- Always remember: Bears are protected in Texas!
- Species Info
- Coexisting with Black Bears
- Bear Safety in Mind: Hunter's Edition | PDF
- There are some common sense precautions people can take to prevent bear conflicts:
- Keep hunting camps clean to prevent odors that will attract bears.
Discard gut piles far away from campsites.
Placing deer corn in piles or in open feeders will attract more bears.
Using an automated feeder hung out of reach of bears will decrease bear visitation.
Switching bait types from corn to soybeans will reduce bear activity.
Planting food plots is the best way to attract deer and avoid bear visits!
- Should you encounter a bear, remember:
- Bears are normally shy and not aggressive to humans.
- If a bear regularly visits your deer stand, scare it with rocks, a slingshot or air horn.
- If you encounter a bear at close range, talk in a calm manner while backing away slowly.
- Do not make direct eye contact.
- Do not run! This can trigger a bear's chase instinct.
- If a bear approaches you, stand your ground and raise your arms, backpack or jacket to appear larger. Yell at the bear to scare it off.
- If attacked, fight back aggressively with anything available. Let the bear know you are not easy prey. Do not play dead!