We left Whitter on thur 8th and got out to where we started hunting, I guess around 4:00 pm or so. The water was naddy going out, with the bow of the 220 sea runner going under a few times. We found calm water once we got to the first bay. The rain and low vis diden't help, but our spirits were good. Next morning however things went down hill fast with a coil going out on the 150 yamaha 4 stroke. So limp back to Whitter at about 6 mph or so on the 25. Found cell phone reception and called in a favor. Had a new coil and a spare waiting when we arrived at around 6:45 pm.We were on our way back out in 30 min on flat calm water. As we arrived at the next bay we wanted to hunt, I started cooking some moose burgers. The first bear showed up around the time I fliped the burgers. But as we watched and tryed to judge size, he saw us and was gone. After moving a bit we got sight of him a second time only to take flight a second and final time. We figured he had been shot from a boat . Well with the stove off at this time. About five minutes later I spot the next bear, and not taking any chances we got out of the boat as soon as we could and stated the stalk to get a better look and judge this bear. We got to with in 100 , 75 yards but still coulden't get a good view as this bear was down in a creek mouth and darknes was closing fast. Finally getting a chance to get a good jugment on this bear figured it at over five. It was full bodied, fat neck, small ears. fat legs. I told the good friend I had with me, also the one that talled me into going. That it would be a good first bear for him. and if he wanted it to take it. BAM and the bear falls over like nothing I have ever seen. However the bear getting back to it's feet, got out of our view. This bear took a hit that broke bone and still got into the woods. When we were getting lights out of the boat,our other buddy that was watching the whole thing, coulden't belive that bear even got up after that shot. After searching for sometime the shooter found where the bear had driped water on the rocks after crossing the creek, so in we went lights and all. Not to far in I noticed a big piece of bark falling and figured this bear some how made it up a tree. One tough bear! Not being able to see anything because of the branchs and the darkness, we called of the search till morning. Not really sure if he was in the tree or not, stared looking for him the next morning on the ground.
Only to have my buddy that shot him to finally come back to the tree the night before and there he was. Still alive but not by much, a finish up shot was taken and another case closed. I for one will think twice next time a decision on a shoulder shot or a lung shot on a bear needs to be made. I allways lung shoot everything else. And is a for sure dead animal after a little time. This bear with a broken shoulder made it into the woods, 60 feet up a steep hill, then 20+ feet up a tree. I don't think he would of gotten that far with a lung shot.