black bear head shot placement

If I’d waited for a broadside shot, I would likely recovered the bear within thirty minutes of the shot. Our prized game animals deserve nothing less. Maybe you've even lost an animal or two yourself over the years-as much as I'm loath to admit it, I know I have. If an animal is facing you directly, the centre base of the neck is the preferred target. Campfire Regular. The Boone-and-Crockett-class black bear sashayed into the bait with confidence. Perhaps I no longer feel the need to, as I might have back when I was a much less seasoned hunter. That means you want your first shot to count. He may well have been right, but 1 still maintain that allowing as much room for error as possible is the wisest thing most of us can do. Head shots are not recommended either since a bear skull is very dense and its blunt, rounded shape can cause bullets or arrows to glance off ineffectively. Be careful not to shoot low or forward, or you'll quickly have a wounded animal on your hands. A professional hunter in Africa once told me he thought North American hunters tended to shoot dead centre in the chest of an animal; he believed the more effective shot was to the top of the lower third of the chest. I had a solid rest, a reasonable amount of time and a mild, though gusting, wind. He grabbed up the only weapon he had loaded and ready at the moment which was a .22LR rifle. Ideally you need to break down a bear, and bust his shoulder or preferably both. 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. LUNG SHOTS Through the sight window I couldn’t tell where I was aiming. If you shoot an animal in the neck whether by design or by accident-it's therefore important to keep a close eye on it until you've confirmed it's down for keeps. Bears are soft skinned and the rib bones are fairly light. } SHOULDER SHOTS A well-hit bear won’t last long, however they are extremely unforgiving when hit marginally. It's a certainty that as long as there's hunting, game will be wounded and not recovered. Another factor is black bears have long thick fur … Besides, as explained earlier, a heart or lung shot is not what is called for to stop a charge. From: GoJakesGo. 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. 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. Bad shot placement at 30yds and four good legs on the black bear. The vitals are all exposed for a proper kill shot. All of these positions are much different than a deer. If he’s at a steep quartering angle you won’t get a pass through and you’ll be trailing a bear with single entry wound. Also, it seems that a bear shot towards the front section of the “guts” usually dies fairly quickly. This is mainly due to the black bears having heavier bones and hides compared to other big game animals. They're also acceptable in the rare event of an emergency, when a dangerous animal needs to be brought down in a hurry. A broadside shot gives the most room for error and the greatest opportunity for the most lethal hit of all – a double lung shot. HEART SHOTS if (document.body.clientWidth <= 1024) { The diagram below shows the proper shot placement to hit the bear’s heart/lung area. Under most circumstances, however, this is not a shot I would recommend. A deer has short hair and little fat. Black Bear Shot Placement. He figured a lung shot bear is a dead bear. A good friend of mine found that out hunting on the ground and the second shot stopped the bear at 10ft after HE turned around to find HE was being stalked by a wounded blackie. The more difficult shot to visualize is when an animal is quartering away. The only advice I have is to be patient and take an extra 10 seconds before shooting. But when it comes to a quick kill, the single most important factor is bullet placement. The only practical room for error is if you shoot high and take out the lungs. There's no denying the surest fatal shot is to the brain or spinal column. Kinda like a big bull elk. I don’t trust mechanicals for bears. The Best Shot Placement for Black Bear 31 Jan. As for spine or neck shots, it can be difficult to visualize exactly where to find the spinal column thanks to the bear's long hair and thick body. Do not shoot too low. From what I’ve seen with bears, my experience is with Brown bears, the shot placement is what makes or breaks the situation. With few exceptions, I shudder when I hear hunters talking about their long shots-much like a gambling addict bragging about his one win, for each tale of success there are likely tenfold as many unspoken failures. The best place to shoot a charging bear is in the nose, and that’s not a very large target. Bears are notoriously hard to blood trail. Bears are big, tough animals that are unforgiving when hit bad. In summary, I like to shoot about 4-5 inches back from the shoulder on a broadside bear. 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. 