Man's 48 Year Hunting Career Finally Lands a Bear

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Wayne Potts has been hunting for 48 years and has never had success hunting black bear, until this year. He had seen bears on his trail cams, he knew they were there, but that hadn't helped any in the past so he was not expecting very much this year either.

He and his 13-year old daughter did spot a mother bear and three cubs during the youth deer season this year.

Potts was in his tree stand on November 19th in Black Creek Township, Pennsylvania when he saw a bear, but did not have a good shot. He saw an opening in the brush that would give him a clear shot if the bear continued moving in the same direction. So Potts moved, and the bear disappeared from sight. Potts worried that the bear was gone, and another unsuccessful bear hunt would end his season. However, the bear reappeared and came into view for a clear shot. Potts aimed his Winchester .270 short mag, fired once, and dropped the bear.

The bear weighed 200 lbs, and will make a nice rug for Potts' home. He shared the meat with his friends as well. "I don't believe in anything you shoot going to waste," he said. From StandardSpeaker.com.

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groovy mike's picture

Congratulations Mr. Potts!

Congratulations Mr. Potts! 

I have never taken a bear (yet!) EITHER, but while I am away working in New York City my wife and son saw one on teh neighbors lawn while the season is open!  OH the irony! lol, hopefully I won't have to wait forty eight years to fill my bear tag!  Like Mr. Potts - I know that they are there - I just have to catch one within sight during the season!

Ca_Vermonster's picture

That is a great bear, and a

That is a great bear, and a great success story!  there have been some really nice bears coming out of Pennsylvania this year, and the last couple.  It's nice to see he was sharing his hunts with his daughter.  Very cool!

I am curious though, was he specifically targeting bears, or was it an opportunistic kill?  I know tha tin alot of those states, including where I hunt in Vermont, the seasons overlap a bit, so most of the bears killed are incidental.  They are spotted by deer hunters who also have a bear tag.  He went an awfully long time without getting one, but you would think if he'd been just bear hunting, he would have shot one prior to that.

Either was, that's awesome. Glad to see he had the right attitude, and that none of the animal went to waste.  He is starting his daughter on the right foot, so that should make for a lifelong hutning companion.  Congrats to him!

Retired2hunt's picture

  First - Congratulations to

 

First - Congratulations to Mr. Wayne Potts!  That is a great bear - for your first one.  You have broken the proverbial 48 years of iceberg here.  Your dedication, your persistence, your perseverance - all definite actions from a true hunter.  My hats off to you.  Now there are more actions here that continue to show that Mr. Potts is a great hunter - he does not waste his animal and shares the meat.  He also hunts with his 13 year old daughter during their youth season plus is taking her back out during the regular deer gun season.  Mr. Potts is definitely an example of what hunting is all about.  I'm certain that his daughter will emulate the same great characteristics throughout her adult hunting life as well.  The great thing here is that these same characteristics are most probable evident in their everyday life. 

Now onto the black bear part of this - this is the second of mostly like more articles to come on the successful PA bear hunts.  Obviously PA continues to properly manage their black bear population to allow year after year some of the best black bear hunting in the US.  I once had about 7 seconds of a bear sighting while bear hunting in Canada one year.  That 7 seconds continues to naw at me.  Articles like these rekindle my drive for the ability to bear hunt again. 

 

BikerRN's picture

Congratulations!

Congratulations!

That is one well earned trophy. I hope it doesn't take me as long to be sucessful but one never knows what tomorrow will bring.

Perseverence and dedication are admirable traits that are too often lacking today in my opinion.

Biker

BikerRN's picture

Congratulations!

Congratulations!

That is one well earned trophy. I hope it doesn't take me as long to be sucessful but one never knows what tomorrow will bring.

Perseverence and dedication are admirable traits that are too often lacking today in my opinion.

Biker

GooseHunter Jr's picture

That is a great make you feel

That is a great make you feel good story.  I really like his determanation and not giving up.  I am sure his 13 year old daughter has learned alot from that.  Hopefully he can get another bear soon...now that the monkey is off his back.  Congrats to him on a sucessfull harvest and staying dedicated after so long.

hunter25's picture

Here's what I'm talking

Here's what I'm talking about. After just reading about the 700 pounder this is more of a nnormal sized one. Forty eight years is a long time to wait for your first one though and I intend to get one long before that much time goes by. I'm halfway there or so but I haven't even bought a license yet so I better get on it or I'll be telling a story like this one in the future. Congratualtions to the man for sticking with it fir such a long time and finally being able to take a nice one home.