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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-27-2012, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
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Bear Habitat Forrest County

This will be my second year hunting for bear. We have a camp northeast of Marienville in Forrest County. Can anybody from that area give me some insight as to what type of habitat/cover you try to find when you're scouting? Last year my Dad and a friend went scouting before bear season to see what we could find. Being new to it, we were generally looking for spots where food, water, and thick cover all came together. We found an area that was mostly beech with some cherry mixed in next to some large thick areas of pine with creeks running through. Couldn't find any oak stands in the 8 hours we scouted. In general for that area, what else should we be looking to find when we go scouting there next week?
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Re: Bear Habitat Forrest County

MOUNTAIN LAUREL!!!! Find it and the bear will be in it. You gotta get some stands up in it so you can see down into it.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-28-2012, 01:36 AM
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Re: Bear Habitat Forrest County

Find the thickest cover you can such as laurel, rhododendron and clearcuts. The folks at the USFS (Allegheny National Forest) will be able to tell you, or better yet show you, on maps the clearcuts and how old they are. Someone else may be able to chime in on this but I would guess that cuts that are 3-15 years old are best. Younger cuts may not be grown up enough with brush yet and older cuts tend to have more mature trees and less brush.

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Re: Bear Habitat Forrest County

forgot the food and water sources...bear hunting is all about pushing the bears out of cover..
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