The Bear Hunting Obsession of a Driven Man


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Bill Wiesner knows bears and bear hunting. He has taken 57 black bears by every hunting style and with nearly every hunting arm, but mainly with several styles of bow and arrow. He, his wife and two sons have taken more than 100 bears, 30 of which qualify for the Pope & Young Club record book and seven of which qualify for the Boone & Crockett Club record book.

The book has ten hunting how-to chapters and 10 memoir chapters.

  • How-to chapters include black bear natural history; distribution, population & record book entry totals (by state and province); hunting gear (rifle, slug gun, handgun, muzzleloader, bow, crossbow), camo, and other necessary bear hunting items; hunting from ground blinds; hunting styles (D-I-Y, guided, hounds, spot-and-stalk); scouting; baiting and scents; new twists (food plots, calling, decoying); the shot (before, during, after); care of hide for taxidermy; care of meat (processing, freezing, recipes).
  • Memoir chapters are entertaining, sometimes humorous, reading. Chapters include incidents, personalities and bears encountered, and family involvement, during the author’s growth as a bear hunter.

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Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5 in



7 reviews for The Bear Hunting Obsession of a Driven Man

  1. “Bill Weisner is a master hunter/conservationists and I rely on his expertise to enhance and maximize my quality hunting experiences. His books are a must read for all dedicated sporters who want to optimize the joys and successes of our Spirit of the Wild outdoor lifestyle. BearCrazy is my Spirit BloodBrother!”
    Ted Nugent

  2. Outdoors With John L. Sloan
    Feb. 24, 2016
    A Bear of a Different Color.

    It was one of those cold, windy, bleak days that hit us this time of year. I picked that day to read, “The Bear Hunting Obsession of a Driven Man”. It is book, co-authored by Bill Weisener and my good friend, Glenn Helgeland. Both have almost lifetimes of bear hunting experience.

    Bill has been hunting and guiding for bear for most of his adult life, in several states and Canada. He is a much sought after seminar speaker at many outdoor shows. Glenn has hunted black bear in various locations for many years. In fact, he was my hunting companion on my first three hunts in Canada and I learned a lot from him. He is an author and editor of some repute and formerly the producer of the most successful outdoor/hunting shows in the Midwest and TN.

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  3. “THE BEAR HUNTING OBSESSION OF A DRIVEN MAN is the best book on bear hunting I have read. It has a wealth of information on every bear hunting method known, plus some new exciting methods I want to try. The memoir chapters are a pleasure to read and make this book complete. If you enjoy the outdoors, bear hunter or not, this book is a must-read.”
    Gary Kolstad, 30+ years bear hunting in United States and Canada

  4. “After having hunted bear in Michigan and Canada for the past 30 years, I read everything I can on bear hunting. Your book is top shelf. It is easy to read and understand. It has solid information for the seasoned bear hunter but, more importantly, also for the guy that wants to bear hunt for the first time. This book is a must-read for all bear hunters.”
    Blaine Bailer, Manager, Jay’s Sporting Goods, Clare, MI

  5. “The Bear Hunting Obsession book is the most informative book on bear hunting I have read.  It covers all aspects and different methods of hunting bear.  It has very good illustrations.  All of this, plus being easy to read, makes it a must-have.”
    Jeff Brunn, 30+ years bear hunting experience

  6. “Excellent book. I have read a lot of hunting and bear hunting books; this one is by far my favorite overall. Some fun stories along with very useful tips and tactics, everyday bear hunting methods to meat care and taxidermy tips. I learned some new tricks that I’m looking forward to trying out this spring.”
    Nick Hopkins, President, Boar Masters Bear Guide, Wyoming and Idaho

  7. “If you are a bear hunter, a hunter, or someone who would just like a good read, “The Bear Hunting Obsession of a Driven Man” is an interesting book with a lot of information. As an outfitter, I had the opportunity to hunt with Bill. He is very knowledgeable and extremely fun to hunt with. He knows as much about bears as anyone.”
    Irby Haydon, 7J Outfitters, Bear Hunting Guide Service, Afton, WY

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