Subsequent spring bear seasons, and the company of other hunters, have taught me the value of being prepared to take a shot correctly. The object is to be ready when a bear appears. That seems rather elemental, given that the whole point of going bear hunting is to get a bear, but it is not so matter-of-fact. Unless you spend a considerable amount of your life hunting bears, you never quite get used to seeing one. They're big and, depending on the stories you've been told, at least a bit scary. The best you can hope for is that spotting a spring bear, deciding whether to shoot it and then taking the shot unfolds in a somewhat orderly fashion. After the bear does its part-showing up-the rest depends on you.