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Black Bear Hunting Encyclopedia
Posted: May 2009
whitetail deer and turkey hunter and since moving
here to British Columbia eight years ago I have been thinking of taking
hunting as well. British Columbia has a bear population of over 170,000
makes it the bear capitol of North America. In recent years it has come
point that people can’t avoid running into bears sooner or
later in the big
cities and in rural communities.
I was given bear meat and surprisingly it tasted
very nice. I wanted more bear meat! But rather then having meat given
to me I
want to hunt it myself.
conservationist point of view bear hunting aids in
keeping the exploding bear population in a healthy balance with
way to be successful at bear hunting is to learn more
about bears and hunting tactics. I just happen to have read a good book
by someone who knows a thing or two about the subject. A fellow British
Columbian, Justin Ott, has just published a book called “The
Black Bear Hunting
Encyclopedia” and I was lucky to get a copy to review.
first unique impression about the book is that it
comes with a free complementary DVD that visualizes what’s
written in the book.
This is the first time I have seen a book/ DVD combination and I must
is a brilliant idea. Seeing is often very different from just reading
a greater understanding
DVD goes into great detail on how to field dress and
skin out a bear. Another segment that I liked very much is the
procedure of how to prepare and make your own European bear skull
two aspects alone make the DVD well worth having and it will be a great
for a hunter to refer back to time and again.
book covers everything a beginning bear hunter needs
to know and I am convinced that even advanced and veteran bear hunters
able to pick a few things up they have never known or need to be
In 13 chapters the book covers information about the black bear and
and then moves on to important things like where and how to find bears.
other chapters different hunting tactics are knowledgeably explained.
sections on hunting bears with rifles and archery equipment. Hunting
the ground, over bait, from treestands and stalking bears is all
book provides unbiased information on different gear
and products essential for bear hunters. There are even complete
equipment needed in a base camp, a bivouac camp or a day camp. There
lists specific to bow hunters and rifle hunters.
book even contains a chapter on how to take a
picture and ensure a lasting pleasant memory of the event. Another
provides information about taking care of the meat and how to store it
properly. There are even a few bear meat recipes included.
only small complaint I have about the DVD is that I
would have liked to see more footage on bear behaviour, the various
sources and bear sign. These things are very well covered in the book
pictures, but still it would be good to see it on video too.
Black Bear Hunting Encyclopedia is just that; an
encyclopedia, covering everything worth knowing about black bears and
hunting, richly illustrated with photos, lists and charts. Justin Ott
nothing out and he tells it all in an easy to understand language using
professional or hunter jargon only where it is absolutely necessary.
bear hunters will appreciate that very much. I know I did.
makes Justin Ott an expert on bear hunting? How about
shooting a bear for himself and then helping three other hunters
shooting bears all in one single day for starters. Justin eats, sleeps
and I am
sure dreams bear hunting. He started hunting bears a few years ago and
according to his own admission has been addicted to it ever since.
is a man that will go to extraordinary lengths- like renting an
airplane to fly
over a new hunting area to get a birds eye view of the land and
before he heads into the area on foot to scout it for weeks. The author
bears on foot and from treestands with rifle and bow and is so
successful at it
that he has been featured in several hunting magazines.
have been thinking of taking up black bear hunting
or have not quite had the success you wish then you need to read Justin
“The Black Bear Hunting Encyclopedia”. For more
information or to purchase the
book visit Black
going to apply some of the things I learned from the
book in this years spring bear hunting season and I am convinced it
will get me
a few giant steps closer to a black bear rug for our living room floor
fresh organic bear meat in the freezer.
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