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shot around you on the first two days,
persistence can be rewarded when things
settle down and they return to their normal
trails."

taking shots

"Many deer hunters are conditioned
to wait for a perfect shot, and that often
costs them bears," Dad said. "You must
be ready to shoot at the first decent opportunity, because it might be the only one
you get.
"After you positively identify the target
as a good bear, take the first ethical shot
you can make confidently."
And don't immediately assume your
shot is a lethal one.
"I've heard too many stories of guys
who shot a bear, thought it was down,
but lost it after it ran off and was taken
by another hunter," Dad cautioned. "If it
moves, always follow up with a kill-shot
to the vitals."
Staying alert is incredibly important.

need some luck to find him," Dad recalled.
"When he reached the creek, the bear
started walking in the water. We lost
blood, but I was able to follow his footprints in the mud.
"This went on for another 100 yards,
then even the prints stopped," Dad said.
Dad told Travis to watch both sides of
the mountain while he focused on the
creek. A few hundred yards farther, Dad
thought he heard something in a blowdown on the creek bank and hurried
toward it.
"Just then, a gunshot rang out behind
me," Dad said. "Travis saw that bear 70
yards up the hillside as it watched me in
the creek. We almost walked past him, but
two well-placed shots brought an end to
the nearly 2-mile tracking job.
"Grandpa and the only other guest
remaining at camp, plus four friends from
NOVEMBER 2016

"Hunting in tight quarters, you absolutely must pay attention, because bears
might arrive before you realize they're
there," Dad said. "Keep your head on a
swivel and scan the woods slowly. Their
black bodies stand out in the fall woods,
but they move very quietly."
Persistence is essential in Dad's
approach. He's hunted in snow, fog and
pouring rain from daybreak to dark, figuring it's up to the hunter to put himself
in a position to see a bear and make the
shot count.
Dad believes if you've been hunting
bears the same way, year after year without success, or even seeing bears, you
need to change what you're doing.
"If there's no mast, no bear sign and,
based on experience, no reason to believe
that bears are present, you are wasting
your time," he said. "This state is large
enough and offers ample opportunity to
get into bears; there's always somewhere
else to find them."

a nearby camp, helped us haul that big, beautiful bear off the mountain," Dad said with a
smile. "But we were whipped by the end of
it. The hunt marked the third generation of
Frantz men to take a Pennsylvania black bear."
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016

Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - Intro
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - Cover1
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - A
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - B
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - C
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - D
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - 2
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - 3
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - 5
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