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Contributors to this thread:
Ace 19-May-24
Mike Ukrainetz 19-May-24
StickFlicker 20-May-24
smarba 20-May-24
Pete In Fairbanks 20-May-24
smarba 20-May-24
wildwilderness 20-May-24
Charlie Rehor 26-May-24
Mike Ukrainetz 26-May-24
Shug 26-May-24
From: Ace
19-May-24
What are your thoughts and experiences with Pop Up Blinds for Bears?

Are bears usually blind shy? Do they get destroyed by curious bears?

I know some have had great success with ground blinds built specifically for the task; but I’m wondering about Pop Ups.

A few of us were discussing it and some of us thought it might add some excitement to the mix; but I wouldn’t want to lessen the chance at a good bear coming in.

Has anyone tried this? What do you think?

19-May-24
We have tried a pop up blind on a new bait and it generally scares mature boars off, especially in an area where the bears are a bit wary of people like in our farmland.

If left overnight it is almost guaranteed to be destroyed in one night. I would create a brush pile and sit in it if I was restricted to being on the ground. I would really build it up behind you to break up your silhouette and make it less likely for a bear to sneak up behind you, or even just to make you feel more comfortable while sitting. I would also wear leafy wear, a head net and face paint.

With all that said if I had to put up a stand on short notice on a bait I would much prefer to be in a hanging tree stand. I would wear black to look like a bear in the tree. Black jacket, pants and black face paint.

From: StickFlicker
20-May-24
I had a bear coming into my blind a number of days in a row last year (bear season wasn't open), and he did seem very nervous about the blind and picked it off instantly even though it was brushed in. And yes, he destroyed it overnight after a couple days as Mike said he likely would.

From: smarba
20-May-24
I've not hunted bears from a pop up, but bears have destroyed my turkey blind when left overnight in some areas. Of course no spring bear season where I am...

20-May-24

Pete In Fairbanks's embedded Photo
Pete In Fairbanks's embedded Photo
Nothing can replace the feeling of having some flimsy ripstop nylon between you and a jaw-clacking bear at a range of 3 feet... even if it's a bluff charge!

Pete

From: smarba
20-May-24
Awww, he's just a cute cuddly teddy bear Pete! LOL

20-May-24
I have used ground blinds for most of my bear baits.

It’s a crab shoot if they will destroy it or not. Half my baits they have, the other half they leave it alone for some reason.

I have not had a brown bear ruin a ground blind though.

I really like them- helps keep the wind off and the rain. A thermacell works wonders in a blind for the bugs. I can sit with my kids or a friend. Easy to video out of with a tripod.

For hunting brown bears it’s a marathon to kill. They are very nocturnal and it doesn’t get dark much in Ak- so the best strategy is to stay all night. Not practical in a tree stand, with rain, mosquitoes, and trying to get a few hours of sleep.

The strategy I use is the placement- I look for a spot with a bit of a hill or cliff and put the blind there overlooking the bait about 20yds away. Try not to put it where a bear will walk. And don’t ever walk between the bait and the blind, circle around as far as you can to it.

26-May-24

Charlie Rehor's embedded Photo
Charlie Rehor's embedded Photo
This works really well for bears. This ground blind has been up by for three years.

26-May-24
That looks great Charlie!

Love the input wildwilderness on using ground blinds in Alaska! Amazing that they don’t all get trashed

From: Shug
26-May-24
My 2 cents blinds are great with an Ozone's to cover. Your scent for bigger older bears ,,, as much as possible but need. To be taken down each day as to not be destroyed every day

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