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    • Reddwarf
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      I thought that some of you might like to see my first archery bear that I took earlier this month at 6yds!

      The bow is a 48# CariBow Wolverine: around 44# at my 26.5″ draw. The arrow is the middle one in my quiver; it was a complete pass through.

      Sorry for the poor quality of the photos, I didn’t have a camera and had to use my cheap cellphone.

    • Etter1
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      Awesome bear and very unique coloration. I need the story!

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Nice bear! Congrats!!

      That must have had your adrenaline pumping at 6 yards!

      And I’ve heard lots of good things about CariBows. I need to play around with one, one of these days.

    • RalphRalph
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      Well done!!!!!! That’s a nice bear.

    • jpcjpc
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      Super shoot

      How much this bear weighted ? Or how long from nose to tail ?

    • Ptaylor
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      Great bear! I really like those reddish spots above his eyes. Way to get close!

    • Reddwarf
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      Not as “Traditional” as it might have been, but here goes:

      A friend and I were out looking over some muley and elk country that was new to me, but well known to my buddy. I took along my bow just in case we saw, and had an opportunity, at a shootable black bear. All we saw all afternoon and early evening, however, was one bull and a muley doe.

      We were on our way out in the truck, but still some 35 km from the asphalt, when we rounded a bend in the logging road and saw large, dark coloured rear end sauntering down the road ahead of us. We parked up and went on the chase. He was moving along pretty well and it took us about kilometer to get within shooting range. The wind wasn’t too kind and he spooked and disappeared down the bank before I had an opportunity. We hiked back up to the truck, stowed our gear and carried on making our way out. We hadn’t gone 2 km when there he was again. We decided to carry on past without pausing and to set up further down, this guy definitely appeared to have a destination in mind. As we got close he ran up the bank and watched us pass. This guy was behaving like he was king of the hill, and not easily put off; something that I was counting on.

      We went another 1 1/2km and then walked back to what looked like a good ambush spot. I cleared some brush, prepared the ground around me (If I was to get a shot I knew it would be a close one) and sat down to wait.

      25 minutes later there he was, 100 yards away and ambling down towards us looking like he didn’t have a care in the world. At first glance I wondered if it was the same bear as the colouring looked quite different from this angle, but his attitude soon confirmed that it was. I stood up and tried to stay calm. Thankfully he took a while to get to me and I had time to get myself under control. I kept telling myself to come to full draw and pick a spot, really needing a good shot as I was certainly going to be in his “personal space” at the moment of truth.

      I came to full draw as he passed behind some thin brush, let him go by to just past broadside, waited for his nearside front leg to move forward and released. He immediately spun to try to bite what had stung him and, thankfully, decided to run up the far bank. he went a total of 15 yds before collapsing. I picked up my arrow, confirming that I had got a complete pass through, with good blood for the whole length.

      I had caught the top of the heart and both lungs, phew!

      He was approximately 6 ft. nose to tail and my buddy, who has much more experience than I, estimated his weight at around 300lb. I very decent early season bear for these parts.

      On the 30+km drive out we saw another nice boar with a sow and a beautiful bull in velvet at about 30 yds.

      To crown the day, it was my buddy’s birthday!

      I used a 44# at my 26.5″ draw Caribow Wolverine R/D longbow, with EFOC 650gn carbon arrow with a modified Grizzly El Grande single bevel broadhead.

      Red Dwarf

    • archer38
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      Thanks for sharing this awesome story with us !!

      Not only exciting, but just goes to show that with the proper arrow set up, even a lighter weight bow can be very lethal !!

    • bruc
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      Great bear !!

      The story has a lot of similarities to the Jeff Stonehouse article in the latest issue of TBM where he catches a pronghorn very intent on Ripping and Tearing a small bush !!

      Great tactics put you at the right place at the right time !

      Congrats

      Bruce

    • Reddwarf
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      Thank you for the response guys.

      I have had my Caribow for four years or so and am very happy with it; it’s a great performer. I had the pleasure of shooting with Abe at the TBBC shoot a couple of years ago. He’s a great guy, and a very good shot (He won his class if I remember correctly).

      If I had money to spend, I might go for one of his take-downs, he has such a slick, invisible, jointing system.

      Having said that however, I am a firm believer in Doc Ashby’s findings: The arrow is waaay more important than the bow.

    • James HarveyJames Harvey
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      Reddwarf wrote: Having said that however, I am a firm believer in Doc Ashby’s findings: The arrow is waaay more important than the bow.

      Great tale mate! I was going to ask about your arrow, as they’ve obviously got the A&A fletching. What kind of total weight and FOC has it got?

    • Reddwarf
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      Hey Jim

      Arrow specs: 4 x 3″ A & A fletch with turbulator, modified Grizzley El Grande broadhead. Total arrow weight 654gn. FOC 30%.

      RD

    • David Petersen
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      Red, congratulations on a very nice bear taken fair chase … that is, he didn’t come to you via a bait, but you went to him via skill and luck, thus actually hunting. I’ve eaten bear a few times but always fall-fat. Let us know what a big ole spring bear tastes like. And good on you not only for choosing hunting over baiting, but for choosing the unimpeachably proven benefits of an Ashby arrow over speed and luck.

    • James HarveyJames Harvey
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      RD, thanks for the arrow info mate. Proof in the pudding of a heavy, well designed arrow moving without much speed but with much momentum eh?

      Joe Furlong started a thread in the Friends of FOC forum for fellas to put up all their UEFOC arrow info to help other people thinking about giving it a go. It’d be great to see all the details of a proven arrow for a lighter bow.

    • Reddwarf
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      Thanks Dave for the kind words; please accept my heartfelt condolences on your recent loss.

      Everything went rather quiet after I posted the “story”; I guess there was some disquiet at the fact that I had been in my truck when I spotted the bear, and not on my quads.

      The reality is that, along with many parts of the US, this is big, steep country around here, if I didn’t use my truck to access hunting areas my hunting time would be severely limited or non-existent.

      I try to take some afternoons off of work to scout and hunt, and you just can’t get 30k to 40k back there for an evening hunt without transport!

      Jim,

      I used Stu Miller’s formula to get the arrow in the right ball-park and then fine tuned from there. I am in the process of putting together a heavier arrow (app. 800gn)for this Elk season, and am using Stu’s formula to get started.

      I am looking at GT Trad shafts with 300gn Tuffheads and tapered wood internal footings.

      I will post the specs of the “bear” arrow on the FOC forum also.

      Red Dwarf

    • tigertradtigertrad
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      Great bear! Useful info on arrow specs. Thanks.

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