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Re: LOST A BEAR
« Reply #30 on: August 28, 2019, 08:39:35 AM »
You took a poorly thought out shot. You posted so I assume you can handle the critique.  Now call in sick, find it, tag it. Then go bag number two and do it better.

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Re: LOST A BEAR
« Reply #31 on: August 28, 2019, 08:40:36 AM »
 :yeah:

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Re: LOST A BEAR
« Reply #32 on: August 28, 2019, 08:41:54 AM »
Not to be a jerk, but some comments don't make sense saying "you should carry a headlamp" and stuff.It's not the first day,  I have not just one, but 2 plus a flashlight and don't think there's anybody here that can say "I can confidently make a 130-140 yard free hand shot from 300 Win Mag at a vital spot". At the moment, that's your best decision and and we do the best we can. it's easy to say what you could've done better, but we all know that you wouldn't have done any different.
But back to the subject. I'm wondering why till the last moment I left, I could still hear him moving if he was going to die. He was still moving in the bushes for more than 30 mins. The time frame would be more than 30 mins between him getting shot and me leaving, when I left he was still moving.
The meat is probably already spoiled if he died, but I will definitely check again, If I find him dead, i'll notch my tag just to feel better. We win or we learn.

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Re: LOST A BEAR
« Reply #33 on: August 28, 2019, 08:42:45 AM »
Go back and look for the bear.

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Get back in there this morning before it warms up.  I bet you can salvage it.

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Re: LOST A BEAR
« Reply #34 on: August 28, 2019, 08:49:53 AM »
All due respects, Tiger, stop posting and defending yourself, and get your behind out in the woods and finish the job. It's almost 9. You should've been out there by 6. Get some results before you spend any more time on your keyboard.  :dunno:
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Re: LOST A BEAR
« Reply #35 on: August 28, 2019, 09:12:54 AM »
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Re: LOST A BEAR
« Reply #36 on: August 28, 2019, 09:38:34 AM »
You really should go back and look for that bear, grid or circles, do you have a dog or a friend that has a dog, take the dog for a "walk" (some may disagree with me on that).
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Re: LOST A BEAR
« Reply #37 on: August 28, 2019, 09:47:21 AM »
Shot one last week at 7:30, got home after 4am. Get back up the hill and find him!
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Re: LOST A BEAR
« Reply #38 on: August 28, 2019, 11:31:54 AM »



1) If it's still standing, you're still shooting.  I don't care if it's a bear, an elk, or a duck.  Don't ever think "yeah that one shot is probably fine" if it's still on it's legs.

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Re: LOST A BEAR
« Reply #39 on: August 28, 2019, 05:40:13 PM »
Not to be a jerk, but some comments don't make sense saying "you should carry a headlamp" and stuff.It's not the first day,  I have not just one, but 2 plus a flashlight and don't think there's anybody here that can say "I can confidently make a 130-140 yard free hand shot from 300 Win Mag at a vital spot". At the moment, that's your best decision and and we do the best we can. it's easy to say what you could've done better, but...

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Re: LOST A BEAR
« Reply #40 on: August 28, 2019, 05:47:31 PM »
Going after a bear in the dark with a headlamp in a place weíre you canít see him in the light at twelve yards is probably not the best idea. No matter how many guys tell you they wouldíve. I could be wrong. Assuming that you lost it without putting the effort in to finding it is the issue. That bear is probably within 100 yards from where you heard him last. I would have been there at first light the next day

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Re: LOST A BEAR
« Reply #41 on: August 28, 2019, 05:47:49 PM »



1) If it's still standing, you're still shooting.  I don't care if it's a bear, an elk, or a duck.  Don't ever think "yeah that one shot is probably fine" if it's still on it's legs.



Even if its not still on its legs.  If i shoot a bear and it hits the ground, im still shooting again.  They can be such a PITA to track.  Id rather give it an unnecessary double tap and maybe ruin a little meat, than lose the entire bear.

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Re: LOST A BEAR
« Reply #42 on: August 28, 2019, 05:49:59 PM »
It's hard to say where you hit him, you might have just nicked him if you didn't find any blood at all. Just because it jumped and rolled doesn't necessarily mean it was fatally wounded. Your bullet might have hit the leg or butt and it had a hard time moving and covering some ground.
If you went to search for him, which I hope you did, I'd love to hear the results. If you end up not finding your bear, it's most likely still eating berries, worst case scenario the nature is the ultimate predator, yotes, birds, etc will get it and it won't be wasted. It's just a good lesson and experience for ya that most hunters have gone through. I can't really give any solid advice or criticize you since you were the one in that situation but I hope you'd learn something from this that will make you better. Just my  :twocents:

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Re: LOST A BEAR
« Reply #43 on: August 28, 2019, 06:25:12 PM »
It's hard to say where you hit him, you might have just nicked him if you didn't find any blood at all. Just because it jumped and rolled doesn't necessarily mean it was fatally wounded. Your bullet might have hit the leg or butt and it had a hard time moving and covering some ground.
If you went to search for him, which I hope you did, I'd love to hear the results. If you end up not finding your bear, it's most likely still eating berries, worst case scenario the nature is the ultimate predator, yotes, birds, etc will get it and it won't be wasted. It's just a good lesson and experience for ya that most hunters have gone through. I can't really give any solid advice or criticize you since you were the one in that situation but I hope you'd learn something from this that will make you better. Just my  :twocents:

I disagree, if you read the narrative again by the OP

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Bear jumps in the air, starts rolling for a few seconds, gets up having a hard time running, falls and rolls for a second or two, then then disappears in blackberry bushes, in a nasty nasty place. 

that sounds like it busted a shoulder

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The reason I didn't make a second shot is because I initially thought he was pretty much done before he got up and disappeared.

must have been hit pretty good for the OP to have the confidence (and the time) to pass up on a following shot, if it were just a nick the bear would have been gone before a follow up shot could be done, even on a lever gun.

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I waited a little, then went towards the bushes. I heard constant "breaking and smashing" noises from the same exact spot about 30 yards below me. after about 15 minutes the noises stopped. I went down there thinking he was just dying, but when I got there, I still heard him moving about 10-15 yards away from me

So from the shot it presumably took the op a few minutes to walk/jog the 130 yards, then "he waited a little" so add time there, then walk 30 yards through thick poky brambles, then wait 15 minutes.   So from shot to time he last heard the bear 15 feet away could have been 20 to 30 minutes. 


Which tells me the bear was hit solid, most likely a shattered shoulder.    I think a head lamp here could have saved the day and perhaps phone a friend. 

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Re: LOST A BEAR
« Reply #44 on: August 28, 2019, 06:40:53 PM »
Yup Iíd bet if you posted the story and that you wanted some help recovering the bear at least a few guys from your area would be willing to drive up and help.   Several times I have dropped what I was doing and headed out to help pack/recover critters.

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