GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR GPS MAP Bearpaw Outfitters, Quality Hunts for over 30 Years

Author Topic: Frontal shots on bears  (Read 860 times)

Offline Tbob

  • Virtual Campfire
  • Trade Count: (+1)
  • Sourdough
  • *
  • Join Date: Feb 2014
  • Posts: 1094
  • Location: Seattle
  • Groups: King co. Search and Rescue
Frontal shots on bears
« on: October 09, 2017, 11:21:03 PM »
Hey guys,
   So I've been wondering if any of you take frontal or quartering towards shots on black bears.. I'm going to try and do a little calling this week and will be using my bow. I've noticed on a lot of the videos, that if I'm calling the bear in and he's coming to eat me, that I'm likely left with a frontal or quartering towards shot.. Any thoughts on this?
    I shot my elk with a quartering towards shot at about 15 yards this year and let me tell you, that was a heck of a lethal shot! He was dead within 30 seconds and didn't go 20 yards.. I'm just wondering on a close up and personal shot with a black bear, does there anatomy lend themselves to the same shot? Thanks so much for any insight!

Offline Machias

  • Trapper
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Explorer
  • ******
  • Join Date: Mar 2007
  • Posts: 14794
  • Location: Cheney, WA
Re: Frontal shots on bears
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2017, 08:10:56 AM »
I personally don't.  Most of the time when you stop calling they will turn....not always but most of mine have.  I want nothing but dbl lung shots with a bow.  I did call one in and shoot him between the eyes with my .06 once, but he was about 10 feet away.
Fred Moyer

History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.

Offline 7mmfan

  • Virtual Campfire
  • Trade Count: (+2)
  • Frontiersman
  • *
  • Join Date: Nov 2008
  • Posts: 2552
  • Location: Marysville
Re: Frontal shots on bears
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2017, 08:16:45 AM »
Can it kill them? Yes. Will it do it in a timely manner? Maybe. If you hit just the right spot and sever that jugular, or center punch his heart, then yeah, he's not going far. But they are darn tough critters, and anything less than a perfect shot at that angle probably leads to a lost bear. I'd wait for a broadside shot or quartering away and double lung him and try to tie his shoulders together with that arrow.
I hunt, therefore I am.... I fish, therefore I lie.

Online lokidog

  • Global Moderator
  • Trade Count: (+4)
  • Explorer
  • *****
  • Join Date: Mar 2009
  • Posts: 13211
  • Location: Decatur Island/Sultan
Re: Frontal shots on bears
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2017, 11:16:35 AM »
My last bear was a frontal shot at ten yards. Not a hard choice when there he is and he will walk within two feet of you if you don't take the shot. This was with a 90's era bow set at about 70#.

The arrow entered left (from my perspective) of the brisket bone and poked out in front of his back left leg.  He ran ten yards and piled up. Used gutless method so don't know the internal details.

I would do that shot again, for what it is worth.

Offline Tbob

  • Virtual Campfire
  • Trade Count: (+1)
  • Sourdough
  • *
  • Join Date: Feb 2014
  • Posts: 1094
  • Location: Seattle
  • Groups: King co. Search and Rescue
Re: Frontal shots on bears
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2017, 07:58:11 PM »
Totally understand both side of this. I'd definitely prefer a broadside shot or quarting away, but if it's coming straight at me and not turning I was wondering about the frontal or quartering towards.. Thanks for the answers..

Offline Expedition Scout

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Scout
  • ****
  • Join Date: Oct 2013
  • Posts: 287
  • Location: Northeastern Washington
  • Groups: NRA
Re: Frontal shots on bears
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2017, 05:32:18 AM »
Ended one of my Elk seasons tracking a bull I'd shot and had a bear doing the same. Nose to the ground and coming hard. I was able to wait until he came up on a little rise in the trail at 9 yards and put an arrow under his chin and out the anus. He didn't go anywhere. He wasn't a large bear, maybe 150 lbs gutted, but I was covered with blood from tracking and really had no place to go. So it was worth the try. I'd do it again if that was my only shot, however with bear I almost always look for the broadside shot and anchor a shoulder.
"By God, I are a mountain man, and I'll live 'til an arrow or a bullet finds me. And then I'll leave my bones on this great map of the magnificent"

Offline Calvin Rayborn

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Scout
  • ****
  • Join Date: Oct 2013
  • Posts: 356
  • Location: Columbia Basin
Re: Frontal shots on bears
« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2017, 12:37:23 AM »
Make sure at least 150grs Zwickey Bonebreaker goin downrange if you try
« Last Edit: January 03, 2018, 07:56:41 PM by Calvin Rayborn »

Offline follow maggie

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Sourdough
  • *****
  • Join Date: Jun 2008
  • Posts: 1117
  • Location: Bremerton, WA
  • Hunt anywhere, anytime!
Re: Frontal shots on bears
« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2018, 11:05:37 AM »
I'd prefer not to, because I like to leave myself the widest margin for error I can. But, you never know what situation will present itself when you're out in the woods.


* Recent Topics

Bullets: the reloading kind. 6mm, 22, 308, 35, 7mm, 270 by MHWASH
[Today at 08:36:16 AM]

Nikon Monarch 3 4-16x50 BDC 6775 scope new by nicz
[Today at 08:30:55 AM]

Elk deer by DOsborn
[Today at 08:30:33 AM]

Coolant Problem 2000 GMC Sierra by lokidog
[Today at 08:29:17 AM]

.223 by mountainman
[Today at 08:23:59 AM]

Firsr Lite Beanie - Pine Color by Elkaholic87
[Today at 08:07:33 AM]

300 WSM vs 300 Win mag by BULLBLASTER
[Today at 07:58:41 AM]

Browning 2-7x32 by MHWASH
[Today at 07:54:57 AM]

For Sale- Eberlestock team elk by Big6bull
[Today at 07:52:11 AM]

Cabelas Krotos HD spotting scope by crabcreekhunter
[Today at 07:40:18 AM]

ISO: Toyota 4Runner by 92xj
[Today at 07:38:22 AM]

Whats everyone tinkering with these days? by Tracker0721
[Today at 07:37:10 AM]

50 cal round ball by GoexBlackhorn
[Today at 07:13:26 AM]

For Sale- Remington sendero 7mm mag by 7mmlong
[Today at 07:10:11 AM]

300 win mag loads? by jasnt
[Today at 06:32:07 AM]

Any report on Roosevelt? by TommyH
[Today at 06:24:03 AM]

Donald Trump Jr. Stone Sheep Hunt by dscubame
[Today at 05:40:50 AM]

Stumps and Teachermans NE WA line by Ridgeratt
[Today at 05:22:43 AM]

15' Smoker Craft by Blacklab
[Today at 05:17:28 AM]

Old trapping boat for the eastside guys by Boss .300 winmag
[Today at 04:58:32 AM]