What should you do? Don’t aim low. We all know that. SHOT PLACEMENT of a Black Bear Shot placement on a black bear is extremely important in order to get a quick kill. Behind the nose, there is a channel in the skull leading directly to the brain. In summary, only take broadside shots, prioritize getting two holes, aim about four to five inches back from the shoulder on a broadside bear, and don’t shoot too low. document.write(''); Do not shoot too low. The blunt, rounded shape can cause bullets or arrows to glance off or become lodged in the skull without penetrating. The best opportunity to get a pass-through shot is going to be when the bear is broadside. After doing this a few times, you’ll get your bearings. Bears are not hard animals to kill with a firearm or a bow. Learn the anatomy and proper shot placement on a black bear in this its body in a unique position, it can be challenging to locate the vitals.Black Bear Vitals and Shot Placement. “Low and tight” to the shoulder is a great shot on a deer. Making a clean kill should be the top priority for hunters who decide to shoot a bear. The black color absorbs shadows making it difficult to distinguish lines and body parts. A bear’s elongated frame translates to lungs that are slightly (and I mean slightly) further back than a deer. I’ve personally done a necropsy on a bear and found the lungs to extend back to the second-to-last rib. Having shot a whitetail through the shoulder last year, I can speak first-hand of the meat that was wasted. Head and neck shots do have their place in the right circumstances, but they should only be taken at close range by capable shooters who know their quarry's anatomy. The more difficult shot to visualize is when an animal is quartering away. OP. I remember one moose I shot three times in the span of about 10 seconds. You’ll maximize the opportunity for two holes by shooting at a broadside bear with a sharp fixed-blade broadhead. The first step in ensuring accurate bullet placement comes with the decision to squeeze the trigger. It's pretty easy to pick up on these differences, but very important nonetheless. He could be sprawled out lying on his belly. Keith Warren takes an in-depth look at the anatomy of a Black Bear to help other hunters make the best shot placement for a clean, ethical kill. Bears are tough. Since bears have massive, muscular shoulders and heavy bones, a shoulder shot is not recommended. He got up and ran away roaring leaving a blood trail and I ran up to the house and slept for 4 hrs (4hrs was overkill after just reading Selfless' post), came back and he was slumped at the tip of the island, gonna try with the bow next time to save ammo. Everyone knows that. Avoid the head-the target is too small and you'll ruin the best part of your fireplace rug. If you shoot an animal in the neck whether by design or by accident-it's therefore important to keep a close eye on it until you've confirmed it's down for keeps. The blunt, rounded shape can cause bullets or arrows to glance off or become lodged in the skull without penetrating. A spot in the . As for spine or neck shots, it can be difficult to visualize exactly where to find the spinal column thanks to the bear's long hair and thick body. document.write(''); He didn’t go 20 yards before falling over, graveyard dead. He figured a lung shot bear is a dead bear. The last one I shot I hit square in the chest (only shot I had) with my 300WM at about 50-75 yards. First and foremost, a bullet through the lungs results in an almost certain one-shot kill. Luckily, we stumbled upon the bear the next morning. A well-hit bear won’t last long, however they are extremely unforgiving when hit marginally. Bears can often have a thick layer of fat on their belly, and they also have long hair. As hunters, our most important priority is to do everything possible to ensure a clean, quick, humane kill-it's our moral obligation every time we head afield. Elk hunt to be continued.....This is about Tom Schneider in pursuit of an archery elk. I almost didn’t recover the largest-skulled bear I’ve ever killed, even though he was less than 150 yards from where I shot him. While no doubt fatally damaged if hit, the heart offers a small target, and is often covered by the upper leg. Shoot low, and you'll take out the heart; a bit high and you'll sever the spinal column. Often, an animal will not react immediately to a lung shot, causing some hunters to think they've missed when they've actually made an excellent shot. The heart shot gets a lot of attention, though I suspect most hunters don't actually realize just how low in the chest the heart lies in big game. I could see the glowing pin well, but my sight window was full of black fur! The lungs also offer a relatively large target, bigger than any other assuredly fatal zone on a game animal. Savage Renegauge; Share on Facebook Tweet Share on LinkedIn Email. Front Street Townsend, MT 59644. The bear will die quickly, but without a blood trail he might be hard to find! The bull was dead when we got to him, having never moved. else if (document.body.clientWidth > 1025) { Mag. It’s so close and it seems hard to miss. else if (document.body.clientWidth > 801) { ... and I were part of the crowd that quickly gathered to look at/admire this magnificent creature. Originally Posted by ironbender I was asking where the escapee was hit. In my opinion, the “heart shot” is overrated. Got hung up on some brush for about a minute before he gave a kick and continued to roll down the hill. Permalink: /2019/9/5-tips-for-shot-placement-on-bear-podcast, /2019/9/5-tips-for-shot-placement-on-bear-podcast. Very hard to trail because they bleed so little cause the fat plugs up the hole. Click on any animal for more information and resources on targeting and the vital areas that an archer should be … Shot placement on bears for me is the same as deer, I