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Old 01-23-2011, 12:36 AM
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Re: high shoulder shots on bears

Thanks for the input. After looking at some pictures of Bear anatomy, looks like about 1/3 the way down the front shoulder should break a bear down as well as punch both lungs. Best of both worlds.
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Old 01-23-2011, 01:08 AM
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Re: high shoulder shots on bears

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Thanks for the input. After looking at some pictures of Bear anatomy, looks like about 1/3 the way down the front shoulder should break a bear down as well as punch both lungs. Best of both worlds.

Ya that would be the best choice.. jmo
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Old 01-23-2011, 08:49 AM
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Re: high shoulder shots on bears

center shoulder is my preferred shot also, this one took a 200 gr silvertip from a 348 win mid shoulder at 23 steps, he bounced upon hitting the dirt, never moved another muscle

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Old 01-23-2011, 10:41 AM
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Re: high shoulder shots on bears

Nice Bear Ridge Runner. I spent 6 years back in Georgia and I had no clue the bear hunting out east was as good as it is. I will be back out there in a couple years and will capitalize on the bear population in North Georgia.
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Old 01-23-2011, 05:44 PM
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Re: high shoulder shots on bears

I have shot bears throught the heart lungs and throught the shoulder/spine and prefer the shoulder if the bear is in anykind of rough terrain. I opt for the odd neck shot if there really close too. I made the mistake of shooting my best bear to date in the boiler room, hunting mountainous-thick country. He only went about 35 yards, but it was the crappiest 35 yards drag of my life draggin him out (shot was taken on the road).

I did have a bad experience with my dad and high shoulder shots. He made a great stalk on a real big bear and shot it in the shoulders at about 80 paces with a .284win. at the shot the bear took off like a nitro'd bulldozer. I guess the shot had broken both front shoulders but didnt do enough damage to any vitals and the bear just ploughed through the bush with its face in the dirt and in rear wheel drive. It was about 40min till dark and landed up being a bit of an adventure tracking it. The second shot put it down, but 400 yards into the thick stuff. It amazed me that that bear could go so far on nothing but adrenaline and two legs. Needless to say Dad bough a bigger gun and still uses high shoulder shots.

So I recomend them if your using enough gun to cause enough hydrostatic shock to shock the nervouse system. when in doubt go for the heart lung but be prepared to do some draggin.
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Old 01-27-2011, 10:07 PM
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Re: high shoulder shots on bears

Having taken a number of black and Brown bear here in Alaska and black bear in the lower 48 I am convinced that bear do not read books about energy and shock.

I have shoot them so as to break the neck and they are done with a bullet behind the ear. I have shot them straight through both lungs on every black bear and with what I shoot they are down and out and do not go very far.

Brown Bear is an entirely different critter. Black bear are not much different than shooting a big Buck. The Griz or Brownie are seriously tough and mid shoulder shots are the rule unless I am close enough to put one behind the ear.

I have never contemplated shooting any bear high in the shoulder because I like black bear meat and hitting a Brownie/Griz in the spine is very difficult when guessing where the spine is with all the hair in the hunting time of the year. I did have a bear try to get me after a spine shot behind the ear, When I did an autopsy I did note that the bullet mushroomed flat and pretty against the spine and actually made everything inside the spinal case absolute mush. He was 200 yards up a very steep hill when I dropped the hammer. He rolled head over tail and ended up 30 yards away from me looking at me like he wasn't very happy. He could not move and could not growl very well but 30 yards and I had NO clue how he got to me after the autopsy???

I was by myself.

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Old 01-29-2011, 05:03 PM
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Re: high shoulder shots on bears

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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