I once saw a video in which hunters used spears to hunt black bears over bait. The technique used was one in which the hunter would sit in a tree stand about 10-15 feet off the ground above a trail leading to a bear bait. Hanging on the tree next to the hunter was a long spear with an exceptionally long blade, probably around 24-30". When a trophy bear would walk directly under the tree, the hunter would slowly move the tip of the spear along the bear's back, just above the vital area, and he would then thrust downward so that the spear buried itself up to the stops in the bear's back. It was extremely effective, and the speared bears that I remember in the video were dead before they left the camera's view, easily within 50 yards. I can't remember where this hunting took place. I believe it was somewhere in Canada, and, though I'm not sure of their laws, there doesn't seem to be anything in the Alaska regulations which would prohibit such a hunt.
I am intrigued by spear hunts, such as the Maasai lion hunts in East Africa, Tigrero's Jaguar hunts in South America, and bear hunts by North American Indians, and, while I understand that this technique is nowhere near as difficult or as dangerous as those just mentioned, I'd like to hear everyone's opinion on the issue. Have you ever heard of this technique? Do you know someone who's tried it? Were they successful? If not, why? Do you think it's ethical? If not, why?