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Hi everyone, I'm a 57 year old that barely knows how to turn a computer on. I really don't know what a forum or a thread is and I hope I'm using them right. Please be patient with this newbe. I have the fortune of hunting in the great state of Arkansas for the first time in October for three days. This will be my first bear deer turkey hog combo hunt and am very excited about the possibillity of harvesting a bear with a bow. I've killed a number of deer in my life and even went on a canned hog hunt in Ok. and killed a hog. I'm going to be with Wrangler up outfitters in Alpena. I've been reading all the info I can but would like any info you'all could give me on this area, tips on killing a bear,any strategy for the hunt etc. I practice with my bow 4to 5 times a week and cann't wait to get down there.
 

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Almost all bear taken in Arkansas with a bow are taken over bait. Will the outfitter have established bait sites for you? With out bait chance is next to none. With bait in a area with good bear numbers chance is pretty good to get a shot at one. I would ask how many bait sites they have. How many of last years hunters were successfull. A Good outfitter will have all the work done for you. If no bait about the only way to hunt a bear is hope for dry weather and hunt a water hole. Good luck Arkansas has some good size bears.
 

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I cant really say that I'm an expert bear hunter, but I'll tell you what I know from my buddies' experiences. One finally got a bear last year with his muzzleloader after a good few years of frustration.
1. The earlier you get down here the better. Here in the Ozarks the woods are predominately oak, and the acorn crop is unreal. They start falling about the time archery season opens, and I've known a bunch of people who've had bears all baited up (even had one that would be there eating by the time you got back in the truck), but they disappear when the acorns cover the ground. We should have a bumper crop this year too with all the rain.
2. I'd keep up with that outfitter and see how their baits are working. I imagine a bear hunt costs significantly more than a hog hunt, so I'd make sure you're on a "bear" bait that bears have been hitting.

Let us know how you do. That place is pretty close to where I live, and I've wondered about their hog hunts. If the price is right, I might give them a shot if the hunting's good. I'm especially curious because there's generally not hogs in this area, but there's a good few outfitters popping up here and there advertising no-fence, wild hog hunts. Now, it's illegal to release hogs, so I wonder how exactly these work?
 

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the outfitter is Wrangler up outfitters. I met his son in Collinsville Il. at the deer clasic. He had a booth set up. The price is cheaper than a Canada hunt and much closer[4-5hour drive] I've talked to him on the phone and e-mailed a ton of ?. He seems like a heck of a nice guy. We'll find out.
He says they bait. but all depends upon the weather and other food sources I guess, just like here in Il. If the acorns are falling good you don't see a lot in the food plots.
 
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