that stinks. I know the feeling. I shot at my first bear this MZ season at 15 yards, head on shot. Bled like a stuck pig for 100 yards, then went to tiny drops. Followed on hands and knees another 3-400 yards before I lost blood. No bear.
Same here we searched from 930 till it got dark
Over and over 100s of yards in every direction
The blood just stopped
Well, some lessons are learned the hard way. There’s a story from the camp next to mine, a guy shot a buck one year, and right after he tagged it, it got up and ran off, tag in ear. Luckily for him it didn’t go too far and he recovered it, but he never lived that one down!
7 years ago a guy hit a big bear early in the morning that did cartwheels down the mountain head over heels, blood everywhere. We tracked it until dark and went back the next day and picked up the trail and followed til late afternoon and never got it. Still a decent blood trail and where it would rub against trees it looked like you painted it on with a brush! Across a valley and over the next ridge, some die easy and some don't?