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Would a bear eat a deer hung in the tree

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by brainwake, Sep 12, 2013.

  1. brainwake

    brainwake Well-Known Member

    I am wanting to do some hunting out in the Ouachita National Forest. This place has bear.

    I was thinking about what I would do if I were to get a deer. and lets just say I was several miles out and got one in the evening and the weather was cool enough.

    I was thinking that I might find a tree close by and hang it there overnight. Then set up a hammock near by to camp for the evening. Wake up the next day, quarter it, then pack it out...Let's assume I have some buddies to help me out.

    How much danger would I be in with that deer in the tree. Obviously I wouldn't put my hammock in the same tree as the deer. But how far should I stay away and would that pretty much draw every bear near by? Would I be in danger by skinning and quartering out there?
  2. X-Rap

    X-Rap Well-Known Member

    Carry some meat bags and 550 cord and quarter the deer/elk in the tree as high as you can get it. Even if a bear gets to it it's unlikely they will get it all and it needs to be quartered and bagged anyway.
    But yes a bear, coyotes, dogs will all go after a hanging carcass but they will probably go after the gut pile and hide first, do all your prep a ways away from where you intend to hang it.
  3. Outlaw Man

    Outlaw Man Well-Known Member

    Don't forget bears can climb better than you, so you're going to have to use your noggin if you're going to keep it where the bear can't get to it.

    I'd clean it, quarter it, bag it and seal it in one or more of those bear-resistant coolers. While storing it away from you is definitely wise, I'm pretty sure leaving the entrails and hide is only going to serve to more effectively bait the bear. I suppose you could hope it gets full and doesn't want more, but have you seen how much a bear eats?
  4. hardluk1

    hardluk1 member

    . Black bear will and do eat meat but are first and formost a forager of any mast and crop wild or planted that is nearing harvest. fresh grass and flowers and small critters. If you can bait for deer they will come to the same spots for what is placed for deer. Apples are a favorite here but they raise heck with our corn feeders too. Only time they have gone to deer is during a back warm winter and the black don't get enough late season crops in them and don't get much sleepy time. Then they will take your deer from you. Here in NC mountain that's more likely to be dec, jan, feb before a bear may go to died deer .
  5. 3212

    3212 Well-Known Member

    In Pennsylvania,a friend shot a buck and went to the camp for help.When he returned with a buddy a black bear was dragging the deer into some brush.They had to shoot into the ground around the bear to drive it away.It had already eaten part of the deer.
  6. Recruit

    Recruit Active Member

  7. John Peddie

    John Peddie Well-Known Member

    They'll eat each other too

    Black bears will also drag and eat the carcass of another black bear.

    I once shot one near dusk, left it there til morning and came back to find it moved and partly eaten, and lots of fresh bear tracks in the sand to tell the rest of the tale.
  8. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Would a bear poop in the woods??

    Of course it would.

  9. Gun Master

    Gun Master Well-Known Member

    Bear eat Deer in Tree?

    Yes, and use the tree for a toothpick. Don't stick around for dessert !:neener:
  10. brainwake

    brainwake Well-Known Member

    I guess my question is really more of a safety question. I guess I should gut it....and well....if I can quarter and do the meat bags.....that would be easier to get away from the carcass and gut pile. Then get it up high in the tree...and sleep....what...100 yards away with one hand on my revolver? :)
  11. brainwake

    brainwake Well-Known Member

  12. toiville2feathers

    toiville2feathers Well-Known Member

    I would get at least a couple hundred yards from the gut pile. When you hang it in a tree the meat should be out of reach of the bear. A black bear can easily reach 6 ft up. THey can also climb trees and reach out or down about 3 ft. You should use the game bags, they protect the meat from flies and dirt and keep it from drying out. The bag may look small but they stretch a lot. One bag will cover a whole deer carcass. For the most part the bear is more scared of you than you are of them. I don't know much about where your hunting but are the bears hunted in that area? If they are they should be cautious of you and not a problem. Talk to the rangers, ask them about the fall food supply for the bears. That will be a good indication of how hungry they will be. Hang a radio tuned into a country station that plays Hank Williams or Willy Nelson songs:eek:,that will drive them away for sure.:neener:
  13. wyohome

    wyohome Well-Known Member

    Make sure you are well cleaned up and do not keep your bloody clothes near your bed.
  14. okiewita40

    okiewita40 Well-Known Member

    As small as the bears are down in S.E. OK I doubt you will have too many problems. Besides I think they will be skiddish after the Bear season down there.
  15. X-Rap

    X-Rap Well-Known Member

    $25 bucks seems pretty steep.
    Here is what we use, they run about $5 at WalMart, heavy cloth that stretches well.
    They really work best for elk and may be to big for deer but you can double them up if you want.
    Stay away from the lighter cheese cloth like bags, they will tear if you look at them wrong.
  16. Patocazador

    Patocazador Well-Known Member

    Suspend it from a rope stretched between 2 trees at least 12 feet up.

    Drive to a motel for the night.
  17. Kayaker 1960

    Kayaker 1960 Well-Known Member

    Years ago I got a dear in N. California. The dear was skinned and hung up with back legs about 6 feet off the ground. The rope went over a big limb on a fir tree and was tied off to a 5' tall sapling. I woke up the next morning to find that a bear had climbed up the tree far enough to reach over and grab the dear. The sapling was pulled almost completely out of the ground. What was left of the dear was hanging close to the ground. At least he left me the back strap and tenderloins.
    So to answer your question, Definitely!
  18. Bush Pilot

    Bush Pilot Well-Known Member

    Yeah, and if you pack the deer out you won't have to drive back and hike in again to get the deer.
  19. DM~

    DM~ Well-Known Member

    I bone the entire deer out and pack it out, just takeing my time...

    It takes a BIG deer to have more than 50 pounds of just meat...

  20. bluetopper

    bluetopper Well-Known Member

    Leave a note on the deer saying "Do not eat!".

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