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Old 08-13-2019, 09:59 AM   #1
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Well, it's official! I'm going to be hunting the bow opener in Arkansas (Zone 1) in hopes of finally bagging my bruin and accomplishing a bucket list archery harvest that's been a dream for years now.

I was graciously given access to 20 acres of land that butts up to the Ozark National Forest, and since it's private property, baiting is legal. I'll be making a scouting trip up there in mid-September to make sure the stands are solid, and load up the bait barrels with goodies. Then I'll return two days before season opens, rebait the barrels, check the cams, and relax before the hunt begins!

Since you can't bait in the National Forest, this spot is an absolute bear goldmine, and the landowner told me that almost every hunter (he and his buddies, in past years) have always got their bear on opening weekend, since there is such an abundance of them up there.

I'll be bringing my cameras and filming the hunt, as well as hopefully taking lots of great LDP's!

Any advice for a first time bear hunter in this state?
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Old 08-13-2019, 10:01 AM   #2
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Don't leave your picnic basket laying around. Seriously though, good luck. Can't wait to see what you get.
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Old 08-13-2019, 10:05 AM   #3
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Congrats! I'm excited for you!
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Old 08-13-2019, 10:10 AM   #4
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Best of luck
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Old 08-13-2019, 10:13 AM   #5
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Good Luck! I've tried for them a couple of times, and it seems that the first weekend is really the time. I've had one spot that had a bear on it like clockwork every single day for weeks, and then switch schedules a couple days after the opener. Your plan sounds great, I've got high hopes for you.
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Old 08-13-2019, 10:21 AM   #6
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Good Luck! I've tried for them a couple of times, and it seems that the first weekend is really the time. I've had one spot that had a bear on it like clockwork every single day for weeks, and then switch schedules a couple days after the opener. Your plan sounds great, I've got high hopes for you.
From what I've been told, success is intimately tied to the fall of the hard mast. When the acorns drop, the bears just camp under a tree and eat, eat, eat - and then have zero interest in hitting bait barrels. So if that starts happening just before season, then the hunting supposedly gets a LOT more difficult.
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Old 08-13-2019, 11:07 AM   #7
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Just pray the acorns donít start falling before opening day! If they do, the Arkansas bears will completely desert the baits!!!! Been there, done that!

Good luck!!!!!

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Old 08-13-2019, 11:37 AM   #8
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Good luck man. My insurance agent has a place up there and he's constantly sending me pics of all the bears in his yard. He said they are the biggest nuisance in the world.
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Old 08-13-2019, 01:56 PM   #9
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Hopefully you’ll get you one! What county are you hunting?
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Old 08-13-2019, 01:59 PM   #10
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Sneaky is a master at baitin' so I know he'll seal the deal!!

Just make sure you clean up all the acorns in a 5 mile radius and you'll be gtg
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Old 08-13-2019, 05:47 PM   #11
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I hunted 3 years ago just outside of Mulberry and got my first bear on the first weekend. A lot of bears in this area and like you, I was sitting about 20 yds from the Nat'l. Forest line and my Boar was still on Doughnuts and cookies.

Best of luck to you.

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