Dr. Ken Nordberg's
do-it-yourself Black Bear Baiting & Hunting,
1st Edition

Dr. Ken Nordberg's do-it-yourself Black Bear Baiting & Hunting, 1st Edition Front Cover

Dr. Ken Nordberg's do-it-yourself Black Bear Baiting & Hunting, 1st Edition Back Cover

Title: do-it-yourself Black Bear Baiting & Hunting, 1st Edition

Availability: Out of Print

First Copyright Date & Printing: 1990


Do-It-Yourself Black Bear Baiting & Hunting, Original 1990 Edition: a guide to hunting trophy-class black bears. Dr. Nordberg's original bear book published in 1990. Awarded a five-star rating by Amazon, it is used by state hunter education instructors, professional guides, experienced bear hunters and first-time bear hunters throughout North America. It has enabled countless hunters to take trophy-class black bears weighing 300–600 pounds or more. John Nordberg — Look carefully at the cover illustration. Notice the angle of the hunter to the bear. That is one of the keys to this book. Dr. Nordberg doesn't just get you out in the woods to hunt black bears, he shows you exactly how to plan for and get that perfect shot. The only other thing that I can add is, look at that table of contents! Every step, every detail, from start to finish is explained in a logical order. Can't beat it! For that matter, you can't get it either. This edition is no longer in print — which doesn't really matter unless your a collector. Just get Doc's latest version.

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Table of Contents:



Ken's First Bear

Chapter 1: Things Hunters Should Know About Black Bears

Sizes and Weights

Sex Characteristics







Cubs, Yearlings and Subadults


Home Ranges

Feeding Cycles

Some Factors That Influence the Timing of Feeding Cycles



Human Activities

Are Black Bears Dangerous?

The Bear on the Knoll

The Bear That Came to Breakfast

Antidote for Danger

Chapter 2: Locating Productive Bait/Stand Sites

“Scattergun” Approach

“Let the Bears Do the Walking” Approach

“Go to the Bears” Approach

Where to Look for Bear Signs

Where Dogs Are Used to Hunt Black Bears

Recognizing and Interpreting Bear Signs

Bear Tracks

Bear Droppings

Signs of Feeding

Bear (Scratch) Trees


Mapping Bear Signs

Prerequisites of Productive Bait/Bear Sites

Adequate Bear Cover

Adequate Stand Cover

Minimal Change

Undisturbed Bears

Quick Transport of Carcass

Multiple Bait/Stand Sites and Distances Between Stands

Chapter 3: Bait/Stand Site Preparation

Black-Bear-Effective Stands

Dave's Trembling Balsam

Essential Bait/Stand Site Elements

When to Prepare a Bait/Stand Site

Stand Site Preparation

Stand Positioning

Stand Height

Stand Camouflage

Stand Comfort and Silence

Stand Safety

Bait Site Preparation

Dave's First Bear

Shooting Lane Preparation

Stand Trail Preparation

Bait Storage

Chapter 4: Baits and Baiting Tactics

Elements of Effectiveness


Holding Power

Latent Attraction

Mask Human Odors

Long-Range Attraction

Recommended Baits


Vegetables and Grain



Cooking Oils and Greases

Baiting Tactics

How to Provide Baits

Time of Day to Provide Baits

The Rule of Six

Bait Amounts and Frequency of Baiting

Chapter 5: Preparing to Hunt Black Bears

Effective Weaponry

Points to Consider

Exit Wound Capability

The Myth of Firepower

Risky Head and Neck Shots

String Trackers

Recommended Weaponry

Developing “Perfect Bear Shot” Marksmanship

Develop a Shooting Groove

Become an Expert Marksman

Recognize Effective Heart Shot Angles

Concentrate on Making the Shot

Hunting Gear

Personal Scent Management

Bear Camp

John's Surprise

Pre-Hunt Planning

Length of Hunt

Hunting Hours


Baiting Hours

Bear Carcass Preservation

Ready at Last

Chapter 6: Hunting Black Bears over Bait

From Camper/Baiter to Black Bear Hunter

Body and Clothing



Standpack Gear

Applying Camo to Exposed Skin

Cover Scent

Preparing Your Weapon

From Camp to Stand

The Direct Approach

The Noisy, Two-Man Approach

The Silent Approach

The Beginning Trail

The Middle Trail

The End Trail

Sounds That Identify Humans

A Bear at the Pit

From Stand Trail to Stand Platform

Using a Bear Lure

Honey Burn

Preparing a Weapon for Hauling up to a Stand

Climbing to Stand Platform

Buckling Up

Hauling Up a Weapon

Preparing for a Long Vigil

Preparing a Firearm for the Shot

Preparing Archery Gear for the Shot

Preparing Other Gear


Cooling Temperatures

Direct Sunlight

Biting Insects

Detecting Approaching Black Bears

How Black Bears Approach Bait Pits

Kevin's Lost Arrow

Avoiding a Black Bear's Sixth Sense

The Shot

Responses of Black Bears to Hits

Heart/Lung Hits

Other Hits

After the Shot

When to Begin Tracking

Recovering a Shot Black Bear

Three Rules for Safe and Effective Tracking

Trail Signs of Wounded Bears




Other Bodily Substances

Other Trail Signs

200-Plus-Yard Trails

Lost Trail

When All Else Fails

Night Tracking

Approaching a Downed Black Bear

Finishing Shots — Down Black Bears

Finishing Shots — Moving Bears

The Almost Mythical Charge

Kill Site Photos

Chapter 7: Black Bear Harvest

Field Dressing

Transporting Your Bear to Camp

A Bear Too Big to Handle


Field and Camo Care of a Bear Carcass

Emergency Measures for Saving Bear Hide and Meat

Transporting Your Bear in a Vehicle


Bear Rug Skinning

Shoulder Mount Skinning

Full Mount Skinning

Mounts with Snarling Lips



Round Steaks


Everything Else

Trophy Bear Measurements

Bear Meat Magic

Eyebrow-Raising Bear Steaks

Mother Nature's Finest Stew

Black Bear Roast

Ground Bear

Epilogue: It Doesn't Get Any Better


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