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years ago, four bears were killed. A game man who went over ihem carefully considered that three were about the same age. The fourth was 3 yearling. Even the yearling looked rather large on the hoof, but it i-doubtful it weighted over 100 pounds. The other three were not weighed, but their weights were carefully asscssscd by several reliable persons without intention to exaggerate. These bears from n short distance as they lay on the ground looked all of a size. Yet it was the consensus that their weights were about 175, 275. and 375 pounds.

Suppose, now, that you are hunting for a black bear. Arc you hunting a species that average» 150 to 200 pounds—or 200 to 300 pounds—or 300 to 100 pound»? It is easy enough to say that "the average will run around 200." but the spread among the four bears we shot, was almost 300 pounds. It takes far more shock and whacking power in a bullet to lay -100 pounds of bone and muscle on the grass than it does for a 100 pound animal. Proper and expert placement can even things up. But here we get back to individual expertnes- among hunters, and also the laws of chance, which may or may not allow careful bullet placement.

In other words, from a ^uu-and-load viewpoint you have to hunt black bear as if you cxpectcd to be faced by u 100 pound animal. You luxe to lie ready for that size beast, with adequate firepower: ready even for more than that. Black l>ear have been shot or live-trapped in New York state that, officially weighed, topped 600 pounds. Several other states and provinces have fairly commonly had kills of 500 pounds or over, and even above 600. Then there is the record that may possibly have been a case of wrong identification but was at least supposed to be a black, which weighed over 900 pounds.

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