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 … Be aware that the tendency in this situation is to shoot too far back, resulting in an unwanted paunch shot. A steep angled, quartering-away shot from a treestand left me with only an entry wound and no blood. Re: Black bear shot placement [ Re: waggler ] #6246824 05/24/18 10:37 AM 05/24/18 10:37 AM For the shoulder/heart shot, which is popular for anchoring bears in their tracks, follow the centreline of the front leg up to the one-third point of the body. Take your shot with the intention of breaking the far side shoulder and you'll generally send your bullet through the desired lung region. My first time out was with a … I recommend not shooting when animals are quartering away at extreme angles or facing directly away from you. A broadside shot gives the most room for error and the greatest opportunity for the most lethal hit of all – a double lung shot. The biggest threat to penetration is the front shoulder – stay away from it. A bear won’t jump the string like a whitetail. Black Bear Shot Placement. The lungs also offer a relatively large target, bigger than any other assuredly fatal zone on a game animal. Whether you're new to bear hunting or a seasoned vet this is a good podcast to listen to you're likely to enjoy. In summary, only take broadside shots, prioritize getting two holes, aim about four to five inches back from the shoulder on a broadside bear, and don’t shoot too low. QuoteA fellow in our of our camp did two behind the shoulders (30-06) last season and never found either one. He can be sitting on his rump like a dog, or be in a “cupped” shape with his head and rump closer to you than the torso. The lighter fur of other game animals helps highlight the body with defining shadows – not so on a bruin. I’ve personally done a necropsy on a bear and found the lungs to extend back to the second-to-last rib. It was 360 yards away. Most of this advice is sage indeed, helping hunters learn about and understand the limitations of their equipment. A shoulder shot bear might not be fatally wounded. Very hard to trail because they bleed so little cause the fat plugs up the hole. After doing this a few times, you’ll get your bearings. Aiming towards the middle-mass (from an up and down perspective) of the body cavity is important. The last one I shot I hit square in the chest (only shot I had) with my 300WM at about 50-75 yards. I watched a friend shot a black bear broadside at about 300 yds in a clear cut. While its probably not WISE to take on a black bear with 9mm, shot placement still rules - and realistically black bears aren't THAT large. I don't track wounded bears because I don't wound them. Black Bear Shot Placement. I had no idea where I was aiming. He could be sprawled out lying on his belly. With a rifle your margin for error is larger, but it’s still a good option for a gun. A head shot is not recommended since a bear skull is very dense. Long hair and fat seem to soak up blood that would usually be on the ground and used for trailing. He’s got a nice layer of fat and fur coat that may be three to four inches long. Avoid the head-the target is too small and you'll ruin the best part of your fireplace rug. So, where on an animal should we try to place our bullet to ensure a one-shot, clean kill? It's pretty easy to pick up on these differences, but very important nonetheless. 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. Posts: 1,074. Bears are tough. MARKSMANSHIP I could see the glowing pin well, but my sight window was full of black fur! Another thing to keep in mind when considering the shoulder shot is that if you shoot too high or too far in front, you've got either a clean miss or an animal with agonizing wounds. Hint: Shot placement on a black bear is not the same as on a whitetail most of us grew up hunting. My favorite shot is a broadside or slightly quartering shot with the onside front shoulder forward or straight down. Just think of hunting legend Karamojo Bell. I just shot a sleeping bear point blank in the side of the head in the cave by Misanthrope's. While some hunters use shoulder shots on larger animals such as moose and elk, I find the resulting dispersal of bullet and bone fragments ruins too much meat. Mag. A double lung will often kill an animal quicker, it’s a larger target, and the organs are further away from big bones that stop penetration. When neck shots don't connect directly with the spinal column, an animal will often drop to the ground almost immediately but quickly recover and run off. on a five-point bull elk in B.C. A low-hit bear will often bleed very well for a period of time, then the blood will begin to turn watery and eventually disappear. showing anatomy with pink vitals of Deer, Elk. This allows for a fair margin of error. A spot in the . Bears have a lot of fat on their belly and long hair, unlike a deer, with little fat … I believe the lung shot is the appropriate shot for 90 per cent of the big-game hunting situations in Canada. The bull was dead when we got to him, having never moved. Clayton Mack of Bella Coola guided over 300 Grizzly hunts and always recommended lung shots. 