Thanks Rally, the shot was not difficult just walking toward me at 50 yards. I had been tracking it. It was meandering all over, not straight lining it as they will do, so I knew it was right there. It zigged so I zagged, and it looped right back on its track. Might have had a den nearby, no chance to look.Nice bear Chris and nice shot. I'm also admiring the length of the fur on that bear. It looks exceptional for a fall bear. Any one of the claws would pay for the lost brass also. Can you legally sell bear claws in NY?
I will look into it the matter of parts sale. I know they buy bear gallbladders so maybe. I will make a call to DEC and a taxidermist, I'll let you know as a matter of professional interest.