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  • To poke or not to poke the bear?

     Trent updated 1 month ago 2 Members · 11 Posts
  • Trent

    Member
    September 16, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    I’m hunting out of state deer archery this year in PA and picked up a black bear tag for the first time since seasons overlap and tags are freely available.

    This will not be my main quarry, but would like the option to fill the tag if the shot comes to me. I’ve never hunted an animal of this size that could rip me up. I’ve done plenty of reading on shot placement, field dressing, etc. The piece I’m missing and can’t find an answer to is — How do you know a black bear is dead? With deer you can poke them in the eye and know for sure — what about with a black bear?

    I understand people wait for the death moan, is that a sure tell? Do you still approach cautiously? Is the lack of information online because I’m over thinking this and once they’re down they’re down?

    Thanks

  • lawlawlandrover

    Guest
    September 16, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    Look at it through your binoculars, throw rocks at it from far away. Inch closer while repeating from different angles.

  • Floridaman9393

    Guest
    September 16, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    Poke the bear!

  • Texa55Toast

    Guest
    September 16, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    Pa bear hunter. My family and I hunt bear like deer. Hit it. Let it bleed. Approach slowly, weapon at the ready. If you think it’s moving or still moving, then it’s decision time. Either let it bleed more or put another arrow in it. Just take your time and don’t rush.

  • Callb3333

    Guest
    September 16, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    When you think it’s dead sit 30 yards uphill and eat a sandwich for another 30 minutes watching it. With an arrow knocked.

  • Will-Huntforfood

    Guest
    September 16, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    Good on you for asking! Whether you’ve been hunting for your whole life or are a first timer, it is perfectly acceptable to ask this question. When hunting a species for the first time it should be commonplace to do as much research as possible. That being said, the old “throw a rock from behind a tree” is sound advice for sure. It’s great to see someone ask a legitimate question and have several good and thoughtful replies. Best of luck out there everyone!

  • bcmouf

    Guest
    September 16, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    My first bear i got solo. Stood a ways a way chucking a few rocks at it before walking up with loaded rifle and a good stick, came from behind it and gave it a thump on the butt with the stick before deeming it dead lol

  • SnooPeppers2417

    Guest
    September 16, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    I don’t think you should treat it any different than a deer or elk. All of these can kill you dead, especially when wounded and adrenalized. Give it time between falling down and last observed movement. Approach slowly. Toss a rock from distance, and behind cover. Give it some more time. From cover, make a huge sharp noise, look for any flicker of life. Approach slowly. Toss another rock from up close, still behind cover. Observe closely for another moment. Poke with a long stick. Observe. Poke in the eye. Nothing? You’re in the clear, get to skinnin!

  • shermski4

    Guest
    September 16, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    /r/HuntingPA

  • CFarrington96

    Guest
    September 16, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    I was honestly worried about walking up on a bear when I first started hunting them, but it’s not a big deal. You just approach cautiously like you would with any animal.

  • liamlynchknives

    Guest
    September 16, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    Shoot it again

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