Loaded for Bear — Archery Style

When it comes to equipment for bowhunting black bears, the author has three suggestions.

Loaded for Bear — Archery Style

In a recent Bowhunting World article, I detailed my three favorite states for planning a DIY black bear bowhunt. As I said in my story, if you wish to plan such an adventure for next year, now is the time to begin researching the where, what, when and how.

After you decide to schedule a black bear bowhunt on your calendar, it’s time to consider whether your standard whitetail gear will work for bruins. Most likely the answer is “yes,” but in case you need a couple ideas for possible upgrades, I have three suggestions.

Muzzy ONE fixed-blade broadhead
Muzzy ONE fixed-blade broadhead

Milled from a single block of premium stainless steel, the new Muzzy ONE broadhead is equipped with a hybrid chisel/cut-on-contact tip and .046-inch thick blades to deliver a 1.125-inch cutting diameter. With the ability to control all tolerances, precisely, throughout the manufacturing process, the precision positioned vents on the blades ensure true flight with each drop of the string.

Kifaru Shape Charge internal frame pack
Kifaru Shape Charge internal frame pack

The new Shape Charge from Kifaru International is ideal for the run-and-gun bowhunter on a mission. With 1,850 cubic inches of packable space and weighing a scant 3.6 pounds, it’s large enough to pack the essentials for the day without adding the weighty bulk of other similar sized packs. The pack's internal frame sheet provides some rigidity without compromising weight and the lid to the main compartment completely opens making the Shape Charge a full top and front loading style pack. The lid features a pair of internal zippered mesh pockets and a large mesh sleeve, as well as two additional external zipper pockets, and the deep side pockets are ideal for a spotting scope, tripod or water bottles.

Bear Archery Perception
Bear Archery Perception

Delivering arrow speeds up to 350fps, the new Perception from Bear Archery is a unique bow. Its shoot-through riser design delivers unparalleled accuracy and with its new hybrid cam system and Max Preload Quad Limbs that maximize efficiency by evenly distributing load across the entire limb surface makes the new Perception a sweet shooter. Weighing just 4.3 pounds, the Perception measures 33 inches from axle-to-axle, offers a draw length range of 25.5-30 inches, and has a 6-inch brace height.

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