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First black bear. Big!

This is my first bear. Looks to me 400. shot at 30 yrds with my cowboy 30-30. Just back in the gut but angled up to lung. Bullet stopped just short of popping out the other side, we found it just under the hide. Wild story will post next time.

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WOW!!! thats one heck of

WOW!!! thats one heck of bear, great looking size, the coat looks great. cant waity to hear the story, good shot with the old 30-30, i love those guns, thats the type of bear that i've been looking for, where did you shoot that bruiser? again congrats on the very fine looking animal.

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Hey that is a great looking

Hey that is a great looking bear and to boot you took it with a 30.30...that is awesome..nice shooting.

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Great first bear!

Congrats on your first bear! Look foward to hearing story behind it.

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That is a good looking bear.

That is a good looking bear. Congratulations on him. And that is pretty cool to have taken him with an old 30-30. My grandpa gave me his old winchester and I plan on making a hunt with that gun sometime soon.

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Very nice bear! 

Very nice bear!  Congrats!!

He's got a great looking coat too.  You gonna do anything with it?  Probably make a real nice rug, or throw...... Yes

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The wild bear story

My buddy was hunting alone on private property in d-3, and shot a buck about 4:00. It ran downhill straight past this bear that he hadn't even seen till now. The bear smelled the blood and followed right after it to where the deer died, and even started to have a bite. The buddy (with no bear tag) had to throw rocks and sticks to get it off. But it didn't go far. He called me up and said "hey you want a bear? Cause I could use a hand here." This thing kept pacing by him and coming in, backing off for a while. I had to get home, grab my gun & tag, rush out there, took me about an hour from when he called. Meanwhile the buddy hadn't gutted the deer or anything yet, mostly out of fear. He told me later tag or not if I didn't get there soon he was gunna shoot it anyway if it cme in again. He came to meet me when I parked to show me where it was, and sure enough I saw this huge head staring at us about 30 yrds out, standing over the deer.

He walked away a little, but there was too much brush to shoot. I followed him a little, but lost him. We went back to the deer, cause it was starting to get dark. The buddy started to gut and drag to the truck, I found a spot and waited over the guts. 15 min later he came, but paused about 30 yrds out, staring straight at me, again no shot. Finally it was gettin dark so I walked in on it and I wnet 10 yrds towards it before it turned. I shot, it ran, but no time for a second. My buddy heard the shot and came back. we could hear it in the bushes 50 yrds down, we waited a little while, but could still hear it. He said, "well Im not going after a wounded bear in the dark!" I thought that sounded pretty reasonable, so we agreed to go back at first light.

All night I'm wondering did I miss? I was nervous, felt like I was shaking like an earthquake, did I shoot late, hitting it in the butt or something? I couldn't sleep to good. At day, we went out there and saw the gut pile was still there. Good. Saw blood but it was just from the deer. No trail. We searched where we last heard it, but found nothing. Already we've been looking 45 min. No bear. No trail. Nothing. We both thought I missed or wounded, but agreed to kris cross the hill to the bottom of the draw just to clear our minds, then leave. Another 20 minutes and I hear my buddy whistle, and, "Hey, I found your bear!!!" Towards the bottom of the draw in a blackberry patch, There he was!

Then the work started! He was easily double my size+, I'm 190 lbs. The head, feet, and hide was almost 100 lbs, & took 100 lbs of meat. That was 24 hrs I'll never forget.

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Great Bear

Congratulations on your 1st bear. 1st or 51st that is a great bear.Thumbs up

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Big bear

Thumbs up Thanks for letting us enjoy your hunt, if I was your buddy I'm not sure what I would of done either.

Good looking bear :thumbsup1:  and he needed to be taken out because he wasn't scared of man which can be a bad thing.

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Congrats on a huge bear! I

Congrats on a huge bear! Thumbs up

I wouldn't want to be hunting around that kind of bear. If he wasn't affraid of the two of you then he definitely needed to be taken out. It's a good thing your buddy was able to see him before he started the process of gutting the deer. That would be a tense moment to look up to see a bear while gutting a deer. Their have been instances down east of here where hunters walk up on a bear over their deer. Most of time, the bear gets a free meal. Your buddy was lucky you had a tag and was able to make it to him in time.  

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Thanks for the write up. It

Thanks for the write up. It sounds like quite the exciting ordeal. I bet your buddy was sweating bullets until you got their with your tag. Sure he could have killed it if it came at him but most hunters are pretty cautious about that when they do not have a tag for it. I bet that was one night without much sleep. I had to wait on a cow elk overnight to recover her and it almost killed me. I can not imagine having to wait on a bear. Was it a boar or a sow? It has some great color and really does look huge. It is definitely a great first bear in anyones book. Congratulations on taking such a whopper. I bet your friend thanked you a bunch for showing up... or maybe you thanked him a bunch for giving you a call. It is a win - win situation for sure.

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