always take the first available good shot when the bear comes into the bait as usually they are broadside and standing. They're also acceptable in the rare event of an emergency, when a dangerous animal needs to be brought down in a hurry. A double lung will often kill an animal quicker, it’s a larger target, and the organs are further away from big bones that stop penetration. The blunt, rounded shape can cause bullets or arrows to glance off or become lodged in the skull without penetrating. A high shoulder hit will drop a bear, but I’d still suggest a double lung hit. And the chest is extremely hard to penetrate. You'll also render your bear ineligible for official scoring. A bear doesn’t have the same “flight” response as a deer, so aiming extremely low isn’t necessary and can even be bad. Aiming towards the middle-mass (from an up and down perspective) of the body cavity is important. Bears are tough. Be patient. Under most circumstances, however, this is not a shot I would recommend. If you’ve got the time, my advice is to wait for a broadside shot with firearm and bow. The diagram below shows the proper shot placement to hit the bear’s heart/lung area. Campfire Regular. While we all prefer broadside shots, as often as not we face shooting opportunities from an angle. SHOT PLACEMENT of a Black Bear Shot placement on a black bear is extremely important in order to get a quick kill. The reason for the popularity of this has to do with the greater margin of error. He grabbed up the only weapon he had loaded and ready at the moment which was a .22LR rifle. A .243 in the heart or lungs of even the largest big-game animal, for example, is more certain to result in its demise than a .500 Nitro Express in its leg. Personally, I don’t suggest expandable broadheads for bear. It's a certainty that as long as there's hunting, game will be wounded and not recovered. From: razorhead. Frontal shots or shots from directly overhead (like might occur from a tree stand) are not recommended because they offer little opportunity for penetration of the vital organs (especially with archery equipment). Re: Black bear shot placement [ Re: waggler ] #6246824 05/24/18 10:37 AM 05/24/18 10:37 AM Perhaps I no longer feel the need to, as I might have back when I was a much less seasoned hunter. But then I always use 338 and up for bear hunting. Again, this takes us back to aiming at the middle mass, not towards the periphery of the animal. I recommend not shooting when animals are quartering away at extreme angles or facing directly away from you. Ruger270man OP. I've never lost a bear when shooting X and TSX bullets. on a five-point bull elk in B.C. This is mainly due to the black bears having heavier bones and hides compared to other big game animals. An animal that is harvested humanely shows more character in a hunter than just a lucky shot. Here’s […] This is the hunter who believes that 20 bullets can equal 20 deer, and he'll wait to shoot only when he's extremely confident of accurately placing a bullet. Bear anatomy is slightly different, but more importantly, a bear’s body structure allows for some odd angles and considerations that the bear hunter must understand. LUNG SHOTS If you absolutely must tale this shot, at least be sure to use a well-constructed bullet designed for maximum weight retention and penetration. Take your shot with the intention of breaking the far side shoulder and you'll generally send your bullet through the desired lung region. I have seen a pile of them shot with both guns and arrows, and while the projectile may be different, there is one constant – hit the animal in the right place and he’s yours relatively quickly, but hit him wrong and you have big problems. With few exceptions, I shudder when I hear hunters talking about their long shots-much like a gambling addict bragging about his one win, for each tale of success there are likely tenfold as many unspoken failures. Shot looked good, bear dropped and rolled end over end like an old tire down the hill. A bear has the body structure to put himself in all types of odd shapes. The Best Shot Placement for Black Bear 31 Jan. Neck shots are equally uncertain, as the spinal cord must be severed to ensure instant death. All of these positions are much different than a deer. The only practical room for error is if you shoot high and take out the lungs. You’ll need to aim well above it to get into the chest cavity! During the magic time when a bear is in shooting range, he’ll more often be in a bad-shooting position than he will be in a favorable one. Wounded black bears are as mean as any other bear in the thickets. Whether you’re shooting a rifle or a bow, prioritize getting an entrance and exit wound. That means you want your first shot to count. None of us is comfortable with the subject, but if you have any measurable hunting experience, you've undoubtedly seen examples. A head shot is not recommended since a bear skull is very dense. If you are a bowhunter, take practice shots at your site to build your confidence from an elevated position. Black Bear Shot Placement. Black Bear Shot Placement. There's no denying the surest fatal shot is to the brain or spinal column. A shoulder shot bear might not be fatally wounded. In summary, I like to shoot about 4-5 inches back from the shoulder on a broadside bear. } It was his fanaticism over bullet placement coupled with an understanding of his quarry's anatomy-that allowed him to tale down so many elephants with his meager .275 Rigby, a cartridge equivalent to today's 7x5 7. Hunting with firearms for bear is more forgiving. WUNDED and lost big game animals are part of the somber side of hunting. The lighter fur of other game animals helps highlight the body with defining shadows – not so on a bruin. One complaint that members of the public (other hunters and non- hunters) have about hunters is “slow