Bear hunting is all about adventure and thrill. I was planning to hunt black bear in last hunting season in Arizona but i was not sure that how it works.
Luckily, i came to know about some hunters in my area who used to hunt and know how to get it done. They taught me some important things which I didn’t even know.
After my successful hunt of a giant big black bear, I came up with some useful tips which might help you to produce a perfect shot in the woods.
Tip 1: (Where to Aim and Shoot)
While shooting a bear, you must know where to aim and shot exactly. You should have complete details of the bear’s anatomy before going bow hunting because this is the first and basic step in bear hunting.
As a bear’s anatomy is significantly different from a deer, bear lungs are a little farther back while their shoulders are slightly forward when compared to a deer.
Though offering a big size kill zone, still I recommend you to aim at “middle of the middle” while hunting a bear. No doubt it’s a daunting task to aim the spot while bowhunting a bear, you must be sure about your shot before releasing the arrow.
An ideal shot would be the one that passes through the both lungs of the bear. When you are hunting a giant or big size bear, your broadhead must pass through both the lungs of the bear.
Because bear’s are strong animals, they can even run a long way with one lung. The fat and thick hairs of bear’s skin help to close a wound quickly. To target a bear, you must mark the vitals and practice aiming a little farther back.
Tip 2: (When is bear hunting season)
The bow hunting season for bear begins at 15 September and continues till 19 October in the northern zone. In the southern zone, the early bowhunting bear season starts from 1st October and ends at 16th November whereas the late bowhunting bear season starts 10th of December and ends at 18th December. Check top bear hunting states in USA.
Tip 3: (Which bow to choose)
You need enough force to be able to penetrate the thick skin and tough muscle of bear to get the shot.
For me compound bow works best but I have seen others who use recurve or even a crossbow and still manage to kill a bear easily.
Generally go with anything that you are comfortable with and know that it has enough force and strength to kill a bear.
Tip 4: (Rules and Regulations)
Check Bear hunting regulations.
Always follow the law seriously to ensure safety and don’t shoot extincting animals.
Tip 5: (Draw Weight and Arrow)
To maximize the opportunity of killing a bear, you must invest in a bow with peak weights of minimum 50lbs and arrows with minimum 300 grains. A tough solid, mechanical broadhead with more than 600 grains will assure optimal results.
Tip 6: (Know your Distance)
The ideal distance to take a shot is around 20 yards or less. This makes up for greater accuracy so you can take the classic double lung shot.
Tip 7: (Use a Positioning Bait)
Put up a bait like honey or bacon (or whatever is legal) and wait for the bear to start eating it then take your shot.
Tip 8: (Patience is the key)
Patience pays off a great deal and is a great virtue while bowhunting a bear. The secret to successful hunting of a bear is taking proper precautions and then planning wisely, staying alert and thinking before each move you make.
Tip 9: (How to approach the bear you’ve just shot)
Once you shot the bear, don’t climb down out of a tree so quickly. If your shot placement was right, the bear will not move out of the range but if your shot placement was not good, then bear will usually run from 100 to 200 yards and then it may down.
But don’t make this too quick, i recommend you to wait for 3 or 4 hours after shooting the bear. Look in your surroundings carefully, because there might be other bears in your area. If you shot a baby bear/baby cub then it is possible that mother of the cub maybe nearby or circling around the baby.
Tip 10: (Don’ts of hunting a bear)
You must know about the things you should avoid doing like never take a shot from behind the bear, It may misses your target then bear can make a trouble for you. Always wait for the right placement of your shot. Avoid frontal shots as an arrow can’t penetrate a lot of bone and muscle of bear.
Don’t try to provoke the bear, always be safe during the hunt by not getting into the eyes of bear.
Tip 11: (Avoid making noise in the field)
Bears have a better sense of smell than hounds so make absolutely no noise when walking through the woods. Look at your surroundings carefully so the other bears can’t see you or attack you.
Always use tree stand and try to aim from 10-12 feet height. Wait for bear’s correct position to make a shot. Bear hunting is all about patience.
Tip 12: (Don’t tire yourself in the woods)
Pack your gears accordingly. Don’t carry too much stuff which will make you tire or cause any hassle.
Tip 13: (Don’t make bear’s attentive)
Wear ground blind properly and try to blend into the environment so that the bear is unable of being spotting you as a threat. Bears have poor eyesight still they pick up movements easily.
To do so you need to mimic the postures of objects as much as possible. Also make sure that your clothes don’t rub with bow or anything else and makes noise.
Tip 14: (Don’t Panic)
If you miss to take the perfect shot, don’t panic, you will get a lot of chances. Just avoid making noises so the bear won’t notice you.
These tips have helped me a lot during my first hunt. It was a tasty bear, the ethical thing is to get all your friends together and have big bear barbecue.
Bears are huge in size and dangerous animals. Bowhunting for bear has been an ancient activity undertaken as a sport and fun activity as well as for nutrition.
Every archer, either it’s a beginner or an experienced one, must have a sound understanding of the behavior and characteristics of its prey. For a perfect sound judgment of minimizing conflict among you and the bear in the wild,
It is must to know the shot placements and you must be familiar with everything regarding the bear.
Good luck this season!