Black Bear..BIGGUN!!

Discussion in 'Big Game' started by huntswithdogs, Dec 14, 2004.

  1. huntswithdogs

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    Sunday morning,wife is outa town,my backs killing me,so I decide to go soak inna bathtub of hot water.I'm relaxing and reading a Tom Clancy novel when someone starts banging on the front door. After scrambling around for a minute or so,I get to the door,dripping of course,to find one of my "kids" standing there grinning like a beagle with a mouthful of coon crap!"You need to come look in the back of my truck". He's so excited,he doesn't even notice my state of undress,which under most circumstaces is kinda scary. I got dried off,put on some clothes and followed him out to his truck. Laying all up in the back of his truck,an S10,is one of the biggest black bears that I've ever seen!

    He hunts and runs dogs with some local bear hunters.They'd put one, that weighed around 200lbs, up a tree on Sat. about noon. After pictures of it they pulled the dogs off of the tree and let that one go. They were taking the dogs back toward the top of the mountain,when one hit on what turned out to be a HOT track. They let them go and the race was on. The bear that they were on, treed around 4:30 pm. John got there not long afterwards. When he came into sight, the bear started popping his teeth and shaking his head back and forth.When he realized just how large a bear it was,he decided to use his bear tag. He told me that he really didn't want that bear back on the ground while he was standing there. One shot from a S&W in 44mag loaded with 300gr castlead ammo ended the chase and probably saved a couple of dogs.

    It took 8 men until 5 am to get this bear off the mountain. They loaded it up and took it to the checking station. A game Biologist and warden met them there.The bear weighted in at 435lbs and I believe he said that from tip of nose to tip of tail was right at 7ft. The claws on the front feet looked to be close to 2 inches long and the teeth were worn but still pretty mean looking. It was a lot more bear than the one I'd killed back in the early nineties ,while in Canada, which weighed in at 300lbs!

    We were coming back out the front door,after unsuccessfully trying to find my wife's camera,when a Gamewarden drove by the house. He glanced over in the truck,did a double take, slammed on the brakes and did a Uturn. After checking the paperwork from the checking station,he went and got his digital camera. He explained that he'd been a Gamewarden for a number of years and this was the biggest bear he'd seen,period. For the next hour,you'd thought that there was one heck of a yard sale going on at my house. There were cars parking all over the street,people standing or walking all in my frontyard and driveway. As soon as the last of the lookers got back in their cars,he slammed the tailgate and said he needed some sleep. He took the bear on to a local taxidermist first with plans for a very large rug.

    I figured I'd share this with ya'll,cause I'm proud of him.He really earned this one.

    HWD
     
  2. wwb

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    Pictures !!! Pictures !!! We want pictures!!!!

    Pass along congratulations, too.
     

  3. huntswithdogs

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    Thanks for the congrats and I will pass them on. There are no pictures that I have.My wife had the camera with her and the folks that were taking pictures,I don't even know. They were just passing by. SORRY!
     
  4. skog

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    That is awesome. About 150 miles from me a guy shot (funny story) a 501 pounder. It was huge. Come to find out the guy that got the bear is my brothers roomates best friend dad. The funny story is the dogs treed the bear. and the bear fell went out on a branch and fell and died. he shot it after it was dead so when he took it to the check station they would allow him to keep the bear.

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  5. Drop-Shot

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    Hey HWD I saw a nice cinnimun black bear but no where the size of that brute,I still know where he is and he should be alot larger than 7 years ago.At the time I was antelope hunting and he stayed clear of my scent,my binockulars had fun but a bear like the one your son got was one in a life time bear.Congrats with the bear and the way you told the story.Drop-Shot