28-Mar-16. Having shot a whitetail through the shoulder last year, I can speak first-hand of the meat that was wasted. Shot looked good, bear dropped and rolled end over end like an old tire down the hill. I remember one moose I shot three times in the span of about 10 seconds. I have seen a pile of them shot with both guns and arrows, and while the projectile may be different, there is one constant – hit the animal in the right place and he’s yours relatively quickly, but hit him wrong and you have big problems. And the chest is extremely hard to penetrate. In my opinion, this shot should be reserved for dangerous game, particularly bears. And have only shot brown bear with 416s and 458s . The shoulder and leg bones are tougher, and configured differently than ungulates (as shown in the video). As such, when my quarry is broadside, I generally aim for the centre of the chest, just behind the shoulder. else if (document.body.clientWidth > 801) { And if you shoot too low, you've got an animal with a broken leg that can still escape, only to later succumb to its wounds or predators. Additionally, they often inhabit thick, dense brush making tracking conditions difficult. The biggest challenge with bear shot placement is that their vitals and front shoulder structure is significantly different than that of the deer family. 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. And, oh yeah, it can eat you when it's ticked off, which is its typical demeanour when wounded. Trace the back of the front leg up to about one-third of the way into the chest. As hunters, our most important priority is to do everything possible to ensure a clean, quick, humane kill-it's our moral obligation every time we head afield. In most cases, the animal won't drop on the spot, but seldom will it travel more than 100 yards or so before falling over; the damage a modern bullet does to the lungs is that devastating. A black blob in the shadows makes finding that "tight behind the shoulder" spot more difficult and can lead to poor bullet placement. The bottom silhouette of a bear is deceptive. The old leaver action 30-30 Winchester or 35 Remington is really popular because they are light and easy to carry and pack enough punch for any black bear. More than once while bowhunting bears at close range using riflescopes and archery sights, I’ve had this harrowing experience. Since bears have massive, muscular shoulders and heavy bones, a shoulder shot is not recommended. 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. I’ve witnessed multiple bears wounded because the hunter tried to “heart shoot” them like a whitetail. Ruger270man. He didn’t go 20 yards before falling over, graveyard dead. None of us is comfortable with the subject, but if you have any measurable hunting experience, you've undoubtedly seen examples. This is the hunter who believes that 20 bullets can equal 20 deer, and he'll wait to shoot only when he's extremely confident of accurately placing a bullet. If you’re hunting out of a treestand it will be a high wound, and will bleed very little. Whether the hunter who first hit it was aiming for the brain, I can't say for sure, but the buck was clearly laboring, almost choking on blood, and would have suffered considerably had I not come across it. Black bear #4- 325 wsm with 200 gr Accubond, broadside lung shot at 178 yards, tried to run up the mnt. if (document.body.clientWidth <= 800) { document.write(''); To boil down my shot placement philosophy, aim 8 inches up from belly line and 6 inches behind the shoulder on a broadside bruin. From: razorhead. Either will put an animal down almost instantly, and result in very little ruined meat. You'll also render your bear ineligible for official scoring. A bear has the body structure to put himself in all types of odd shapes. First and foremost, a bullet through the lungs results in an almost certain one-shot kill. The best opportunity to get a pass-through shot is going to be when the bear is broadside. Before you hit the switch, you must have an extremely high expectation of putting the bullet right where you want it, and that means understanding your own limitations as a marksman. OP. SHOT PLACEMENT of a Black Bear Shot placement on a black bear is extremely important in order to get a quick kill. Incorrect shot placement on a black bear can lead to ... A head shot is not recommended since a bear skull is very dense. Here’s […] Elk hunt to be continued.....This is about Tom Schneider in pursuit of an archery elk. This Alaska brown bear was shot at 17 steps while he was quartering away from him. Got hung up on some brush for about a minute before he gave a kick and continued to roll down the hill. For a discussion of black bear shot placement we recommend visiting schematron.org North American Game Anatomy. We all know that. Neck shots are equally uncertain, as the spinal cord must be severed to ensure instant death. The reason for the popularity of this has to do with the greater margin of error. Kill shots 3 is a Compilation of Animals taken whilst I've been hunting and filming hunts. I dump them where they stand. document.write(''); In such situations, it's just as certain that the bullet didn't hit the animal in the right place. Go For A Double-Lung Hit (Heart shots are overrated). Bears are tough. While no doubt fatally damaged if hit, the