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Re: Shot placement for black bears.
« Reply #25 on: August 13, 2009, 02:55:17 PM »
I honestly think bear are the toughest critters to put down.
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Re: Shot placement for black bears.
« Reply #26 on: August 13, 2009, 03:10:15 PM »
they get two no matter what,third one is for me

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Re: Shot placement for black bears.
« Reply #27 on: August 13, 2009, 03:20:14 PM »
they get two no matter what,third one is for me


Yea that's a good rule to follow.  I'm not a big fan of waiting for them to die, in my opinion their departure should be quick and as painless as possible. I like to follow the first up quickly with a second, and that third for you rasbo, if they're still breathing.  :P

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Re: Shot placement for black bears.
« Reply #28 on: September 03, 2009, 09:12:06 AM »
Thanks for posting this Billy!  Good info

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Re: Shot placement for black bears.
« Reply #29 on: September 06, 2009, 06:36:11 PM »
Great thread but I went a different way in 09.

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Re: Shot placement for black bears.
« Reply #30 on: February 01, 2010, 10:29:38 AM »
Wow! I have yet to try the headshot with my bow.  :bash: The heart/lungs seem to do pretty good for me.

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Re: Shot placement for black bears.
« Reply #31 on: February 23, 2010, 06:14:54 PM »
good info,
head shot looks cool.
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Re: Shot placement for black bears.
« Reply #32 on: March 27, 2010, 12:22:46 AM »
If that head shot didn't demolish the skull too bad it would make a pretty cool skull mount, especially if there was a tale of a charge involved.

Personally speaking I agree with Bearpaw, take out their running gear and try to get a lung. Best rifle shot I've seen was at 175 when my friend shot it in the neck, aiming for the spine. He's a good shot; I've never seen a bear collapse and never move besides that shot.

On an archery note, the one I shanked in an apple tree fell at the base dead. I still think arrows are the way to go, and bears are an epic hunt, should you decide to use their limited eyesight against them. Just hunt the wind and you'll be good.
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Re: Shot placement for black bears.
« Reply #33 on: April 05, 2010, 10:45:44 PM »
Really good info, thank you.

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Re: Shot placement for black bears.
« Reply #34 on: August 21, 2010, 02:06:32 PM »
Great info guys. Thanks!
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Re: Shot placement for black bears.
« Reply #35 on: August 24, 2010, 10:00:02 AM »
 :tup: Awesome info, Thanks!
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Re: Shot placement for black bears.
« Reply #36 on: September 01, 2010, 06:17:52 PM »
gutpile, good shot, no argueing that shot was a death sentence.... :chuckle:
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Re: Shot placement for black bears.
« Reply #37 on: September 01, 2010, 07:42:20 PM »
I honestly think bear are the toughest critters to put down.
I cant believe you didnt take a beating for this comment-I feel the same way and have scars on my back from the lashings I have taken from people saying bears are as easy to put down as a chipmonk :chuckle:

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Re: Shot placement for black bears.
« Reply #38 on: September 20, 2010, 11:09:20 AM »
Another pic

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Re: Shot placement for black bears.
« Reply #39 on: November 21, 2010, 12:42:24 PM »
good info thanks for sharing, now i can see "why" you have to let them get the front foot forward.

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Re: Shot placement for black bears.
« Reply #40 on: November 21, 2010, 12:47:56 PM »
my 2010 bear was one shot to the heat and lungs, she didnt go more than 10 yrds and took a dirt nap.  I hunt with a single shot rifle, I have to make the first one count cause I might not get a second one.
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Re: Shot placement for black bears.
« Reply #41 on: December 19, 2010, 12:26:50 AM »
Great pics. Got 2 bears this year. One was shot broadside facing left, one shot 250 yds heart lungs, rolled it. next my dads, was facing away a@@ end toward him, shot between spine and front shoulder, heart, rolled it, 250 yards. Both 1 shot kills from a pretty decent range. Both bears 200+, i dont know how some people shoot 3,4,5 shots :dunno: Bad shot placement I guess

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Re: Shot placement for black bears.
« Reply #42 on: January 01, 2011, 01:20:45 PM »
good information to know

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Re: Shot placement for black bears.
« Reply #43 on: April 10, 2011, 02:51:29 PM »
With the spring bear hunt just around the corner, I thought this might be helpful to a few people.
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Re: Shot placement for black bears.
« Reply #44 on: April 18, 2011, 03:53:00 PM »
HAHAHA no doubt Gutpile that was a good come back !!!

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Re: Shot placement for black bears.
« Reply #45 on: April 18, 2011, 05:07:40 PM »
If that head shot didn't demolish the skull too bad it would make a pretty cool skull mount, especially if there was a tale of a charge involved.

I have the skull. Perfect hole through and through. No damage to the skull other than that. Truth being told the bear was facing me and was much closer than I thought. I was shooting a 350 Rem Mag wjich starts to fall off at 250 so I put the crosshairs between the eyes thinking it would hit it in the chest. Still a cool pic though when I want to brag about how great a shot I am.  :chuckle:  Anyways the bear was at 180ish so the bullet didn't drop at all hence the head shot.  :tung:

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Re: Shot placement for black bears.
« Reply #46 on: August 06, 2012, 11:47:00 AM »
shoot them in the sholders, thats where the vitals are! 

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Re: Shot placement for black bears.
« Reply #47 on: April 11, 2013, 08:52:34 PM »
The last post stated- "shoot them in the shoulders, that is where the vitals are". I would like to comment on that and add some of my observations. To just say shoot them in the shoulders is not good advice because it really depends on how the animal's body is positioned. I have told my brother in the past on various animals to try to bust shoulder before and he did so but due to the way the animal was facing/positioned he missed the vitals (for example the animal was broadside but its front legs were positioned forward). One must consider where the center of the vitals are located and aim to put the bullet through that center. Clearly a quality bullet placed through the vitals will kill whatever animal but I (like many others) like to also immobilize the animal so that it cannot move into heavy cover. So what I try to accomplish is to break at least one front leg while also destroying the vitals. My biggest bear was an excellent example and has come to be my favored shot, especially on bear. It was quartering away and I aimed to center the vitals and break the offside front leg. The bear dropped at the shot. I also advocate follow up shots, especially on bear. I have learned the hard way and hope that you will not make the same mistake. Bears in particular can be really hard to find so keep shooting!

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Re: Shot placement for black bears.
« Reply #48 on: July 29, 2013, 02:05:00 PM »
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Re: Shot placement for black bears.
« Reply #49 on: August 17, 2013, 12:10:58 AM »
I plan on stickin one this year. Passed on a couple last year both with a gun and a bow. I've seen so many stinkin bears this year whilst scouting for deer and elk. Washington seriously needs to start selling second bear tags. Its getting ridiculous
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