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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 11-12-2012, 03:41 PM Thread Starter
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Bear cubs

I was just wondering what everyone felt on shooting bear cubs. I myself am only 18 and have only been bear hunting for about 4 years and have never seen a bear while hunting them. I would extremely excited and blessed to even see one but I don't know if I would feel right shooting a 50 lb bear. What do you guys think?

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post #2 of 32 (permalink) Old 11-12-2012, 04:02 PM
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Re: Bear cubs

A bear is a bear in my eyes. When they come flying through the woods is hard to tell how big they are unless 250 plus. If a 50 pounder was to come strolling through I would not hesitate. I have taken 2 pa bear 140 and 363 both field dressed. You will hear guys say stuff but just smile away you took a PA black bear.
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Re: Bear cubs

That's kind of I feel but I'm not sure... A bear in pa is a once in a lifetime opportunity unless you are driving them with a lot of people but we don't do that. I would probably shoot it cus it is hard to tell how big they are but I wouldn't know how I felt about until after

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To each their own, but my opinon is my signature. If it can fit in an 8 gallon bucket let it alone.

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Get out the popcorn.....

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Re: Bear cubs

Just gonna say it now, as long as this thread remains civil it will stay. Joe W, this has been a subject of some very heated debates over the years. Each side has presented some great points but the fact is every situation is unique. What I may deem acceptable may not fly with others.

Truth is that harvesting cubs may not be a popular choice, however it is a legal activity and I will not begrudge or harrass another hunter who chooses to do so.

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When I started out hunting I would have taken any legal bear but now that I've gotten a few I would not shoot a cub.

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Re: Bear cubs

I wont knowingly shoot a cub...

But like was said, ive seen 2 bears in my life...i cant judge a bear unless it was with others...or something i could judge it on..

I also hunt by drives and it is a real rare occasion that i sit...so bears i may see arent going to sit still and let me study them...

I wont bash anyone for shooting anything legal...my crew killed 2 cubs a couple years ago...47 and 83lbs i think...sow and boar...their sow got shot earlier that day and were wandering around lost...i was glad the 2 guys down the line got them and i didnt...just my feelings...i shot a coyote later that day and it was longer than them...i dont wanna shoot a cub...but i know it may happen with how i hunt...
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Re: Bear cubs

Like others said it is hard to tell while there running full boar through the woods. Like Mauser im usually one of the guys walking so if I see a bear and able to make a SAFE shot I wouldnt hesitate on a smaller bear. Reason for expressing the safe is just be extremely cautious and dont let the excitment of seeing one overcome the safety of others you may be hunting with. I had to make this decision last year which was really tough especially being the first time in 8 years that I have seen a bear while hunting for them but knew I had standers straight ahead I didnt take the shot. Be safe have fun and good luck to you.

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Re: Bear cubs

Early in my hunting career I would not hesitate to shoot anything that was legal. Now I choose to shoot when and if I want to. I would never hold anyone else to that standard, just as I wouldn't want anyone bashing me for not shooting if I had the chance to. Pulling the trigger is always a choice.

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