Pro tactics from TV’s Canada in the Rough for successfully hunting black bears wherever they’re found across the land
#4 HUNT THE WIND
There are always stories about game animals coming in to set-ups from downwind, or game that didn’t seem to care about human scent. But as a rule, I promise you that animals do care about human scent. A bear’s nose is its number one source for sensing danger, so always hunt the wind if you can.
We will sometimes even leave locations if the wind changes against our favour so we don’t spoil the set-up for another day. We just know that if a big bear is in the vicinity, we likely won’t see him before he sniffs us and turns away. And the times we actually saw bears catch our scent, they never again returned to the set-up.