Anybody who has ever shot a bow and arrow has probably heard the name Fred Bear before.

Whether you watched his hunting shows, heard his name in a Ted Nugent song, or like me, shoot a Bear bow, we can all take a page out of his book and remember all the valuable lessons he taught in his lifetime.

Below is “Fred Bear’s Ten Commandments of Hunting.” Each one is knowledgeable, wise, and even a little humorous. They are great rules to live by for any hunter or outdoorsman.

We included the video below because it felt all too wrong not to include this song in the article; also, it’s a very cool tribute to Fred Bear with pictures you probably haven’t seen before.

Fred Bear’s 10 Commandments of Hunting:

  • Don’t step on anything you can step over.
  • Don’t look for deer, look for movement and remember it’s what they’re looking for, too.
  • Always approach from downwind. In the cool of the day, move uphill; in the heat of the day, move downhill.
  • The best camouflage pattern is called, “Sit down and be quiet!” Your grandpa hunted deer in a red plaid coat, think about that for a second.
  • Take only the gear to the field that allows you to hunt longer, harder, smarter.
  • A rainstorm isn’t a reason to quit the hunt, it’s a reason to stay.
  • Camouflage your appearance, your sound and your scent.
  • Be sure of your shot. Nothing is more expensive than regret.
  • Hunt where the deer actually are, not where you’d imagine them to be.
  • Next year’s hunt begins the minute this season’s hunt ends.


Image is a screenshot from the YouTube video

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2 thoughts on “Video: Fred Bear’s 10 Commandments of Hunting

  1. I have to take a little issue with number 1. One of the rules in snake country is not to step over a log, but to step on it so that you can see if there might be a snake on the other side.
    I guess if you hunt up north where it gets cold early and there are no snakes out during deer season, you might not have to worry about that.

  2. There should be a number #11. Don’t quite remember where it is from but I am 95% sure it was Fred Bear.
    11. In the wilderness, know the difference between being brave and being foolish.

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