This will be my second hunt for bear. My first bear I shot in the neck. This was the prefered way in the camp. Now they are saying that to many animals have not been recovered due to the small vital area of the spine and one should take a lung shot. They have been leaving the animal until the next day if extended amount of tracking was required.
I am curious as to what the common shot placement is? I like the neck shot and feel confident with my ability and as to where the spine location is. Also I am going to use my 44 mag S&W this year. The first bear I shot was with a 444 Marlin. He dropped in his tracks.