Pennsylvania Game News - September 2016 - 20

UP A TREE
By Bruce Johnson

W I T H

B E A R S

O V E R H E A D

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t was getting late in the day, but suddenly there was
action. A sow black bear and two cubs had wandered
into the area I was hunting, feeding on wild grapes on
the ground. I thought this was neat, and it certainly added
some excitement to my November archery deer hunt.
Little did I know how exciting it was going to get.
I lost sight of the cubs. Then, I heard something fall to
the ground, and looked up - in amazement - to see they
were 40 feet up in a tree, on a vine wrapped high in the
outer branches, feeding on grapes.
The big female still was feeding on the ground below.
Now, I was growing concerned. I soon would have to
descend the tree, and there were three bears fewer than 40
yards away. I stood up, waved my arms and yelled.
The adult bear looked up, and after locating me in the
tree, came straight at me, stopping 20 yards away. Both
cubs moved to the trunk of the tree and became motionless. The sow then started clicking her teeth - a sound I'd
never heard before. I continued to shout and wave my arms
at her as she circled downwind of me to the cubs.
With it getting dark, I tied my bow to the front bar of the
stand and started down the tree. And once on the ground, I
slowly backed out of the area as the bears watched.
Editor's note: When encountering bears, it's important to let bears
know of your presence as soon as possible - ideally before they get
too close. This is especially good advice for hunters in tree stands,
because their options for backing out are limited.
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