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Sick to my stomach!!
« on: October 07, 2007, 08:53:45 PM »
I went deer scouting today for next weekend.  Got up a ridgeline and found a freshish pile of bear poop.  Set up and started calling.  After about 20 minutes I was going to continue scouting but decided to keep calling till the 30 min mark.  A few seconds after that I looked right and on the hillside over, about 60 yards I could see the back half of a bear walking.  It stopped and I could see from the mid section on back.  I called softly and he started on in, down a little dip and disappeared.  I was watching a spot where I expected to see him come out and what seemed like forever, all the sudden there he was a little more off to my right and shuffling up at about 30 yards head on.  He stopped at the trail I came in on and started getting nervous.  I will forever regret my next move.  I had to lean out just a little and was slightly cantered, but at 25 yards I figured I'd anchor him.  I took a bad angle shot at his chest at 25 yards.....and missed him.  25 yards, scoped 30.06 and I missed him.   :dunno:  Beautiful deep chocolate bear.  Probably in the 250 pound range.  I spent the next 5 hours combing the hillside and draws and found nothing, no hair, no blood nothing.  I have a new nightmare.  Unbelievable.   :'( :'(
« Last Edit: October 07, 2007, 10:17:33 PM by Machias »
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Re: Sick to my stomach!!
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2007, 09:48:21 PM »
I hear you. I was out helping my buddie kill a buck with a muzzlloader up near Brewster this weekend and blew a chance an awesome bear. I usually pack my 44 mag. I feel comfortable shoot up to 100 yards and have always wanted to shoot a bear with a pistol. I had so much gear (video camera, spotting scope, backpack for the day, ect) that I left my sidearm in the truck. Well, I was pushing a patch of aspens when a 250-300 cinnimon bear bolted out 30 yards in front of me!!! I don't know if I would have got a shot off with my pistol but I really makes me mad that I will never  know becase my pistol was was in the truck.  >:( >:( >:(    The sucker was so fat. He had no ears at all. And to boot we covered 12 miles of some of the best deer country around and coudn't connect on a buck. We had fun and thats all that matters I guess.

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Re: Sick to my stomach!!
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2007, 12:26:25 AM »
Ugh...that sucks...at least you called one in and got a shot off ;) I missed an elk during archery, and just before I missed it, I was tellin my bro that I would be happy with a miss, just as long as I got a decent shot at something...sure enough...wish granted by hunting gods...and shot blocked by lone branch...;) All in good fun I guess. Good luck on the continued search.
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Re: Sick to my stomach!!
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2007, 06:30:14 AM »
Bummer...those close misses really suck, but spooking the bear sucks more..




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Re: Sick to my stomach!!
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2007, 08:30:18 AM »
Yep, now he's educated to calls.  Maybe I'll see him again next weekend while I take my son up there deer hunting.
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