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Life isn’t fair sometimes.
You scout locations, you set up your game camera, you lug your blind into the woods, and at the moment of truth, you make a clean kill…only to have a local bear saunter up and steal your venison.
That’s exactly what happened to Michigan hunter John Wardynski, who shot a 6-point buck on the second day of firearm season.
Wardynski was getting ready to trail the downed deer when a nearby black bear wandered onto the scene.
“The bear came down the ridge, then proceeded to parallel me as I walked my blood trail,” he said in the Facebook post. “Thought it was pretty cool to see a bear that close, so I started videoing with my iPhone.”
A moment later, he realized that the deer was after his animal.
Check it out:
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)
Posted by John Wardynski on Saturday, November 18, 2017
He tried shouting, whistling, and breaking brush, and the bear still wouldn’t leave. He even fired a couple 9mm rounds into the air. Nothing.
I mean, can you blame the deer? That’s the easiest meal that bear’s ever had.
John kept at it.
“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,” he said.
Great video, though. We thank John for sharing it.
Have you guys ever seen anything like this?