Unlike deer, big bears don’t shy away when they spot a hunter.
When still-hunting for most game animals, the top priority is not spooking your quarry before taking a shot. Keeping yourself hidden from view plays a big role in meeting this objective, as does masking your scent and staying silent.
The moment a deer or a turkey detects you, they almost always take off immediately. However, it’s a different story when it comes to bears.
As you can see in the video below, bears have no problem whatsoever getting close and personal when they’re curious.
Watch the video below:
Going off the hashtags alone, I suppose it’s most likely this person is black bear hunting. However, he doesn’t take a shot, which why I think there’s a decent chance he’s actually hunting something else.
Either way, I would not want to be the one sitting in this ground blind!
You see videos like this all the time, where a bear climbs up to a treestand or something and the hunter will just remain calm until the bear leaves. I’m left speechless every time, as there’s no way in hell I could keep my cool in this situation!
What would you do if a bear tried climbing in the stand with you? Would you shoo it away? Freeze and hope it doesn’t notice you?
At what point do you shoot in self-defense? Once it’s actually attacking you?
Props to bear hunters who handle these encounters so gracefully!
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