We did real well, spot and stalk hunting the past few days here in Washington State.
My 19 year old son tagged this great chocolate with Grandpa's 1917 .30-06. Despite a 165 gr Nosler solid base bullet through the lungs, it wanted to run into the thick stuff, so we dropped it with a couple of shots from a 7mm mag and my .375 H&H.
The next morning I dropped this boar at 306 yards with the big Ruger, putting a 260 gr Accubond through him. The "smack" from that bullet hitting the bear was clearly audible to all of us. I lost the bear in recoil, but my friend Chris yelled "You hammered him." The bear is really a dark chocolate, but looks black in this photo:
Chris dropped the black bear at nearly 500 yards with a good shot from his 7mm Rem mag, then it tumbled down into a thickly vegetated ravine. He tracked down the bear and finished things at very close range. His was taken within a few minutes of mine. Here's all three, my son's is on the left, mine in the center, and Chris' glossy black bear is on the right.
I really wanted to pull off this father-son hunt. An up and coming young guide here in Washington, Shane, helped make it happen. My son and I are pretty good at mule deer hunting
, but I knew next to nothing about bear hunting, and really nothing about how to properly skin one for a rug. Great hunting with the young man, he knew that my priority was getting my son on a bear, and he made that happen the first day of the hunt!