IDAHO FISH AND GAME
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However, all bears that discover an unattended carcass may try to
aggressively defend it. Therefore, hunters should place the gut pile on a
tarp and move it as far away from the carcass as possible, then use the tarp
to cover the carcass. If the carcass is to remain in the woods overnight,
the hunter should try to place it in an area that can be seen from 200 yards
away when approaching (if possible). The quarters should be hung 10 feet
high in or between two trees to prevent a bear from reaching them. When
returning to the carcass, approach carefully. Yell or whistle repeatedly.
With binoculars, scan the area for the carcass and any movement. If a bear
is at the sight and refuses to leave, report the incident to Fish and Game.
Do not attempt to frighten away or haze a grizzly or black bear that does
not leave the carcass when it becomes aware of you.
Shooting a grizzly with a firearm can result in increasing the aggressiveness of the bear and may further increase the chance of injury. Though shooting a grizzly is allowed in self-defense, it is not allowed to protect a carcass, and a hunter acting recklessly in a situation surrounding a carcass may force an issue that may have been avoidable altogether.
However, with a little planning and precaution, hunting in Idaho can be an extremely rewarding activity resulting in successfully taking home your quarry and providing you with long-term happy memories of an Idaho hunt.
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