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Offline Jonathan_S

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Re: 0 bear club
« Reply #25 on: April 24, 2015, 10:28:04 AM »
Look in this stuff in autumn.


tough to find berries like that most years.
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Re: 0 bear club
« Reply #26 on: April 24, 2015, 10:33:28 AM »
no bears for me but I have never seriously hunted them. My only times when I would even remotely say I was actually bear hunting was when I was hanging cameras and had my rifle because it was bear season. I will eventually get serious about getting a nice bear but not quite yet. We have a few bears on our property every year and I am confident I could kill one of them, just haven't had the desire yet.  :dunno:
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Re: 0 bear club
« Reply #27 on: April 24, 2015, 11:19:22 AM »
Look in this stuff in autumn.


tough to find berries like that most years.


I haven't noticed any lack of berries in my areas, but I primarily hunt the western slopes of the cascades. If memory serves that pic is from the Eastern slopes of the Cascades up near Leavenworth.
This pic is up near St. Helen's a year or so back. There was a temptingly large bear in this area, but I was elk hunting so let him walk. (I have no idea why I took pictures of berries. LOL!! Those bushes didn't look the same when I left.)

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Re: 0 bear club
« Reply #28 on: April 24, 2015, 08:40:47 PM »
I left your club last year on May 15th,so glad i did that  :chuckle:

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« Reply #29 on: April 24, 2015, 08:58:09 PM »

Also, I would like to once again point out that since D-Rock met me, he has not killed a bear by himself.   :dunno:  Just sayin :IBCOOL:

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Re: 0 bear club
« Reply #30 on: April 25, 2015, 08:00:53 AM »
Pushing 62 and hoping this is my year. :EAT:
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Re: 0 bear club
« Reply #31 on: April 25, 2015, 08:22:48 AM »
I'm a card carrying member.  :'( :bash:  Have never put in time to specifically hunt bear.  I will either screw up an elk hunt some time or get serious about it one year and put in some real effort.
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« Reply #32 on: April 25, 2015, 08:31:28 AM »
I really don't know how to target them down low, but when the berries are ripe up high (4 to 6000ft) start glassing.  Those high country berry eating bears taste good. 

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Re: 0 bear club
« Reply #33 on: April 25, 2015, 08:35:26 AM »
Almost tagged one last night....bugger just would present a shot. Stick with it, you'll get out of the club.
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Re: 0 bear club
« Reply #34 on: April 25, 2015, 01:34:16 PM »
I left your club in 1997 when I finally got serious about getting one.  :chuckle:

1981 for me (bow).  Once the pressure is off and that first one is in the freezer they seem to come a lot easier.


I agree with that!  Way easier once you have done it.  I missed two shots because I was so nervous before I tagged one. 

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« Reply #35 on: April 25, 2015, 01:45:03 PM »
1 for 1 on bears for me. Went out towards sultan a few years back and saw 3 and shot one. Heard it breaking huckleberry bushes so snuck up and shot it from 30 yards with my 30-30. Have deer hunted in the same area and also saw bears but never have hunted them since killing the one. One of these years i may try getting one with my bow.

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Re: 0 bear club
« Reply #36 on: April 26, 2015, 06:59:52 PM »
well after a tough weekend I am still a member of the club, saw 2 cubs around noon saturday they were cute little fellers playing on a ridgetop then I heard a vocalization of some sort and they dropped into the next drainage after momma. About 45 min later I spotted a matched set of elk sheds laying halfway up the opposite ridge, committed the location to memory and planned to return on my way back to camp. After that I went a little farther and sat down to eat lunch when it decided to start raining, I donned my rain gear and quickly decided I wanted to just head back for camp, so I dove off of the ridge I was on and headed for my elk sheds. As I neared the creek bottom, fighting my way through buckbrush a large cinnamon phase bear jumped out of the buckbrush about 150 yards to my right. I gave him 2 very poor parting shots(out of breath, off hand at a running bear) and watched him round a bend. I worked my way to where I had last seen him through more buckbrush and found his tracks (about 8" long and 4" across at the toes) followed them to the last place I'd seen him and confirmed there was no blood, then decided it was time to go get my elk sheds and head back to camp. This was definitely his bedroom and main dining area both so I'm bummed that I bumped him out of it. Hopefully when I try again in 2 weeks he will be back again

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Re: 0 bear club
« Reply #37 on: April 27, 2015, 06:54:15 AM »
I missed my first bear yesterday! kinda a downer :bash:
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Re: 0 bear club
« Reply #38 on: April 27, 2015, 06:59:36 AM »
I missed my first bear yesterday! kinda a downer :bash:
Maybe a case of the nerves???  Don't beat yourself up too bad, you'll get another crack at it! 

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Re: 0 bear club
« Reply #39 on: April 27, 2015, 09:40:37 AM »
I've never killed a bear. Hoping that changes this fall.

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Re: 0 bear club
« Reply #40 on: April 27, 2015, 01:07:25 PM »
I missed my first bear yesterday! kinda a downer :bash:
Maybe a case of the nerves???  Don't beat yourself up too bad, you'll get another crack at it!

You could say there were some nerves >:(
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Re: 0 bear club
« Reply #41 on: April 27, 2015, 01:17:38 PM »
 :hello: checking in. I wouldn't mind killing a bear but don't even put in for the tag.

