Hunting experience September 2008

Bears in the United States

By Gamal El Badawi ? Dallas, Texas

North America Hunting Club - Member # 17926139

 

The most famous bears in the United States are the Brown, the Black and the Grizzly.  Grizzly bears are considered a threatened species, however it still be sport hunted in Alaska. Springtime is the preferred choice of bear hunters, when their coats are at their thickest. Grizzly bear pelts were usually sold for 10 dollars in the 1860s. Between 1850 and 1950 Grizzly bears were eliminated from 95% of their original range in the United States because of the unregulated hunting. Black bear is the most common bear species as it lives throughout much of the North America continent.

Bears prefer to live in forested and shrubby areas but they are also known to live on ridge tops, in tidelands, burned areas, riparian areas and agricultural fields. They hibernate during winter in hollowed trees, under logs or rocks, in caves or culverts and in shallow depressions. They do not eat, drink, defecate, or urinate during hibernation however it is not a true hibernation since their body temperature does not drop significantly and they remain somehow alert and active. Females give birth and nurse their young while hibernating as well!

The limitation of bear food sources when wild berry and nut crop failures during summer months are major contributing factors to let bears doing extensive damage in some areas by stripping the bark from trees and feeding on the cambium. Also they attack animals such as cattle, horses, sheep, goats, pigs, etc.

Bears very seldom attacks on humans unless cornered, threatened or wounded. Never make a direct eye contact with a bear, they take it as a challenge! A hunter must carry a sharp knife in case his firearm fails. Although 15 Americans have been killed by bear attack since the year 2000. However hundreds of bears been killed by hunters since!

 

North America Hunting Magazine, November 2008

By Gamal-El-Din El-Badawi - Dallas, Texas

The thousands of rounds which you fired on targets all year long in your shooting range will reflect very brightly on the tens of rounds which you are going to fire during the hunting season! It was a long weekend hunting trip and it turned to be the best hunting experience I ever had. It was September, 2008, at the beginning of hunting season. The location was Llano, Texas (80 miles west of Austin). There was about 8,000 acres full of trees, corn fields, etc. with a pond on the northwest side where the deer, among other varmints, go for drinking. I set my stand about a half mile southeast of the pond where there was a 400 X 100 yard grassy area in front of me. My spot was down wind so the deer would not smell me! The first day I saw 2 bucks chasing some does but I did not fire any shots, as none of them was the buck I was searching for! Later that afternoon, just before the sun set, a magnificent buck showed up but unfortunately he was out of my rifle range. I didn't accomplish much that day (it was a long 13 hours with no movement). I decided then and there that this big buck would be my trophy and I knew he was what I was going to pursue! The second day before sunrise I was in my stand using every tactic possible to call my big buck. I tried rattling horns, grunt call, estrus bleats, etc. but nothing worked. At 6:00 pm he finally showed up, chasing 3 does and coming toward my rifle's shooting range. I took a position?..A few minutes later they all turned around and headed in the opposite direction. The sun was going to set in one hour and I almost lost hope. Then all of a sudden they froze for a few seconds, turned around again and started running very fast, maybe 70 mph, crossing the edge of my rifle's range. Here came the moment of taking a split second decision. Either I take the chance and wait, hoping they are going to stop again or take my other choice and fire on the move, knowing how difficult that will be. I decided on the second choice. I quickly judged the distance, the running speed, etc. and put the buck inside my scope. I pulled my trigger, firing the most accurate; on the move shot I ever fired. My 30-06 caliber 180 GR bullet flashed out of my rifle muzzle with a velocity of 3,000 feet per second and ended by passing threw the big buck's heart. The 170 lb. buck was taken and put down by a single shot at 270 yards while running at a speed of 70 mph. Such an experience may only happen once in a lifetime! That's what it's all about. All the long hours of training and practice let you know what you are doing in the field and prepare you to become a safe and expert shooter. You chose the correct ammunition, the correct firing range for each varmint and of course you take very accurate shots to put your game down by a single shot, not requiring a second or a third. The animal should not experience any pain or suffering. Hunting is not about just killing animals as many people think. Hunting is about determination and pursuit. This total experience will remain inside of you and will show up on a daily basis during all of life's activities and tasks!

This page has been updated by Nabil Brandl at 17 November 2008