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Location: Seattle, Washington
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Shot my first black bear yesterday!

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.

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Location: NE Kansas
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Shot my first black bear yesterday!

Congrat's on your first bear Thumbs up Got any pics?

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Location: Eatonville, Wa
Joined: 08/26/2007
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Shot my first black bear yesterday!

if you dont mind me asking where abouts on the east side were you, Im trying the west side for now but might venture over east if I cant find anything over here

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Location: Oklahoma City, OK
Joined: 09/15/2006
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Shot my first black bear yesterday!

East side does hold alota bears. Seen alota tracks and scat growing up stomping around the Blue's. Congrats to ya.

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Location: Seattle, Washington
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Shot my first black bear yesterday!

I got it in the foothills north of Omak, south of Tonasket, near the Okanogan river. No pictures, just memories and a bear rug, which will take a year I'm told. Red Dawg Taxidermist in Twisp, guy seemed real nice, good work, but man....a whole year? O well.

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Location: OlyWa
Joined: 04/27/2005
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Shot my first black bear yesterday!

Congrats.

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Location: Olympia, WA
Joined: 04/09/2005
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Shot my first black bear yesterday!

Congratulations on your first bear. Shot my first bear last year, still don't have the rug back yet. I checked this week, and it may be done in 4 more weeks! My kids and I cannot wait!

Also, you may wish to try some of the bear meat as steak or stew type cuts. We quick fried some (like deer steak) and found it excellent table fare. Also on the shishkabob over charcoal-absolutely delicious. Again, congratulations!

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Location: OlyWa
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Shot my first black bear yesterday!

Ice - who is doing the work?

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Location: Olympia, WA
Joined: 04/09/2005
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Shot my first black bear yesterday!

Mark's Taxidermy, Onalaska.

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