Black Bear With SKS

Black Bear With SKS

I took my family out for this long weekend camping in Gold Bridge. Cuz spring bear is open so I took my SKS (uses 7.62x39 ammo, the same as AK's) and Lee Enfield with me just in case. My plan was to use SKS (123 gr hornady sp handload) for close range whacking and Lee Enfield (174 gr interbond handload) for long range and big ones. Since the season started I've passed up quite a few small to medium sized bears during my short scouting trips. This time I was holding my breath for a big nice color phased blackie. So we took off around 4:30pm from downtown after I finished TA use of force tests on Sat. By 7:30pm we hit an area with lots of greenie on both sides of the road. The temperature, wind and weather was just perfect. So I told my wife to keep eyes open as I was pretty sure we were gonna see something. As I was driving at 80KM/hour the corner of my eyes caught a head popping out of the bush 50 yards away from the road. The head looked okay, the ears didn't look that small. But overall the bear was a small one. I didn't stop right away, instead I kept the truck moving for another 150 yards and stopped. My wife asked me what happended. I said that I saw a bear but it was a small one, but I wanted to hold out for a big boar. She said just go take it, the next one is always better! So off I went with my SKS. The wind was in my face, perfect. I stalked for about 150 yards, got within 15 yards to the back of the bear. And waited. As soon as the bear turned 20 degrees to the right side, I put a a 123 gr hornady sp through his shoulder blades and broke his spine. He dropped right on the spot but didn't die. As soon as I heard him bawling (for those who has never heard that, that sounds pretty much like a human bawl), I decided to put another one into his head to put him out of misery.I've taken 3 bears with my SKS so far, and this is the smallest. Misjudged by its ears when I spotted it, thought it might be a medium sized blackie. But after I shot it, it turned out to be a two year old boar, too small for me . I recovered bullet on the far side of his body right under the skin. Totally mushroomed. The rest of the night we saw the other three blackies, all were about the same size, which made me feel a little better . So basically the trip ended before it really started. Now I'll have to look for a big one for the rest of the year.

Bill from Port Moody, BC