Tool: Mathews Creed XS Compound Bow
Range: 22 yards
In these parts, color-phase bears are as rare as Bigfoot sightings. See that little furball on the left? That's a legit chocolate. And see his mamma right there? She's been caught with her paw in the cookie jar and has clearly made a living at stealing sweets because that's a good-sized girl. It's opening day of the bear season and because those cubs were born last spring, that's a legal sow.
Even though her front right leg is covering up part of the vitals, the shot is there. Black bears are big and muscular, but not necessarily big-boned. Shooting a 480-grain arrow from a 70-pound bow at 22 yards ... money. If I were interested, I'd aim halfway up her body and just behind the imaginary vertical center line on that close front leg.
But I'm not interested ... for two reasons. I have nothing against shooting a big sow, but I have a pile of trail cam photos of a huge boar consistently working this same bait on the fringe of nightfall ... so I know he's living close. And more importantly, there's a 50/50 chance she's the party carrying the genetics to produce color-phased young. And that's what will allow her a free pass from me.
Here's to investing the sweat, time and hope that little chocolate cub sticks around for another 5 years or so. When that day comes, this scenario will end much differently.So, would you take the shot? Let us know in the premium forums by clicking here.