American Hunter Assistant Editor Jon Draper recently set out to test a new Barnes bullet designed for the AAC .300 Blackout. His target? Black bear located at the Jicarilla Apache Nation near Dulce, N.M. Keep your eyes peeled for this new 120-grain bullet in this caliber, which should be available early 2014. In the meantime, check out the photo gallery to see how Draper dropped the hammer on some big old bruins.
We chased this gorgeous black bear all day and though the dogs had pretty much worn him out, as the guide put it “big bears don’t tree.” He was perched on a rock when I was finally able to bring him down with some well-placed shots through the forest.
Thanks to a hot tip, we found Brett’s bear feasting on this giant bull elk that had been wounded during archery season. It looked as though the bear had brought the injured animal down. Each night he was back on the elk, and each morning we sent the dogs after him.