This week I have spent 3 days with a great group of western NC bear hunters. Yesterday I walked 8 miles thru the mtns. & maily uphill both ways it seems staying in front of the dogs. Every hunter was toating lever action 30-30s with iron sights. There was one 45-70 lever gun. 2 hunters killed bears - one was 350#s & one was 370#s. Both bears were viscious to the dogs harming 7 different dogs and one had to be carried out. The bear last night was shot at 5 yards by a youngster with his 30-30. When the bear came around a rock ledge and saw the boy he said the bear laid is ears back & the boy then laid him out. Notice the hole in the shoulder done by the 30-30. Notice the fat on the back of this beast and notice the ground rooted up by hogs.