Let’s here some success stories and what counties bear where taken
There should but i was really surprised of the lack of hunters i observed yesterday morning. I was hunting on an SGL and only 1 car in the parking area. Saw no hunters and heard no shots except for the waterfowl hunters down by the river. I was only able to hunt until 9 but i was expecting a lot of guys out. I heard the northern tier had some hunter activity but not here in Perry.someone should have something to report
Same in 3D, a lot of empty gamelands parking lots! Huntings just like trapping is a dieng breed unfortunately, just hunting is dieng more slowly! We hunted 4 different afternoons for youth pheasant and didn't see one other youth hunting and there were birds everywhere. Sad and concerning for were the future of hunting and trapping is going!! "California the largest lower 48 state just banned trapping" Not Good!!!There should but i was really surprised of the lack of hunters i observed yesterday morning. I was hunting on an SGL and only 1 car in the parking area. Saw no hunters and heard no shots except for the waterfowl hunters down by the river. I was only able to hunt until 9 but i was expecting a lot of guys out. I heard the northern tier had some hunter activity but not here in Perry.someone should have something to report
Man that stinks. There is so much fat on a bear that can easily plug the entry wound. I hope you get out this week and find it. They are tough animals thats for sure. Good luck.Hunted 5A, southern Micheaux yesterday. No idea where I was going, scouted via Google Earth and played the wind. Worked north into a hollow on the sidehill adjacent to a clear cut up top where my cousin's gang got one last rifle season. They had 5 bears on cam in the area this summer.
At about 7:45 I was working out a logging trail and found a big rock to gain some elevation to see ahead. Snapped a branch getting up on the rock and spooked some deer. Not 30 seconds later a bear comes charging straight downhill at me!
Raised the gun and waited. He got to 15 steps and stopped. He filled the scope, facing head on. Not the preferred shot, but I dropped the crosshairs under his chin, center of mass and fired. He rolled back then turned right and ran back uphill.
After reloading I went to the last known spot and after a bit found great blood. I followed it up through nasty thickets and it turned right paralleling the ridge. Followed it on my hands and knees at times for over 350 yards and the blood petered out. Just a spec every 20 yards or so. Finally had cell service up top and called in help, but we were only able to find one more spec of blood and it looked like it was turning downhill.
I had to leave the trail to go to work so we planned on coming back this morning to follow up, maybe just backing out it would lay up and die? Well thanks to TS Nestor, all the rain today washed the blood away. I gave it a grid search for 2.5 hours and called it a day.
Still can't believe I even saw a bear, let alone got a shot...and flubbed it. Dang it's a tough pill to swallow. I estimate it at about 200 lbs, but it could have been 100-300. I don't know bears at all.