deaths, wounded and … Advanced Black Bear Anatomy and Shot Placement Guide. SHOULDER SHOTS A bear won’t jump the string like a whitetail. Many bear hunters have been indoctrinated by whitetail shot placement, and it doesn’t completely translate to bear. If an animal is facing you directly, the centre base of the neck is the preferred target. If you are a bowhunter, take practice shots at your site to build your confidence from an elevated position. For the shoulder/heart shot, which is popular for anchoring bears in their tracks, follow the centerline of the front leg up to … Remember, when it comes to shot placement, the goal isn't simply a freezer full of meat it's also to get the job done quickly and efficiently. While some hunters use shoulder shots on larger animals such as moose and elk, I find the resulting dispersal of bullet and bone fragments ruins too much meat. The diagram below shows the proper shot placement to hit the bear’s heart/lung area. Many new bear hunters carry with them shot placement and strategy derived from experience deer hunting. A bear really isn’t as big as he looks because of hair and fat. A black blob in the shadows makes finding that "tight behind the shoulder" spot more difficult and can lead to poor bullet placement. Ruger270man. Register Log In Home Forums General Big Game Shot Placement for Black Bear: Forums User List Calendar Active Threads Forum Help: Previous Thread: Next Thread : Print Thread: Hop To : Page 1 of 2 : 1: 2: Shot Placement for Black Bear #7592176 03/27/13: Joined: Aug 2009. Animals hit in this vital organ tend not to go too far before lying down. Experience has taught me that too much can go wrong in such a situation-not to mention the fact few animals can travel as far, or as quickly, as an ells can when wounded. Seeing it is far better than trying to explain it. Too far forward and you have a debilitating shoulder shot. For black bear that are run with dogs, which they do here in the mountains of TN & NC, most dog owners want you to shoot a bear in the HEAD. if (document.body.clientWidth <= 800) { } }. For starters, the brain is a relatively small target, and even a narrow miss can result in a broken jaw, lost eye or other similar wound that condemns an animal to a most unpleasant, slow death. Another factor is black bears have long thick fur … Firearm hunters and bowhunters have a responsibility to make quick kills and recover all game. Long hair and fat seem to soak up blood that would usually be on the ground and used for trailing. Bears are notoriously hard to blood trail. For the shoulder/heart shot, which is popular for anchoring bears in their tracks, follow the centreline of the front leg up to the one-third point of the body. Think I will have a poster made up of the picture in this article for out hunters. Pull your eye away from the scope or peep and look at the bear with your naked eye, then look back through the aiming apparatus. Kill shots 3 is a Compilation of Animals taken whilst I've been hunting and filming hunts. It didn't take two steps during that time, and I couldn't understand how I could be missing such a big target. A low-hit bear will often bleed very well for a period of time, then the blood will begin to turn watery and eventually disappear. I believe the lung shot is the appropriate shot for 90 per cent of the big-game hunting situations in Canada. Finally, that bear isn’t as big as he looks. He could be standing up on two legs. Only when you shoot too far back do you have a problem-animals shot in the paunch typically suffer lingering deaths, and if you do happen to recover one, you've got a heckuva mess on your hands when it comes to field-dressing it. Either will put an animal down almost instantly, and result in very little ruined meat. Here are some important considerations in making that happen. Hint: Shot placement on a black bear is not the same as on a whitetail most of us grew up hunting. HEART SHOTS Please Note: Some parts of the article that pertain directly to moose hunting and deer hunting have been removed. And if you shoot too low, you've got an animal with a broken leg that can still escape, only to later succumb to its wounds or predators. Miss by even a little bit, and you've probably got an animal with a muscular wound from which it will likely recover, but not without considerable agony. With a rifle your margin for error is larger, but it’s still a good option for a gun. However, the biggest issue will be shot placement and shot angle. Go For A Double-Lung Hit (Heart shots are overrated). While its probably not WISE to take on a black bear with 9mm, shot placement still rules - and realistically black bears aren't THAT large. With a rifle, shoot a bullet that maximizes penetration over expansion (see side bar about bullets). I've never been much impressed by tales of 450-yard kill shots on deer or other game. This allows for a fair margin of error. IBEP Hunter Study the bear diagram. Bears seem to always be moving, especially when you’re hunting them over bait. Perhaps it’s a predatory instinct in humans, but seeing our prey move makes us feel like we have to act quickly. This Alaska brown bear was shot at 17 steps while he was quartering away from him. While the average black bear is no bigger than your average white-tailed buck, it's much heavier boned. So, where on an animal should we try to place our bullet to ensure a one-shot, clean kill? showing anatomy with pink vitals of Deer, Elk. I wont usually take a head or neck shot,as poor placement on the smaller target can cause an animal to not be recovered and suffer. I don’t trust mechanicals for bears. My first time out was with a … Another factor is black bears have long thick fur … Incorrect shot placement on a black bear can lead to ... A head shot is not recommended since a bear skull is very dense. 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