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#6225217 - 02/27/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: bearstalker]
Dog_Hunter Offline
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Registered: 03/06/07
Posts: 4748
Loc: Wyoming's anal orifice
Originally Posted By: bearstalker
Since bear hunting is mostly a sit and glass deal (at least for me), what optics do you guys use and/or favor for bear hunting?


I roll with Steiner Peregrine 10X42 binos and a Swarovski 20-60X65 HD spotting scope. They're expensive, but worth it.
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#6227814 - 02/27/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: Dog_Hunter]
ranger1 Offline
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Registered: 11/14/03
Posts: 4205
Loc: Central Montana
For glassing, a pair of Vortex 15x56 Kaibabs, for evaluating I use my Leupold 12-40x60 HD spotter, and I always have my 8.5x52 Minox in a bino vault on my chest.

Dober - What are your thoughts on bear activity the first week in June this year in re: to that area I hunted last year? I'm assuming the snow is going to be gone a lot earlier this year than it was last year?

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#6227937 - 02/27/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: ranger1]
DanAdair Offline
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Check on NOAA's website. There's a lot of good info on snowpack there.

In my part of the world, its going to be early this year.
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#6228049 - 02/27/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: ranger1]
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lieca 10x 42s and a 3" thick butt pad ( got a boney butt)
spotter is a 1983 era swarovski.
fawn in a can and a dying rabbitt always in the pack.

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#6228067 - 02/27/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: ranger1]
Mark R Dobrenski Offline
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Registered: 04/19/01
Posts: 28277
Loc: Bozeman, Montana
Ranger-that's gonna be model perfect! Looking forward to seeing ya this year if it works out. The new lil micro area I found is gonna be a rock star of a place, I can feel it.

Be a great place for your boy, or you....grin to plant a 7' coal black tip to tip bruin.... wink

Dober
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#6228122 - 02/27/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: Mark R Dobrenski]
ranger1 Offline
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Registered: 11/14/03
Posts: 4205
Loc: Central Montana
The excitement is building - planning is well underway. Just ordered up a batch of those Rapala lures we had such good luck with last year. Now if we can just manage to have nice weather!

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#6228343 - 02/27/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: ranger1]
Mark R Dobrenski Offline
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I'll be there to help you rip some lips..... wink

Dober
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#6234421 - 02/29/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: bearstalker]
Maverick940 Offline
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Registered: 01/19/12
Posts: 1973
Loc: Alaska
Originally Posted By: bearstalker
We still got a bit to go before they start popping out here. Already been going through the gear pile. grin


Yeah, I'm hoping that I don't end up having to escort clients on snowshoes during the first part of May. Hoping it's going to become unseasonably warm during March and April.

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#6239678 - 03/01/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: Maverick940]
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Registered: 12/10/07
Posts: 684
Loc: SW Montana
I know I'm not one of the Montana guys, but I hunt withing a mile or two of the state line on the Idaho side.

I hunted hard in 2008. No shot. In 2009, two chances, didn't get a shot with my really bad eyes. (Stalking with the help of a friend. When it was time to shoot, couldn't find the bear in the scope.) Last spring (Day 37 over the three years?), I decided if it was at least a five and a half footer, or a color, I'd shoot if I Had the chance. When I saw this guy I could tell he was young, but I thought he was really pretty.

He lost a little getting rugged. Hi is now 5 foot from nose to tail, and five four from claw to claw. Now, I'm regretting it a little. Since I have two larger rugs on the wall, I should have let him walk. Oh well, his coat is nice and I love the spring hunts. I got him back from the taxidermist Tuesday.


And yes, I know many of you would have done your rug with the mouth closed!

Anyway,about 60 more days for me...
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#6240260 - 03/01/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: IDMilton]
Maverick940 Offline
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Registered: 01/19/12
Posts: 1973
Loc: Alaska
Originally Posted By: IDMilton
I know I'm not one of the Montana guys, but I hunt withing a mile or two of the state line on the Idaho side.

