JimboTX Waits For A Big One
By Robert Hoague
Aug 22, 2008 – 7:51:31 PM
Jim Mitchell (JimboTX) returned to a hunt site that he had hunted on a previous hunt with Fred. On the third day he had a small bear come in and videoed it. On
the 4th day of the hunt Jim Mitchell noticed that the wind had shifted
and was now blowing from his stand toward the bait. He figured that a
bear would come from behind the bait, instead of behind him like the
bear yesterday. He was right.
Forty-five minutes after getting in the treestand he saw a bear coming
on the same trail that the bear he shot before used. Jim got his video
camera ready. When the bear cleared the brush and Jim realized that it
was a bigger bear than he had thought and eased his hand down to his
The bear approached the bait and put his two front paws on the top
logs, it was broadside. Jim eased his bow up, focused on the spot he
wanted to hit, and pulled the bow back. He anchored and eased the
trigger back on his release. Just as he shot the bear pushed one of the
logs and it gave way and the bear went with it, forward.
The arrow entered further back than intended. The bear did not run off,
it swirled around and then walked to a tree to the left of the bait and
stopped. Jim grabbed another arrow and nocked it. The bear walked by
Jim on the left and unfortunately he could not shoot, because he is
left handed. But looking at the wound he felt that the arrow may have
caught the liver.
Branches cracked as the bear walked slowly through the woods. Fifteen
minutes later Jim heard the big boar death moan, confirming the liver
He waited another 30 minutes and heard no more sounds. Then he got down
and followed the blood trail. It was fairly easy walking because the
undergrowth was not heavy. Jim nocked an arrow, he took 4 or 5 steps at
a time and carefully looked in both directions for the bear in case it
was alive. When he had gone 50 yards he saw the bear 10 yards to his
left, laying in the brush.
Jim got in position so he could draw and shoot if the bear was not
dead. Jim picked up a rock and threw it at the bear’s head and hit it.
There was no movement from the bear.
Jim walked to the bear to look at his Canadian trophy.