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Title: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bearpaw on April 06, 2019, 07:55:04 AM
Driving back from turkey scouting this morning I was thinking how amazingly unpredictable weather can be. If anyone would have ask me how I thought the spring hunts would go on March first I would have suggested that spring movements will be two weeks late. WOW, how weather can change, we went from hard cold winter to full blown spring in a few weeks, two feet of snow on March 1 in my yard to green grass growing on April 1. :o  :dunno:

It's a new and exciting season, birds are already breaking up good and hard into breeding, I have even seen lone hens moving around already. A month ago I was worried about our early bear hunts being too early, now I'm wondering if I should have booked more hunters early? So goes the weather guessing game!  :chuckle:

Daniel has the youth turkey contest winner out right now, they are after some birds they roosted last night. I checked some other roosts this morning so they have backup plans if needed.

We've been busy as heck, we have three new log sided cabins in one of our Idaho areas that are about half built now, Brian and Anthony are working long days between rainstorms and I am hauling building materials at all hours of the day and night to keep them busy in hopes that they are completed before spring bear season.

Tara has the cabins here in WA ready for the spring hunters and I'll start planting deer food plots this week, this is a week earlier than last year and the weather has been really warm, spring is such a pleasant time of the year, I can hardly wait for the general turkey opener.

We have a fairly busy spring season planned with hunters coming from most corners of the country, although I recently had some opening day cancellations I'm trying to get filled, got one of them filled, still looking for 4 more opening day turkey hunters.
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: Brushcrawler on April 06, 2019, 08:29:26 AM
I enjoy following this thread each year - thanks for taking us along on the adventures!
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bearpaw on April 06, 2019, 04:41:59 PM
The bird flipped Daniel the middle feather this morning and went the other way, they are out in the rain this afternoon hoping for better luck, I'll run and check some other roosts tonight for a backup plan if needed tomorrow morning.
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: TheStovePipeKid on April 06, 2019, 05:22:01 PM
I've gotten the middle feather more times than I can remember. Hunting in the rain builds character and propagates the outdoor gear industry. I'm anxiously awaiting the success story. It's great to hear about all the young up and coming hunters enjoying this wonderful sport.
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bearpaw on April 06, 2019, 05:40:37 PM
My Idaho spring bear was fully booked but I've had three hunts open up due to cancellations today, one hunt is already filled, the other two hunts still available are May 13-17. These won't last long. We get spring tags over the counter in Idaho, the hunt is $2950 plus 6% sales tax and $206.50 license/tag fees. Lodging and meals are included, this hunt is done with hounds, baits, and sometimes stalking. Normally 90-100% opportunity. A few photos from last year.
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bearpaw on April 06, 2019, 05:44:26 PM
I've gotten the middle feather more times than I can remember. Hunting in the rain builds character and propagates the outdoor gear industry. I'm anxiously awaiting the success story. It's great to hear about all the young up and coming hunters enjoying this wonderful sport.

The afternoon hunt was a bust, they just sent a text they are going to set up at a different property for the evening hunt. I'll go check some additional roosts this evening for a backup plan for morning.
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bearpaw on April 14, 2019, 10:59:46 PM
Had a busy week since the youth hunt, we have three new cabins close to completion for the Idaho spring bear hunts. We have about 8 acres of food plots tilled up, and we have turkeys scouted up and birds roosted for the turkey general season opener tomorrow. Hoping to have a few long beards hanging by the end of the day tomorrow.
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: TheStovePipeKid on April 14, 2019, 11:05:22 PM
Good luck! Remember, pics or it didn't happen.
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bearpaw on April 17, 2019, 09:30:04 AM
Pete was one of the first to tag out, here he is with his first bird. At age 80 I think Pete will also be our oldest hunter this turkey season. Congrats Pete! :hello:
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bearpaw on April 17, 2019, 09:40:00 AM
Mike has had great luck through the years hunting brids with us, he had already nailed one nice tom, this morning this tom and another loud mouth gobbler were traveling together, guide Ray called them in and Mike smoked the quiet one which leaves the loud mouth gobbler for another day. Great shooting as usual Mike!  :tup: :tup:
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bearpaw on April 17, 2019, 09:47:29 AM
Marci and husband Greg came for the opener to try their hand at turkey hunting, Greg nailed two nice birds early in the hunt and marci dropped two big toms this morning. These spurs are the best for the season so far, about 1 1/4 inch long. I'll try to round up other photos of the birds, here are those long spurs:
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bearpaw on April 24, 2019, 02:29:38 PM
Brian nailed a dandy gobbler, good shooting!  :tup: :tup:
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bearpaw on April 24, 2019, 02:32:15 PM
We've seen bear three times this last week, they are out early, I've only got two spring bear hunters this year and they can't come till late may. Wished I had some bear hunters coming sooner!
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bearpaw on April 24, 2019, 02:34:35 PM
Natalie dropped two birds with us again this year, she is becoming quite the turkey hunter! Congrats!!
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bearpaw on April 24, 2019, 02:36:11 PM
This is Natalia and Brooke with two birds, they each got one that morning. Great shooting!  :hello:
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bearpaw on April 24, 2019, 02:40:10 PM
Robert from Arkansas added Washington to his US Super Slam list, he got both birds on the forst day of his hunt with guide Ray. More great shooting!
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bearpaw on April 24, 2019, 02:53:35 PM
A wild turkey was caught roosting on the deck of one of the hunter's cabins. I don't know if this turkey survived?  :chuckle:
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bearpaw on April 24, 2019, 02:58:16 PM
Tim from Ohio finished his turkey grand slam with a Washington Merriam's taken with guide Ray. They has been seeing a couple of monster gobblers that Tim wanted to tie his second tag on, he passed some average birds but didn't get either monster, they are still here waiting for another hunter to put the hammer down. Good job Tim, I look forward to having you back for your cougar hunt this winter in Idaho! :tup: :tup:
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bearpaw on April 24, 2019, 03:05:21 PM
John returned again this year and nailed two jakes with one shot the first morning. Great shooting John, it was a blast hunting with you and Spencer again!  :hello:
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bearpaw on April 24, 2019, 03:16:54 PM
Spencer nailed a "Big Old Gobbler" after we did a perfect stalk. Then later in the day he smacked the "Gold Mine Gobbler" by the gold mine, LOL. Great shooting Spencer! Looking forward to seeing you and John again next spring!  :hello: :hello:
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bearpaw on April 24, 2019, 03:20:10 PM
Lots more photos to share when I get them rounded up and more hunters coming, we are having a great turkey season. Here's a photo of a blue grouse we saw a couple days ago. been seeing some ruffies too, hoping they have a good hatch this spring.
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bearpaw on April 28, 2019, 08:05:46 AM
Bear are out, yesterday Daniel watched a brown sow with two yearlings in the same area we've already been seeing other black colored bears. The colder weather today will slow things down a bit, but every warm day will garner more bear movement.

