- The bear hunting season kicks off on Wednesday in the state of Wisconsin.
Hunters are allowed to use hounds in every zone besides C which stretches north to south in the center part of the state.
It helps to have more than just a gun to hunt bears in the Northwoods.
"You got to check the bait, put the dog down and the dog's got to find the bear," said Steve White, the owner of White's Woods and Fishing. "Then you got to get the bear."
White knows the best way to give hunters a chance. He helps other hunters get the big game.
"Then you got to stop the bear you got to go to the dogs," White said. "Bears just don't always agree with what we want."
But they do agree on one thing, the bait
"On a daily basis we are running baits and find new bait sites, feeding them bears and keeping them fat and happy for our hunters," said White.
It is important to keep your baits around multiple food sources such as choke cherries.
"In the fall I think that is one of the biggest mistakes people make when it comes to bear haunting," White said. "Not monitoring and being aware of the food sources that are out there."
That's because bears start looking for more than bait before the cold season.
"They start switching over as they prepare for winter and putting weight on," White said. "Our baits are just not enough to hold them there."
Hunters this week hope their preparation leads to a good start to the bear season.