The bear necessities
Cody Griffin had just purchased the bow the weekend before their trip and practiced some during the week for his trip to go Black Bear Lodge hunting. He was accompanied by his dad, Shawn, Mark Fansler of Kewanee and Jack Carey of Milan.
Mark was the first one to get his bear. Cody was the next one to get his bear. Cody was hunting at the far west site Monday night after seeing what the trail cam pics showed, two large bears hitting the same bait. The group arrived around 1 p.m. to find the bait completely gone again. Cody climbed into the ladder stand followed by his dad. Shawn was sitting just behind Cody on a hang-on stand so he could videotape his son’s first bear kill. They sat there for nearly six hours before they saw a large bear coming straight at them through the brush, The bear did not hesitate and walked a straight line to the ladder stand that Cody was sitting in. The large bear then paused a while and looked right at the hunters who were perched 15 feet above him. Both Cody and Shawn froze.
After analyzing the situation a little longer, the bear decided the two big blobs in the tree offered no threat. So he worked his way to the bait. He quickly sniffed around each bucket investigating. Once he committed to eat out of one of the buckets, Cody drew back his bow and put his pin just behind the bear’s front shoulder. The bear whirled around then circled back toward the hunters where he quickly expired 10 yards from their stand.
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