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Who’s going on a bear hunt?

Dear Annie,

Such a lovely list from your pal and guest blogger Faith.  I’ve got to find My Henderson Robot — sounds delightful.

Tonight at dinner, which often includes Lizzie these days (one last exam next week and she’s a college graduate!), she pulled a book from the dining room shelves and asked if I’d ever blogged about it.  Your pal Denise, guest blogger extraordinaire, mentioned it in a list of summertime books, but I’m going to return to it.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
(words by Michael Rosen; pictures by Helen Oxenbury) just begs to be read aloud with great gusto.  I suspect you and Jeff have added a number of embellishments to it.  Michael Rosen provided the words, based on what he says was an old campfire song.  Five family members and a dog set out on an expedition, encountering a series of obstacles along the way.

We’re going on a bear hunt.
We’re going to catch a big one.
What a beautiful day!
We’re not scared.
Oh-oh! Grass!
Long, wavy grass.
We can’t go over it.
We can’t go under it.
Oh, no!
We’ve got to go through it!

It’s all wonderfully rhythmic and repetitive.  «I had this idea,» Oxenbury has said, «of doing a black and white page when they’re thinking
and when they’re saying, you know, about where they’re going and what
they’re going to do. And then when they’ve decided, it burst into color.»

 Subsequent obstacles include a river (Splash Splosh!), mud (Squelch Squerch!), a forest (Stumble Trip!), and a snowstorm (Hoooo Woooo!).

The arrival at a cave (Tiptoe!) leads to a startled confrontation with an actual bear, followed by a hasty retracing of steps:

The book ends with the family safe at home, in bed under the covers, and the bear wandering sadly on a beach.  I’ve been reading this book for a bit more than 20 years, and until tonight I’d always assumed the big guy is the dad.  I’ve been a little confused about the blonde in the white dress: probably the big sister, but could be the mom.   Here’s Oxenbury on how she interpreted the words:

 What’s wonderful about it is that nothing is described in a way that
restricts you. Michael had said he envisioned it as a king and queen and
jester setting off to hunt a bear, but I immediately saw it as a group
of children. Everyone thinks the eldest one is the father; in fact he’s
the older brother. I modeled them on my own children. I didn’t want
adults around because they tend to stilt the imagination. The dog in the
pictures was my own dog.

There’s so much special in this book that it’s hard to imagine it any other way.  King, queen and jester?  Can’t see it.  But to change the dad to the big brother — I’m still wrapping my mind around that one.

I remember Lizzie’s first pre-school, where the kids acted out each color page of the quest.  Lizzie, it turns out, doesn’t remember much from that experience, but had it read to her throughout childhood, and read it to kids she babysat.

Now, she says, it’s part of her — one of those literary references — that comes up with friends when, say, they’re going to the dining hall:

We’re going to dinner
We’re not scared.
Oh-oh! Stairs!
Can’t go over them
Can’t go under them.
Oh, no!
Have  to go down them.
Ba-bump ba-bump!
Ba-bump ba-bump!

Love,

Deborah

Going On A Bear Hunt

Going On A Bear Hunt
Traditional, adapted by Eric Litwin and Michael Levine

Lyrics:

 

We’re going on a bear hunt! 

We’re gonna catch a big one. 

What a beautiful day 

I’m not scared.

 

What’s that? 

It’s tall & tan & troubling 

Is that a wheat field? 

«Yes, that’s a wheat field» 

Can’t go over it 

Can’t go under it, 

What should we do? 

«Let’s go through!»

 

Swoosh swoosh swoosh swoosh

 

We’re going on a bear hunt! 

We’re gonna catch a big one. 

What a beautiful day 

I’m not scared.

 

What’s that? 

It’s wide & windy & wet Is that a river? 

«Yes, that’s a river!» 

Can’t go over it 

Can’t go under it, 

What should we do? 

«Let’s go through!»

 

Splish splash …

 

We’re going on a bear hunt! 

We’re gonna catch a big one. 

What a beautiful day 

I’m not scared.

 

What’s that? 

It’s deep & dark & damp Is that a cave? 

«Yes, that’s a cave!» 

Can’t go over it 

Can’t go under it, 

What should we do? 

«Let’s go through!»

 

Tippy toe….

 

What’s that? 

Feels like a nose, & is that an ear? 

fur, a mouth Are those teeth? 

Yikes! It’s a bear!

 

Tippy toe…. 

Splish splash … 

Swoosh swoosh swoosh swoosh

 

Back into the house, 

Shut the door 

Lock it! 

Whew!

I wasn’t scared.

 

 

 

Activities:   
 

This is a fun interactive story. It teaches kids dramatic interpretation, motor coordination(with the hand movements), call & response & also different lengths of notes (swoosh in the first verse is half notes, splish splash is quarter notes, slippety sloppety is eighth note triplets & tippy toe is a variation on eighth note triplets like blues shuffle). 

