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Bear encounter while Deer hunting....

Discussion in 'Northwest Hunting' started by SDR, Dec 20, 2010.

  1. SDR

    SDR Clackamas County, Oregon Silver Vendor Silver Vendor

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  2. The Cheese

    The Cheese somewhere special Member

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    I got the fun on watching a smaller black bear just come with in 20-30yds of me and just keep on going about his business. Was actually pretty cool. Too bad I was bird hunting and didn't have a bear tag. But I wouldn't have wanted to hike that guy 300-400yds up a nasty clear cut to my rig by myself. Enjoying the nature is a much better way to spend the afternoon than doing that.
     
  3. Ben Beckerich

    Ben Beckerich NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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  4. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    That is a cool video.

    Little black bears like that are nothing to be scared of they spook off quite easy. Most summers I have several of them like that around the house. Not uncommon to see them within 25-30 yards of the house.
     
  5. FatherHolyHoly

    FatherHolyHoly MN Active Member

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    Even knowing what I know about bears, I think I may have been a little more spooked than that guy when it started up the ladder. Nice point of view video.

    Three weeks in the Alaskan bush this past summer and we only had one close encounter with a brown while rafting/camping near a spawning stream. The more we hollered at him to leave, the more curious he got. I would've slept pretty well that night had I not awoke with fingernails in my arm every time my girlfriend heard something outside.
     
  6. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Very cool. He looked sooooo cuddly. :p I believe I would have done a similar thing, just about two rungs sooner!

    Also, makes me think about packing a video camera into the treestand next year.
     
  7. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    That is really cool!
     
  8. trainsktg

    trainsktg Portland OR Well-Known Member

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    Cute and cuddly, but still potentially very dangerous. I'm glad to see that the cameraman kept his cool and didn't plug the guy just for being curious.

    Keith
     
  9. SnackCracker

    SnackCracker Lake oswego, OR Member

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    It would have been interesting to see a heart monitor on the hunter as the situation went from "casually observing nature" to a potentially scarey situation.

    That was cool. Like others, I'm glad the bear didn't get popped. Sometimes its nice to just let them live for another day.... that is unless you are targeting bears. LOL
     
  10. HankDiesel

    HankDiesel Oregon Member

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    This video makes me laugh everytime I watch it...The bear almost looks emberassed or ashamed...ha
     
  11. RallySoob

    RallySoob Salem, OR Active Member

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    its funny how people dont realize black bears are nothing like grizzly bears. Black bears are nothing to be afraid of unless you put them in a bad spot, then I might be afraid
     
  12. Ben Beckerich

    Ben Beckerich NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    bull crap. they're capable of completely trashing you, and they're wild animals. this is basically THE criteria for whether or not you should be afraid of something. check, and check. be afraid of bears, or end up like tim treadwell.
     
  13. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    I agree. Most years I have them in my yard all summer. And by yard I do mean yard/driveway not on the back 40.

    This is not to say see if you can go pet one but you dont bother them they dont bother you.
     
  14. trainsktg

    trainsktg Portland OR Well-Known Member

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    A few years back, a 300# police officer I know who regularly competes in Highland Games (ie his bulk is hardened muscle, not donuts) got tangled up with a 300# black bear. It messed him up pretty bad. I'm not sure of the exact circumstances, but black bears deserve an incredible amount of respect.

    Generally they are harmless, but its best not to intimidate them. The guy in this video did the right thing.

    Keith
     
  15. 009

    009 Jellystone road sw Member

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    very cool display, to se somebody not totally freakin. an avasive or over reaction could be the trigger for animal aggression/closer curious inquire by the animal.
     
  16. Reco

    Reco Portland Oregon Active Member

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    Now if that had been a Grizzly.. heh diffrent approach lol
     
  17. salmonriverjohn

    salmonriverjohn N.W Oregon coast, Gods country Well-Known Member

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    :thumbup:
    Most will cut and run at the first sign of you,, but some of the older boars I've come across,, not so much.
    One needs to keep in mind that although you may perceive them as cowards that run at the sight of man, they are apex predators that if in the right mood can easily make a real mess of your day. Go to Google and look up "documented modern bear attacks" The lowly blackbear is far out front of the grizzly for attack/consumptions.
    I've harvested many bear and only had problems with a couple, but those couple were enough to make me believe they were very dangerous animals indeed.
     
  18. daiello91

    daiello91 NW Oregon Active Member

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    :thumbup:

    As said, normally they run. However they're wild predators with enormous strength and black bears attack much more than grizzlies do.

    Watch from a distance and pull the trigger when legally able to provide good eating and a nice rug. :D