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Re: First bear ever - BIG boar down!
« Reply #50 on: October 22, 2017, 09:57:46 AM »
 :yike: :tup:
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Re: First bear ever - BIG boar down!
« Reply #51 on: October 22, 2017, 11:52:15 AM »
Sasquatch.  They have the big foot.
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Re: First bear ever - BIG boar down!
« Reply #52 on: October 22, 2017, 01:49:46 PM »
After looking at the kill site, we excitedly walked back over to the location the bear was standing at when I shot him. There was no blood anywhere on the ground – just a piled-up bear at the base of the hill. We finally walked down to him. High-fives, a bear hug, and a prayer of thanksgiving for the life of this bear and the amazing experience ensued, followed by several photographs of the bear. He was a monster of a bear – definitely no ground shrinkage here! Quite the opposite, really. We rolled him over (barely) and measured the boar out with a small tape measure I keep in my pack. He came out to 5’ 10” from the tip of the nose to the base of the tail. I could barely lift his head up, it was that heavy. The paws were huge too! Bigger than my hands or my boots. The white chest mark he had was a very cool piece of character to go with the perfectly black and intact hide, with hair approx. 4” long. The teeth looked to be in their prime. This was one heck of a first bear, and I was stoked. The 160 grain Accubond went in one side of the neck and out the other, turning the whole neck region into what looked like a bowl of Jello. But, as far as I can tell, the bullet left just a small entrance and a small exit wound on either side and did virtually zero damage to the hide! Pretty impressed with my first experience using the Accubonds.

In terms of the bear’s weight, we estimated him to be at the 400-lb. + mark. I had killed a muley buck with my dad in 2011 just two canyons over that the butcher estimated at 220 lbs. This bear was MUCH bigger than that buck, and was much harder to move. Two years ago, I also tranquilized a problem bear in Alabama that was weighed at 320 pounds when it was poached a month later. This bear that I had just shot was at least another 1/3 as big in size as the bear I darted in Alabama, plus more. Also, the gut on this bear was impressive. When skinned out, his gut full of deer looked like a big balloon. I wish I could have gotten a chance to weigh the whole bear, but that wasn’t a reality.
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Re: First bear ever - BIG boar down!
« Reply #53 on: October 22, 2017, 01:51:20 PM »
Excellent and dandy bear!!!! Glad you got to lay the accubond smack down on one :IBCOOL:
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Re: First bear ever - BIG boar down!
« Reply #54 on: October 22, 2017, 01:53:00 PM »
Thanks! Any chance you or one of the other Mods could rotate that last picture for me?

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Re: First bear ever - BIG boar down!
« Reply #55 on: October 22, 2017, 01:56:39 PM »
Wow, need more pics!  That looks huge, need a skull measurement NOW!!!

Thanks, no skull measurement yet. I put the head and hide in the freezer, so I'll have to wait until I drop it off at the taxidermist and get the skull finished before I get any measurements. From reading on here, it seems like the avg. size of a WA bear is about 200 lbs. I doubt this is close to a record bear, but should I have it officially measured?  :dunno: It doesn't matter to me a whole lot, but it would be cool if it was close to a record. I have no idea.

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Re: First bear ever - BIG boar down!
« Reply #56 on: October 22, 2017, 01:57:08 PM »
Outstanding!!  Congratulations!!   :tup:

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Re: First bear ever - BIG boar down!
« Reply #57 on: October 22, 2017, 01:58:39 PM »
You got it :tup:
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Re: First bear ever - BIG boar down!
« Reply #58 on: October 22, 2017, 01:59:05 PM »
Thanks! Any chance you or one of the other Mods could rotate that last picture for me?

Thank you very much for fixing that, carpsniperg2!

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Re: First bear ever - BIG boar down!
« Reply #59 on: October 22, 2017, 03:50:32 PM »
That bear is in its absolute prime.  super healthy.  How do you know it's a boar?  :chuckle:
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Re: First bear ever - BIG boar down!
« Reply #60 on: October 22, 2017, 05:27:19 PM »
Congrats.  I'm thinking there is some bear pepperoni in your future.
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Re: First bear ever - BIG boar down!
« Reply #61 on: October 22, 2017, 07:16:04 PM »
Wow!  He's a beast!   :yike:
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Re: First bear ever - BIG boar down!
« Reply #62 on: October 22, 2017, 08:14:29 PM »
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Freaking giant! Awesome!
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Re: First bear ever - BIG boar down!
« Reply #63 on: October 22, 2017, 08:21:12 PM »
Wow, that initial paw print did not disappoint!!!!

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Re: First bear ever - BIG boar down!
« Reply #64 on: October 22, 2017, 10:32:03 PM »
Dude that is awesome! Beautiful bear!

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Re: First bear ever - BIG boar down!
« Reply #65 on: October 22, 2017, 10:57:36 PM »
 :yike: That thing has some big ole ears too !! #400+ Thats unbelievable Congrats !!
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Re: First bear ever - BIG boar down!
« Reply #66 on: October 23, 2017, 05:53:54 AM »
Congrats, fantastic bear and experience.


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Re: First bear ever - BIG boar down!
« Reply #67 on: October 23, 2017, 09:06:32 AM »
Wow, need more pics!  That looks huge, need a skull measurement NOW!!!

Thanks, no skull measurement yet. I put the head and hide in the freezer, so I'll have to wait until I drop it off at the taxidermist and get the skull finished before I get any measurements. From reading on here, it seems like the avg. size of a WA bear is about 200 lbs. I doubt this is close to a record bear, but should I have it officially measured?  :dunno: It doesn't matter to me a whole lot, but it would be cool if it was close to a record. I have no idea.
Once you get it skinned out you'll be able to take a green measurement of the skull - super easy, just length + width, you can print a score sheet from boone-crockett.org for instructions.  I think you have a chance of breaking the 20" minimum, I think he will be just shy at 19+ - but I'm not very experienced judging skulls in the round.  Regardless, an absolute stud bear in the early prime of life, 7-8 is my guess
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Re: First bear ever - BIG boar down!
« Reply #68 on: October 23, 2017, 09:48:46 AM »
Dandy boar! Nice work. Great write up too. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: First bear ever - BIG boar down!
« Reply #69 on: October 23, 2017, 10:07:03 AM »
He's a healthy looking beast!

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Re: First bear ever - BIG boar down!
« Reply #70 on: October 23, 2017, 12:53:58 PM »
He's a healthy looking beast!

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Re: First bear ever - BIG boar down!
« Reply #71 on: October 23, 2017, 01:41:41 PM »
Looks like a 2 year old cub, was mamma with it?   :chuckle:    What a Washington State Toad!!  Nice shooting too!  Congrats on a stud bear!
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Re: First bear ever - BIG boar down!
« Reply #72 on: October 23, 2017, 01:49:04 PM »
Fantastic.  Thanks for sharing!

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Re: First bear ever - BIG boar down!
« Reply #73 on: October 23, 2017, 03:47:55 PM »
Great bear and story! Thanks for sharing it!  :tup:

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Re: First bear ever - BIG boar down!
« Reply #74 on: October 23, 2017, 03:56:03 PM »
No, no. Gotta wait for Rainier10 to lift the ban first....sorry  ;)
Oh man, just saw this, I was just messing with you.  Great bear and great story.  Thanks for updating everyone and congrats on a great bear.
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