I shot this bear tonight (Sept. 2) at 7.22 PM. It was a sow (with no cubs) and when I first saw it I thought I would pass as I knew there is at least one very large bear hitting my bait. Then I saw it hobbling along and I realized it only had 3 legs; it was missing all but the shoulder on one of its front legs. I thought I better take it. Well it came into the bait and was really nervous, in fact she was going to leave without eating. As she turned I went into auto-pilot drew and put the pin right behind her shoulder, she stopped and I released. She was only 9 yards away, so I didn't see where I hit her, but she went about 30 yards and crashed. A few seconds latter she did her death moan (spooky but satisfying at the same time) and it was over. Turns out I got both lungs, entry about 1/2 way up and 2" behind the shoulder and exited just behind the arm pit and low. The only blood she left was the splatter around the arrow which was buried about a foot in the gound. I'm glad I didn't need blood to track! She weighed 184# and it is all cut up and on ice in 2 coolers. I will bone it out and butcher in the morning after church. Her leg is all healed up and it looks like she was living like this for quite a while. She was very fat and showed evidence of having cubs in the past. She must have been a tough old girl, it would be interesting to know the story of how she lost her leg. Good thing we have plety of bear rugs becuse she would make a strange looking rug with only 3 legs. Well, it was a lot of work, all "do it yourself" including the picture, (sorry about the bloody tongue, thats not too classy) but it was worth it for the good meat for my family and the adventure.
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