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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-15-2019, 02:10 PM Thread Starter
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Bear food sources

A farm that I hunt has corn and soybeans. I had pictures and have seen 2-3 bears as of last weekend. Early this week the corn was cut. This was the last cornfield within 2-3 miles to be cut. Do you think the bears will stay in the area with no corn and several fields of soybeans?
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-15-2019, 07:11 PM
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don`t know if they eat soybeans ,check to se if there is any acorns nearby . if not they might move on unless they stay around for the soybeans
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This is a good question, from what I have seen over the years is if there is food within 2 to 3 Miles of good bear bedding habitat they Will come to it because that's where there hiding spot is, we have killed 2 bears out of clear cut one time that were full of corn and the closest Field was just a little over 2 miles away..
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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-15-2019, 09:19 PM
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I'd look for one of those PGC culvert traps with the donuts inside.
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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-16-2019, 07:36 AM
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Very new to bear hunting. This was helpful to me. What is the normal food types for bears in the big woods not near farm fields? Thanks
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post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-16-2019, 08:38 AM
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Acorns, beechnuts we've killed them full of autumn olive also but they love corn Fields this time of year. get out and scout that's the best thing you can do.
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Bobdoo, when I was new to bear hunting I had a million questions that no one would answer, I will try and help out as much as I can..
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If hunting solely in big woods far removed from farmland....look for nut crops as mentioned.
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Reclaimed strip mines from years ago planted with Autumn Olive will attract and hold bears most often in the fall.
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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-16-2019, 02:09 PM
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They will definitely still come to the cut corn but it may be a little more nocturnal without the cover of the standing corn.
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