Boat Chartersp. 129
Chapter 19 Choosing an Outfitter or Guidep. 135
Chapter 20 Taking Firearms into Canadap. 139
Chapter 21 Trophy Bearsp. 141
Chapter 22 Preparing Your Bear for the Taxidermistp. 145
Chapter 23 Hunting Licenses, Tags, and Regulationsp. 149
Chapter 24 Staying Safe in Bear Countryp. 155
Chapter 25 From Field to Table-All About Bear Meatp. 163
Chapter 26 Status of Bears throughout the Worldp. 171
Chapter 27 Threats to Bearsp. 173
Appendix: Bear Score Sheetp. 179