Big Game Hunting Moose, elk, mulies, caribou, bear, goats, and sheep are all covered here.

Who has hunted Big Bears

Old 10-01-2017, 12:28 PM
  #1  
Super Moderator
Thread Starter
 
Bocajnala's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Trumbull County, Ohio
Posts: 7,680
Default Who has hunted Big Bears

Who has hunted any of the big bears? Tell us about your hunt.


My dream hunt would be a brown bear in Alaska with archery gear I think. Although that's way out of my realistic price range.


Anyone hunt the big bears? Let's hear about it!


-Jake
Bocajnala is offline  
Old 10-01-2017, 12:44 PM
  #2  
Typical Buck
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Posts: 774
Default

I've taken a few both hunting and unfortunately in defense. I can tell you straight up Bocajnala, if you go after one with archery gear, make sure you have someone with you with one or the other of 2 things, a good 12 gauge loaded up with slug, 00 buck, and slug or, slower running legs. You are looking at anywhere from 600-1400 pounds of muscle, claws, and teeth and a whole lot of rage if hurt. I'll probably take a bit of heat for this statement but it's just a plain fact, anyone purposely hunting a brown bear with a bow has much more testicular fortitude than intellectual content.
hunters_life is offline  
Old 10-01-2017, 01:00 PM
  #3  
Super Moderator
Thread Starter
 
Bocajnala's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Trumbull County, Ohio
Posts: 7,680
Default

[QUOTE=hunters_life;4317218]I've taken a few both hunting and unfortunately in defense. I can tell you straight up Bocajnala, if you go after one with archery gear, make sure you have someone with you with one or the other of 2 things, a good 12 gauge loaded up with slug, 00 buck, and slug or, slower running legs. You are looking at anywhere from 600-1400 pounds of muscle, claws, and teeth and a whole lot of rage if hurt. I'll probably take a bit of heat for this statement but it's just a plain fact, anyone purposely hunting a brown bear with a bow has much more testicular fortitude than intellectual content.[/QUOTE]



I'll accept that. That hunt is out of the realm of possibility for me currently just due to the price tag on it. I can dream though. Did your father take any of the big bears, I seem to remember him mentioning them a few times.


-Jake
Bocajnala is offline  
Old 10-01-2017, 04:45 PM
  #4  
Typical Buck
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Posts: 774
Default

He used to. He also had the same misfortune as I of having to kill 2 that were intent on ripping him apart. I believe he took 5 or 6 actually hunting them. A couple of them he used his favorite .30-06 and the others I believe he used one of his .300wm rifles. He never was a fan of magnum rifles. But he always said "when you are after something that would just as soon kill you as look at you, there aint no such thing as too much gun". I think he actually took one with one of his .500NE doubles. I was just a little guy when he quit hunting bears of all kinds so it's a bit hard to recall. He didn't really like bear meat all that much, neither did I, but some of our family really enjoyed it so he hunted them primarily for them. Same for me when I hunted black bears. When we moved to PA, none of them were around so we didn't hunt them anymore. Neither one of us were ever much for trophies. I have a few whitetail and elk mounts, one whitetail right next to the back door that I use for a hat rack. Hung it there after dad passed and we moved in to his house for mom. Cracked her up when I hung old bucky there with 12 hats hanging off him.
hunters_life is offline  
Old 10-01-2017, 08:32 PM
  #5  
Typical Buck
 
Berserker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: WI&UP
Posts: 751
Default

I would like to hunt something could kill me. But just quick googling, made me wonder if that would ever happen.

While I somewhat commend using a bow, it does seem foolish. Sure people did it. Sure people died from infection before peniciln.


Maybe I am wrong, and tons of people do it. If you shoot it, without it knowing you are there, it may just wander off and die.


To be clear, I am speaking from my bowels, with no experience.
Berserker is offline  
Old 10-02-2017, 04:21 PM
  #6  
Spike
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Southern piedmont of Virginia
Posts: 59
Default

If big bears mean brown, and they are big, then ignore this post. If big can mean black bears to you then I've done that in Canada. Saskatchewan to be precise with a guide by the name of Rob Nye. He runs remote camps that are baited hunts. Mine was a spring hunt. He did a great job, and basically worked his tail off to make it successful. I met Tom Nelson from American Archer was in camp shooting a segment, which was also cool (great guy). I will go back and hunt with Rob again. These bears get to the 500 lb range, I suppose a bit bigger, but they sure look big. He only runs archery hunts, so it is up close and personal. I shot mine at probably 15 yards. I've read black bears aren't hard to kill and while my shot was true I found that to be true...went 60 yards. Best part...he doesn't charge a fortune. I felt like it was well worth the price, which as I recall was about $3000 for the week. Not free, but given the quality of the outfitter, the accommodations and the number of bear, it was well worth every penny.
YTCLT is offline  
Old 10-02-2017, 09:39 PM
  #7  
Typical Buck
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Posts: 774
Default

YTCLT, I assumed he meant the big browns. While I most certainly wouldn't want either one of them to get a hold of me, I do believe I would have to tip the hat at the browns when it comes to archery gear. I've taken quite a few black bear over the years with just about everything you can legally hunt them with back when I hunted them. And you are correct, black bears are fairly easily dispatched. Browns on the other hand, unless you get a spinal disconnect, are not the easy prey that their smaller cousins are.
hunters_life is offline  
Old 10-03-2017, 10:44 AM
  #8  
Spike
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Southern piedmont of Virginia
Posts: 59
Default

Originally Posted by hunters_life View Post
YTCLT, I assumed he meant the big browns. While I most certainly wouldn't want either one of them to get a hold of me, I do believe I would have to tip the hat at the browns when it comes to archery gear. I've taken quite a few black bear over the years with just about everything you can legally hunt them with back when I hunted them. And you are correct, black bears are fairly easily dispatched. Browns on the other hand, unless you get a spinal disconnect, are not the easy prey that their smaller cousins are.
Exactly right. I have never hunted brown bears, only black. Brown bears are a totally different deal based on what Iíve seen and read!
YTCLT is offline  
Old 10-03-2017, 11:01 AM
  #9  
Super Moderator
 
kellyguinn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Choctaw, Oklahoma
Posts: 1,248
Default

I would like the chance to take a black bear let alone a brown. Plenty of whitetail and turkeys here but we are lacking in the bear, mule deer and pronghorn aspect. Maybe one of these days I'll have the funds and time to venture out lol.


Jake if ya ever get out after them browns I better see the story here
kellyguinn is offline  
Old 10-03-2017, 11:34 AM
  #10  
Giant Nontypical
 
salukipv1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: IL
Posts: 6,495
Default

Vancouver Island Black bear, 2 bears, spot and stalk, great hunt, didn't shoot until days 6 and 7 of 7 day hunt.

Missed a chance at a monster on day 4 or 5? was young, inexperienced, but still took 2-7 footers, close to B&C skulls but shy.

Would love to hunt a big Brown in Alaska. When I day dream it's which rifle.... 375H&H vs. 340 Wby.
salukipv1 is offline  

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.