Having seen lots of trailcam shots from Ralph Barton over the past couple of months, and hearing his reports that he was getting as many –if not more — shots of bears than deer, it was not a big surprise when I got this picture early this afternoon.
Here’s his report:
“Just got in after dragging this Bear for several hours this morning ! Got him in the Jefferson Nat. Forest in Botetourt county. Shot him in the final moments of shooting light yesterday evening. The temps were cool so I elected to leave him overnight and tackle the job of hauling him out this morning. Man I thought the 1/2 marathon was tough but it aint’ nothing compared to getting game out of those mountains! Of course the marathon training got me in the condition to handle the job by myself!
Anyway not a big story today…… gotta get the bear skinned….. but It was a great hunt! I passed a small buck about an hour before the bear showed up…… I was hoping for one of the big ones in the area but no more deer came by. When the bear came sneaking up the trail he walked right into an opening at 20 yards and offered a beautiful quartering away angle. I was very blessed to make a good shot through both lungs.
Bear tag spent…… Time now to focus on the Big Buck !”