heart offers a small target, and is often covered by the upper leg. The impulsiveness to rush the shot is probably the biggest mistake that a bear hunter can make. If you’ve got the time, my advice is to wait for a broadside shot with firearm and bow. Shoot low, and you'll take out the heart; a bit high and you'll sever the spinal column. Originally Posted by ironbender I was asking where the escapee was hit. What should you do? excellent post, read and printed,,,,, thanks . Often, an animal will not react immediately to a lung shot, causing some hunters to think they've missed when they've actually made an excellent shot. Much has been written and discussed about selecting the best rifle, cartridge, bullet and optics for hunting specific species under various conditions. While its probably not WISE to take on a black bear with 9mm, shot placement still rules - and realistically black bears aren't THAT large. I once shot an antelope sporting a fresh bullet wound through the bridge of its nose. Every time this happens I’m tempted to pull the trigger before being 100% sure where I’m aiming. This is mainly due to the black bears having heavier bones and hides compared to other big game animals. In the worst-case scenario, you may sever the trachea-the animal will likely escape, but suffer a lingering demise. Here are some important considerations in making that happen. } There's little room for error: too far forward and you've got a non-fatal brisket shot; too low and you've hit muscle or broken a leg, with no expectation of quickly recovering the animal. The blunt, rounded shape can cause bullets or arrows to glance off or become lodged in the skull without penetrating. Advanced Black Bear Anatomy and Shot Placement Guide. I have a cousin who 15-20 years ago heard a lot of commotion out by his pig pen. 28-Mar-16. While many believe the heart shot is almost instantly fatal, most experienced hunters will tell you that a heart-shot animal typically travels farther before collapsing than one that has been lung-shot. Bears are not hard animals to kill with a firearm or a bow. I like to aim bit closer to the shoulder without hugging it too tight. Some hunters prefer shoulder shots because they will disable game while also inflicting fatal damage to the heart or lungs. When archery hunting, use a broadhead that maximizes penetration. But that is what I hunt deer with also. 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. However, especially if you are bowhunting, you will get a clearer shot at this vital spot if you wait for the bear to move its nearest foreleg forward. The black color absorbs shadows making it difficult to distinguish lines and body parts. I once heard the phrase, “You won’t rise to the occasion, but you’ll default to your training.” You’ve got to intentionally train yourself where to aim on a bear. Here are five keys to making a great shot this spring. BULLET PLACEMENT Again, this takes us back to aiming at the middle mass, not towards the periphery of the animal. I have a cousin who 15-20 years ago heard a lot of commotion out by his pig pen. 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. With a rifle, shoot a bullet that maximizes penetration over expansion (see side bar about bullets). . Only when you shoot too far back do you have a problem-animals shot in the paunch typically suffer lingering deaths, and if you do happen to recover one, you've got a heckuva mess on your hands when it comes to field-dressing it. Head and neck shots do have their place in the right circumstances, but they should only be taken at close range by capable shooters who know their quarry's anatomy. It’s easy to go on “auto-pilot” when a bear walks up. If you are a bowhunter, take practice shots at your site to build your confidence from an elevated position. SHOOTING ANGLES Animals hit in this vital organ tend not to go too far before lying down. I know some may disagree, but this is one shot I simply won't take, and I advise others to follow suit. } QuoteA fellow in our of our camp did two behind the shoulders (30-06) last season and never found either one. Incorrect shot placement on a black bear can lead to ... A head shot is not recommended since a bear skull is very dense. The bear will die quickly, but without a blood trail he might be hard to find! Permalink: /2019/9/5-tips-for-shot-placement-on-bear-podcast, /2019/9/5-tips-for-shot-placement-on-bear-podcast. Despite that, I'm not sure I'd take the same shot today if it were presented. HEAD & NECK SHOTS Seeing it is far better than trying to explain it. Pull your eye away from the scope or peep and look at the bear with your naked eye, then look back through the aiming apparatus. However, the biggest issue will be shot placement and shot angle. SO, you’ve opted for a lung shot. Consider Hair and Fat: Don’t Shoot Too Low. Keith Warren takes an in-depth look at the anatomy of a Black Bear to help other hunters make the best shot placement for a clean, ethical kill. You still want your bullet to enter the chest cavity, however, so it's important to visualize the path your bullet must take. Finally, that bear