Has Oregon sent your tooth information back yet, just wondering how old your sow was.
Still waiting on that one elkslayer, but the bear was taken in to the ODFW office and they aged it at the 2.5 3.5 yrs. They also said that the bears are staying smaller at the moment and this is a good size for a sow on the coast range. I missed a nice big boar at 365yds a couple of weeks earlier.
For me, this was my first bear. I'm still learning a lot about bear hunting and while it may not be the "trophy bear" that everyone gets excited about, I am proud of this kill. It was not easy. I took time to research the area I was hunting, find the spot that I believed would hold bear due to food source, water source, cover and protection, and then I hunted this draw on 4 separate occasions. I could hear the bears tearing stumps up on a couple of occasions but never got to see them. Finally this sow revealed herself and I was successful. It was a steep downhill shot, with a new gun I was unfamiliar with at 180yds. So for me this is a trophy. No one showed me where or how to hunt this unit; I learned a great deal and maybe next time by "trophy" will be bigger. But to me it was still a successful hunt.
Add to that, on the coastal range bears have become much more prolific, as have cougar. The deer and elk population are impacted as their young can often be the food source. I feel I've also been doing my part of effective and ethical management. I know people who have been hunting bear for many more years than me who haven't even had the opportunity of a shot this season yet. I'm delighted with my start and growth in learning about successful bear hunting