I shot my first black bear in E. WA over the weekend, which field dressed to 215 pounds. What a thrilling hunt: parked my truck at 4:30 a.m., hiked 1.5 miles in, found bear scat and head high markings on trees (where I had scouted two weeks earlier), followed a game trail by the base of a 300 foot cliff, heard a small pebble rolling down, glassed the surround slopes for 10 minutes and finally saw him hiding behind a tree about 100 meters up, just watching me. I must have changed my body posture or something, because he spooked and ran up a steep game trail and onto a ledge where he gave me a broad side shot. I was using a pre-'64 H&H model 70, blown out to the Weatherby 300, so I knew that by shooting up at that high angle I was going to get "scoped" (which I did), but one shot, one kill 7 a.m.. Skinned it, quartered it, packed it all out by 9 pm. I'm going to enjoy the sausage and bear rug! Thanks to the guys on this site who helped me know what to look for in a shootable black bear.