isn’t as big as he looks. This is the hunter I admire, for he clearly understands that undisturbed game and cool-handed marksmanship should be the rule, not the exception. Black bear shot placement #6246798 05/24/18 10:50 AM 05/24/18 10:50 AM: Joined: Jan 2008 Posts: 4,616 Alaska and Washington State. In my opinion, the “heart shot” is overrated. Bad Shot: Good Shot: The best shot on a black bear is a quartering away shot with the front leg extended forward along the side you intend to shoot. Be patient. Behind the nose, there is a channel in the skull leading directly to the brain. If you want to hunt black bears over natural food, the formula may be easy. Making a clean kill should be the top priority for hunters who decide to shoot a bear. The blunt, rounded shape can cause bullets or arrows to glance off or become lodged in the skull without penetrating. Hunting with firearms for bear is more forgiving. IBEP Hunter Study the bear diagram. SHOT PLACEMENT of a Black Bear Shot placement on a black bear is extremely important in order to get a quick kill. Shot looked good, bear dropped and rolled end over end like an old tire down the hill. During the magic time when a bear is in shooting range, he’ll more often be in a bad-shooting position than he will be in a favorable one. Bears can often have a thick layer of fat on their belly, and they also have long hair. document.write(''); While such shots are possible, not many hunters can make them with any consistency. Too far forward and you have a debilitating shoulder shot. Good choice. “Low and tight” to the shoulder is a great shot on a deer. Savage Renegauge; Share on Facebook Tweet Share on LinkedIn Email. It didn't take two steps during that time, and I couldn't understand how I could be missing such a big target. Everyone knows that. The longest shot I've ever taken was with a 7mm Rem. Sometimes you only get one chance to bring down a big-game animal. else if (document.body.clientWidth > 1025) { If you shoot just a little too far back, however, you may get lucky and strike the liver. In my opinion, the “heart shot” is overrated. Originally Posted by ironbender I was asking where the escapee was hit. An animal that is harvested humanely shows more character in a hunter than just a lucky shot. I've never lost a bear when shooting X and TSX bullets. ... Word rapidly spread throughout town that a huge bear had been shot and was hanging on “Cherry” Kempf’s wrecker down by the bank. You’ll need to aim well above it to get into the chest cavity! I have seen bears go along ways with a heart, lung shot. As far as charging bears go, I think shooting as fast as you can is what I would try, if I had the chance and the mental ability to react quick enough. However, especially if you are bowhunting, you will get a clearer shot at this vital spot if you wait for the bear to move its nearest foreleg forward. The lungs on a game animal generally cover about two-thirds of its chest area when viewed broadside, more or less in the centre and a little toward the bottom. The blunt, rounded shape can cause bullets or arrows to glance off or become lodged in the skull without penetrating. 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. document.write('

'); W. waggler OP trapper waggler OP trapper. We published an article a few years ago titled “The Middle of the Middle.” Many Canadian outfitters have had great results instructing their clients with this descriptive phrase for shot placement. He grabbed up the only weapon he had loaded and ready at the moment which was a .22LR rifle. He was only 11 yards away when I drew the bow and looked through the peep. If you absolutely must tale this shot, at least be sure to use a well-constructed bullet designed for maximum weight retention and penetration. Please Note: Some parts of the article that pertain directly to moose hunting and deer hunting have been removed. For the shoulder/heart shot, which is popular for anchoring bears in their tracks, follow the centerline of the front leg up to … Whether you’re shooting a rifle or a bow, prioritize getting an entrance and exit wound. WUNDED and lost big game animals are part of the somber side of hunting. If you are a bowhunter, take practice shots at your site to build your confidence from an elevated position. The animal dropped soon after the third shot, however, and when I skinned it out, a salad plate would have covered all three holes in its chest and lungs. Firearm hunters and bowhunters have a responsibility to make quick kills and recover all game. But then I always use 338 and up for bear hunting. Incorrect shot placement on a black bear can lead to unnecessary suffering, wounding, and failure to retrieve the animal. My favorite shot is a broadside or slightly quartering shot with the onside front shoulder forward or straight down. While the average black bear is no bigger than your average white-tailed buck, it's much heavier boned. Bears seem to always be moving, especially when you’re hunting them over bait. (For species-specific tips on lung shots, see "Top targets" on page 48.). 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