Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - 38

In his 30th year of
hunting bears, Jeff
Hale connected with
this 173-pound sow,
completing a decadeslong journey that
took him all over and
outside Pennsylvania,
and back home to his
Clarion County farm.

entire day to wait one out or to witness
whatever else nature had to offer.
I was 17 feet into a big hickory tree,
surrounded by brush intersected with
mowed shooting lanes. It was a typical
November morning, cloudy and brisk,
but pleasant for hunting.
The early morning came and went
without incident.
Around 10:30, intuition turned my
head, and there, 40 yards to my left stood
a coal-black bear.
It was that simple and entirely undramatic. My first thought was, "Oh, there's
another bear," quickly followed by
the frantic revelation, "But it's BEAR
season!"
I could have taken the bear in that
moment, but I forced myself to pull my
eyes away long enough to check for cubs
or for a larger bear, as I had no real size
perspective in that instant.
There were two other bears following.
A couple of quick comparative glances
revealed them as full-grown cubs, not
much smaller than the sow.
She took a few steps forward and
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stopped again. It happens in the space
of an instant: recognition, evaluation,
execution of muscle memory, and always
amazingly . . . editorial observations.
I remember thinking that this vaulted
moment is finally happening, and I
savored every adrenaline-tainted image
of her strange presence in the familiar
woodlot.
At the moment of the shot, I noticed
how beautifully bright the green dot in
my scope showed against her ebony coat.
Then, the Whelen boomed and the bear
crumpled.
The quest had finally come to an end.
Cathy heard the shot from her bed, and
she also knew. The sow had an estimated
live weight of 173 pounds. It was a modest
bear, but she was my bear, and I stroked
her fur and gave her 30 years' worth of
admiration.
It took that many years of hunting in
three counties, and over 3,000 miles to
Newfoundland and back to finally come
home and meet her, only 300 yards from
my own front door.
Sometimes life is like that.



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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
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