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Re: Wyoming Super Cruiser
« Reply #50 on: June 04, 2017, 10:12:09 AM »
My buddy who has much more bear experience than me, tells me that bears are tough and can go a long ways even with a good hit (thus the need to break down the shoulders) and that all that hair absorbs blood like a sponge.  We both spent a restless night waiting for morning light. 

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Re: Wyoming Super Cruiser
« Reply #51 on: June 04, 2017, 10:16:04 AM »
After some breakfast, we saddle the horses, a pack mule (thinking optimistically  :)) and make our way back up the mountain.  In the daylight, we are able to find a much easier path this time and ride the horses without danger.  We tie the animal up about 100 yards from the spine and resume our search.  We start looking for hair and blood at the location of the shot.  None.  We start looking for a bullet crater in the event I had missed.  None.  Hmmmm.

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Re: Wyoming Super Cruiser
« Reply #52 on: June 04, 2017, 10:21:46 AM »
We fan out and start moving down the last known travel route of the bear.  After about 25 yards of careful tracking I hear a manic "hey I've got a bear over here...you better get over here!!!  Now my mind interpreted this as I've got a live bear over here so with the rifle in the high ready I hustle in his direction repeating "where?, where?".  I now catch sight of my buddy and can tell he's looking at the base of a nearby tree surrounded by a 4' deep snow drift.  As I approach I can see the mound of a bear at the base of the tree.  We carefully approached together and it became obvious that the bear was dead.

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Re: Wyoming Super Cruiser
« Reply #53 on: June 04, 2017, 10:28:04 AM »
We celebrated and I gave thanks to the Lord for helping us find this bear.  It was all we could do to pull him out from under the tree and up onto the hill.  The shot had impacted in the right shoulder, took out the lungs and exited just aft of the ribs.  The bear died quickly.  We had been within 20 yards of him last night but had walked around him in the dark.  The only blood to be found was in the location where he lay.

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Re: Wyoming Super Cruiser
« Reply #54 on: June 04, 2017, 10:31:04 AM »
So thankful for this beautiful bear

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Re: Wyoming Super Cruiser
« Reply #55 on: June 04, 2017, 10:42:25 AM »
Wow ! Great write up and nice bear !! Congrats

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Re: Wyoming Super Cruiser
« Reply #56 on: June 04, 2017, 10:47:49 AM »
That's a once-in-many-lifetimes blackbear.  Congratulations and thank you for such a great write up.  Curious as to how the sausage tastes on an old boy like that??

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Re: Wyoming Super Cruiser
« Reply #57 on: June 04, 2017, 10:48:17 AM »
Beautiful Bear! Congratulations!
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Re: Wyoming Super Cruiser
« Reply #58 on: June 04, 2017, 10:53:59 AM »
We packed meat and hide down to the horses. It was a bit of a mountainside rodeo convincing the mule to shoulder this bear but he finally calmed down and accepted the smell of danger.

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Re: Wyoming Super Cruiser
« Reply #59 on: June 04, 2017, 11:00:22 AM »
After laying eyes and hands on the bear it became obvious that a lifesize body mount is the only way to honor this creature. That wasn't in the budget but Dean is willing to work with me to make it happen. The hide when stretched from nose to tail measures 7'4" and the skull SCI greenscored right at 20". The biologist in Jackson estimates him at 15 years but maybe older. One of his canines used for aging was missing but they were able to extract one for lab analysis. I will find out the exact aging results in a month or two. He is a bruiser with one ear split clean in half and the left upper inscisor tooth pointing forward at about 45 degrees from a past broken face bone. Pretty amazing.

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Re: Wyoming Super Cruiser
« Reply #60 on: June 04, 2017, 11:09:09 AM »
That's a great bear!  Can't wait to hear even more details on our next hunting trip.

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Re: Wyoming Super Cruiser
« Reply #61 on: June 04, 2017, 11:19:40 AM »
Congrats on a great hunt and magnificent bear!
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Re: Wyoming Super Cruiser
« Reply #62 on: June 04, 2017, 12:01:16 PM »
Thanks guys! Still a little surreal. Thankful, honored, humbled.

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Re: Wyoming Super Cruiser
« Reply #63 on: June 04, 2017, 01:36:38 PM »
Amazing bear and a wonderful write up, thank you so much for sharing, and congrats!!

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Re: Wyoming Super Cruiser
« Reply #64 on: June 04, 2017, 01:37:51 PM »
Glad I tagged along....Great story and even better bear!!!  Thanks for sharing. 

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Re: Wyoming Super Cruiser
« Reply #65 on: June 04, 2017, 02:14:03 PM »
My heavens!  What a bear!
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Re: Wyoming Super Cruiser
« Reply #66 on: June 04, 2017, 03:26:34 PM »
Awesome...thanks for sharing.   :tup:
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Re: Wyoming Super Cruiser
« Reply #67 on: June 04, 2017, 04:15:58 PM »
Outstanding

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Re: Wyoming Super Cruiser
« Reply #68 on: June 04, 2017, 04:20:24 PM »
Incredible bear. Did you get a girth measurement?

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« Reply #69 on: June 04, 2017, 04:33:38 PM »
Incredible bear. Did you get a girth measurement?
Thank you. No we did not get any girth measurements. In hindsight that would have been interesting data. He is definitely a big fatty especially for an inland springer.

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Re: Wyoming Super Cruiser
« Reply #70 on: June 04, 2017, 05:02:48 PM »
I had to come back and look at him again. What an incredible animal.
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Re: Wyoming Super Cruiser
« Reply #71 on: June 04, 2017, 05:29:24 PM »
Thanks man. I keep looking at him too. Still amazed.

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Re: Wyoming Super Cruiser
« Reply #72 on: June 05, 2017, 08:35:43 AM »
What a TOAD of a bear!!!  Beautiful bear.  Fantastic write up and congrats on one of the nicest bears I've seen taken.  Thank you for sharing the hunt and the photos!
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Re: Wyoming Super Cruiser
« Reply #73 on: June 05, 2017, 08:46:42 AM »
Congrats!! That is a massive bear.  Showed my wife and she couldn't believe how big it was.  Awesome write up too.  :tup:
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Re: Wyoming Super Cruiser
« Reply #74 on: June 05, 2017, 09:40:07 AM »
That is a dandy!  Congrats..., imagine how huge that bruiser would be just before he heads in for hibernation!   :yike:

 

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