For the choruses, you can simply pat your laps to the beat. Or you can move your arms like you’re walking, and for “I’m not scared,” point to yourself with a proud look on your face. 

For “What’s that?” & the next line, you can do a “drum roll” on your lap or knees to create suspense. 

For “Is that a …?,” point both hands to yourself, and then hold your palms out to your child to indicate they should answer, “Yes, that’s a …” They may not get it the first verse, but maybe by the 2nd or 3rd verses. 

For “Can’t go over it, Can’t go under it, What should we do?” raise your hands up & over, then down & under and then shrug with arms out. Then hold your palms out to the class again to indicate they should answer, “Let’s go through!” 

1st verse — for “swoosh swoosh” put a hand in front of you and swipe it to the side as if moving tall grass out of your way. Repeat with the other hand back & forth. Do each swoosh as a half note. 

2nd verse – for “splish splash” pretend to do a freestyle stroke with your arms. Do each movement as a quarter note 

3rd verse – for “slippety sloppety” you can slide your arms along your lap, doing one arm per each “slippety sloppety,” as if your arms are sticking to your legs through mud. 

4th verse – for “tippy toe” walk your index and middle finger of one hand along the ground 

For “What’s that?, Feels like a nose, & is that an ear? fur, a mouth, Are those teeth?” you can feel your own face or your child’s. The throw your hands up to scream, “Yikes! It’s a bear! 

Do each movement backwards, shut the “door” & pretend to breath hard when saying the last lines.

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from a tower, from a storehouse, from an approach

Since ancient times, bear prey has been considered the «mountain of the hunt», one of the most dangerous and exciting varieties of this trade. Bear hunting on oats is one of the safest and most affordable varieties of clubfoot prey. However, for its success, it is important to know some rules and features, which we will discuss in this article.

Dates of bear hunting

Hunting on oats takes place at the very end of August — beginning of September. It usually opens from August 1 and continues until the moment the bear enters the den (this is around November). We wrote more about the timing of hunting by region here.

Behavioral features of bears

Adults are cautious at first. They can lie on the edge for a long time and observe the situation, barely appearing on the edges of the field. However, later, not seeing the threat and emboldened, they trample down entire paths and rookeries on the fodder plot.

Later, even 2-3 animals can enter this field with oats at the same time (with a high population density of the animal in the area and the distance of the forage field from settlements). Therefore, sometimes the hunter manages to choose the best trophy for himself.

Often female bears come out for oatmeal bait, both with cubs and without, in many regions prohibited for shooting. Therefore, the shooter needs to learn in advance to determine the gender of the beast from a long distance.

Usually the «bears» come to the field in the early morning or late evening, sometimes at night. However, if there are a lot of bears, and the baiting ground is «effective», then the animals come even during the day.

The feeding time itself is short, within half an hour to an hour. Having chosen any part of the field, the bear usually then comes to it and chooses a piece of the field next to it.

Ways of hunting for a bear

There are two options for hunting a bear on oats: from a shelter (from a tower, a storage shed or a ground hut) and from an approach.

Bear hunting from a tower, storage shed, hut

A shelter is created on an oat field, which is usually located right in the center or next to the edge so as not to attract too much attention.

Hunting from a tower or shed is convenient, safe and effective. From ground cover — requires more hunting skill and is very emotional for the shooter.

When arranging a shelter of any design, it should be remembered that during the day the air flow usually goes from the field to the forest, and in the evening — vice versa; hot air rises and cooler air replaces it. Accordingly, an ambush in the evening can be more productive than in the morning, as the unmasking smells go away. However, hunting for a bear in the morning dawn is safer — at dawn, visibility only improves, it becomes possible to make a more accurate shot without night optics, and in the case of a wounded animal, it is easier to search and collect it during the day.

The carcass of a bear tends to decay very quickly (especially fat), therefore it requires immediate skinning and gutting.

When going out for a sit-in, everything should be taken into account:

  • Weather. It is pointless to wait for the bear to come out in the rain.

  • Wind and its direction.

  • Sun dynamics. It can interfere with aiming.

  • Moon. If hunting takes place at night, then you need to look at how well the moon shines. Its bright light makes aiming easier.

The tactics of hunting from a tower or from a storage shed is traditional. Being above the standard line of sight of the beast, the hunter comes to the tower in advance, gets the opportunity for a better view for himself and, accordingly, for a more reliable shot.

Ideally, any high-altitude shelter should not be built on the field, but somewhere else. And already at the hunting point, assemble it and install it. This must be done in advance so that the animal has time to get used to the new object.

It is also important to eliminate all the smells of civilization that unmask a person. We advise you to hang up clothes in advance for airing in the storehouse, return early in the morning and change into them.

Before going on such a hunt, it is recommended to eat and drink to a minimum, so that later you do not have to look for a place to relieve yourself. Any traces of human activity will frighten away the bear.

It is recommended to leave the tower, especially when shooting inaccurately at the animal, at dawn. You can also use the walkie-talkie and contact the people who provide hunting to call the equipment to safely leave the ambush.

