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Top 3 Tips for Bear Hunting

Learn three bear hunting tips from big game hunter "Killer Keith" McDonald in this Howcast hunting video.

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Hello I am Keith McDonald, nick name Killer Keith and hunting my whole life, 45-50 years, deer hunting, bear hunting, moose hunting, turkey hunting, you name it, I have hunted it. I am a licensed Maine guide. I've hunted in Alaska. I've hunted in Canada. I've hunted in Newfoundland. I've been everywhere, everywhere I've hunted.
Bear hunting is big in Maine. Bear hunting is one of the biggest, biggest things. The guys in northern Maine really rely on the bear hunting because they can put bear baits out over 20 different spots, or 50 different spots. They can have 50 hunters, one on each bait. And so, they make more money that way. So, baiting bears is a great way of hunting bears. And there's a lot of controversy around it, where people say, well, that's terrible. I don't think that's ethical. You put bait out, bear comes in and feeds on the bait, and you feed him for a month. And then, a day later, he comes in, he's been doing this for a month, and you shoot him. Uh, that's not very nice, that's not fair. The bear doesn't have a chance. And I can understand that. And I just say, great, don't hunt bears, then. 'Cause you're not gonna get one if you don't do it. 'Cause I've hunted enough to know that you head up to northern Maine with your rifle. Gonna go deer hunt them. Not bear like deer. Hunt iii ridges, and stalk bears, you're not gonna get very many bears. You'll be lucky if you get one in a lifetime. So if you wanna be successful, you've gotta either bait them, or run them with hounds. Either one or the other, you gotta do it. And so, I think baiting's great. The one thing about baiting which is good, I think, is, you get to see the bear close in. And you get to look him over real good. And usually, if it's a sow with cubs. 'Cause you shoot a sow, a female bear, and say, it's got 2 or 3 cubs, the cubs are gonna die if you shoot that mother. The cubs, likely, will not make it through the winter. So you just killed 4 bears. You, a lot of time, don't know. It's just, you can't tell a sow, you know, a male from a female bear, you can't tell. So, you're on a bait, watching a bait. Usually, the cubs come running in first. If the cubs can be so open, the mother's gotta be right here. So, it prepares you for that. Now, legally, you can shoot the sow. No law says you can't. Now we start getting into ethics again. Do you wanna shoot that mother bear, knowing that the baby bears are gonna die. I don't wanna. What allows you to do, though with baits, is to be very selective with the bear. It makes it a very close, easy shot, less chance of wounding the bear. So it's all good. I think baiting's great.

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