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Old 03-02-2009, 11:41 AM
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Re: bear point of aim?

I have shot two bears over bait. The first time I put the cross hairs on the bear I lost my black cross hairs on the bears body so I shot him in the head. The second time I shot a bear I shot him in the head too. I found it to be very effective. The bullet (30.06) passed through both times with very little fur damage. If I had to do it a third time over bait I would shoot it in the head again. Both of my bears were shot at 25 yards or less.

You would be hard pressed to find me sitting over bait again. I just don't have the patience.
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Old 03-02-2009, 11:52 AM
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Re: bear point of aim?

Originally Posted by Akbushape View Post
I have taken or assisted in the taking of over 400 black bear and around 125
brown/grizzly bear over the years.
Goodness. 525 bears. I have shot two. You must have some really cool stories. I would love to hear some of them. You should think about writing an article for the forum. Have you done most of your bear hunting in Alaska?
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Old 03-02-2009, 08:09 PM
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Cowboy, you're right, we are talking the same area. On an animal I think in
terms of five sections, Head, neck, shoulder, rib section, and hind quarters.
Shooting a moose , caribou or deer it's best to shoot just behind the shoulder if you want to avoid destroying a lot of meat and still get the boiler room (heart/lung cavity) On bear you do not want to shoot behind the shoulder. If
you can time your shot for a quartering angle and break down a shoulder as
well as hit the heart lung area that is your best shot placement, but one does not always have the option to pick and choose a lot. Available time, range,
terrain, position of the animal and whether the animal is still or moving all play
into the equation of shot placement. If a bear is coming directly at you at close range obviously a shoulder shot is out of the question. So one cannot say I always do a shoulder shot, or I will do only neck shots etc. You have to do the best shot that fate hands you, and sometimes you don't have a lot of time to ponder the situation. Having said that, in many situations you do have
time to wait for the optimum shot. When given this chance a shot centered in
the shoulder section gives one the largest target that has the potential to do the most damage.

rtv900, at very short range a head shot is a doable thing and like you say it
puts them down immediately. They drop like they were pole-axed. You don't
want to do a head shot however if you want to salvage the skull or if it is a
really big bear that has potential of scoring in the record book. Any bullet hole
in a bear skull disqualifies that trophy from entry. It's an individual choice.

Yes, all my hunting has been in Alaska. I guided professionally for 27 years
and have hunted for about 50 years. I have had some interesting times
especially with brown bear, but I'm a pretty poor writer and a worse typer.
And even worse speller.
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Old 03-03-2009, 07:21 PM
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Re: bear point of aim?

akbushape, well I'm glad you found this site. Welcome, experience like yours is a valuable resource for us youngin's. Keep posting, and don't be afraid to type up stories about ; great hunts, bad hunts, worst client, bad juju hunt, ect.

I always love reading good stories. Len Backus the owner of the site is always looking for guys to write articles as well, I'm sure he wont mind cleaning up the grammer if neccisary.

sorry I got off topic.
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Old 03-04-2009, 03:43 AM
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Thanks Cowboy, thats very kind of you. I might see about writing one up.
Len may have a lot of work cut out for him though.
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Old 03-08-2009, 02:05 PM
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Re: bear point of aim?

my dad shot a 350lbs bore about 4 years ago. he shot high shoulder.. we tracked that thing for 2.5hrs before he got a second into him. i think the .284 win didnt have enough penetration, so now we shoot for the head if its small and close enough. if its to far away or big, we shoot mid shoulder. i have harvested 5 bears in 4 years doing this, but i shoot a .340wby and 300rum.
just to back up AKBUSHAPE, i know a bear guide and he says the same thing.
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Old 03-09-2009, 09:44 PM
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Thank all of you for the good advice. The bear will drop hard this spring.
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