OK, ok, some of u are on to me. Yeah, ok, it IS the FIRST 'black' bear I shot in my life. No big huge story, this bear. I posted on short notice to see if I could get someone to accompany me on a (in my mind) sure fire black bear attempt for yesterday ( Thursday) in Seward. Not surprisingly the response could not be consummated with such short notice. Therefore, I opted to remain nearer home and scout/hunt another area known locally to me.
I had a couple buddies that were going berry picking and I tagged along thinking they were going to this area I wanted to check out. After glassing for a short while where and while they picked I soon discovered they were not planning on going where I had hoped. So off I went. About 30 minutes later and a couple quick stop and glass sessions I stopped for a third time. I was in high berry country with a few bushes and few trees to block views. Within a few minutes I eyeballed moving black spot not to far away. A quick look thru the binos proves it to be an adequate black bear. Rangefinder tells me it's 337 yrds away across the valley's far wall. A light steady wind was in my favor and the Bears movement was down valley with the wind. Also to my advantage. I made a half loop away from the valley and back to its edge hoping to intercept at my estimated timing point. Thinking I would have to wait 5 minutes for the bear to come down to this intercept point I quickly realized the bear was right there in front of me. Ranged at 117 yards. I watched and waited thru my 4.5 x 14 leupold on my Tikka 30-06 with a 220 grain federal load in it. When she made a right angle to me I let fly, trying to blow both shoulders out. Bear went down instantly and merely twitched its front foot a couple times. Dead bear.
Shot placement right on the money and after a quick 100 yard drag downhill I was in position to gut then load the bear onto the wheeler for its ride home to my garage.
Last night I skinned him and today some of her parts went for a ride. Squared at five feet. 15 3/8" skull. Medium sized female and belly full of watermelon berries. Should be tasty.
Soliciting for advice on what to do with the meat. Sausage it all?? And where to process it (on the Pen?). Echo Lake Meats?