I just purchased a black bear tag for Archery. I figured if I saw one while hunting elk, I could take a shot. Then I realize I wouldnt be in a tree and would have to be rather close when taking the shot. Anyone else here hunt them with a bow?
We had a giant cinnamon phase black bear walk buy us at 40 yards last year. We watched him for a good 20 minutes. He knew something wasn't quite right but couldn't figure out what. He sat down and watched and sniffed for us a good 10 minutes. I wish I had a tag.
I had an archery bear tag with me last year during my archery deer hunt. I can't say that I actually hunted bear with archery equipment, but I wanted to be ready in case the opportunity presented itself. The year before, I was within 40 yards of a nice bear with a nice shot opportunity, but no bear tag. For now, I will probably continue doing the same thing. I doubt I can fit much time into my schedule to dedicate to bear hunting, but I want to be ready if the opportunity presents itself. With that in mind, I bought another archery bear tag for this season, so we will see what happens.
As a Taxidermist I look at hundreds of Whitetail Bucks every year. I know that I have seen many different ways people judge the size of racks on live deer. I think for the most part they all are pretty close. I'm going to give you some measurements that I have noticed being right on in just about every deer. We have used it in the last couple years and have only been off by about 5-6 inches. We do study the deer while bowhunting so we get a little more time to look at them....