Besides, as explained earlier, a heart or lung shot is not what is called for to stop a charge. It didn't take two steps during that time, and I couldn't understand how I could be missing such a big target. And, oh yeah, it can eat you when it's ticked off, which is its typical demeanour when wounded. And have only shot brown bear with 416s and 458s . I don’t trust mechanicals for bears. I have a cousin who 15-20 years ago heard a lot of commotion out by his pig pen. The last one I shot I hit square in the chest (only shot I had) with my 300WM at about 50-75 yards. excellent post, read and printed,,,,, thanks . From: GoJakesGo. Here are five keys to making a great shot this spring. While we all know the old "Texas heart shot" through the behind can be fatal, the odds are your bullet will break up or deflect on contact with bones, impeding its ability to get into the vital organs. After all the work of getting within shooting distance of a big bear this spring, you’ll need confidence in your ability to make a great shot. Mag. I have found when I have waited and let the bear get comfortable at the bait barrels they lay down, twist, they are always reaching and leaning, this can mean trouble and a long wait and winds can swirl, and big bears … Remember, when it comes to shot placement, the goal isn't simply a freezer full of meat it's also to get the job done quickly and efficiently. Originally Posted by ironbender I was asking where the escapee was hit. The first step in ensuring accurate bullet placement comes with the decision to squeeze the trigger. But then I always use 338 and up for bear hunting. Think I will have a poster made up of the picture in this article for out hunters. If you are a bowhunter, take practice shots at your site to build your confidence from an elevated position. The lighter fur of other game animals helps highlight the body with defining shadows – not so on a bruin. Quartering Away Shot: Red Arrows Are Kill Shots (Black Bad Shot): Take this into consideration before you pull the trigger or let that arrow fly. A .243 in the heart or lungs of even the largest big-game animal, for example, is more certain to result in its demise than a .500 Nitro Express in its leg. A deer has short hair and little fat. . Miss by even a little bit, and you've probably got an animal with a muscular wound from which it will likely recover, but not without considerable agony. Bears seem to always be moving, especially when you’re hunting them over bait. Register Log In Home Forums General Big Game Shot Placement for Black Bear: Forums User List Calendar Active Threads Forum Help: Previous Thread: Next Thread : Print Thread: Hop To : Page 1 of 2 : 1: 2: Shot Placement for Black Bear #7592176 03/27/13: Joined: Aug 2009. This Alaska brown bear was shot at 17 steps while he was quartering away from him. Savage Renegauge; Share on Facebook Tweet Share on LinkedIn Email. document.write('
'); Making a clean kill should be the top priority for hunters who decide to shoot a bear. Shot looked good, bear dropped and rolled end over end like an old tire down the hill. QuoteA fellow in our of our camp did two behind the shoulders (30-06) last season and never found either one. This is mainly due to the black bears having heavier bones and hides compared to other big game animals. The lungs on a bear are positioned a little more forward than on an ungulate, so you don't have as much leeway if you shoot back of your aiming point. Experience has taught me that too much can go wrong in such a situation-not to mention the fact few animals can travel as far, or as quickly, as an ells can when wounded. Re: Black bear shot placement [ Re: waggler ] #6246824 05/24/18 10:37 AM 05/24/18 10:37 AM document.write(''); A black blob in the shadows makes finding that "tight behind the shoulder" spot more difficult and can lead to poor bullet placement. 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