You will also need binoculars with good visibility.

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Establishing cover on the ground is easier, but more dangerous for the shooter and requires a high level of camouflage. The main rule in this case: the wider your review, the better. Often such shelters are placed on bear trails, when fodder “circled” bears are found on the field, etc., however, we cannot recommend such tactics to a novice hunter to get the “owner of the forest”.

«Whenever you go bear hunting, remember that you can easily look death in the face.» — Nikolai Polosukhin, a professional hunter with many years of experience in taiga hunting, who killed eleven bears and barely survived the attack of the twelfth.

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    When hunting from an approach, the ability of a hunter to disguise himself, to secretly detect an animal and approach him for a sure shot is the main thing. This type of hunting is much more dangerous than from any shelter. Usually it is conducted at twilight (it is forbidden to «steal» a bear at night), where the feelings of the beast prevail over the weak feelings of a person.

    Just imagine: the average weight of an adult male brown bear in the European part of Russia is 150 kg, in the Urals — 250 kg, in Siberia there are specimens under 400 kg, and in Kamchatka there are individuals over 500 kg. Accordingly, on such a carcass, a shot from a smoothbore gun will be effective at a distance of up to 50 meters, and if visibility is poor, then no more than 30 meters.

    A particularly important point in this fishery is the obligatory pursuit and recovery of a wounded animal in case of a 100% unsuccessful shot. The hunter has the right to do this even in other people’s hunting grounds within three days from the moment of the shot, if there is a confirming mark from the huntsman. It is best to gather a group of hunters with dogs for this purpose. Otherwise, the wounded bear will turn from an omnivorous and relatively peaceful animal into a vicious predator, burning with the desire to avenge his wound on people. Unfortunately, unsuspecting mushroom pickers or just villagers can become its victims.

    This process requires full attention and absolute seriousness, since only a wounded wolverine and a tiger are more dangerous in our country than a wounded bear.

    In any bear hunting it is important to remember the rule «If you’re not sure — don’t shoot!» In this case, it is better not to shoot and calmly enjoy the view of the beast in the distance in the sunset. Otherwise, you will then have to rush through the forest in search of a wounded animal frenzied with anger.

    Weapons and ammunition for bear hunting

    The choice of weapons and ammunition for this hunt should be approached with particular care, since the bear is a wound-resistant, intelligent and strong animal. In principle, the rules for choosing weapons and cartridges do not differ from those that we indicated in the article «Hunting for an elk for a roar». The only thing is that it should be understood that in case of a miss, for example, the elk rarely attacks the shooter, mainly he seeks to run away from the place of the shot. And a wounded bear, as a dominant predator, will purposefully try to kill you.

    There are two main rules here:

    1. The larger the caliber, the better.

    2. From a tower, where the view is greater and the distance allows you to make long-range shots — rifled carbines are preferable. From a ground shelter it is recommended to use only a «smoothbore», at least 16-12 calibers. In this case, it is better to take a «double-barreled shotgun», which, in case of a misfire, will give you a second shot. A semiautomatic device can jam at the most inopportune moment, not reload, etc.

    Some hunters prefer to go out on such an animal in pairs or keep a second loaded shotgun nearby.

    For rifled weapons, it is best to take semi-shell or expansive heavy bullets. For smoothbore also heavy bullets with high stopping power («Grizzly», «Poleva-6», «Poleva-6M», «Gualandi», «L-2», «Mayer», Brenneke, etc.).

    Of course, any of your weapons should be well sighted with the exact type of bullet cartridges that you plan to use on a bear hunt.

    When hunting a bear with a rifled carbine, you cannot do without night sights and thermal imagers, which allow you to clearly identify the animal in low light and even at night; and make a guaranteed shot at a distance of even several hundred meters.

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    Signs of a visit to the oat field by a bear

    Bears love this cereal in the stage of milky-wax ripeness. The first sign that a bear, and not some other animal, came to your feeding area is droppings.

    The second clear sign of the presence of the beast is its footprints, which, of course, are different from those left by elks or wild boars, who also like to eat oats.

    Bear paw print

    to fall. Herbivores simply rip off the grass.

    The fourth sign of the exit of the «owner of the forest» is the presence of «catalishches» — places in the feeding area, where the bear, literally from the joy of having tasty food, rolls on the soil, marking it with his excrement along the way.

    The most effective way to spot bears in your oat field is to set up camera traps in different directions. Many of them are able to transmit online the image of the animal that appeared in their perspective.

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    To improve the visibility of the target when using both smoothbore and rifled weapons, it is recommended to use underbarrel lights and / or laser designators. At the same time, it should be remembered that according to the «Hunting Rules» in Russia, any lighting devices can only be used from a stationary tower more than 2 meters high or with a good wounded animal.

    Come to the «World of Hunting» stores, we will be happy to help you prepare for such a responsible, but also such an unforgettable bear hunt on oats!

    Help article based on the expert opinion of the author

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