My brother-in-laws and I hunted with Hank Pole and his gang in the Amasa unit last week, and we had a great time. I shot this black bear with bow and arrow last Thursday evening, ~5:30, hunting in the Amasa unit. Not a big bear, but of course I thought it was when I shot! I was guessing size by a small bear that came in Tues (opening) night, shown in the video clip. It looked small so I didnt shoot. The attached video clip shows it coming back to the bait after having been in there nervously eating from the bait.
I saw no more bears Tuesday night or all day Wednesday. When this bear came in Thurs night, I quickly prayed for calm and a slower heart rate which thankfully happened after the initial rush. I had to hold for a bit until the front leg cleared. The shot was good. It ran ~80-90 yards, tracked with Steve and Bob from Pt. Huron, for those of you whove hunted with Hank in the past. (I wont list last names without their permission. And I didnt get their michigan-sportsman names.) But what a couple of cool guys - very positive, giving encouragement for my long, all-day sits, taking good pictures, and showing some great tracking skills through the thick stuff. After the shot, I only saw the bear run 30 yards over a short ridge. From there the blood was light with no obvious direction it may have ran. Bob says, theres two broken branches in there, I think it went this way and sure enough, good blood was found right after that as the blood probably began to saturate the fur. The bear was dead about 25 yards beyond that.
Thank you to Hank, Cathy, Hank Jr. and family - you all were great hosts, and really made it a great week. Man, did we laugh a lot! Thanks to Doc and Steve Brandle for the hide care and quartering, the pleasure was all mine in getting to know you guys. Thanks again to Steve and Bob. And thanks to all you other hunters who were just fun to be around and hear your stories.
I thank God for the memories made with my nephew and brothers-in-law, just enjoying His creation.