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Old 01-11-2019, 2:20 PM
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Default How far north for Bears?

Being that I am in San Diego, how far up the state should I go to get into good bear country? I know there are some in LA County (Big Bear, Baldy ect...) but will that really be any good hunting or should I keep driving a few more hours to the southern sierras (or somewhere else) where there are higher densities?

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Old 01-11-2019, 2:40 PM
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Used to be plenty of bears in the Sierra north of Bakersfield. D-8 had tons of the vermin.
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Used to be plenty of bears in the Sierra north of Bakersfield. D-8 had tons of the vermin.
Yeah i was looking in those areas (D5 also). I am just trying to see if its worth driving 3hrs past angeles crest or not. I also dont know how big of a zoo big bear and the los angeles area is during deer season or not.
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I couldn't help you with the zoo part as I never hunted south of the Bakersfield, nothing there for me.
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Los Padres National Forest. Go north on Hwy 33, toward Pine Mountain Club, also west of 33 and north of Santa Barbara. Lots of bears there.
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Covelo or Marble Mountains. Loaded with bear
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Los Padres National Forest. Go north on Hwy 33, toward Pine Mountain Club, also west of 33 and north of Santa Barbara. Lots of bears there.
How's it during deer season? I just worry how busy it'll be with the huge LA population.


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How's it during deer season? I just worry how busy it'll be with the huge LA population.

Good to know! Thanks!
If you can walk about 2 miles off the road, you'll have the forest to yourself.
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Sierra and Nevada counties are full of bears.
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Bear season goes beyond Deer season, wait it out if its too busy. Calaveras used to have bears around, but its been years since I hunted Calif.

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I'll vouch for bears in the inner remote areas of LPNF. I've never hunted bear, but I've been seeing more and more of them the last couple of years when out looking for deer. I often see them when sitting and glassing, and while hiking to a spot had a run in not to long ago with a good sized one. (those are 11.5 EE boots, FWIW)



So this has me thinking more about possibly hunting bears (since I never seem to be able to find bucks in season...), but in researching the regulations, it sounds like a MAJOR PITA to deal with. To the point where it doesn't' seem worth the hassle.

I recall hearing that you have to keep the entire cape and head intact and deliver it to a a specific place in LA within a few days, but looking at the actual mammal hunting pamphlet, it just says that the skull must be presented to a wildlife office/officer within 10 days, and says nothing about the cape or having to go to a specific location... Presenting a head within 10 days doesn't seem too onerous, but hiking out an entire cape + head + meat from the places I've been seeing them would not be a fun endeavor...
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Lots of them in Angeles National Forest. Do a search on how many trophy bears have come from Wrightwood area.
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