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black bear

Postby JOEL » Fri Nov 14, 2008 2:32 pm

went today for a few hours since its the last day before gun season.i was on stand and saw a nice redtailed hawk then i hear heavy steps.i get ready and i see a HUGE BLACK BEAR moving fast 80 yrds below me.wow that was an amazing feeling then he moved around and came up the hill to my right again 80yrds.no way i could take any shots.it was exciting to see him.then later in the day i saw a doe hanging around feeding.i tried to call her in with the can no go then i used my grunt tube and she took off like her butt was on fire and her head was catching..then it started to rain i packed it in.supposed to pour all day heavy,high winds too.I'll be back before dawn sunday with the 30/30 waiting.Image.I took the moral high ground and left the guys makeshift blind alone.maybe ill sit in it sundayImage
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RE: black bear

Postby fasteddie » Fri Nov 14, 2008 2:47 pm

A friend sent me some pics of a couple black bear cubs and a mother bear that he got on his trail cam . He brightened the pics and doesn't want to tell anyone about them as all of a sudden a bunch of shooters would probably show up .
 
 


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RE: black bear

Postby fasteddie » Fri Nov 14, 2008 2:51 pm

Here is the mother
 
 


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RE: black bear

Postby JOEL » Fri Nov 14, 2008 3:02 pm

the one i saw was BIGGER[;)]
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RE: black bear

Postby fasteddie » Fri Nov 14, 2008 10:34 pm

The guy that sent me the bear pics said his trail cam was set up in his food plot ............
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RE: black bear

Postby Treestand Sniper » Sat Nov 15, 2008 2:27 am

I live in Allegany Cnty.  I have been hunting for 20+ yrs and I have always had the attitude that I would never kill a black bear.  Because I wouldn't eat a bear.  And I wouldn't want to take a bears life just to aquire the expense of a trophy rug that my wife would hate anyway.  But mostly beacause in the twenty+ yrs of countless hours on stand..... I had never had a bear encounter.  I have always said that black bears are rare in this area and until they start showing up like squirrels.....I will let them walk. 
 
Two weeks ago I had my first encounter.  I estimated this bear at 300lbs.  I ranged him @ 24 yrds. Broadside, quartering too, and quartering away shots available.....and I just watched.  Honored to have an encounter.  Never picked up my bow.  Wow. I was lucky.
 
On the 10th of Nov. (my b-day)  I had a doe come in @ 20 yrds.  I wanted to show my kids and wife that actually knew what I was doing out there so I settled my pin on her @ 20 yrds and released my arrow.  I hit a branch on a tree and hit the doe alittle farther back then I wanted to .  I knew it was a bad shot as soon as it hit her...... she trotted 15 yrds and tipped over on the other side of some brush.  She sat up and sat there panting and I was helpless to do anything.  I coudnt send a folklow up arrow cause I didnt have a clear shot. And she was out of MY range.  So I was content to just watch her as she laid there. Head up, ears down and panting......
After 45 minutes, she got up and walked away.  I waited until it was very dark.  Got out of my stand and retrieved my slightly bloody, and very stinky arrow.  I decided right then and there that I was not going to push her and I slipped out of the woods and immediately started recruiting the search party for the next morning.
I was in the woods at 7:45am and was very upset to find this doe not more than 60yrds from where I shot her.  She had become the open all night buffet for some coyotes.  I was very upset.  I thought I was doing the right thing by waiting till morning. So with  heavy heart I had to explain to my kids that I was unable to harvest the deer that I shot. And that I let her lay where she was.
 
Which leads me to the topic at hand,  On the evening of the 14th.  I was in the same stand hoping to harvest a deer before the opening of gun season.
I had watched a doe step out of the woods to my right at about 65yrds and walk into the golden rod field.  She walked to the middle of the field and turn left to a group of apple trees to my left at about 200yds.  She ate there for about 15 minutes and then walked back into the field to the hedge row that was about 1000yrds away and began to sneak down the edge of the woodline. I lost sight of her a couple of times, but I managed to see her movement from time to time. Then all of a sudden she had her tail up and she was hauling ass outta there.  And not towards me.  I thought....WTH ????  She couldnt have winded me.
 
Then all of a sudden..... here they come.  There were 5 (five) (cinco) black bears coming my way on a run.  Right towards me. 3 were small @ 100+ lbs and the other two were BIG 250+ lbs.  Within a minute of me seeing them they were 15 yrds away.  The larger ones @ 20 and 30 yrds.
I am convinced that they were going to feed on the remains of the doe.  It was the most exciting moment I have had in the woods. EVER.
And Noel, although I did not pick up or draw my bow...... They sure are beginning to look alot like squirrels.  All 5 at one time were standing up smelling and I was thinking...THIS IS AWESOME!!!!!!

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RE: black bear

Postby JOEL » Sat Nov 15, 2008 2:54 am

sounds like you had an encounter with a family of bears.we had that at our old deer camp.I have eaten bear meat and its good so i would definitely take the shot.the rug and claws and skull are a nice bonus.Ive been told you can sell the gallbladder for money to asians.but all that aside it was still great just to SEE one while hunting
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RE: black bear

Postby fasteddie » Sun Nov 16, 2008 2:00 am

Great story Sniper . That had to get the Adrenalin flowing ! [:)],...[:)]
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