Sow bears and boo boos - let's see them.

Coveyleader

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Pornograhy and the bear hunting industry have a lot in common. Both love to use fisheye lenses, to make thing appear bigger. No matter how much you "Fluff it up" it still looks small. You know a big bear when you see it. And last but not least, the darker ones on average are bigger than the blondes.
 

ElkFever2

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After reading all @Greenhorn ‘s reasons not to shoot a small bear, I still headed out for my first bear hunt thinking, “I will be lucky to even see a bear…I’m not going to be picky.”

Then a few days later I got to see a very small sow with 3 cubs at close range in the Tetons. It was definitely an eye-opener. I think I’d struggle to pull the trigger on a bear that’s about 24” tall at the shoulder and only slightly bigger than my dog. The desire to shoot is a lot less, and I wonder about how it would feel to walk up on the carcass too.
 

blueridge

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Had one bluff charge me and my dog on our hike this evening. Started to climb a tree then decided we weren’t worth the effort. Sure made it seem bigger than it probably was. In all seriousness, when there’s a state regulation with a minimum weight, how would someone who has never hunted bear even know how to estimate?
(My phone camera sucks in low light.)
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RyGuy

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Had one bluff charge me and my dog on our hike this evening. Started to climb a tree then decided we weren’t worth the effort. Sure made it seem bigger than it probably was. In all seriousness, when there’s a state regulation with a minimum weight, how would someone who has never hunted bear even know how to estimate?
(My phone camera sucks in low light.)
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If it’s big enough to be on its own, it’s legal. 😉
 

GBrokx

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Don’t forget about taking advantage of any handy stump! Because this was my first opportunity at a bear of color, I just couldn’t resist. 😀.

BTW - as this mid-80s photo shows, I was a pioneer in the use of the MSR for hunting. I wish I still had that rifle.

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Looks like my PTR-91. Killed my first 2 elk using a similar rifle and iron sights. Still bring it along as my back up, but sure glad I have a lighter rifle now! Looks like a nice bear!
 
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