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    How far from town to avoid garbage bears?

    I was thinking of trying for a black bear this spring and I was wondering how far from town should I be to avoid garbage bears? Im not sure how far they roam and travel looking for food.

    Thanks

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    Re: How far from town to avoid garbage bears?

    Geeze that's a good question. I shot a bear a couple seasons ago on my way home from a trip that was probably 10-15km from a dump. Zero issues with eating him. That being said I would venture as far back as possible. Who wants to hunt so close to town anyway.

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    Re: How far from town to avoid garbage bears?

    Quote Originally Posted by whitlers View Post
    Geeze that's a good question. I shot a bear a couple seasons ago on my way home from a trip that was probably 10-15km from a dump. Zero issues with eating him. That being said I would venture as far back as possible. Who wants to hunt so close to town anyway.
    Personally I try at all times to be 30 to 40 km from any habitations.. probably excessive but why take the chance I figure. Colder spring in the loops this year I have a hunch the season will get rolling a bit late this year unless we see a substantial warm up.
    You can crap in one hand and wish in the other and see which one fills up first

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    Re: How far from town to avoid garbage bears?

    If they're not in your garbage, shoot them.

    In fact, if they are in your garbage, shoot them.

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    Re: How far from town to avoid garbage bears?

    i normally spot them from the porch in the spring...

    then use the tractor to move them lol.

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    Re: How far from town to avoid garbage bears?

    any areas that deer will be fawning is where you want to hunt bears...two birds one bullet.

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    Re: How far from town to avoid garbage bears?

    These days, Is there even a dump or landfill that bears can get into
    Likely there is more garbage and diapers around a typical campsite
    Never say 'whoa' in the middle of a mud hole.

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    Re: How far from town to avoid garbage bears?

    How much time and gas do you have? Go half that far (so you can also come back!)
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    Re: How far from town to avoid garbage bears?

    Quote Originally Posted by bytal View Post
    I was thinking of trying for a black bear this spring and I was wondering how far from town should I be to avoid garbage bears? Im not sure how far they roam and travel looking for food.

    Thanks
    Would the distance from home, not depend on where you live? If you live in Vancouver, you need to get a fair distance out before thinking about hunting. If you live somewhere else in BC, 30 minutes from town is excellent hunting. Where do you live?

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    Re: How far from town to avoid garbage bears?

    I think those days are pretty well gone now. Most towns have electric fencing around the dump.

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