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Location: Olympia, WA
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I SHOT BOO BOO BEAR

I shot Boo Boo Bear. I shot a bear this Friday that looked a whole lot bigger in my spotting scope and rifle scope than on the ground. I know, I should have been more prepared to measure what I was looking at in my scope against the reticles, I should have known exactly how much belly mass, shoulder and rump mass should be evident.. I know, I know, I know. But the fact is, I nailed a 100 to 125lb bear. Believe me, I payed the price for this bear. Lots of hiking, driving, scoping. Lots of looking and searching. Even more searching. Finally found this unlucky bear in a cut, on Friday evening. Saw the bear at 407 yards. Moved in closer, and could only get to 254 yards. (I have been practicing often at exactly 300 yards and I knew I could make the shot.) I shot the bear center of mass at 254 yards and dropped it. The bear tumbled down, down, down. Down the steep canyon until it lodged agains a lone tree. (Lucky me, miss the tree and add on another 200 yards of canyon.

Anyway, me and my hunting buddy skinned and quartered the little guy, leaving only the ribcage to waste. Then the steep climb out. Not a heavy pack, just a steep climb.

All in all, I would have liked to taken a larger bear for sure.

A cinnamon black bear, Mission Unit. How about you? Anyone else score a bear?

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Location: Pennsylvania
Joined: 10/28/2003
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I SHOT BOO BOO BEAR

Well congradulations......I guess?
I think most people think bears are a lot bigger than they really are. The average bear is around 125 pounds, according to a guy that hunted them in that area for the paper companys back when they were considered varmints. He kill something like 800 of them! I think he would know. I read it in an article in Bear Hunter Magazine "The greatest Bear Hunter that Ever Lived"

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Joined: 04/06/2006
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I SHOT BOO BOO BEAR

Congrats, sounds like he was a good looking bear though. Post a picture for us to see, then go buy a 2nd bear tag and go kill a bigger one.

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Location: OlyWa
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Re: I SHOT BOO BOO BEAR
Iceman wrote:

leaving only the ribcage to waste.

Aaarrggghhhhhh......the ribs on the little ones are the best!....oh well.

Congrats.

If you go out again, try to get it on video.

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Location: Olympia, WA
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I SHOT BOO BOO BEAR

Thanks guys. A bit uninformed on this bear stuff. I have been going after them for a few years, but this is my first. After a bit more research, I have been told to call this a blonde and chocolate brown/ black bear. (?) The bear has some red in it too, especially around the lower leg/forearm/paws. My wife and I have taken the bear to a taxidermist to have a rug made, due to the unique look, and my first bear. The taxiderist claims that the bear was probably two years old. Not a very old bear, from what I now understand.

I will get a second tag, I know where a huge black bear has resided for the last three years up in the entiat. I have seen it four times within a half mile of this canyon I know. Steep doesn't even begin to describe this area. I know I can get close, but the bear has moved thru the steep canyon just out of sight. You can hear him crunch his way up or down everytime we get close. I may set up 200 yards out and try to hype him up with my rabbit/distress call and see what happens. The problem is, all the downdrafts give you away, and if you approach from below, he can see you. May try the extreme side approach during grouse season, and see if I can nail this one...

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Location: OlyWa
Joined: 04/27/2005
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I SHOT BOO BOO BEAR

Calling works.... I have called in a couple dozen bears.

We live in the same town so if you want any any bear calling tips send me a pm.

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