Today I am joined by the very accomplished Brian Barney of Eastman Elevated. Brian takes his hunting skills and preparation to a whole new level and has found success in every animal he chases because of it. When it comes to bears Brian not only gets it done year in and year out but does it on mature boars with archery tackle spot and stalk. In this episode Brian and I talk Spot and stock tactics for spring bear hunting. Last year Brian and I did a podcast on spring bear hunting and tactics we have both found over the years. Brian spends the bulk of his time hunting mountains in Montana and myself looking for bears in steep canyons of Eastern Oregon. There are a lot of similarities but also many differences.
Moving to Montana this year it was like starting from scratch and having no prior knowledge of units, areas, or even habits in a lot of ways. This has been both fun and frustrating having to start from ground zero. In doing so it has opened my eyes to a lot of questions that I think I have probably taken for granted in previous podcasts. In this episode, Brian and I discuss the struggles and process of even finding an area to begin with. and then breaking down things to look for. We also discuss timelines, best season dates, and how to maximize the efficiency of time. Oregon and Montana seem to have different best hunting dates with vastly different winters and springs. We also Talk tactics for spot and stalk bears for both rifle and bow hunting. Brain Barney is a wealth of information on spring bear hunting and I think we could talk for hours on the subject. I Always learn more than a few things when I chat with Brain.
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Welcome Back Brian Barney – Start
Weather & Bear Behavior – 8:42
Ideal Time of Day & Conditions – 18:47
Scouting Tips & what to Look For – 26:46
A Couple Fun Bear Stories – 40:31
Wind, Thermals, & Bow Hunting – 43:26
Bear Eyesight & Detecting Movement – 52:56
Late Season Tactics – 58:45
Advice for Judging a Bears Size – 1:03:07
A Boar Over a Sow, Or…? – 1:12:55
Info: Brian’s Podcast & Online Presence – 1:19:25
Book Suggestion on Thermals, Wind, Predators & Prey – Mentioned @ 50:23
Predator-Prey Dynamics: The Role of Olfaction – by Michael J. Conover
This book examines the physics of airflow, environmental & behavioral elements of predators and prey, survival dynamics, and how predators use olfaction detect, locate, and track their prey using odor.