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  1. #1
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    First Bear of the Season

    Season is off to a great start. Biggest bear to date. Been out once prior to today, but that was a couple weeks ago just to look at conditions. Today was the first real hunt, and even then was really just supposed to be more scouting. Went out after work, and found this big guy grazing on a hill side quite some distance away. Decided to get out and stalk up, wind totally against us, saved by being fat uphill from the bear. Stalking forward, it knew something was up, as it kept moving away, but slowly. We followed and watched it long enough to make sure there were no cubs, though we were certain it was a male.

    Got within 120 meters, but screened by brush, couldn't get a good shot. Dropped out packs and stalked forward and around, and there it was, broadside, 60 meters away down a steep hill. I knelt down and took aim, and just as the bear started to turn to look at me, I squeezed the trigger. Bear instantly hit the ground and rolled down the hill, almost into the river. I quickly chambered another round and fired again, worried the bear wasn't dead and would run into the water. I missed, but it didn't matter, the bear was dead from the first shot. Cutting my tag, while watching a minute for movement, I approached the bear while my friend kept it in his sights. I confirmed death, and we walked back to the truck, which as we discovered, was 2 kilometers away. Always seems so much shorter when you're after an animal.

    Driving back to the site, fortunately not far from a road, but down a steep ass hill, buddy and I struggle our asses off hauling this bear up the hill to the point we could rope it to the truck and drag it the rest of the way. Brought it home, skinned it and now it's hanging in my shed, absolutely perfect temperature tonight.

    I'd post photos but I have no idea how to do that on here.

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  3. #2
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    Re: First Bear of the Season

    congrats on getting 'er done on your second outing!

  4. #3
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    Re: First Bear of the Season

    Nicely done getting close! Congratulations on getting a good bear.

    How greened up was it in your area? What do you think he was feeding on?

  5. #4
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    Re: First Bear of the Season

    Thank you.

    It was very green, decent bit of flooding/high water. Didn't check stomach contents, but watched it munching on some grass, and it was within spitting distance of a river. Damn thing almost rolled into the water when I shot it.

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    Re: First Bear of the Season

    Well done!
    This is how you you post pics on here.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfZUbGLxHbw

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    Re: First Bear of the Season

    Nicely done. They do roll like a bag of rocks don't they
    What region? for a conditions report
    Never say 'whoa' in the middle of a mud hole.

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    Re: First Bear of the Season

    Send to a buddy on here or someone willing to post the pictures up for you . Sorry I’m not the best at it myself !

    Arctic Lake
    Member of CCFR and BackCountry Hunters & Anglers Would encourage you all to join both today !

  9. #8
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    Re: First Bear of the Season

    Second on asking the region ( for conditions report)

    Looking at my back yard in region 5 the grass is just turning green no leaves in tree’s and no Dandielions.
    West facing road edges have good grass, brown on East facing road edges.
    Sounds like your area is much greener

  10. #9
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    Re: First Bear of the Season

    https://imgur.com/a/5GJsjRR

    Let's see if that works, trying from my phone which has way fewer options over the actual site, but my computer sucks.

    Found this guy in region 3.

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    Re: First Bear of the Season

    Congrats, nice looking bear!
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    Adult Onset Hunter
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