Well, you think from living in the mountains most of my life I would be quite use to black bears and their behavior. Today however I experienced something like i've never seen. I found a new spot on google maps on the property where I hunt, and thought i'd give it a try today. I hiked up the creek about half a mile through mountain laurel and rhododendron. It then started looking really good and I climbed up the ridge and hunted along the side. I dug a little over a pound today of some really nice roots. I guess it was about 10:30 and I had just knelt down to dig and heard something rustling above me. I stood up and saw a big black bear about 50 yards up the ridge from me. I waved my arms, yelled, whistled, everything I could think of and it just stood there looking at me. I thought to myself are you kidding me. I then pulled out my glock 9mm and fired a shot at a tree close to the bear. Thinking that would do the trick, but it did nothing It actually stepped CLOSER! I bet we stood there staring at each other for the better part of 10 minutes. It was on it's hind legs sniffing and trying to figure out what was going on. About this time my glock started to feel like I was carrying a bb gun and wishing I had something bigger. Finally, it very slowly walked off. I have never in all my days seen a black bear that fearless. Anyway, it was a very exciting dig today!
thanks tnhunter, that hollow produced some nice ones. It was quite a hike in there though. I worked hard for them, lol. The bear never acted aggressive, but just would not move until he was good and ready even after I fired a warning shot. I've never seen anything like it. Black bears are usually so skittish of humans. I do have dark hair and a dark beard, maybe he thought I was a bear... I checked out a new spot this evening and hope to go for a few hours early tomorrow. Looks like a few of you guys are finding some nice ones, good to see. Good hunting and stay safe fellows.