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Old 10-13-2014, 07:36 PM   #1
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bear hunt....please help

Hello all
Ive been wanting to hunt bears in the adirondack for years and next year my wish is coming true. A long time hunting friend and i are planning a trip next september to archery hunt in the beautiful Adirondack and desperately need advice on where to go. We would like to hike in a minimum of 5 miles to get away from the crowd. We are in great shape and have no problem hiking miles and miles at a time. We would also like to take advantage of some trout fishing while we are there, either rivers, lakes, or ponds. We went camping there about 8 years ago and heard a lot of talk about spruce lake, but since then I've heard the population for that lake has grown and we are not interested in seeing anybody while we are out there. We plan to be out there for 5-7 days and we are looking into the high peak area.
We are conservation conscious and believe in pack out what you pack in and will leave our camp in the same condition, if not better, than it was before we got there.
please help with anything you can offer for us to have a successful hunt and fish trip.

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Old 10-13-2014, 07:47 PM   #2
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I believe the high peaks area would be about the worst place to go to avoid people. Spruce lake is a faily popular spot to. Id suggest looking into the west canada wilderness or the five pond wilderness. Although I think staying for that length of time anywhere you go your going to see someone.
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Old 10-13-2014, 09:45 PM   #3
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thank you brookie hunter,
Would you have any suggested trail heads to start? Also is there a high bear population in those regions? What about trout fishing, rivers, lakes, or ponds?

thanks for any info
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Old 10-13-2014, 10:23 PM   #4
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thank you brookie hunter,
Would you have any suggested trail heads to start? Also is there a high bear population in those regions? What about trout fishing, rivers, lakes, or ponds?

thanks for any info

You're not likely to get any trout hot spots on a public forum. Bass/pike no problem.
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Old 10-13-2014, 10:41 PM   #5
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When you say bear hunt, do you mean a camping trip with archery equipment or do you mean you plan to take a bear?
If you do get a bear 5+ miles in the woods with only a rough trail or no trail at all, give some thought on how you plan to harvest the animal..
Depending on what game season you plan to hunt, conditions can vary greatly.
It's not unheard of to get a foot of snow in the park in late October - be flexible and have a plan B.

Generally speaking, the farther North and West you are in the park the fewer people you're likely to encounter miles into the woods.

If you have not looked at NYS DEC hunting info, check it out.
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Old 10-13-2014, 10:54 PM   #6
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I mean take a bear. There's two of us and in late September for the early bear season we are more than capable of humping a bear out and putting in on dry ice in game bags in a cooler. The hunt is our main objective and the camping and fishing is 2nd to that. We have good GPS navigation and plenty of time to plan a trip. We just don't know what region will give us the best chance at a successful hunt. Any information is greatly appreciated and I'm hoping this forum will give us plenty of suggestions.

Thanks for taking the time to reply to all.
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Old 10-16-2014, 03:58 PM   #7
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bear hunt....please help

I second either the Five Ponds, or West Canada Lake Wilderness areas. Both hold bear, trout, and have areas that are seldom visited by man.


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Old 10-18-2014, 12:17 AM   #8
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Thank you zach. I've gotten a lot of view and as you can see very little info. I really appreciate it
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Old 10-18-2014, 03:05 PM   #9
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Here's the NYS DEC's Bear management Plan:
http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/wildlife_...arplan2014.pdf

It has tons of data on bear populations, and even side-by-side maps of bear and human population densities, so you can try to maximize your chances of taking a bear while minimizing human contact.

Good hunting!
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Old 10-18-2014, 11:27 PM   #10
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Thank you so much. I'll definitely check it out
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Old 10-20-2014, 09:35 PM   #11
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Not in the high peaks area, although it has everything else you are looking for.
About 50 yards before the stream crossing (new bridge over Ravens Run), there is a trail that leads to a primitive campsite on the riverbank.
The trail to this point is wide enough to push a cart, which is helpful for carrying extra gear in a additional game out.
When the black cherries and/or beach nuts are plentiful bears won't be far away.
If nothing else, this is a nice secluded place to hang out for a few days. Take time to visit the fire tower.

Hope this helps.
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