Video: Deer Hunter Films Black Bear Dragging Away the Deer He Just Shot
OutdoorHub Reporters 11.21.17
A Michigan deer hunter had an encounter with a black bear that you won’t believe until you see the video.
John Wardynski shared the video on Facebook, and says he hasn’t seen anything like it in the 50-plus years he’s been deer hunting.
According to his post, John was hunting in Alcona County, Michigan, when he shot a 6-point buck from a pop-up blind. John walked out to the spot where he shot his buck to check the area for blood, when he noticed a bear standing next to his blind.
At first, Wardynski says he thought it was “pretty cool,” until he figured out where the bear was headed . . .
As you’ll see in the video, John was following his buck’s blood trail for about 20 yards, and then put two and two together; John and the bear were tracking the same thing.
John hollers at the bear several times, claiming “my deer,” but bears play by a different set of rules, and it’s probably not a good idea for Mr. Wardynski to argue the point.
Finders keepers, losers weepers! (Be sure to crank up the video for the best viewing experience.)
Here’s John’s own words on the encounter, as he wrote in the Facebook post:
“I have a Michigan black bear encounter story that is hard to believe but true.
Have you ever heard of a Michigan black bear dragging a whitetail deer away? Here’s my iPhone video showing my bear encounter.
November 16th, hunting in Alcona County, I made a clean shot on a nice 6 point. I walked down my shooting lane to check the spot where I shot my buck. Turning to see the line of site of my shot, there was a bear standing next to my pop up blind.
The bear came down the ridge, then proceeded to parallel me as I walked my blood trail. Thought it was pretty cool to see a bear that close, so I started videoing with my iPhone. After walking 20 yards of so I realized that the bear was heading to my deer.
Several times I tried shouting, whistling, breaking brush. She would not leave.
At one point she was 35-40 from me. Backing away a few yards, still videoing, I could see the bear standing on a log over my deer. Tried again to get her to leave but came towards me.
Backed out again to a side trail where I watched her dragging my deer over logs deeper in the woods. Not sure if she dragged the deer to her den or somewhere to cover it. Would really like to recover my antlers but will give her space.
Been deer hunting for 50+ years never witnessed anything like this.
(My apologies for the video quality. When I uploaded it to Facebook they posted it at a lower resolution. My original video is 1080p)”