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Is it legal to hunt black bear with buckshot?

I'm in VA, but in general is this used?

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Location: ontario
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Is it legal to hunt black bear with buckshot?

Its legal in Ontario but its not that effective. I've used it doing predator control work here but I never liked it. You had to have your wits about you, have a back-up, and be up close and personal with an ideal shooting angle--something a bear seldom gave us. I much preferred the rifled slug whether head on or angled away.

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Location: OlyWa
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Is it legal to hunt black bear with buckshot?

Probably legal, but not a good choice.

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Location: Middle Tennessee
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Is it legal to hunt black bear with buckshot?

legal or not....dont do it...unless you just want to piss a bear off

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Location: Kamloops, BC
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Is it legal to hunt black bear with buckshot?

more than likely, especially if a bigger bear, your just gonna injure the poor guy, so why bother.

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Is it legal to hunt black bear with buckshot?

I gotcha, Ive had a whitetail drop in its tracks with it, I wasn't sure how powerful it was up against a bear. On the box of buckshot it had deer and black bear so I was just wondering. If its not a clean kill I wouldnt want to use it.

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Location: Pennsylvania
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Is it legal to hunt black bear with buckshot?

I'm thinking that at 20 or 30 yards and a running bear, there wouldn't be a better choice out there. 000 buck high on the shoulder so you catch the head and chest would drop him fast even in the thick!

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Location: novascotia
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legal to hunt black B with buck shot

I like to use 12GA with 2 3/4 in BB for bears . The bears i shoot are in a snare and I'm about 15 feet away and dumps them quick . As far as hunting them with buck shot . Not a good idea . Bears are a tough animal and hard to kill with a non faital shot . Shot gun at close range is deadly but not very often U get that close for a killing shot . Not nice to send an animal away to die Shot gun IMO is definately not a good choice

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Location: Halcomb nb
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Is it legal to hunt black bear with buckshot?

While skinning a bear for a client a few years back I found half a dozen bb,s in the front shoulder all healed over just under the skin the bear was a healthy 300lbs and after seeing that I would not recommend buckshot.

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Is it legal to hunt black bear with buckshot?

Buckshot is illegal in my area, regardless you could get into a whole lot of trouble ,really quickly with any bear and buckshot.

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Location: Canada
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Is it legal to hunt black bear with buckshot?

If you think buckshot on a running bear is so great go to the range and set up a bear target and shoot at 30 yards and look at your pattern. You may change your mind.

At a very close range like 15 feet as Hammer described any load of shot is still pretty devastating since it has not traveled far enough to open up. Here again stick a target up and 15 feet and shoot it.

People should shoot various shotgun loads at distances from a few feet to 30 yards.................they get a real eye opener........change a few chokes as well and see how it affects the pattern.

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