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Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Butler / Moshannon Pa
I told this story before, but it’s a good one so I’ll tell it again. My son and I were hunting baits in 1999 in northern Maine. On the first evening of the week, a fella from Lancaster, Pa. hit a bear with his bow. He said it was a giant bear and thought it might be P&Y size. He said he made a good hit on it, and what made this story unique was the fact he was using a string tracker that was a hot gimmick in those days. The bear took off on a dead run, and the string was zinging out quickly. The string stopped, meaning either it broke or the bear was dead.
The outfitter opted to look in the morning for the bear as it was already well past dark. At camp that night, it was decided that my son and I, along with the hunter and two guides would go on the recovery to help retrieve this large bear. When we got to the bait site, we found a good blood trail as well as the string from the tracker. My son and I brought up the rear, as we were there to primarily help carry out the bear. About 40 yards out, I saw something pretty unusual. There was a fallen tree on the trail, about 2 feet off the ground, and the blood trail and string went under the log. I whispered to my son that this bear wasn’t gonna be in the record books. A short distance down the trail, the bear was found, all 65 pounds of him. Upon finding the bear, the hunter exclaimed that it wasn’t his bear....must be someone else’s. The guide says in a low tone....there’s a string from your tree stand to the dead bear that says otherwise.
The hunter wasn’t a rookie....he had killed several bears prior to this one. Bears can fool you more than any other big game animal.
Last edited by Bigbrownie; 05-27-2019 at 09:38 PM.