Great bear and great story to go along with it. i don't blame you for backing out and coming back the next day. A wounded bear can be deadly.
Is that a pre-64 Winchester that you used? I have one that my dad gave me. I haven't used it in decades, but it is a cool gun. As thick as it looks from the pic, the open sight 30 30 seems like a good rifle choice.
Very cool story and a great display of hunting ethics by your buddy! There are a lot of guys that would have handled that situation much differently that he did! I bet he'll have a bear tag in his pocket in that area for future hunts.
Although I have never hunted bear, and don't see myself doing it, I always enjoy hearing stories from those of you that do.
Congrats on a beautiful bear! I like the way you posed it for the picture. It kind of looks like he was saying his last prayer!
The first deer I shot, way back in 1958, was taken to the local meat shop and processed into steaks, roasts and some burger. Back then in that little Idaho town, when you took a deer into the butcher, you got the same deer back. Unfortunately, times have changed. The last time I took an animal to a butcher, in the mid 60's, I don't have a clue who's meat I got back, but I sure don't think it was mine. I ended up throwing the burger as it stunk the house up every time we...