I have had a surprised at how often I get hit up about doing a fall bear hunting podcast. I do not know if it is because bear hunting is becoming more popular or if people are looking for more opportunities to hunt what they have available. Either way, it was a great opportunity to chat about something other than elk and deer which seems to encompass my world this time of year. Clay Newcomb is the owner and head of Bear Hunting Magazine. Interestingly, Clay is from the south, which is not where I would have guessed such an avid bear hunter would emerge. I had a great time chatting with Clay and it is easy to tell he is passionate about bear hunting. In this episode, we dive into all kinds of hunting stories and how to’s on hunting bears, and much of it a lot of it boils down to locating and understanding the primary food sources which Clay has some great insights on. Good luck to all of you looking to fill the freezer on a big black bear this fall.
This episode is brought to you by GoWild the ultimate app for hunting, fishing and the outdoors. We Actually just had Brad and John from goWild on the show and had a blast getting to know those guys and getting a behind the scenes look at why they built the app and some of the really cool features within the app. The GoWild app has a ton of cool features but one of the coolest features is the proprietary new scoring system that allows you to enter in your trophies and be scored on much more than just the inches of antler. Their scoring algorithm takes into consideration things like the weapon used, distance of the shot, public or private land. This gives you the ability to compete with your buddies even if he shot his buck with a bow and you shot yours with a rifle. The app also allows you to log time for things like hours scouted, or checking trail cameras. The team over at goWild understands that it’s more than just how many inches of horn a buck has, it is about the whole experience. Go check out the episode we and then go download the app. Its free and the best part is they do a ton of gear giveaways all the time!
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Clay Newcomb of “Bear Hunting” Magazine – 05:38
NJ Bans Bear Hunting on State Lands – 08:54
The Direction of Future Bear Hunting – 19:35
Differences in Bear Hunting Seasons – 25:08
The Bear-Necessities – 28:17
Bear Sign Everywhere, What Now? – 37:34
Denning & Hibernation – 43:06
Distribution & Giant Freak Bears – 45:35
Clay’s Favorite Bear Land & Tactics – 50:45
Clay’s Weekly Videos Online & Magazine – 1:00:45