Come to think of it I don't think I've ever seen a bear in the wild  :o

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Re: 0 bear club
« Reply #42 on: April 27, 2015, 01:23:12 PM »
I missed my first bear yesterday! kinda a downer :bash:
Maybe a case of the nerves???  Don't beat yourself up too bad, you'll get another crack at it!
You could say there were some nerves >:(


I have witnessed a lot of misses on bear.  Especially a hunters first bear.  Few animals get the hunter as torn between anxiety, fear and excitement as does a bear.  The internet world is filled with false vibrato, nerves of steel and certified snipers where success is a given 100% of the time.  The world of reality is much more exciting and it does get the best of us all sooner or later.

I was lucky enough to kill the first bear I ever shot at.  For some odd reason the excitement didn't hit me until the arrow hit the bear.  Took me almost an hour before I felt safe to get down out of the tree.  That wasn't because I feared the bear.  It was because my legs turned to noodles, my hand strength could barely hold the bow and the shakes were dang near enough to rattle me right off the stand.  No other big game animal has done that to me with such vigor...one of the greatest experiences of my life!

Congratulations in getting yourself in position to get off a shot.  Sounds like it was worth every curse word afterward!  Your heart should be better prepared for the next one.  Good luck :tup:
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Re: 0 bear club
« Reply #43 on: April 27, 2015, 01:44:54 PM »
I missed my first bear yesterday! kinda a downer :bash:
Maybe a case of the nerves???  Don't beat yourself up too bad, you'll get another crack at it!
You could say there were some nerves >:(


I have witnessed a lot of misses on bear.  Especially a hunters first bear.  Few animals get the hunter as torn between anxiety, fear and excitement as does a bear.  The internet world is filled with false vibrato, nerves of steel and certified snipers where success is a given 100% of the time.  The world of reality is much more exciting and it does get the best of us all sooner or later.

I was lucky enough to kill the first bear I ever shot at.  For some odd reason the excitement didn't hit me until the arrow hit the bear.  Took me almost an hour before I felt safe to get down out of the tree.  That wasn't because I feared the bear.  It was because my legs turned to noodles, my hand strength could barely hold the bow and the shakes were dang near enough to rattle me right off the stand.  No other big game animal has done that to me with such vigor...one of the greatest experiences of my life!

Congratulations in getting yourself in position to get off a shot.  Sounds like it was worth every curse word afterward!  Your heart should be better prepared for the next one.  Good luck :tup:


That is well written! Spot on. i learned a couple things for next time
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Re: 0 bear club
« Reply #44 on: April 27, 2015, 02:28:45 PM »
Nothing to turn your legs to noodles like the first bear you shoot looking at you in the dark and blinking at 30 yards and then jumping up to run away from you (thankfully). 

Note: I stuck my nose in the bushes and considered going in after it.  Thankfully D-Rock made me wait.  It died about 10' inside of those bushes.   :yike:

The fear makes it more exciting I think.

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« Reply #45 on: April 27, 2015, 02:45:31 PM »
My first and only bear did the "Death Bawl" and I didn't know what it meant.  I waited an hour before going to look for it and even then was scared for my life.   :chuckle:  Told my wife if she hears gunfire and me yelling to wait 10 minutes and if she didn't here from me to go for help.  I have never been so unnerved while looking for down game.   :yike: :yike:  I was crawling through the tunnels those darn things make in the brush with my 45/70 thinking there was no way to swing the rifle such tight quarters.  I now bear hunt with a 454 casual (as back up) for these recovery missions.   :chuckle: :chuckle:

Talk about the adrenalin rush.  :tup:

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Re: 0 bear club
« Reply #46 on: April 27, 2015, 02:56:09 PM »
I now bear hunt with a 454 casual (as back up) for these recovery missions.   :chuckle: :chuckle:

I've had to tag a few of them in those tunnels.  Makes for some real undy wetters :chuckle:  Pistol is the way to go in there.  I carried a 444 Marlin Trapper in the trees and a 1911 in the tunnels.  Both worked very well at less than 10 feet.  I hate to see animals suffer, but when the unexpected happens I love me some up close bear action.
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« Reply #47 on: April 27, 2015, 03:29:13 PM »
I missed my first bear yesterday! kinda a downer :bash:
Maybe a case of the nerves???  Don't beat yourself up too bad, you'll get another crack at it!

You could say there were some nerves >:(
The first bear I had a chance to shoot was in green water, perfect situation, saw a big bear sitting on his butt eating huckleberries.  I was prob 17 years old, had a good rest and missed it twice!  It was only about 150 yards away, I bet w bear more people miss their first chance than any animal? 

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« Reply #48 on: April 27, 2015, 08:44:51 PM »
I saw earlier in the post look at the head for size which for sure do that. Bigger the ears the smaller the bear. But also look at how tall they look, a bigger older bear will have a lower belly and a younger bear will look taller. I have never hunted be a in spring but have shot 3 so far the past 5 years. Pretty much ever since I started get to more serious in my hunting and spending more time in the woods. Good luck to you all I hope you get one though! I wish the unit I hunt had a spring bear  >:(

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« Reply #49 on: April 28, 2015, 09:48:31 AM »

I've had to tag a few of them in those tunnels.  Makes for some real undy wetters :chuckle:  Pistol is the way to go in there.  I carried a 444 Marlin Trapper in the trees and a 1911 in the tunnels.  Both worked very well at less than 10 feet.  I hate to see animals suffer, but when the unexpected happens I love me some up close bear action.


What caliber 1911 do you use?

 

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