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#6204762 - 02/22/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: Dog_Hunter]
rl11 Offline
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Registered: 02/26/08
Posts: 706
Loc: Montana
Originally Posted By: Dog_Hunter
Since there's probably no bear hunt for me this year here's last springs colossal ground shrinkage from Lolo Creek. Man I thought this was a good bear from 300 yards away. The ears looked a lot smaller through the glass. I was unpleasantly suprised when I finally found where he stopped rolling into the abyss. He only weighed about 100 pounds.

Checking it with the FWP was embarrasing but at least it was an easy pack out!



Good looking hide on it either way. If you're in to eating them probably tasted good too.

I found some green budding out already on my hike this weekend. If the weather stays it's course we're going to have a really early spring this year. Should be able to access some of the higher area I can't usually get in to.

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#6204912 - 02/22/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: rl11]
Tanner Offline
Campfire 'Bwana

Registered: 03/01/11
Posts: 10373
Loc: High Country Colorado
Dropped the ball big time last year on an elk hunt by not having an oso tag in my pocket... saw a big fat bastid on my way down outta the canyon in a nice brown phase smile Oh well, this year.

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#6205303 - 02/22/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: Tanner]
DanAdair Offline
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Registered: 03/15/08
Posts: 7190
Loc: NW Montucky
Ahhh.. Can't wait to feed the ticks laugh

Seriously, the cabin fever is getting bad for me.



52, and counting
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#6206018 - 02/22/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: Mark R Dobrenski]
Bluedreaux Offline
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Registered: 05/21/07
Posts: 11801
Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: Mark R Dobrenski
U should have an email there Blue

Dober


Got it Mark, thanks.
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your flippant remarks which you so adeptly sling

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#6206169 - 02/22/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: Bluedreaux]
Calvin Offline
Campfire Kahuna

Registered: 09/25/03
Posts: 15133
Loc: AK
Lets see some dead bears this year. I'll be hunting in about 40 days.
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#6206684 - 02/22/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: Calvin]
davidlea Offline
Campfire Guide

Registered: 02/17/08
Posts: 2813
Loc: Tennessee
So wrong for those of us with no bears to hunt, just good old hedge bears (ground hogs). At least the pack out is easy. Good luck to all, looking foward to lots of stories.
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#6207791 - 02/22/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: Calvin]
deflave Offline
Campfire Oracle

Registered: 08/17/07
Posts: 44076
Loc: Havre, Montana
Originally Posted By: Calvin
Lets see some dead bears this year. I'll be hunting in about 40 days.


God I hope so.


Travis

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#6208634 - 02/23/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: deflave]
pseshooter300 Offline
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Registered: 12/04/11
Posts: 1261
Loc: Kingsport Tn
Good luck I got a spring bear hunt on my list
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#6209227 - 02/23/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: pseshooter300]
Mark R Dobrenski Offline
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Registered: 04/19/01
Posts: 28277
Loc: Bozeman, Montana
Where you going?

Dober


Edited by Mark R Dobrenski (02/23/12)
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#6210394 - 02/23/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: Mark R Dobrenski]
CLB Offline
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Registered: 12/10/08
Posts: 5089
Loc: CT
A very long wait still here in the East. Fall only, around mid Sept. frown


Edited by CLB (02/23/12)

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#6210472 - 02/23/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: CLB]
Tony Offline
Campfire Guide

Registered: 03/28/04
Posts: 3407
Loc: Texas, Idaho & Other Places
Was hoping to get to Idaho but no go with work. Good luck. My rug from last year is due in a couple of weeks.


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#6210491 - 02/23/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: Tony]
deflave Offline
Campfire Oracle

Registered: 08/17/07
Posts: 44076
Loc: Havre, Montana
Gorgeous bear Tony.


Travis

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#6211279 - 02/23/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: deflave]
bearstalker Offline
Campfire Outfitter

Registered: 06/23/02
Posts: 9530
Loc: Alaska
Nice! I like that picture.

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#6214937 - 02/24/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: bearstalker]
tipmover Offline
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Registered: 09/14/08
Posts: 1242
Loc: Bull Mtns Montana
Nice Brown Bear track from AK a couple years ago. Would of liked to see the critter that left it.
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#6215018 - 02/24/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: Tony]
Mark R Dobrenski Offline
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Registered: 04/19/01
Posts: 28277
Loc: Bozeman, Montana
Thats a honker of a bruin Tony!

