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Best time of day to hunt over waterhole?
I found a waterhole (spring fed) while still hunting through an area with fresh scat nearby. What is the best time of day to park myself in a natural blind to cover this waterhole. I'm talking during Colorado's September bear hunt.
Will be watching this one!
I'd say late in the day, dusk.
I’ve been thinking water.
I know where there are a couple of small seeps surrounded by oak brush.
And a pond up high on a mountain in the aspen with lots of oak brush lower down.
I suck at sitting. But with over 35 Colorado bear tags floating around in my 5 gallon bucket of tag soup, thinking I need to sit on my ass by a water hole...
Unless you are in an area with very little water I can't imagine sitting a water hole for bear. In the fall bears will typically forage for 20+ hours a day and may cover miles in their foraging. They might drink only once a day and will drink opportunistically, when they run across a water source in their foraging. Where I hunt in CO there are streams, seeps and springs every half mile or so. I would have zero confidence sitting a water hole for bear unless it was in a desert.
It is dry up here this year.
A lot of the food sources are pretty limited This year. Water may be the key.
Even though there are streams close by, I gotta believe those bears will be drinking at any water sources up away from the creeks.
Not a camera guy (don’t own one) but thinking that water may be the way to kill one.
Damn I hate sitting...
It's been really dry, especially in my hunting area. I used to stillhunt from spring to spring. I've got 2 out of 25 tries doing this, but I'm thinking about sitting near one that's got scrub, choke cherries, and wild plums in close proximity. There's got to be a more productive way. Love those bear loins, better than any wild game in my opinion.
Sit all day I kill a majority of mine between 10 and 2. The hotter the better. I disagree with pigdoc considering I've killed over a dozen bears sitting water and my kids have started killing a few themselves.
Here are a couple from last year both on water.
Checking trails cams here in CA a couple of weeks back, it was mostly late afternoon/evening. It was hot, so they were swimming and not just drinking.
Thanks guys. I'll try some late afternoon til evening stand sessions.
You could always take a predator call, just to spice things up, if things are real slow at the water. I did that on a grizzly hunt.....but be careful what you wish for....LOL!!
I have seen them come to water at all times of day but mostly (like Orion) mid-day seemed to be the best.
Forgot to mention this is on public land, with alot of pressure.
You'll be fine all mine have come from public land most guys aren't out in the middle of the day
Ok. Also mentioning that these are not big waterholes, just springs surfacing. 2'-3' diameter.
I think I got a real time answer this evening
I took this boar at 10:21 AM yesterday morning at a small spring. Looking at trail camera photos from the last month, it seems that evening is best, closely followed by middle of the day, with morning being a distant third. I didn't count the nighttime visitors, and of course this data could be unique to the water source I was hunting.
Waterhole fun with a list "b" license.
OK Stix, gotta give up the time of day you took your shot! Way to go.
Ok, first of all, this is an additional tag rifle , but it was a 25 yard shot with a .30-30, so very close to a bow kill. This one came into a small spring at 4pm.