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keep shooting tell there down?

I was told growning up that you keep shooting tell they were down on the ground when it came to bears.  but you would think that it would be over kill right?  i have learned later in life that one shot kills work just as good.  i guess it just matters who you are talking too.

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Although one shot kills are

Although one shot kills are always the goal and in most cases is in fact the way things work out, in my opinion if the animal is still standing and available after the first shot then another one should be taken. There is no such thing as overkill to me and I have heard and read of too many stories where hunters thought an animal was down or done for only to end up losing them. Again a one shot perfect hit is what we should always train and try for but it's better to be safe than sorry.

I have not yet lost an animal myself but I'm not going to take the chance. If a second shot is available then I will take it. This goes for any animal I'm hunting no matter what the species. Just my opinion but it works for me.

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I agree that as long as the

I agree that as long as the animal is still standing and offering you a shot you should take the second or even the third shot.  It doesn't matter if it is a antelope or a bear you need to make sure that he is down.  On my largest elk a 7x6 the first shot hit him square in the lungs, my partner couldn't tell just where I hit him and since he was still standing but had spun around I took the second shot which put him down.  Now the first shot was a killing shot but what if it hadn't of been.  I could of ended up with a long tracking job through the brush or I could of lost him completely.  If the animal doesn't drop at that first shot you usually never know just where it hit or if it missed him.  It could be the difference between going home empty handed or having a long tracking job ahead of you. 

So for me as long as the animal is still standing and offering me that second or third shot I'll take it. 

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I agree

Like current defensive firearms usage, "Keep shooting until the threat has ceased." In hunting that can be interpreted as, "As long as you are offered a shot, take it."

While there are good indicators as to what a bullet will do once it strikes it's target, until an autopsy or field dressing there is no guarantee that such has occured. Heck, chances are we won't even know with 100% certainty where exactly that bullet struck. That heart lung shot could be an abdominal shot when it's all said and done.

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Yup!

I agree with what hunter25, Critter & BikerRN have said, keep shooting until he's down for the count. A while back, I read an interesting article by Jon Sundra (the outdoor writer) who has killed a number of bears. One interesting point he made was that he would never again hunt bear with a single shot rifle of any caliber. He had previously, but when a bear ran off that he could have had a 2nd shot at, he changed his perspective and advised that he could not ever recommend that to anyone. Shooting a single shot would be pretty much the same as not continuing to shoot at an upright bear. 

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I do agree with taking a back

I do agree with taking a back up shot or 3 as long as the animal gives you a shot, i have seen and heard to many time of a hunter shooting and said animal runs and hunter still shooting even when they cant see the target due to brush or whatever. thats the only time i will frown on a second or thuird shot. i'd rather track an animal for 10 miles than hitting another person that was not previously seen.

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I tell my clients before we

I tell my clients before we go out to always follow up, if it looks like a problem I'll back them up. I take enough bears each year I can usually tell by the way they react from the first shot if it was a good hit.

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Keep shooting

Shoot till it's down.  If you do the job right, one round should do it.  But one big issue with bears is that you don't want to lose sight of them.  Nobody wants to go looking through brush for a bear in an unknown condition.  Black bears go down pretty easy, but if you get into the big browns it sometimes takes them awhile to figure out they're dead.  I always go for shoulders, because if you break the shoulders, you'll get the lungs in the process...and he's not going anywhere.

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I always hope for one good

I always hope for one good shot, but some times it doesn't happen that way.  When i shot my Orxy back in 2004 here in New Mexico i had shot it 2 times when i walked up to it, it tried to get back up and horn me.  likely it did this far enough away that i was able to respond and shot it again.  All 3 shots where fatel just was a fighter. 

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I have only taken one shot

I have only taken one shot but I haven't ever had a chance at a second one because there running and i'm not going to take a running shot but if it just stands there I would take another shot.  So far every shot I have made has been a heart shot so hopefully I hold out a while before a bad shot happens.  Oh and I only hunt deer for big game.

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my moto on any animal is

my moto on any animal is  "You can't kill em too dead"

 

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