It was a group of chesnut oak, about six that have small acorns for a chesnut. I walked in to my spot, I recently had surgery so I can't climb a tree, and used my millenium tree seat. Strapped it on the tree, got ready and after daylight broke I had squirrels all around me. They started barking down the holler below me and I finally saw what they were barking at, it was on a string to the acorns that were all in front of me, got to about 24 yds. I drew and released, arrow double lunged it, went about 30 yds, stopped and fell over. For some reason I can't get pic to load, bear weighed about 125lbs. Just right for the grill. Took my son back Saturday evening and another one came in and he missed it, just a little under its arm pit. One of my friends shot one this morning, hit a little high and we tracked it about 3/4 mile and lost blood. The bolt went just a little under the back bone and was sticking out both sides. So was a pretty good weekend for all of us.
Rage knock offs from china, and yes hole on other side is nasty just like the side you can see. I have been shooting them for about three years or so, everything I have shot has had the same damage, I originally bought about 6 for 12 dollars and tried them out. Now I have about 80 total for my son and myself, should be set for a year or three,lol!
Congrats on the bear @goshenmountainman. I've only found one chestnut that is lightly producing, but I walk past a bunch of reds that are raining on my way in. The road is littered with acorns caps, which I assume are from squirrels since this is on a forest service road, but is there anyway to tell what critter ate the acorn by looking at the part not eaten? I did spook a big animal that I thought sounded like a bear just up the mountain from these reds.
Congrats on the bear @goshenmountainman. I've only found one chestnut that is lightly producing, but I walk past a bunch of reds that are raining on my way in. The road is littered with acorns caps, which I assume are from squirrels since this is on a forest service road, but is there anyway to tell what critter at the acorn? I did spook a big animal that I thought sounded like a bear just up the mountain from these reds.
One thing I have noticed, no bear expert at all but I noticed a good bit of scat under producing whiteoaks and got a shot on a big boar that I learned was a little far forward and the animal was not recovered. Found more sign of hogs and deer in the bottoms. Bear up on the leads around 2000 ft. Good luck. Looks like plenty to go around this year!
Bears almost always spit the hulls out, they will usually be split and sometimes you can see where the teeth make prints on them, the scat will usually look a light grey in color when they on the acorns and the lighter the color the more fresh, if you rake through it with a stick it looks grainy, kinda like grits. If you find some that has a little liquid on the top, you better get to looking around cause he ain't far off. I have seen oaks that the ground under them was completely covered in discarded acorn hulls and usually fresh scat.