So I have this young bear that has been coming into my bait. The other night as I was going in to add more bait, I kicked him off of it and heard him crashing off in the brush. I gave him a day to settle down and sure enough, he came back the next day. Tonight I decided that if he came in, I would harvest him if I had the chance. Tonight he came in.
Long story short, He came in from a different direction than I was expecting and I had to turn myself in the treestand. The stand squeeked and he busted me. I rushed my shot and missed him clean. There was no signs of a hit and I watched him run off for 60-70 yards or so. I listened for 5-6 minutes and no sounds of a death moan or bawling. Then I climbed down and searched the area for any signs of blood or a hit and found nothing. I decided to leave the area early and give him some space and settle down.
My question is, how long would you wait before going back in? Do you think I have run him off permanently?