My Recent Panda Hunt

Discussion in 'Bear Hunting' started by efw, Jul 16, 2011.

  1. efw

    efw Well-Known Member

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    I know that there are a lot of do-gooders stateside who might object to such a trophy, but I've never seen a mount and thought it'd make for a unique hunt/trophy. I wondered what cartridge one should choose? They look harmless and cute, but won't they gnaw your arm off like a twig of bamboo if you wound one?

    Here are the three cartridges I considered candidates. The 6-250 w/ a 75 gr HP in a very accurate rifle for head shots, the 30-06 loaded with a 147 gr FMJ for penetration, or the 257 Roy with a 117 gr Interlock for a "middle of the road" approach and for longer shots.

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    Which would you choose?

    When I reached the hunting grounds, I found the prey to be ellusive but self-assured. I guess that a black belt & recieving int'l protection as endangered can lead to that. Talk about unintended consequences for the do-gooders:

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    Even so, it took a while before I was able to catch the massive bear in a vulnerable spot, cocky as ever even with a 6mm hole through his abdomen:

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    We carefully chose our shots, documenting the whole ordeal even in spite of the peril we knew we faced if anyone found out we were chasing such a majestic and mysterious creature. Shot opportunities were few and far between, but carefully placed:

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    Even after several hits, he remained defiant. I obviously chose the wrong rifle for this; in the legendary words of Jewells Winfield, "we need shotguns for this...":

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    Finally, after an extended search for a wounded animal we knew had the cunning to watch his backtrail and karate chop us at any moment, my opponent lay vanquished:

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    Anyone have insight into ways around do-gooder importation rules? I'd like a full body mount to be the central point of interest in my trophy room!
     
  2. WyoElk2Hunt

    WyoElk2Hunt Well-Known Member

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    Good story and pictures to boot. What is the Taxidermist going to charge for a full mount?
     

  3. bigngreen

    bigngreen Well-Known Member

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    Holy cow you shot Po, I can't let my daughter see this it may ruin her for ever. Skedoosh :D
     
  4. FEENIX

    FEENIX Well-Known Member

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    Man, you're having way too much fun. :)

    That was good ... thanks for sharing.

    Ed
     
  5. rcdinaz

    rcdinaz Well-Known Member

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    Very entertaining!

    That is such a great ideas my kids would have blast doing this.
     
  6. efw

    efw Well-Known Member

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    Oh heck yeah the kids love it... grown-up kids as well as smaller ones ;) !!

    My 8 yo and I did a mastadon hunt a year or so ago:

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  7. MHO

    MHO Well-Known Member

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    That is hilarious. Rug or life size mount?