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If you bust a bear feeding and run it off do you sit and wait in a good vantage point of the feed trees imediately or get out and sneak back in the next day?
Your question reminded me of a hunt i had where i had a similar experience to what you describe in your question.
A few years ago on the NF, i had to search high and low, but finally found a few red oaks that were producing. There was maybe a double handful on the ground, and those trees limbs had been freshly lapped.

On my first afternoon hunt there, i was looking for a tree to climb when I saw a nice bear sitting on his butt like a dog watching me. He wasnt 20 yards away. It actually startled me because i wasnt expecting that. As soon as i made eye contact he ran off.

I found the best tree and climbed up about 12 feet or so. That bear came back about 10 minutes later and I gigged him. Interestingly, he was absolutely full of copperplated shotgun pellets, and had been shot in one of his hams twice with what i guessed to be a 22. He didnt have an ounce of fat on him and still weighed nearly 200 pounds.

Over the years, ive had them come back. Ive had them tear down the mountainside running away never to be seen again, and ive had them stand up and pop their jaws at me and stand their ground during turkey season (just once-and I backed off slowly and left). Theres no right or wrong answer to your question because you never know. If the bear was in the area you were going to hunt anyway id still set up and hunt.
 
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Regarding the pellets and the .22 cal.bullets it's a shame how many bears carry lead like that around. There are a lot of bear haters out there who want their deer back and dont care how they get them back. The bears need thinning down considerably but it's absolutely wrong to make them suffer after being shot with an illegal weapon, illegally. Great post Buckman.
 
Thanks for the reply I really appreciate the info. Do bears circle downwind of hunters in a predictable fashion like whitetails do if you catch them out and about and they see the hunter first? and how close have you had one let you get when they are bedded down and you had a Favorable wind?
 
Thanks for the reply I really appreciate the info., Do bears circle downwind of hunters in a predictable fashion like whitetails do if you catch them out and about and how close have had one let you get when they are bedded down and you have a. Favorable wind?
 
Thanks for the reply I really appreciate the info., Do bears circle downwind of hunters in a predictable fashion like whitetails do if you catch them out and about and how close have had one let you get when they are bedded down and you have a. Favorable wind?
I believe any big game that senses something's there but not sure of what it is may try to circle you to get your wind
 
If you bust a bear feeding and run it off do you sit and wait in a good vantage point of the feed trees imediately or get out and sneak back in the next day?
I busted my bear on opening morning last year around 8:10 in the morning as it came up a trail from a watering hole towards some dropping white oaks. I didn't hear it run far, found the trail it had taken, and backed off of it about 20 yards and sat. I figured it would still come back for the oaks it was heading towards. 5 hours later, just after 1pm, it showed back up. I was lucky with a 15 yard shot.
Every situation is different. I've busted bear that never looked back and never stopped running upon smelling me.
 
Anyone going up Cohutta watch the roads. The south side road 68 going up from the check station has gotten washed out pretty good, lots of bigger and SHARP rocks exposed. Road 17 down from lake conasauga to mill creek is being graded/ scraped to fix the same issue, so watch out for some heavy equipment. We got stuck behind a tractor for about a mile before we could get safely around it. Glad to see them trying to improve the roads before season.
 
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