5 replies [Last post]
Offline
Joined: 10/15/2012
Posts: 3
NEED Advice wounded black bear with Bow.

Saturday night I was archery deer hunting here in VT and I had a nice black bear come in nearly right under me. I need advice on what to do as this is the first bear I have shot and I am not a bear hunter. Heres what happened (please bear with me whole i lay out the details):

He was 10 yards nearly broad side, quartering very slightly away, at about a 25 degree angle downward with his nearside leg angled slightly back and his farside leg forward. I drew and held on his side i let the arrow fly and heard the unmistakeable pop of the expanding broadhead. He ran like a bat out of hell out to about 70 yards and stopped for what must have been a minute or so. I thought he was going to drop. then he proceeded to walk very slowly as if hurting slightly up hill but turning slowly away from me side slabbing the hill. then he proceded to stop again for about 5 minutes and i could just see glimpses of him up through the hardwoods. I thought for sure he was going to go down. He was not vocalizing at all except for a possible groan when i shot him. and he slowly walked off. When he came in he hadf been
I gave him about 15 minutes and started to pack my gear and i climbed down. I simply wanted to check the arrow as i could not see my lighted knock in the ground. My instinct was that the shot was high. I couldn't find the arrow at all or see the knock. and with the angle it should have been stuck in the ground so I backed out to get help.
When we returned I discovered the arrow about 10 yards from where I shot him on the exit side covered in blood fat and hair. However, no sign of accompanying blood anywhere. We searched on our hands and knees in the leaves and with a rain and snow mix starting to fall and heavy rain forcasted over night I was getting discouraged. We checked all the blowdowns i beleived he crossed with no sign of blood anywhere on sides of limbs he may have brushed against. Absolutely nothing! With the amount of turkey scratchings in the area it was hard to find eny disturbances in the leaves as it was all disturbed. I dont recall hearing any moans but what i thought to be coyotes howling up to my left and above me where he had gone and looping back towards the direction where he came from. I never saw him turn back this direction as I thought he had turned and headed to my right and down the hill the opposite direction.
Is it possible that this was him dieing and he had looped back around me. I am having some fears because we never really checked this area as I was sure he had turned and gone the other direction down hill?
The following day in the pouring rain we scaveneged on gps zig zagging and crossing but no sign of the bear.
With the amount of blood on the arrow and the steep angle of the shot everyone was telling me he has to be dead. Folks where telling me that with the angle I would have had to catch vitals on the exit. Why no blood? There is no way i hit hit gut as his stomach and gut portion was behind a tree. I know I hit him in the front end. Is it possible that I hit this animal high between the spine and the top of the lungs even at that angle?

Iam looking for any advice anyone can offer, as it is killing me for woudning an animal. I am really hoping he is nursing a wound right now and is going to live.I have taken 14 or 15 big game animals with a bow and never not found one so this is killing me bad!!! I guess as bowhunters would say I was due, but why on a beutiful black bear.

ADKBEAR's picture
Offline
Moderator
Location: Central NY
Joined: 09/16/2003
Posts: 823
Bad hit

802 first off welcome to the forum.
Next on your situation.  I have taken many bears with black powder, multiple cal of rifles and bow.  One thing is consistant with all bear kills.  If you make a good shot into the vitiles the bear will not go to far before it dies. All of the bears I have taken I tracked from 25 to 50 yds max.  I have been extreamely lucky and never lost a bear.  I have hunted with others that have made bad shots, looked all day and never recoverd a bear.  If you do not make a good shot to the vitiles on a black bear that bear will go a long long way and they do very little bleeding a thick layer of fat just under the skin tends to plug up holes fast.
In your story the bear ran then stopped, then walked a ways then stopped again then continued walking.  Sorry but that bear is not hit in the vitiles.  Now you are bow hunting and any of multiple factors can effect the arrow flight.  You may have caught a twig or leaf?

Offline
Joined: 10/15/2012
Posts: 3
Thanks for the reply. Thats

Thanks for the reply. Thats good to hear! To be honest thats the kind of response that I wanted because we searched a lot of land with no luck. I mean there is a possibility that the wound could get infected but I beleive he will clot up and be just fine.
I shoot my bow almost year round to be proficient and ready to make a clean ethical kill so when that doesn't happen despite my best efforts, it's hard to handle. I really, really, really dont like to wound, but as hunting goes, it is an unfortunate reality.
Thanks for the welcome this looks like a great community to share stories and and seek advice!

Ca_Vermonster's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!Moderator
Location: San Diego, CA
Joined: 07/27/2007
Posts: 5744
Man, always sucks to lose an

Man, always sucks to lose an animal.  Too bad you couldn't find him, but it appears you gave it your all.  Sometimes that just happens, and could have been any combination of reason.

Welcome to the site!  What part of the state do you hunt?  I am from the northwest part of the state, and return every other year or so for the rifle opener.  I just booked my plane ticket the other day for November.  Can't wait!

 

Offline
Joined: 10/15/2012
Posts: 3
Ca Vermonster

Thanks for the reply.
I hunt the central part of the state the northeast and south east. I am glad to hear you are coming to hunt this year. It has been a really good year for seeing bucks in our state. With the mild winters the past couple years and incresed regulation on the part of our F&W department, we are seeing an improved herd.
I hope to have a good year. I have not harvested an animal yet. I saw 16 two nights ago while on stand and last night i saw 9. Unfortunately none came within range of my bow. Hopefully it's only a matter of time.
Enjoy our great state; it's an awesome place!

Ca_Vermonster's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!Moderator
Location: San Diego, CA
Joined: 07/27/2007
Posts: 5744
We'll agree to not get into

We'll agree to not get into the "regulations:" discussion.  I am not a fan of AR's, especially in Vermont.

Glad to hear you arte seeing some animals.  My Dad had a nice bachelor herd of 5 or so bucks, 3 of which are legal, a month or 2 ago.  They haven't showed up lately, but the yearlings like that usually hang around the area until their second season. Hopefully one will make it's way by my stand. Been too long for me....... Wink

Related Forum Threads You Might Like

ThreadThread StarterRepliesLast Updated
First Bear Hunt - HelpAmericanHunter1428807/26/2008 10:03 am
New Bear Hunterhayzer912211/29/2008 05:47 am
Need advice: First Time Bear Huntgkjr611/11/2008 06:39 am
Help the new guy!jthelm310/15/2008 15:17 pm
the 7mm ah what can i say?Sniperwolf.270#903/13/2006 15:08 pm