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Location: SK Canada
Joined: 03/31/2009
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BOW for sure

If you want a rug and the BIGGEST rush you have ever had in your life use the compound. But take the 12GA as a backup because some bears like to climb trees and investigate your stand

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.270

If the 130 grain handloads out of my .270 Win will take down bull elk, then I have no reason to think those same 130 grain bullets won't take down a black bear.  I say use that .270 Win, either 130 grains or 150's wichever you like, but avoid very soft quick expanding bullets like the Speer Boattails, go with standard soft-point or tougher.  Go with something like a Nosler Partitions, Rem Cor Lokt, Speer Hot Cor or Grand Slams, etc.  Just my opinion.

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.270

Thanks for the info. I'm leaning toward the 130 grain Core Lokt right now.

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Location: North Central ND
Joined: 02/20/2007
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Shot a number of bear and

Shot a number of bear and over the past two years only with bow. It is not difficult to shoot a bear at 20 yard with a rifle. If you are 100% confident with your bow, use that and enjoy the rush. If not, use your .270, 150 corelok or partition bullets. Either will drop that bear in 35 yards or less. It is more about shot placement than what you use. In Minnesota the bear are not that big, our largest is 350, but most more around 200-225.

Split the bear in half from top to bottom, and from front to back and the intersect is your shot placement and you will destroy both lungs and will have plenty of blood to follow. I hope the bear anatomy picture attaches.

Are you baiting your own baits or using a guide? Our baits are on the same sites as prior years and for some reason this year the bears just are not that active.

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Doing my own baiting

I am doing my own baiting. I have decided to use my .270. The main reason I decided on the .270 is this is my first bear hunt and I want to give myself the best chance of being successful if I am given an opportunity at a bear. The first week of baiting the bait wasn't hit. I was just at my sight tonight and it had been hit. I'm going to look at my trail cam pics here in a minute to see what I'm working with. Good luck to you and your group.

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Location: Finger Lakes, Upstate New York
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How did you do??

Hey Minnesota muley, How did you end up doing?? I hope you got a hog. Big smile

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Joined: 01/04/2012
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No Luck

I wish I could tell you I got a hog, but I didn't have any luck. It was really hot and I didn't see anything. I talked to a few other guys in the area and they didn't have luck either. Some guys that I talked to are pretty experienced bear hunters and have hunted the area for a long time. According to them this was one of the slower years they can remember and they attribute it to the warm temperatures. All I know is it was pretty slow.

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Location: Finger Lakes, Upstate New York
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Better than working!

Sorry to hear you didn't get one. But thats hunting. Better than working though. Huh? Good luck with the deer season. Kevin

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