The bullet grazed the skull to the left, and exited between the eyes but didn’t penetrate the brain cavity. When the bear was later harvested, it didn’t even have a scar (Photo: Bear Hunter Magazine)
When a North Central Arkansas bowhunter harvested a pretty good-sized black bear last season, he was in for a surprise when he cleaned the bruin.
As told by Bear Hunting Magazine, Brandon French took the animal with a compound bow on private land last fall. While it brought him a respectable 19 10/16” Pope and Young score, he also found a couple of things curious about said smokey. Besides birdshot peppered in the bear’s fat, French discovered a spent .45-caliber bullet resting under the fur between the bear’s eyes.
“The bear had been shot at a quartering-away angle. The bullet hit the bear (presumably from ground level) a couple inches behind the eye and passed behind it, exiting between the eyes – but the bear lived. The bullet didn’t penetrate the brain cavity,” said the magazine. “Who knows who shot the bear or what the circumstances were, but somebody has a good story – and we’ll probably never know it.”
In the below image, you can see the bulge of the .45 slug between the animal’s eyes.