Hunting often brings surprises, but few are as close as the one this bowhunter experienced on his treestand in northern California. What had been a quiet morning took a tense turn when a black bear sow and her two cubs strolled into view. One of the cubs decided to climb the tree and inspect the hunter’s gear. Like all overprotective parents, mama bear didn’t like that.
Treestand encounters with inquisitive bears are becoming increasingly more common. Earlier this year, Mississippi resident Hunter Coleman dealt with a small male and large female black bear during his first bear hunt. You can read that story here.