Truth is Oregon is feeling impacts on it’s deer herds partially because of habitat, partially because of chronic waste disorder possibly it’s a cycle but certainly predators do their fair share of damage to the prey. Bears eat fawns when convenient and mountain lions are averaging a deer a week! Yes hunters kill some deer but a Hunter is a deer a year and a mountain lion is 50-60 a year! Shoot one cat and you have saved hundreds of deer. Coyotes are another big predator. Do us a favor if your going to hunt deer, elk and other game animals take it upon yourself to do your part and kill predators as well. Hunters are a valuable tool and we need to utilize and understand that.
I’ve killed a couple black bear in Oregon with my bow and both times I was using the same method. You have to find areas with lots of ripe berries once you’ve found the berries look for areas that are thrashed from bear!
Quietly sneak about on logging roads preferably ones that are gated but allowed to have walk in access. Try and keep wind in your favor and you know the old saying, you won’t kill any sitting at home. Get out and try it sooner or later you’ll have a black bruin in your sights or lack of if shooting instinctive like me.
If you want to have more fun in the woods bring a.625 hunting Blowgun like me shoot a couple ground squirrels or house sparrows, maybe a rattle snake
Photos of 2018 bear hunting southern Oregon with a bow. Massive 350+ lb bear 2″ diameter scat!
Tim Wells with relentless pursuit kills many big game animals with his blowgun. Lots of practice and lots of patience. Of course I had to buy a cold steel blowgun and it has taken over. They are a blast for unprotected species and just Target Shooting around home when you don’t have room for guns
What to buy
Cold Steel .625 Blowgun for big game hunting
For small game you can use the standard pointed Darts they run about $14 for 50
You can also buy the razor tip which is recommended for big game.
Lots of practice and soon you will be drilling tacks out to twenty yards. You can get the entire setup for under $50 with a good amount of starter Darts. Watch out it will take over your time!
Mtn Lion, Deer, or Elk they all taste amazing canned. Super tender, very flavorful, moist, succulent meat that will turn even the most picky of meat eaters. Not to mention no need for the second freezer keeps at room temperature for years. Put it in tacos soup, sandwiches, sloppy joes, pizza you name it! It’s a lot cheaper than having the butcher turn your kill into pepperoni sticks.
Cut meat into small one or two inch squares
Fill jars 1/2 to 2/3 full of meat then fill to top of meat with water
Add desired amount of seasoning quart jars I recommend 1 tblspoon of salt and one of pepper
Wipe seal with white vinegar, apple cider or alcohol
Place jars in canning pot on rack fill over canning jars with water.
Step 6 place lid on pot and start heating but leave pressure valve open.
Once valve that is open starts steaming close valve and build pressure to 10 psi if 1000 feet of elevation or lower and 15 psi if over 1000 feet.
Small canning jars 60 minutes.
Large jars 90 minutes
Closely monitor pressure and maintain the correct psi
Once time is up shut off heat and open steam valve. If done correctly pull cans out set on counter and you will hear them pop which is the sealing and means you’ve done well!
Yes black bear are doing well between spring and fall season you can shoot three a year with proper tags. Respect the beast but hunt them. If your going to deer and elk hunt keep predators in check as well it’s your obligation as a Hunter.
Private timber land and clear cuts. Find berries and you’ll find bears hunt August through September over berries other than that your going to have a hard time finding one. If you can find some place that’s gated and needs to be hiked into it’s usually less pressure and more likely to have good bear. You’ll know they’re in there they tear the berries up.
Late summer 2018 I sat over a small three year old clear cut waiting for a hungry black bear to go after the tasty berries popping off in the open section of Forest. Wind was perfect time was passing quickly and before long I noticed an animal over 6′ long creeping about 120 yards away. He was going after ground squirrels, probably hungry because he killed most of the deer around him. I wasn’t going to pass the opportunity. Soon the bark of a 155 grain bullet whizzing from a new .308 Howa barrel blew through both of the big Tom cats lungs, it wouldn’t be long now and sure enough after a 40 yard struggle downhill the cat found the light.
You never know what your going to find but if the wind is good and small game is around you may Cross paths with this elusive predator. Hunt a lot and the opportunities will follow