A member of our crew shot a big ol’ male this past bear season. 565 lbs. he got back the mount and the skull today. Taxidermists pointed out the old boy had been shot before. In the side of the jaw was a bullet still lodged in the bone. Seems to be a very old wound. Will be very interested to see how old this bear was when the ages come out.
That had to hurt. I killed a 500 + pounder a few years back that had two 22 bullets, double 00 buck, and #8 shot in it that the taxidermist discovered. None of them penetrated the 4" of fat on the bear. It was 9.