Let me establish that I have no hunting experience and was trying my hand at black bear hunting in unit 7. I am hunting to fill the freezer and have no interest in mounts or rugs at this stage in the game.
I read the regs a dozen times and studied enough to feel I was ready to do this. The regs say that you can't shoot a 1st year black bear. How do you tell what that is. Will it still be with mama?
I have been hunting for quite a while and had not seen anything yet. To the point my wife was starting to tell me I had been gone enough. Well, this morning I shot a black bear at a little over 100 yards. It looked to me (remember I have no experience to draw from) to be an average size black bear. I saw no other bears around and actually took a second to look at it before shooting it. Well it was a clean lung / heart shot and it fell without a step.
When I got to it, it was smaller than I thought it was. I'm pretty sure it's beg enough but I was starting to worry. I was hoping you guys could tell me how small is too small?
5', 4' ? Where can you tell if it's a 1st year or not.
I hate for this to be my first post here and my first harvest, but I intend to eat it none the less.