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Re: 2017 Bears
« Reply #25 on: April 19, 2017, 03:27:14 PM »
Passed on about a 250 pound bear opening day

Wow, that is a big bear here in WA, the average bear is 140 to 165.
I know that's a good bear for Washington, but I know what kind of bears are in this area Im hunting.  As for lord grizzly and Idaho guy think what you want.

sorry my comment wasn't directed at you. You only said a 250 pound bear which make me believe you probably did  pass on a nice bear. I just think its funny every time someone misses or just sees a bear in Idaho its always "at least a 300 pounder" Hope you get a huge one and post it up here. I will try to not derail the thread again! haha

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Re: 2017 Bears
« Reply #26 on: April 19, 2017, 06:38:13 PM »
My 10 year old son and I did 3 days this past weekend and had a great time. The roads are horrific in the Huckleberry unit, we wound up doing a lot of hiking and had a tough time making good use of our time because the few points and peaks with any fresh growth were very isolated.  The trip was amazing though, getting that much time with just my young son and I was priceless.  We camped in various spots in a 2 man tent, had lots of ice on the tent, froze at night, got blown off the mountain with hail and snow, and didn't see any bears.  And... he didn't complain once the entire trip.  Oh yea, we cooked "mountain man nachos" in the cast iron skillet over the fire. We burned the heck out of the chips and cheese but he didn't care.  He also pulled a #dudeperfect on the new world record ground squirrel haha.  Also, he wanted to get burgers at an "old fashioned" place on our way home. No problem!

We found where one bear had been out of the den, feeding in a very small isolated area.   That was the one bit of sign we found but it was in such a tough spot we couldn't wait on that point till dark without freezing thanks to the wind.

Hopefully we connect in a month when we get back up there.

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Re: 2017 Bears
« Reply #27 on: April 19, 2017, 06:42:31 PM »
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Re: 2017 Bears
« Reply #28 on: April 19, 2017, 06:47:40 PM »
Awesome stuff Flyguide.  :tup:
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Re: 2017 Bears
« Reply #29 on: April 19, 2017, 06:58:50 PM »
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Re: 2017 Bears
« Reply #30 on: April 19, 2017, 08:02:32 PM »
That is *censored*!  That's the way it should be done.
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Re: 2017 Bears
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Re: 2017 Bears
« Reply #32 on: April 19, 2017, 08:21:44 PM »
Got a good laugh at the squirrel photo. Trophy for sure, ha!


Cant wait to see some 2017 bears! I've had a few on trail camera so far but not hunting the spring season. Good luck!

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Re: 2017 Bears
« Reply #33 on: April 19, 2017, 08:38:08 PM »
 Awsome story dad and son. Good luck every one. Rick
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Re: 2017 Bears
« Reply #34 on: April 19, 2017, 10:01:28 PM »
flyguide, that write up and photos ROCK!!!  Very cool!

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Re: 2017 Bears
« Reply #35 on: April 19, 2017, 10:51:42 PM »
My 10 year old son and I did 3 days this past weekend and had a great time. The roads are horrific in the Huckleberry unit, we wound up doing a lot of hiking and had a tough time making good use of our time because the few points and peaks with any fresh growth were very isolated.  The trip was amazing though, getting that much time with just my young son and I was priceless.  We camped in various spots in a 2 man tent, had lots of ice on the tent, froze at night, got blown off the mountain with hail and snow, and didn't see any bears.  And... he didn't complain once the entire trip.  Oh yea, we cooked "mountain man nachos" in the cast iron skillet over the fire. We burned the heck out of the chips and cheese but he didn't care.  He also pulled a #dudeperfect on the new world record ground squirrel haha.  Also, he wanted to get burgers at an "old fashioned" place on our way home. No problem!

We found where one bear had been out of the den, feeding in a very small isolated area.   That was the one bit of sign we found but it was in such a tough spot we couldn't wait on that point till dark without freezing thanks to the wind.

Hopefully we connect in a month when we get back up there.

AWESOME pics fly. Very cool taking the boy out. Looks like a blast glad you guys had fun. I think I'll be hunting spring bear every year. Going to Idaho next year if I don't draw blues with 1 point.

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Re: 2017 Bears
« Reply #36 on: April 19, 2017, 10:52:38 PM »
Awsome story dad and son. Good luck every one. Rick

Rick really enjoyed blowing on that awesome sounding call in the wenaha! Hoping to connect on one with it

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Re: 2017 Bears
« Reply #37 on: April 19, 2017, 10:55:49 PM »
What elevation were you at duckslayer?

Sorry for the multiple comments should have multi quoted, but I started at 4,000 feet according to the forest service

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Re: 2017 Bears
« Reply #38 on: April 20, 2017, 08:25:00 AM »
What elevation were you at duckslayer?

Sorry for the multiple comments should have multi quoted, but I started at 4,000 feet according to the forest service
Thanks! My buddy and I were thinking about heading over to the Mt. View unit and we were wondering what the snow level looked like

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Re: 2017 Bears
« Reply #39 on: April 20, 2017, 08:30:04 AM »
What elevation were you at duckslayer?

Sorry for the multiple comments should have multi quoted, but I started at 4,000 feet according to the forest service
Thanks! My buddy and I were thinking about heading over to the Mt. View unit and we were wondering what the snow level looked like

I would go for it  :tup:

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Re: 2017 Bears
« Reply #40 on: April 20, 2017, 10:17:32 AM »
I hunted hard yesterday but saw no fresh sign.  I did, however, find a set of sheds.  Just the right size for my son.  :)

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Re: 2017 Bears
« Reply #41 on: April 20, 2017, 10:33:31 AM »
Sweet
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Re: 2017 Bears
« Reply #42 on: April 20, 2017, 08:31:12 PM »
Limbhangerslayers bear, nice one!!



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Re: 2017 Bears
« Reply #43 on: April 20, 2017, 09:48:02 PM »
Duckslayer the hike out of that hole is more than alot of  guys can handle.. Beautiful country this time of year. THats a tough spot to day hunt. Spend a couple nights down in there and your bear will show up. Hate to see that winterkill in there. Enjoy your hunt

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Re: 2017 Bears
« Reply #44 on: April 20, 2017, 10:03:05 PM »
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Re: 2017 Bears
« Reply #45 on: April 22, 2017, 08:29:48 AM »
Good luck to you on a great bear and a good hunt.

Thanks man. Did you draw a spring tag? If you did good luck to you. First time in the Wenaha/Blues. I'll be staying in Lewiston tonight if anyone is around.

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Re: 2017 Bears
« Reply #46 on: April 24, 2017, 07:25:12 AM »
Must be a slow year for the bear with the late spring?  When does it become more active with bear movement.  Thought I'd have seen a few bear on here by now.  I'm trying to save my time and money till later in the season but it's hard with a tag open. This rain is killing me.

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Re: 2017 Bears
« Reply #47 on: April 24, 2017, 07:52:49 AM »
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Re: 2017 Bears
« Reply #48 on: April 24, 2017, 12:19:02 PM »
Just got back from a weekend hunt(sw Idaho), we saw a sow with cubs and that was it.


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Re: 2017 Bears
« Reply #49 on: April 24, 2017, 08:15:43 PM »
Just got back from a weekend hunt(sw Idaho), we saw a sow with cubs and that was it.


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