i thought about that, but it would be pretty hard to shoot directly down and right at the tree. even a drop shot is typically a few feet from the tree. i had a spare arrow with broadhead on it i pulled out, and was ready to poke him something nasty if i had to.We deal with the same crap in NY, no handguns during archery and lots of bears, a few years ago I was just getting on the ground packing up my stuff and heard something behind me and a bear was coming down a runway headed my way just off the edge of a corn field, I shined my light and yelled at him and he turned and ran he had no idea I was there. If one climbed my tree I would dump every arrow I had at him fast too lol.
Same here in VA luckily . Even tho I've heard spray is better I still feel more comfortable knowing I have the pistol just in case .In Michigan if you have your concealed carry permit your can carry during bow season. That said, you had better let the bear bite you before you use a firearm on it out of season.
Honestly though, I've had a LOT of close encounters with bears, big boars, mommas, mommas with cubs you name it. I could fill a whole evening telling bear stories and I've never had one act aggressively toward me. They've bawled at me and tore trees down around my stands when I wasn't there but they always have backed off before I ever felt overly threatened (adrenaline rush notwithstanding).
nope, me neither. i know most black bears are scared of humans, but i dont trust anything with knife fingers that could instantly filet me if it got a wild hair up its a$$as others have said black bears by nature are not aggressive, never once did I see one purposely come towards a human, I still don’t trust them though.
Or if it was sick too, when I was 25 I had zero fear of anything, I can’t run as fast anymore at 43 so I make up for my physical inabilities with raw handgun horsepower, model 69 44 mag lol!!!nope, me neither. i know most black bears are scared of humans, but i dont trust anything with knife fingers that could instantly filet me if it got a wild hair up its a$$