Shooting a Sow w/ Cubs

rclouse79

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My first year I glassed a large bear that turned out to be a sow. I watched her until she left the creek and went back behind some trees. I never saw any cubs so I made the move down and up to a ridge to get in shooting position. She ended up coming out at last light. While I was watching her I was surprised to see some little fur balls bouncing at the edge of my field of view. They were fun to watch, and I was thankful I saw them. The experience of walking up on a dead sow with cubs at her side would be enough for me to hang up bear hunting, regardless of punitive actions from fish and game. I try to remind myself of that when I spot a bear and get excited after many uneventful trips out.
 

14idaho

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Unfortunately it happens. Occasionally I find cubs that starved to death. I've seen sows feeding with small cubs hanging on them. Gotta really make sure. I've found 2 small live cubs on a dead sow a few years ago and contacted fish and game thinking they might have a place to care for them. They told me to kill them. Couldn't do it, left them be.
 

wildwilderness

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Some areas have too many bears. Parts of Alaska have been deemed predator control areas in the past. Shooting Sows with Cubs is legal during active control times. It’s the best way to reduced population.
 
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