Hunting in South Central Louisiana
Black Bear Encounter
This past weekend I went to my uncles lease in Fordoche. For those of you who don't know where this is, it is north of 190 in the Livonia area between Baton Rouge and Opelousas. I made a bow hunt on Sunday morning till 10:00a.m. with no results. I climbed down and began my long walk back to my fourwheeler. When I got to my fourwheeler I began to strap down my stand and save my bow. While doing this I was making a little bit of noise but still trying to remain somewhat quiet. I was standing at the front of my bike and had just taken my quick release off when I heard, and saw, something moving around in the brush about 15 yrds behind my bike. My first instinct was that I had crept up on a Deer or Hog and began to get my bow ready to save the hunt. But what stepped out onto the trail was not a deer, nor a hog. It was a HUGE BLACK BEAR!!! My ESTIMATE is that the bear was approximately 400lbs. It's back was up to my waist and it's head was easily as big as a basketball. I was overcome with fear, kind of like buck fever. Never having faced a bear in my life I had no idea how the bear would react to me. I had no gun, just a pocket knife and a bow that was saved away for the trip home. I was able to pull out an arrow with a broad head..as if it would have helped in the event of an attack. The bear began to walk down the trail toward me and my fourwheeler. I remained still with one hand on the start button and the other on the gas. I figured that if he got any closer I would start the bike with the exhaust pipe in his face. The bear got about 10 yrds from the back of my bike and then gave me that doe look. You know, the one where they don't quite know what you are and they are moving their head up and down and side to side. After what seemed like an eternity the bear crossed the trail, scratched at the ground a little, then crossed back to where it had originaly came out giving me one last look before disappearing into the woods. Amazed, scared, astonished, excited, anxious to get the hell out of the woods. I jumped on my bike, reved it up real loud, and flew out of there! I know they have black bears in Louisiana, and this is not the first time I had seen one. But it was the first, and hopefully the last, time I had been face to face with one. If any of you have any feedback on the behavior of the local black bear, please share it as I know the LDWF has a program in play to repopulate this animal.