My personal preferance is to break at least one if not both shoulders going for the heart. (aka I aim for the off leg placing my bullet thru the vitals on its way there). Thats my prefered meathod on Blackbear, but that being said the situation is never the same twice, and will always dictate wich shot I take. If its a good shot on a good bear I dont pass it up. However crawling into the brush after an "i THINK it was a good shot" bear will cure any questionable shots from your mind forever
Bears are funny shaped critters, and relitavely new bear hunters who havent had alot of time to field judge, and disect a few, can often make assumptions where the vitals "should be" but because of the angle.........
It all boils down to the confidence, and ability of the shooter, to put lead where it needs to be. If your comfortable with the shot take it, but dont be affraid to take a follow up shot or two IF nessicary. It beats beating brush with a machetty following blood on a "i thought it was a good shot"........ Thats just spooky
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