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Old November 19th, 2016, 02:43 PM   #1
 
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First PA bear....and with a handgun.

I got a small bear with a handgun this morning in 3D. My first bear and managed to do it with a handgun. Bear was about 75lbs. I would have liked it to be bigger, but it's my first.....and done with a Ruger Super Blackhawk .44 Magnum.

I was walking a trail through some scrubs, when I heard 5 shots from down below. I stopped and waited, thinking maybe something might run my way. The trail has a bend and I heard and saw black running my way. Before I could get the handgun out of the holster, the nice sized bear ran into the scrubs. I said........fiddle-sticks!!!

But not 30 seconds later, I hear and see black coming through the scrubs at me. I figured the bear ran back down the hill, but came back up when it confronted the shooter(s). I was ready this time, had the gun out and put the front sight on the shoulder of what I thought was the returning big bear. Through the scrubs, I found an opening and pulled the trigger. The bear only ran a short distance and expired.

When I walked up to it, I saw that it wasn't the big bear I had seen 30 seconds earlier, but a smaller bear. While tagging the bear, two smaller bears broke through the scrubs and continued on to my left. About a minute later, I heard a sound to my right, turned and saw the larger bear.

Apparently what happened was the person who shot the 5-shots was shooting at the sow or one of her cubs. The sow was the first one to break out onto the trail I was on, spot me, then go back into the scrubs. When I heard and saw black, I assumed it was her as I had not seen or heard any other bears. What had happened was she ducked into the scrubs and the smaller ones continued my way.

I had posted the picture on a black bear hunting page on Facebook with the macho men saying I shot a dog, while the other complimented me on my first bear. Years ago, these macho men would have shot this bear, then left it to rot in the woods. Right now, the bear is at my taxidermist waiting for me to decide what type of mount or rug I want to get.



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Old November 19th, 2016, 04:36 PM   #2
 
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Sad story. At least the other cubs still have a mother so they will have a better chance this winter.

Here in WI there is no sport to bear hunting. Get a permit, spend a few hundred dollars for expired cookies and donuts and then execute the bear while it's eating.
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In PA, you can't bait or use dogs. I would have preferred if this bear was bigger, but like my wife told me, she was glad I didn't shoot the sow. About 3-4 years ago, I passed on a nice sow because I spotted her cubs following her. I put the gun, at that time a scoped SRH down and didn't think twice about giving her a pass.

Had I known this was a sow with cubs, I would have passed again. But, that's not how it worked out, so I'm happy with my small trophy.

Last year I blew a chance at a big bear because it wouldn't give me a broadside shot.
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Nice I have taken 10 bear with my 45 colt blackhawk.
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Congratulations on your first bear, and with a handgun. That's a logit. story..could have happened to anybody. 75 lbs. is 3 times heavier than 3 bears that got shot close to me a few years ago by a bunch of flatlanders.
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You've successfully hunted a bear. That's more than I can say. Congrats and hope your next one is a state record!!!
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Here sow with cubs are a no-no.
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congrats on your hunt. I like bear meat. I think I would go with the rug.
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