IMO the best shot to take to most effeciently put down a bear is a broadside shot just behind the shoulder. I don't care how big the animal is if you hit it with a double lung shot he/she will not go very far. I personnally will not shoot at a bear if it dosen't offer a good broadside shot, I would rather let a trophy bear walk than take a risky shot and take the chance that I only wound the bear and then can't find it. Just my 2 cents................................
How about where NOT to shoot a bear? I shot one a few months back right behind the front leg with my 54 cal. Hawken. In a blackberry patch. In a ravine. He only went about 50 yards, but guess which way? Gettin that sucker out was a B-I-T-C-H.
The 2 previous years, I shot bears in the same spot anatomy-wise, but one was 40 yards from a road and a mild uphill haul. The other died 10 feet from the road. So to summarize, I think you should shoot bears near roads, and not in steep, thorny berry patches.
In the darkness, the hunter stumbles through the underbrush, making noise and leaving his scent seemingly EVERYWHERE!
Daylight will be here in 30 minutes and he wanted to be in the stand an hour before daylight.
"I know I left that stand RIGHT in this area last night," he mutters under his breath, "but where is it now?"
He traipses back and forth in a zig zag pattern, getting himself overheated and sweaty, but never finding the stand he left there the previous evening – and eventually sits on a...