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This morning my son and I went back up to Happy Valley, right along Elk Trail. As we were sitting there low and behold a very large black bear crosses the road in front of us.

The bear was crossing over into the residentual area from State land, so we thought that heading it off on another street would be the plan to do. We arrived on Deer Trail to find the bear coming thru some ones yard. I got out and got the bears attention. He turned and began to run back towards Elk Trail. We headed off in that direction, and sure enough the bear was just about to cross the road.


Bear image is only a likeness of size and color of what our bear this morning.

We were now about 20 yards from the bear... I had to wait for a legal shot with the bow. The bear stood up, and must have been a good 6"5" to 7"0" tall. I realized at this point the bear was going to set the rules of engagement, which I was prepared for. The bear decided to turn, and began to run across the road back onto state land. As the bear continued its run, he finally stopped, and turned giving me a quartering away shot, but the distance looked as though it were a good 80 yards away, and I did not feel ethical about taking the shot at this distance. I had to get closer in for a better shot......

I had to close the distance and began my sweep away from him, to try and cut him off down away from him, and then come up in front of him somewhere. Well, the bear decided that he had enough, and took off like his tail was on fire. I figured this bear obviously knew he had the upper hand and ran away, but why?

I would find out later just what this bear had in mind for me.......

Well my son caught up to me, winded, he said "dad you took off so fast thru the brush and thick grass, I didn't think I was going to find you." Well we set out back for the truck so we could get it relocated. As we were driving down Primrose Lane, I looked and there the bear was looking straight at me thru my truck window from about 20 yards away, walking up another trail heading back to where he came from.

I thought for a minute, he was trying to out flank me, or come back up around me. I turned my truck around, only to see the bear in a dead run again up and over the ridge. I knew I was dealing with one smart bear, but this was so much fun trying to out smart this black bear.

We parked, and begun to search for the bear which we just could not locate again.... only his tracks, which I layed some of my arrows down, to show where the bear tracks are and along with my bow to show you the length of stride this bear had....


Notice the paw prints by the arrow fletching of each arrow. The length of my Mathew's Solocam bow is almost 34" from end of cam roller to cam roller.


Again look at the stride in the bears paw print from brightly colored arrow fletching to arrow fletching



We tracked the bear to the edge of the state land to where he ran across into the residentual area again. We had found a local resident that said a dog chased the bear up Fawn Trail, where it took cover under the deck of a house.

Well we both realized that the hunt was now off.... even though we did not harvest the bear as we would have liked to, it was a fantastic hunt that we shared together and created yet another shared memory together. We will return yet another day. Maybe we will get to harvest this bear, and then maybe not.

But I got to tell you, it was the highest rush I have ever gotten while hunting.
 

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Great story and pictures JB - keep em coming!
 

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quote:Originally posted by sheepdog

Something tells me the story ain't over yet.....keep us informed!!!
Your darned tootin it aint... I'm going back in there this next Saturday morning and set up a stand or blind to play the wait game. Bear hunting aint normally conducted the way that this unfolded last Sunday morning, it just all happened.

So we are going to try and get ol Blackie the Bear harvested, and of course I will post his picture along with mine when I do :D
 
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