Re: high shoulder shots on bears
It's true. Bears can run quite a ways when shot in the lungs. It's lethal, but when the area you're hunting strikes familiarity to Jurassic Park, it can be hard to find a bear for a couple reasons.
1) A bear's coat can soak up a lot blood following a hit. This means that a blood trail may initially be hard to find even if it's a lethal wound.
2) They are dark animals that tend to blend into shadows under a thick canopy, and they often crawl into the darkest hole or bush they can find before letting go.
I've seen it too many times. Just hit them in the shoulder and be done with it.
Never underestimate a bear's willingness to survive. Many will go straight down with one shot, and more will withstand several well placed shots. If you take out the shoulder, you'll either knock him straight down, or if he's a tough one, you'll have adequate opportunity to place another shot. It's hard to hit a bear that's running away from you in thick country.
Last edited by brentc; 03-04-2011 at 02:32 PM..