“I had been getting pictures of multiple bears on my trail camera this year as I have in the past; particularly two large single bears and one sow with quadruplets. I have had many bear pictures over the past 4-5 seasons but, this year they were very consistent. So, on Friday(Oct. 11) afternoon I was hunting alone in my stand in an ivy thicket where I had several pictures of an exceptionally good 10 pointer when at 6:05 I looked to my left at about 30 yards to see this lone bear walking up the hill toward my stand.
As it closed the distance to 15 yards it stopped at the very tree that my trail camera was mounted on, rubbed on it like a cat rubbing up against your leg, and then it reared up on its hind legs and began to back scratch on my trail camera tree.
As I quickly saw, this gave me a great shot because it was broadside and the vitals were well exposed so, I shot it through the boiler room at 15 yards.
Upon impact the bear grunted, dropped to all fours and ran about 30 yards into the thicket before going down. Within 10 seconds I heard 4 long death moans and 2 loud blows and it was over. The entire episode lasted less than one minute, but it was one of the most exciting and memorable minutes of my hunting experiences.
Now came the fun part of trying to get the 250-pound sow up out of the thicket and dragged to a place where I could load it onto my four wheeler, and even more fun getting it loaded up solo. However, after a few trial and error maneuvers I was able to get it securely loaded and down out of the mountain. I am truly blessed to live in an area that has such great hunting opportunities and to be a part of a great family to share them with. ”
Congrats on a great bear, Larry, and also on getting that thing on your ATV by yourself!