My 15 y.o sons first bear shot with a 270 win at 40 yds. It has a skull measuered at 20.5 inches. It was so fat we quartered it out and used pack frames to get it out. We were at about 7500 feet in elevation in zone d-4 approx 1.5 miles from camp.
Congrats to your son, I'm still waiting on my first bear. I've had a few chances to get one but I'm being very picky. I want a big bear and all black nose to tail. or a color phase. I dont want a mixed color like brown snout and black hide.
Jim Zumbo, Craig Boddington, Ron Spomer and Wayne Van Zwoll are all solid contributers to the modern hunting literature. Through their gifts (both hunting and writing) they make us better hunters. Whether it is letting us learn from their mistakes or by teaching us new techniques,they help us harvest more game. But I suggest looking to the oldies, the fathers of the outdoor writing craft, to learn tricks that you might have not used.
I chose to shoot the 270 winchester because I grew up...