Dr. Ken Nordberg's
do-it-yourself Black Bear Baiting & Hunting,
Revised 2017 Edition (Fourth Edition, eBook)

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Title: do-it-yourself Black Bear Baiting & Hunting, Revised 2017 Edition (Fourth Edition, eBook)

Availability: Available Here on Amazon as an ebook

(Be sure to check out the lengthy free preview on Amazon.)

First Copyright Date & Printing: 2017

Most Recent Price: $9.95

(This price is approximately half of the earlier Apple ebook because the color photos and videos are on a separate optional DVD.)


Doc's unique method of hunting black bears —from a tree stand, at close range, over a bait crib, using positioning bait — has grown into the one of the top two methods of hunting black bears (the other using a pack of hounds). Listen to how it all started in his own words.

“During several guided but mostly fruitless hunts using bait to attract black bears in Ontario, Canada back in the 1960s, I thought of many ways I would do things differently if I ever had the chance to hunt black bears on my own. My chance came in the 1970s when names of my sons and I were drawn in the first Minnesota lotteries to receive permits to hunt black bears. My ideas worked with extraordinary success. We attracted eleven bears to our stand/bait sites the very first day we hunted and from that time on we have never failed to have several opportunities to take black bears during every hunt. Initial success seemingly easy, we began increasing the challenge of hunting black bears using bows only, limiting our shots to opportunities for quick and humane kills at very short range.”

“The only trouble was, all but a few the black bears we tagged back then were not particularly large, most weighing 180 pounds or less. We knew we had much larger bears in our hunting area, having often discovered their much larger tracks and occasionally seeing them crossing logging trails considerable distances away, usually at sunset. Thus we began a quest to discover how to attract these larger bears to our bait/stand sites, beginning with learning more about their habits and behavior. One of our first and most important discoveries was, larger black bears were mostly nocturnal (preferring to move about during nighttime hours only), especially during our warm days of early September when we hunted them. We soon learned our odds of taking larger bears were considerably improved when our bait sites were located near signs recently made by larger bears (such as paw prints) in cover so dense that approaching bears were very difficult to see until they stepped into our small bait site openings. We also discovered twelve proven baits provided much greater hunting success than a single bait and it is unwise to hunt large bears in the morning. Today, we’re still learning more about black bears.”

“All of what we initially learned was described in several outdoor magazine articles during the 1980s and in my first bear book, Do-It-Yourself Black Bear Baiting and Hunting, a guide to hunting trophy-class black bears with gun or bow published in 1990. This book quickly changed the way black bears were hunted all across North America. Awarded a five-star rating by Amazon, it is used by state hunter education instructors, professional guides, experienced bear hunters and first-time bear hunters throughout North America. It has enabled countless hunters to take trophy-class black bears weighing 300–600 pounds or more.”

“Upon gaining the reputation of practically guaranteeing hunting success, it soon sold out and a somewhat revised edition published by Bear Hunting Magazine in 2001, also soon sold out. The demand for used copies of the first and second editions has been so great that they have been selling on Amazon and eBay for $150–200. Because of this unending demand, plus the fact that trophy-class black bears and even smaller bears have continued to become more and more difficult to hunt (mostly because hunters have created increasing numbers of ways to goof up), I felt prompted to write a new, much-revised, 200-page-longer 3rd Edition of Do-It-Yourself Black Bear Hunting and Baiting in e-book form. This book is loaded with color photography and videos recently filmed in my Minnesota bear country near the Canadian Border. Like in my first bear book, I can truthfully state this book will enable beginners to successfully take trophy-class black bears (weighing 300 pounds or more) on first hunts, enable veteran bears hunters to at last experience the thrill of seeing truly impressive bears approaching their bait sites and enable guides to gain the reputation of providing hunters with the very best of black bear hunting. If black bear hunting is in your future, you will treasure this book like hunters treasured my first bear book back in the 1990s, the book that introduced the newly pioneered black bear hunting methods still used almost exclusively today.”

This book will eventually be available in four distinct formats:

  1. An earlier version — the Third Edition — is priced at $19.99, that ebook version is now available in Apple's ebook format. It is an “iBook” that can be read on Macintosh computers, iPads, and other compatible devices that support the iBook format. It has color photos and integrated HD videos. You can read/watch this ebook on a computer, or, literally plug your iPad (or compatible reader) into HD TVs and watch the videos (and even read the book) on the TV's screen. This is a great format. Available Now in the iTunes Store
  2. This version — the Fourth Edition — comes in two parts (the second is optional). The first part, priced at $9.99, comes in Amazon's ebook format (designed for the Kindle, or devices compatible with the Kindle reader). Available Now on Amazon. This ebook comes with relatively small black and white photos. From our perspective, the problem with this format is you can't include color photos or integrated video. (Most of the older Kindles do not not support color photos or video.) Therefore we also offer a separate Optional DVD — priced at $9.95 — that includes the color photos and HD videos included in the Third Edition. Available Now through Doc's Store here or John's Store on eBay . The videos included in the earlier Third Edition have details on scouting, and most importantly, step-by-step instructions from Doc showing how to build the ideal black bear bait/stand site from scratch — including the extremely valuable details of using positioning bait. These videos show key details that every black bear hunter should see. Remember, the benefits of Amazon's ebook format is the lower price and the number of people that can read it on their Kindle devices, the biggest drawback is the lack of color photos and integrated HD videos, so we highly recommend getting the optional DVD.
  3. Coming Soon — in 2018! As of April 2018, John Nordberg is editing Dr. Ken Nordberg's do-it-yourself Black Bear Baiting & Hunting, Revised 2018 Edition. (I suppose we will refer to it as the “Fifth Edition”.) This will be a traditional paperback with black and white photos. This version will also include a separate DVD that will include color versions of the black and white photos and HD videos.
  4. At some point, we are planning to make hardcover version with color photos.

Optional DVD:

Dr. Ken Nordberg's do-it-yourself Black Bear Baiting & Hunting, Fourth Edition DVD Info

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Table of Contents:

Note: This ebook has a simplified Table of Contents. However, the information in this ebook is almost exactly the same as in the Third Edition. You may wish to examine the longer Third Edition's Table of Contents to get a better feel for topics that are also in this ebook.

Title Page


Copyright Page


Table of Contents






Publishing Note & DVD Information




Chapter 1: What Hunters Should Know About Black Bears


Chapter 2: Locating Productive Bait/Stand Sites


Chapter 3: Bait/Stand Site Preparation


Chapter 4: Baits and Baiting Tactics


Chapter 5: Preparing to a Hunt Trophy-Class Black Bear


Chapter 6: Hunting Black Bears over Bait


Chapter 7: The Shot


Chapter 8: Black Bear Harvest






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