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.
Deer hunters spend so much time trying to pattern deer that we forget that we also can be "patterned." After all, most of us hunt the same days and the same hours, so it isn't difficult for deer to figure us out.
While we would never recommend giving up hunting the traditional moving times for deer -- early morning and late evening -- it's important to keep in mind that deer will move at other times of the day. Sometimes hunting through lunch, or getting in your stand earlier than usual for an...