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Old 11-06-2017, 10:49 PM
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Default Bears still moving in mid-late November?

My son and I are hitting some national forest during the week of Thanksgiving. Are bears typically still on their feet or are we just deer hunting?
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Old 11-07-2017, 07:04 AM
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I've seen several through the month of November. Weathers still warm and there still up looking for food.
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Old 11-07-2017, 07:53 AM
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I see Nov bears regularly, and depending on the weather, I see em well into Dec (especially males). I killed the one in my Avatar in mid December. Good luck.
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Old 11-07-2017, 10:57 AM
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I see Nov bears regularly, and depending on the weather, I see em well into Dec (especially males). I killed the one in my Avatar in mid December. Good luck.
Would they primarily be foraging for acorns during this time frame? I'll be in the N Ga woods Thanksgiving week too.
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Old 11-07-2017, 07:19 PM
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Bears don't hibernate in Georgia. About the only thing that does are reptiles and amphibians, and even they will come out on warm winter days.

I'm not sure if bears get less active when it is really cold, but I imagine they probably do.
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Old 11-07-2017, 08:47 PM
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From what I have read the bears in North GA become much less active as a result of food sources running out, as opposed to responding to colder temps. Physically bears are well equipped to handle very cold temps. It doesn’t get cold enough for long enough in GA to require hibernation, but once the acorns are gone it makes more sense for them to become inactive and conserve calories until the spring green up. There are likely a few city bears that have access to a year round food source and that is why there are some bears seen out and about all winter.

There was a good crop of Red Oak acorns in some areas this fall, so you will likely still be able to find bear in these areas until the mast is gone. Red oaks acorns require over a full year before they begin to germinate after they have been dropped, while white oaks will germinate and rot very fast. As a result, Reds can be eaten all year. So, if you can find a good late season stand of Reds it would be a great place to set up for deer, bear or hogs.
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Old 11-07-2017, 10:33 PM
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They are still moving I saw one Saturday morning and 3 yesterday evening. I was surprised to se them but with the warmer temps I guess there feeding more
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Old 11-08-2017, 11:17 AM
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Good info! All my spots are high benches or gaps with a mix of red and whites bordering laurel mountainsides. If bears arenít high Iíll be SOL unless I can catch a buck traveling.
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Old 11-08-2017, 01:09 PM
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One mistake that's commonly made about bears hibernating is that they do it because it gets too cold out. When the reason they actually hibernate is because a lack of food. That's why they fill up so much in the colder areas before winter, cause once the snow hits they have hardly any food. And since that is never the case in GA, they do not hibernate here. When winter sets in they might sleep for a couple days at a time because of there being less food, but they never go into complete hibernation. They will still be out and moving during the winter months, but just not as much
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Old 11-08-2017, 07:51 PM
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Had about a 300 lb at 15 yards this morning.Snuck in behind me and stopped behind a tree.I couldnt get an arrow in him before he got spooked.
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Old 11-09-2017, 09:12 PM
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I located one a couple weeks ago. Hunted him last weekend, and was right on top of him. Had him in range both days and couldn't get a shot. He is still on the white oaks. Got a date with him again this weekend! He is at 2,700'.
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Old 11-10-2017, 03:02 PM
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I located one a couple weeks ago. Hunted him last weekend, and was right on top of him. Had him in range both days and couldn't get a shot. He is still on the white oaks. Got a date with him again this weekend! He is at 2,700'.
Good luck on getting that bear!
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Old 11-12-2017, 03:55 AM
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I do not believe it gets cold enough most years in Georgia for bear to hibernate. In Twiggs county there is only one day to hunt bear and it is always in December.
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Old 12-05-2017, 12:47 PM
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Default Upcoming Cold Front

Will this cold weather have the bears moving or lounging...CNF?
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Old 12-05-2017, 02:08 PM
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Had two bears in my back yard two days ago, eating buck forage oats ,winter rye and clover. Both were about 125 lbs. each.
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Old 12-05-2017, 04:31 PM
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When I saw a bear last Sunday coming through the gap, it was about 35į that morning in Blairsville, and he came through at 10:57. It had warmed up significantly. You might do good to hang in there for a long sit, and hunt daylight until dark. Might bust a buck in the a.m., or a bear during the warmer part of the day.
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Old 12-05-2017, 06:11 PM
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I got one 2 saturdays ago and he wasnt tired at all! Ha, I know they slow down but Ive seen them when the temps were in the low teens. Still plenty to go around! Hope everybody kills a couple each!
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Thanks for the info. Will be a frigid couple of mornings this weekend. Will do my best to stay on stand...hope I'm not found froze to a tree like Hatchet Jack. Good luck to all!
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Spent the morning just south of Brasstown Bald. Snow was 12-14" deep in the old roadbed I walked. I came across a set of bear tracks leaving one laurel thicket headed into another.
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Old 12-09-2017, 08:53 PM
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How many sets of deer tracks did you cross?
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Old 12-09-2017, 09:21 PM
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How many sets of deer tracks did you cross?
I figure I walked in about a mile and a half to 2 miles. I saw the freshest track about 200 yards from the truck. I came across one more set, maybe the same deer. It was wandering. So 1, maybe 2 sets of tracks in about 2 miles. And a set of fox tracks.
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Old 12-11-2017, 10:55 AM
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My dad saw a set of bear tracks this weekend when we were hunting a few miles north of Brasstown Bald. They were on a south facing slope near a mountain laurel thicket.
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Old 12-11-2017, 02:29 PM
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I figure I walked in about a mile and a half to 2 miles. I saw the freshest track about 200 yards from the truck. I came across one more set, maybe the same deer. It was wandering. So 1, maybe 2 sets of tracks in about 2 miles. And a set of fox tracks.
We have way too many deer in the mountains haha
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