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Offline SilkOnTheWetSide

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17 Miles
« on: August 27, 2017, 11:58:55 PM »
What a weekend!

FillTheFreezer and I had an area picked out deep in the Glacier Peak Wilderness to try and target some late summer bears.

Thursday started late with traffic and we hit the trail at 8 pm. We knocked out 6 miles in the dark and were up early to hammer out another 11 and all the gain.

We spent Friday and Saturday glassing our basin to no avail. Not even a deer to turn up.

We had an epic time regardless of a zero on bears.  We were up early this morning to try and beat the heat and start hammering down the 17 miles back to the truck.

As we rounded the corner and looked back at camp we realized that we had totally missed an insane sub basin with massive berries.

While we were remarking that we missed the boat, we noticed a black spot moving through the berries. We slammed the packs down, unstrapped the gun and got a range.

511.

I dialed my scope 2 MILs and got steady.

He was about to dip over into a fold at any minute and while I would have loved to give Scott another minute or two to get the phone skope setup it wasn't worth losing an opportunity.

I squeezed through the shot and heard the watermelon thunk as he disappeared into the fold.

I found him 50 yards from where I shot him piled up under a tree. Double lung.

Then the fun began.

We quickly quartered and loaded and started the grind. 7 hours, 17 miles, and 4000 feet of decline we finally hit the truck.

I'm not going to lie...I was a total wreck. I hit a pretty hard wall at around mile 14, and had to struggle to finish the last three.

We weighed the packs at the TH. Mine was 83 pounds, Scott's was 75.

It's pretty rare to have a hunting partner as bad ass as the one I do.




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Re: 17 Miles
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2017, 12:06:16 AM »
17 miles, what a trek! Good job!

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Re: 17 Miles
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2017, 03:32:18 AM »
Wow, great story.  Congrats to you both on a beautiful bear. 
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Re: 17 Miles
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2017, 04:47:02 AM »
Congrats!   You won't forget that trip, especially today and tomorrow when your muscles are screaming.

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Re: 17 Miles
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2017, 04:47:29 AM »
Nice bear!  Thanks for sharing.  :tup:
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Re: 17 Miles
« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2017, 06:28:08 AM »
Congrats and nice bear. Good job pushing through. Thanks for sharing


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Re: 17 Miles
« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2017, 07:00:34 AM »
Beast!! The trip in general. You two needs to send me the skulls!

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Re: 17 Miles
« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2017, 07:02:28 AM »
Wow!  I did half that distance and elev drop with my bear last week and I wanted to tap out. You paid the price. That's success deserved!

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Re: 17 Miles
« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2017, 07:10:11 AM »
Well done. 17 miles is a long haul even without a bear. You earned that one.
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Re: 17 Miles
« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2017, 07:46:46 AM »
Well done you two.  :tup: That is a long haul and a half! 17 miles  :yike: My bones are aching just thinking about it!
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Re: 17 Miles
« Reply #10 on: August 28, 2017, 07:49:53 AM »
Just 9 more miles and we call it a marathon! Nicely composed pics, and nice bear!

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Re: 17 Miles
« Reply #11 on: August 28, 2017, 08:08:41 AM »
Ouch, my legs would be jello!  Congrats, you earned that rug!!
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Re: 17 Miles
« Reply #12 on: August 28, 2017, 08:35:56 AM »
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17 Miles
« Reply #13 on: August 28, 2017, 09:15:47 AM »
feet look like hamburger. everything hurts. i think im ready to take up road hunting. i shouldve trained more this summer..

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Re: 17 Miles
« Reply #14 on: August 28, 2017, 09:22:00 AM »
I feel your pain.  Ive never shot a bear that was easy.   That's a haul.  Thanks for sharing
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Re: 17 Miles
« Reply #15 on: August 28, 2017, 09:37:56 AM »
Well done! Well earned trophy. Funny how quick things can happen just when you think you wont. Congratulations

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Re: 17 Miles
« Reply #16 on: August 28, 2017, 10:12:26 AM »
Way to go, boys. Thanks for sharing!!
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Re: 17 Miles
« Reply #17 on: August 28, 2017, 10:21:58 AM »
Here's the information from the biologist...(he had an ear tag)

Tagged 6/9/16 on Pole Ridge above Lake Wenatchee. At the time he weighed 230 pounds and was 175 centimeters long, 70 centimeters at the shoulder. Aged 11 years.

So a year later in a better food year 2 months further along in the feeding season and I'd say he was in the 250 range. Little more then I estimated him at.

He died a long ways from where they tagged him at. Pretty crazy how far they will travel!


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Re: 17 Miles
« Reply #18 on: August 28, 2017, 10:32:22 AM »
Great bear and story. You guys are animals!
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Re: 17 Miles
« Reply #19 on: August 28, 2017, 10:32:54 AM »
Awesome!
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Re: 17 Miles
« Reply #20 on: August 28, 2017, 11:17:23 AM »
Holy Moly, nice.  I can barely drive 17 miles anymore.  Oh to be young again.
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Re: 17 Miles
« Reply #21 on: August 28, 2017, 11:50:25 AM »
Great write-up and pics on a well earned and beautiful bear fellas! Thanks for sharing.

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Re: 17 Miles
« Reply #22 on: August 28, 2017, 12:14:10 PM »
12 yr old Hawg !  Nice.  Good Job LT  :tup:

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Re: 17 Miles
« Reply #23 on: August 28, 2017, 12:22:01 PM »
Great job guys. Nothing about harvesting a bear has ever been easy for me. I feel your pain. Can't beat that country over there!
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Re: 17 Miles
« Reply #24 on: August 28, 2017, 01:04:03 PM »
If you posted the gps coordinates and said there was another 250 pound bear back there, I wouldn't even think about it unless I had a helicopter. That's a great effort, guys.

 

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