This is the biggest Black Bear I've harvested and my first critter with a bow. I used a #55 Bear Super Grizzly in a ground blind from 5 yards. I gotta say, using a bow is a lot more exciting and more of an accomplishment. Using a bow is going to make a better hunter out of me. I'm looking forward to felling my moose draw this fall.
While cleaning this beautiful boar after the sun fell behind the mountains, a slight breeze keeping cool, the cornices breaking off and roaring down the mountain, a pair of Harlequin swam by me 20' from me. This was a nice & calm, sprit lifting hunt. The simplicity of a tradition bow, a pack, game bags and knife can be relaxing. (Oh, and bug dope. Don't forget the bug dope.) One of my favorite hunts. It reminds me of a Fred Bear quote.
A down animal is most certainly the object of a hunting trip, but it becomes an anticlimax when compared to the many other pleasures of the hunt.