Idaho? Spot n stalk or bait?

Thx 4 sharing

Dober
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#6215580 - 02/24/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: Mark R Dobrenski]
ravenr Offline
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Registered: 01/17/11
Posts: 306
Mark
you and some of the others sound like pretty dedicated
and savvy spring bear hunters and chasers.
like to hear your thoughts on the time of the month for peak activity of boars searching for sows.

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#6216322 - 02/24/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: ravenr]
Mark R Dobrenski Offline
Campfire Oracle

Registered: 04/19/01
Posts: 28277
Loc: Bozeman, Montana
Around here, it's my opinion that they begin to seek female companionship around the 27th of May. Peak of the rut I can't say 4 sure but tween there and mid June (which is when our season ends in parts of our state).

The good about the rut in our area is you see some big bruins that you might not be seeing. Then the down side is that if we don't get on them and kill them that night, often time we don't see them again. At the rut time of year I'm speaking.

Dober
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#6216455 - 02/24/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: Mark R Dobrenski]
iddave Offline
Campfire Ranger

Registered: 01/10/07
Posts: 1904
Loc: Boise, Idaho
Gonna take my 9 year old son with me this year. He's been along for ducks/geese, coyotes, rock chucks, and even spent a memorable morning with me in the antelope blind a couple of years ago, but this will be the first time we really get after it together.

I am SO freaking excited to take him that I can't stand it. In fact, I can't remember the last time I was this excited for a hunt of any sort.

It will be spot and stalk, but he's a tough little dude and I really think he'll do just fine. Truth be told, he's probably in better shape than me right now.
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#6216831 - 02/24/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: iddave]
Mark R Dobrenski Offline
Campfire Oracle

Registered: 04/19/01
Posts: 28277
Loc: Bozeman, Montana
Yeah my 2 year old G-son and his sister who's 4 will be seeing their first bruins this spring. My oldest G-son who's 12 has a desire to bounce a bruin so we'll see.

Now, I just gotta find one of the furry buggers...grin

Dober
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#6218203 - 02/25/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: Mark R Dobrenski]
Mark R Dobrenski Offline
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Registered: 04/19/01
Posts: 28277
Loc: Bozeman, Montana
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#6222318 - 02/26/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: Mark R Dobrenski]
Tony Offline
Campfire Guide

Registered: 03/28/04
Posts: 3407
Loc: Texas, Idaho & Other Places
Originally Posted By: Mark R Dobrenski
Thats a honker of a bruin Tony!

Idaho? Spot n stalk or bait?

Thx 4 sharing

Dober


Grazie. Spot and stalk outside Golden BC. Was really chasing grizzly. He really has a beautiful thick coat. Looking forward to seeing the rug. They were late coming around due to the large amount of snow still remaining mid-May.

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#6224821 - 02/27/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: Tony]
bearstalker Offline
Campfire Outfitter

Registered: 06/23/02
Posts: 9530
Loc: Alaska
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?

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#6224852 - 02/27/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: bearstalker]
Mark R Dobrenski Offline
Campfire Oracle

Registered: 04/19/01
Posts: 28277
Loc: Bozeman, Montana
For most of my work I use 7x42 SLC's, I also use my 15x56's quite a bit as well. For micro mgt of heads at range I like a big spotter (Leo 12-40) and for hiking I carry my 20x50 Leo hardbody. It's older than dirt but one of the very best spotters going for my eyes.

Lastly, we use a pair of 6x30 Yo's quite a bit and I've a small pair of Vortex (10x26 or something like that) that I carry when I know a death march is inevitable and I have an intended volunteer in mind.

I'm all about glassing, glassing and glassing.

Last piece of gear I use for glassing is a piece of Latigo about the size of a large pizza that I use for a pad to sit on while glassing. Keeps my backside dry and out of rocks, stickers etc and keeps me glassing more.

Couple of buds carry Crazy Creek chairs and love them as they have a back rest.

Dober
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#6225168 - 02/27/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: Mark R Dobrenski]
GuyM Offline
Campfire Guide

Registered: 07/29/07
Posts: 4491
Loc: Washington - dry side
Bears make for a great father-son hunt. Spot and stalk, Washington:


My son got his one afternoon, I tagged mine the next morning. A friend got the glossy black sow. It was great!



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