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#6204762 - 02/21/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: T_Inman]  
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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!

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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 - 02/21/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: rl11]  
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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.

#6205303 - 02/22/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: Tanner]  
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Ahhh.. Can't wait to feed the ticks laugh

Seriously, the cabin fever is getting bad for me.



52, and counting


I'm Irish...

Of course I know how to patch drywall
#6206018 - 02/22/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: Mark R Dobrenski]  
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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
#6206169 - 02/22/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: Bluedreaux]  
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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]  
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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.


DIY. Fair chase. NRA life member.
#6207791 - 02/22/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: Calvin]  
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Originally Posted by Calvin
Lets see some dead bears this year. I'll be hunting in about 40 days.


God I hope so.


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#6208634 - 02/22/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: deflave]  
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Good luck I got a spring bear hunt on my list


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#6209227 - 02/22/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: pseshooter300]  
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Where you going?

Dober

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#6210394 - 02/23/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: Mark R Dobrenski]  
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A very long wait still here in the East. Fall only, around mid Sept. frown

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#6210472 - 02/23/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: CLB]  
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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]  
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Gorgeous bear Tony.


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#6211279 - 02/23/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: deflave]  
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Nice! I like that picture.

#6214937 - 02/24/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: bearstalker]  
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Nice Brown Bear track from AK a couple years ago. Would of liked to see the critter that left it.
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Turn me loose, set me free, somewhere in the middle of Montana!
#6215018 - 02/24/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: Tony]  
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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]  
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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.

#6216322 - 02/24/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: ravenr]  
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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]  
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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.


Baby...when I get this rifle I'll be done I swear.
#6216831 - 02/24/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: iddave]  
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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 - 02/24/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: Mark R Dobrenski]  
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#6222318 - 02/26/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: Mark R Dobrenski]  
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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.

#6224821 - 02/26/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: Tony]  
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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?

#6224852 - 02/26/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: bearstalker]  
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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 - 02/26/12 Re: 54 dayz and counting.... [Re: Mark R Dobrenski]  
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Bears make for a great father-son hunt. Spot and stalk, Washington:
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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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