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Bear steals unlucky Michigan hunter's 6-point buck

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Posted at 9:25 AM, Nov 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-22 15:55:04-05
 

A Michigan hunter had just snagged a nice 6-point buck last week when his trophy was taken away by a bear.

John Wardynski, from Bay City, Michigan, posted the video of the bear taking the buck away on his Facebook page.

Wardynski was hunting in Alcona County south of Alpena on Nov. 16 when he said he made a clean shot on the buck. That was the second day of firearm hunting season in Michigan.

"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 the blood trail," he wrote on Facebook

Wardynski said he thought it was cool to see the bear until he realized it was headed towards his deer.

"Several times I tried shouting, whistling, breaking bush. She would not leave," he added.

In the video, he is heard yelling, "Go on, get. My deer. Go on. No no no, mine."

Now Wardynski couldn't shoot the bear, and said he didn't know what to do because he's never experienced it in his 50-plus years of hutning.

On the post, he said he would like to recover the antlers but will give the bear space.

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