We just finished up another awesome bear season!
We had 30 hunters who shot 34 bears, 4 minor flesh wounds and
30 kills. 25 of the 30 bears were good size male bears and 22
of them were big boars that went over Pope and Young's 18 inch
minimum skull score. 12 of those 22 bears also went over 19
inches, 3 went over 20 and one was way over the Boone and
Crockett minimum of 21. We weigh all of our bears and 12 of
them also broke the 300 lb mark, which is big for a Western
Canadian spring bear, 4 bears broke the 350 lb mark, 2 over
Of course none of these statistics tell the stories of how much fun everyone has on this hunt.
Our solid, wooden ground blinds give a close up experience like
none other, especially with the large numbers of bears on our
baits. We feed at least 400 different ones on our 30 sites and
hunters often see 15-20 bears in an evening's hunt. Some
hunters have no idea how many they saw just that
it was a steady stream of bears in and out all evening, very exciting!
We had lots of repeat hunters including the Randy Ginest crew from Kansas the first week with Josh Austin, Rocky McKindles and Tom Whittingslow. Randy finally killed his first big, black colored bear, 19 6/16, 345 lbs, after several years of only killing big colored ones. Josh and Rocky also got 18 inch bears and Tom spent most of his hunt hoping the famous Church Bait bear would show up, he didn't. Another repeat group came the 2nd week with Chris Peccia from Montana. Chris tagged out on a giant 400 pounder, 20 12/16 and well over a 7 foot hide! Dan Wiegand came up again and brought his wife Kayla and she took a beautiful, colored bear with a solid 18 13/16 skull. Then she got to sit with Dan and film him killing a giant 20 4/16 skull, dark chocolate bear with a long 7 ft 5 inch frame and a huge 20 4/16 skull. Bill Lloyd got his 3rd big Mike's Outfitting bear at 19 3/16 score. Clint Loobey didn't get a bear the first hunt with us and he made up for it this time with an 18 12/16 boar. Bill Hoyle also got a nice boar.
John Hubbard brought up the 3rd week group and they killed 3 bears over 19 inches and passed on several others that were solid upper 18 inch bears in a quest for giants. Harry Kirk shot 2 male bears with the biggest going 19 9/16 and then his son Matthew Wolfe got both of the other 19 inch bears in camp that week , one being a big colored one, lucky guy! Another father and son team Shannon Payne and Colton had a blast with Colton showing his Dad how to get it done on an 18 4/16 bear. More repeat hunters came the 4th week, Deanna and Hearst Daman and Hearst took a big 7 foot boar at 19 7/16. Pat Gribben and his nervous about bear hunting wife Sandy came along as a terrified observer. By the end of the hunt she was a happy, avid bear viewer, excitedly figuring out bear sizes and sexes. Pat even tried to show her how to shoot one when he shot a nice bear, but she closed her eyes, oh well, maybe next time. Buddies Wes Millar and Rick Bergandal shot 3 bears with Rick's being 19 2/16 skull, 6 ft 10 inch hide and Wes's biggest one going 18 13/16.
The 5th week was bear killing time! 6 hunters taking 9 bears, 6 going over 18 inches. The hunters were Keri Franklin, Glen Philips, Bruce Enger, Cory Enger and father and son Christian and Cole Alexander. A happy 18 yr old Cole got his 1st bear! Then they got to sit together to hunt the famed Church bear, we've been after him for years and finally he showed up in daylight for Christian. A giant colored beast at 455 lbs and an amazing 21 10/16 Booner skull! Biggest body and second biggest skull we've ever taken. We hosted 3 hunters, Fred Ebert, Larry Burns and Mike Sullivan on the 6th week and it was a slow week with just two bears killed but a big one at 19 12/16 for Fred.
We wrapped up the season with the last few days hosting family and friends, lots of fun getting some old, dry sows for them. We did put Uncle Phil on a big bear bait that we had been hunting all season, Big Daddy, and he took a great bear at 19 7/16. I got to help with one of the most important bears of my life taken by my daughter Brooke, she may not look tough but she shot the bear with a crossbow and then we had to track it down in thick brush and she finished it off at 5 yards with my hard hitting 45-70! You can see all the hunts at www.bowsite.com
Thanks to everyone who hunted with us! Josh, Gerard, Cody and Tim appreciated your generosity too!!