Black Bear Hunting

There are many different ways to hunt bear from baiting,spot and stalk,
with hounds or just picking a good looking spot and waiting or even driving them

No matter how you choose to do it  I think it is  exiting. I shot one once that
weighed 280 pounds dressed out and it was by far the most exiting hunt I’ve ever

I was hunting with my older brother and a good friend of ours which made it
even more memorable.  I could not believe how quiiet and hard to see the bear was. He
was twenty yards away and just stepped out of a shadow. I went from freezing cold to
sweating instantly.

I some how calmed myself enough to get the gun up and settle
the cross hairs right behind his shoulder and somehow shot where i was aiming. He went down
right away but I waited for the two guys to show up before I went to the spot just to be on the safe side. What a gorgeous animal he was.

Which brings up another thought. You’re going to need a lot of help getting a bear out of the woods. Trust me when I say that there is no way I could have done that part alone. Lucky for me the gun fire drew quite
a crowd one of which had a big four wheeler and was nice enough to take the bear out
after we field dressed it.

As far as guns for bear go my feeling is the bigger the better as long as you can
handle it well. I used my 35 Rem. and it worked quite well. You absolutely want to knock him down first shot.If you don’t know the area you are going to hunt you may want to consider hiring a guide or outfitter. There are some great ones in nearly all areas where bear hunting goes on.

As always when choosing one I would get references and check them out well.
Check well ahead of time on licensing procedures as some areas you have to enter a
drawing to get them. Some seasons are open now and some aren’t until late in November.

If you choose to go and you are lucky enough to get a bear in range I can promise
you your adrenalin will be pumping and that’s what it’s all about.

One last thought… before you take your bear to a taxidermist, get some good references and get a contract. I’ve lost bear hides through bad taxidermy and some through what the dresser told me was “lost” You don’t want to end up with nothing for your trouble. Check them out before you deliver your animal to them.

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