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Not a bad read for bear country hunters

29 Sep 2018
@ 04:12 am (GMT)

Paul Leverman

Found this while looking for bear charge distances. Interesting.

https://www.bcoutdoorsmagazine.com/bear-attack-reaction-times/

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29 Sep 2018
@ 10:01 am (GMT)

Andrew Murray

Re: Not a bad read for bear country hunters
I wouldn't mind to hunt a bear. Truth be told I have read here their meat is good plus the idea of using the skin to make a coat sounds pretty sweet. That said I don't know that I could justify wearing a bear skin coat in Australia. Even our winters are barely cold enough...
29 Sep 2018
@ 01:06 pm (GMT)

Paul Leverman

Re: Not a bad read for bear country hunters
Any time you want to head north for hunt, you let me know. Spring or Fall. We can go out and bag a nice black bear, record book or pepperoni, your choice. I should tell you though, it really isn't all that exciting. Find, aim, shoot. That's pretty well it. And they don't smell very pleasant, but they taste great. As to the coat, that's your call. One of the boys once did a green tan on a bear hide and made a vest. Scrappy looking thing, like it had mange or something, but it was plenty warm in winter. I'm not too sure how the Queen's guards can wear theirs all year, it must be conditioning.



29 Sep 2018
@ 02:13 pm (GMT)

Warwick Marflitt

Re: Not a bad read for bear country hunters
Hey Andrew. Head up north for a Cassowary feather coat And a Salty croc to make a hand bag for your missus. Lotsa dangerous critters in your land without chasing Yogi around in the land of the star spangled banner......any who! Your customs officers wouldn't let you bring it home.😆!!! A pair of koala fur ugboots I'dbe nice.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8jB2QFmXUCo
29 Sep 2018
@ 02:18 pm (GMT)

Warwick Marflitt

Re: Not a bad read for bear country hunters
Great article there Paul. Thanks for sharing mate.
29 Sep 2018
@ 03:33 pm (GMT)

Andrew Murray

Re: Not a bad read for bear country hunters
It's the warmth Warwick... plus a cassowary coat doesn't sound nearly as cool haha.

I tried to make a belt out of a snakeskin once... but my dog ate. Fair call really. The snake bit her.
30 Sep 2018
@ 03:25 am (GMT)

Paul Leverman

Re: Not a bad read for bear country hunters
Whoa! Warwick where did you ever get the idea that I wasn't a loyal and patriotic subject of Her Majesty, Elizabeth ll ? There is only one flag on my pole and that is the venerable Maple Leaf. The True North, Strong and Free.
01 Oct 2018
@ 08:08 am (GMT)

Joshua Mayfield

Re: Not a bad read for bear country hunters
That was a good read, Paul. Back in my twenties very few people seemed to realize that black bears still lived in Arkansas and fewer still considered hunting them. Most that were killed were caught coming in to feeders that deer hunters had set up. I packed into a wilderness area and found one. The shot I took was from 40 yards and the bear ran about that far after the shot before breaking down. It did not run to me, but I remember realizing that if it had the timing would have been very, very tight in terms of whether I could've gotten the follow-up shot off. They are an amazing animal. I've not hunted them again since then but I relish any opportunity to watch them. There's a great truth in A River Runs Through It:

"If you have never seen a bear go over the mountains, you have never seen the job reduced to its essentials. Of course, deer are faster, but not going straight uphill. Not even elk have the power in their hindquarters. Deer and elk zagging and switchback and stop and pose while really catching their breath. The bear leaves the earth like a bolt of lightning retrieving itself and making its thunder backwards."

The opening paragraphs of the article are interesting as well. I work in the correctional system and have a number of friends in law enforcement. The considerations that go into determining when an officer has justification for use of force, and when that justification expires is highly complex. I am glad there are experts like this author who work seriously and fairly to help develop equitable standards based on science in these areas.
01 Oct 2018
@ 10:42 am (GMT)

John D. Hays - New Mexico

Re: Not a bad read for bear country hunters

Other than "better-you-go-your-way-and-I-go-mine" encounters, my most memorable "charging" black bear experience was many years ago driving on a heavily wooded mountainside dirt road in the Gilas.

Rounding a curve I slammed on the brakes as a huge rolly-polly, pill-bug, black armadillo -like ball came spinning down the uphill-side mountain bouncing into trees like a pinball.

It was so fast, then hit the road with a dead-weight thump I could feel from inside the truck. It uncurled into a monster-sized black bear that shook its head like a drunk, spotted me and came staggering over like it was all my fault. Pissed.

He stared at me for a full minute through the side window, gave a low disgusted "Wooooof" then disappeared on down the hill.

My lesson was that a bear must have SOMEONE ELSE to blame for any and every untoward occurrence -- and will respond accordingly. They never blame themselves.

My grandmother (with the roadside zoo in the Ozarks) had a series of bears I played with when a child and all of them were gentle and affable, but touchy and shockingly strong. I gave up my playmates eventually, after my sister locked me inside the bear enclosure and went into the house for lunch.

Anyway, here is a video by that Chuke guy in Alaska who is an avid brown bear hunter. He addresses some of the "on-you-before-you-know-it" issues:



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BriBGiDdiVk

05 Jan 2019
@ 04:26 pm (GMT)

Lane Salvato

Re: Not a bad read for bear country hunters
I wouldn't mind hunting them in Southeast Alaska one of these days but it's far more realistic for me to hunt them in Northeast New Mexico.
 

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