I wouldn't think of going in after it without something just in case . I had a freind shoot one awhile back got dark so I whent with him next morning bear was doun but stil alive , would not have liked to come across that in thick growth alone without a plan .better safe that sorryno i guide so not aloud to have a gun to track bears are not as bad as people think just go slow when tracking you will here them if they are still moving.
45/70 Behind The Ear...No Need To Be Cautious C'mon!!!Track em all the time in the dark without any weapons. Bears spoil to damn quick to leave over night. IMO
Leave it over night and hair slippage, meat spoilage, coyotes, rain, etc all come into play. Go slow and look ahead and find your bear that night. That being said bad things can happen. Buddy of mine a few years back got chewed all to hell by a wounded black bear. That was in maine and luckily they had a tracking dog to start fighting the bear to get him off Mike. If no dog there, probably would've ended differently. Forearm bites, neck and shoulder bites then shock. Have to be cautious especially when wounded.
X2 I don't like to leave a bear over night. At night you can't track with anything anyway but all I carry tracking anytime is my bow.Track em all the time in the dark without any weapons. Bears spoil to damn quick to leave over night. IMO
Here is a good illustration to study...CLICK HEREthis will be my first year bear hunting i plan on useing my bow maby even a x-bow
Study that picHere is a good illustration to study...CLICK HERE
With a hole in the heart it won't go far.
With a hole in both lungs you will have little problem finding it dead not much further than if it had a hole in it's heart.
Best thing to remember with bears is that if they came to the site with you there even if they leave chances are they will come back.
TAKE YOUR TIME
SETUP YOUR BARREL FOR AN OPTIMAL BROADSIDE OR QUARTERING AWAY SHOT AND WAIT FOR IT
WAIT FOR THE BEAR...AND YOURSELF, TO BE RELAXED
After you take your shot LISTEN to where the bear goes and listen for a death moan.
Death moans don't always happen but if/when they do you should have no problem pinpointing where the dead bear is.
You will know the differance between a death moan and pain moans...promise.
I agree with the above that leaving a bear overnight lessens the meat and everything else.
That said if you think you made a poor shot...LEAVE IT TO DIE
Bears don't generally bleed well (fall especially) and they are very hard to track if unexperienced and even for experienced bear hunters for that matter.
Maybe Bullseye could "PIN" that pic in this category being as spring season is fast approaching?