I hunted hard in 2008. No shot. In 2009, two chances, didn't get a shot with my really bad eyes. (Stalking with the help of a friend. When it was time to shoot, couldn't find the bear in the scope.) Last spring (Day 37 over the three years?), I decided if it was at least a five and a half footer, or a color, I'd shoot if I Had the chance. When I saw this guy I could tell he was young, but I thought he was really pretty.

He lost a little getting rugged. Hi is now 5 foot from nose to tail, and five four from claw to claw. Now, I'm regretting it a little. Since I have two larger rugs on the wall, I should have let him walk. Oh well, his coat is nice and I love the spring hunts. I got him back from the taxidermist Tuesday.


And yes, I know many of you would have done your rug with the mouth closed!

Anyway,about 60 more days for me...


Sorry to hear that you regret killing an animal. That's too bad.

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#6240326 - 03/01/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: Maverick940]
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Yea, I know I sound ungrateful. I think he is beautiful and I had a great time hunting, but I do regret I didn't let him walk and have another year or two.

Since none of us are hunting spring bear so we don't starve, this is hunting for fun and trophies. (See comments about "ground shrinkage" and hoping for bears that square 7 feet.) My comment that I am "regretting it a little" for not holding out for a larger bear is my being honest, but I understand it may sound disrespectful to the animal and will make an effort to not harvest another bear I'm not 100% on.

You've NEVER wondered if you should have waited for another animal after you've shot? I'm not trying to be argumentative, just to understand. Two years ago I took a spike elk. Seconds after having shot, a big bull came in. I regretted shooting the spike when, if I would have waited, I could have taken a shot at the big bull.

I thought the vast majority of hunters have had similar experiences.
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#6240375 - 03/01/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: IDMilton]
Maverick940 Offline
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Registered: 01/19/12
Posts: 1973
Loc: Alaska
Originally Posted By: IDMilton
Yea, I know I sound ungrateful. I think he is beautiful and I had a great time hunting, but I do regret I didn't let him walk and have another year or two.

Since none of us are hunting spring bear so we don't starve, this is hunting for fun and trophies. (See comments about "ground shrinkage" and hoping for bears that square 7 feet.) My comment that I am "regretting it a little" for not holding out for a larger bear is my being honest, but I understand it may sound disrespectful to the animal and will make an effort to not harvest another bear I'm not 100% on.

You've NEVER wondered if you should have waited for another animal after you've shot? I'm not trying to be argumentative, just to understand. Two years ago I took a spike elk. Seconds after having shot, a big bull came in. I regretted shooting the spike when, if I would have waited, I could have taken a shot at the big bull.

I thought the vast majority of hunters have had similar experiences.


Possibly they have. The only time I've ever noticed someone who was regretful, was when a client mistakenly shot the wrong bull moose of three that were responding to a call. He got over it, though. Took him about two days to subside that regret. As for me, personally, I've never regretted killing anything. But, I've somewhat regretted not killing something when I had ample chance to do so.

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#6240960 - 03/01/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: IDMilton]
iddave Offline
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Registered: 01/10/07
Posts: 1904
Loc: Boise, Idaho
You're not alone. I'd venture a guess that most have been there at least once.


Originally Posted By: IDMilton
Yea, I know I sound ungrateful. I think he is beautiful and I had a great time hunting, but I do regret I didn't let him walk and have another year or two.

Since none of us are hunting spring bear so we don't starve, this is hunting for fun and trophies. (See comments about "ground shrinkage" and hoping for bears that square 7 feet.) My comment that I am "regretting it a little" for not holding out for a larger bear is my being honest, but I understand it may sound disrespectful to the animal and will make an effort to not harvest another bear I'm not 100% on.

You've NEVER wondered if you should have waited for another animal after you've shot? I'm not trying to be argumentative, just to understand. Two years ago I took a spike elk. Seconds after having shot, a big bull came in. I regretted shooting the spike when, if I would have waited, I could have taken a shot at the big bull.

I thought the vast majority of hunters have had similar experiences.
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