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Big Game Hunting => Bear Hunting => Topic started by: BIGMIKE on November 01, 2018, 10:09:18 AM

Title: 2018 Archery Bear Tag filled
Post by: BIGMIKE on November 01, 2018, 10:09:18 AM
Despite of hectic schedule at work, starting a new business venture and family obligations. I was happy to be blessed and squeeze 4 days of archery hunting this past early season. During my 4 day eastern WA Elk hunt, I was blessed to get a shot at this bear during the last hour of day 2. Green light came on at 21 yards broadside so I sent the 100 grain Montec flying towards the sweet spot. The shot felt good but with fading light I decided to commence trailing the following day.

The following morning I was up early due to Elk bugles all around camp. I decided to hunt Elk early in the morning but I can't seem to close the distance to my quary. I can hear and sometimes smell Elk but I was not able to have visual due to thick vegetation. Around 8:00 am. I made it to the spot where I shot the bear the night before. Right of the bat I located my arrow covered with blood and few drops of blood hinting where the bear ran to. Little did I know that this will be one of the toughest tracking job I will have to do in order claim my prize.

To make the long story short, I found very little blood nor sign left by the Bear after the shot. It was almost 2:00 pm when I found him, that was 6 hours of tracking which covered only 600-650 yards. I took few pictures and went to work taking care of the meat. Two loads of solo 2 mile trek and I was back in Elk camp before dark. This is my first Bear harvest and I am happy to have taken him with the old trusty DXT.

My family and I was skeptical at first about eating bear meat but after the first bite we were hooked! Even friends at church was inquiring about how does bear flavor compare to other game animals so I figure I will bring a Bear dish to the Church Thanksgiving Pot luck.  :chuckle:
Title: Re: 2018 Archery Bear
Post by: Duckhunter14 on November 01, 2018, 10:14:22 AM
Congrats! Looks like a cool color phase! Any bear with a bow is a trophy. Nice work staying with the track job. Bears often bleed very little and tracking can often be difficult.
Title: Re: 2018 Archery Bear
Post by: Machias on November 01, 2018, 10:15:33 AM
Nice job!!!
Title: Re: 2018 Archery Bear Tag filled
Post by: nitroelk on November 01, 2018, 01:23:21 PM
nice looking bear and good looking sausage!!
Title: Re: 2018 Archery Bear Tag filled
Post by: Pete112288 on November 01, 2018, 01:30:59 PM
That story is very close to mine with my first bowkill/first bear. Its my avatar picture. Archery elk hunting, shot it 17 yards, came back the next morning to track it up. Wasnt as long of a track as yours but same thing, very little sign till the last 10 yards or so. Took a long time to track. I was skeptical too about taste. But found out bear is the best red meat I have ever eaten, and I grew up on home grown grass fed beef.
Congrats!!! and beautiful color on it
Title: Re: 2018 Archery Bear Tag filled
Post by: tgomez on November 07, 2018, 09:29:46 PM
Congratulations on your success.
Title: Re: 2018 Archery Bear Tag filled
Post by: hoyt2002 on November 07, 2018, 09:35:48 PM
Nice bear and write up.
Title: Re: 2018 Archery Bear Tag filled
Post by: bowhunterforever on November 07, 2018, 11:24:47 PM
Nice bear :tup: Congrats