HUNTING Black Bear

Discussion in 'Shot Placement' started by AfricaHunting.com, Oct 4, 2011.

  1. AfricaHunting.com

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    Black Bear Hunting Shot Placement

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    No quarrel with the shot placement - top ofthe heart and both lungs always works with a sharp broadhead. My question is symantics - are we doing shot placement or aiming point?
    If we're talking aiming point - I would raise it slightly - to more the center of the lungs, then you have greater margin for error. Because of the hair hanging, half way up a Black Bear is approximately 1/3 way up actual body and a good aiming point.
    Great series, thanks.
     
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    Thanks for your input and expertise rickconley, much appreciated! We are doing shot placement here, but there is great validity in your aiming point strategy, a good point to mention as well... Looking forward to more comments.
     
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    Thank you - and I intended to comment on the bow hunting side - with a rifle I'd agree placement is more precise (usually?).
     
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    any chance someone could post mor pictures showing shot placement at different angles?

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    Matt,
    Don't have pictures, but (bowhunting) anything quartering towards you more than broadside, is a poor choice and usually unnecessary for bear over bait - patience. For quartering away, the off front leg is a good reference for how far back to aim and still halfway up. Good luck.
     
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    Ok, hoping to get my first ever black bear "Ursus americanis" in 3 weeks. Do you recommend going right up the front leg or aiming a little back with a bow? Where would you shoot with a .30-06? High shoulder and try to anchor him? I am a little concerned that I will shoot too far back due to the size of the target. Thank you and
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    tiss, I can't speak on the archery side but have taken a couple dozen blackies with rifle and I aim no different then for deer/elk/moose ect ect. Tight behind the shoulder, 1/3-1/2 half way up is good to go. Where are ya going for the hunt? Best of luck to you and look forward to the story and pics on your return.
     
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    one third up is normally where i aim for, but depends on if you are in a tree or on the ground
    Last bear i shot was a little close and dropped him where he stood, not the perfect situation and not something for the feint of heart, kind of like them fun lion or buff charges lol
     
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    I shot my Black Bear in the eye while it was looking at me. It died on the spot with just one 44mag 200gr HP.
    The down side was it is a B&C book bear and I cannot enter him since I also shattered part of the skull.
     
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    way up north in bayfield county. most likely in a tree. hoping to arrow him but if he hangs up in the brush he will get the business end ( barnes vortx 180 gr) of my trusty ol 742
     
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    Tiss, one more little thing ... wait for that front leg to go forward when bow hunting, a little bit to far forward with shot placement and that front shoulder bone is as tough as an Abrams Tank!
     
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    If these guys don't stop tearing down my feeders I'm going to need that shot placement chart for practice. This photo is of a young male on the left and a young female to the right. They can be real pains in the rump.
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    Young bears are the worst. The younger they are the bigger pain in A** they can be! especially when there is more than one it's like they have a contest to see which one get into the most mischief.
     
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    Yep! We have a big Alpha male on the hunting lease that is over 300 pounds. He has pulled some of my feeder stands all the way down....bending the pipes. Had a momma bear walk up on me last year while I was checking the timer on a feeder. Yelling and waving my arms convinced her to walk away. Her yearling was coming from the other direction about five minutes later.
     

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