Turkey hunting is awesome this year, two more hunters started hunting yesterday, one hunter got two jakes first thing in the morning and the other hunter missed two toms later in the day, they only have a half day to hunt today so I'm hoping hunter #2 has better luck today.
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bearpaw on April 28, 2019, 08:19:25 AM
Brad from Maryland just left this morning. He's working on his grand slam, great guy, he hammered two beautiful Merriam's toms the first morning of his hunt. He says we'll see him again for another hunt. Nice going Brad! Thanks again!  :tup: :tup:
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bearpaw on April 28, 2019, 11:43:39 AM
Kellie got it done a short while ago, she nailed this nice tom and just delivered it to the taxidermist for mounting, congrats Kellie!
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bearpaw on May 09, 2019, 12:30:16 AM
Another 5 birds down for the last three hunters, having an excellent season. Also three bear down this week, we started bear hunting Monday first hunter nailed a big old boar we tried to get last year that we nicknamed "Baldy", he squared 6'9". A nice cinnamon bear got away Tuesday that we should have had. Then yesterday two more boar bear were taken so we are tagged out until the next bear hunt next week. I'll try to get bear photos rounded up.

Here's two of our most recent turkey hunters, Glenn and Tammy traveled from Ohio to hunt Washington Merriam's. Glenn nailed his two birds on first day so Tammy decided she wanted to try to get a bird, she got it done in style! Congrats to both of them.
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: Timberstalker on May 09, 2019, 05:23:56 AM
Squared at 6í-9Ē, thatís a big bear!
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bearpaw on May 10, 2019, 07:53:48 AM
Yesterday was another great day, 4 birds taken, this is the first In the morning, then also bear scouted while bird hunting the rest of the day, saw three bear tracks during the day, after we killed the 4th bird we saw a nice sized blackie a half hour before dark. We have a bear Hunter arriving this evening to start hunting tommorow, we will be looking for the nice blackie. This is the morning bird yesterday.
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bearpaw on May 10, 2019, 08:12:41 AM
Sitting in my office with my Hunter on top of the mountain listening for another gobble to go after. Right this morning we got busted by hens trying to set up on roosted cobblers, we backed off went after other birds. The next group was about 17 hens and two gobblers. We worked them for an hour or better, lead hen finally went the other way, of course gobblers filled, had to wait long time for them to get out of range, then made a move to where I thought they were going, got lucky and nailed one the gobblers, the other got away. Hopefully find another gobble soon or will go back and check on the birds we backed off of at daylight. Great shot on this bird.
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: CementFinisher on May 12, 2019, 03:30:27 PM
 :tup: congrats to all the hunters.
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bearpaw on May 12, 2019, 04:09:35 PM
The last four hunters only got 5 birds, one of them got two birds. We've been jaked out pretty much the last two days, probably seen 40-50+ jakes between the four hunters, one mature gobbler came in with two jakes and the hunter could not get a clear shot so he didn't shoot, another mature gobbler has no beard, bummer, so the hunter didn't shoot him either, they were only hunting for mature birds with all the usual turkey amenities! LOL

New hunter in camp got another good bird just before lunch today, a little over 20 pounds, 9 3/8 beard. That hunter is back out hunting for #2 bird now.

Daniel has a bear hunter out too, they have seen two bear so far but haven't had a shot opportunity yet. Hopefully that changes soon, the third time is a charm, right! :tup:
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bearpaw on May 12, 2019, 07:03:24 PM
A nice tom that Nick sacked up on Friday with a round of TSS at 43 yards. The TSS dropped that bird like it was a 20 yard shot. Congrats Nick!
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bearpaw on May 13, 2019, 09:12:58 AM
Here's a photo of Keith with "Baldy", we tried to get this bear last year and it never worked out, this year Anthony got on him with the hounds and he was the first bear taken. He measured 6-8 x 6-10. Congrats Keith on a dandy boar!
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bearpaw on May 13, 2019, 10:24:45 AM
The hounds got after another good boar the next day and ended up treed up in the snow, you can hardly see the bear in the tree but Nate managed to put a good shot in him and dropped him. This one was a 6 footer. Nice shooting Nate!  :hello:
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: BreezyBear on May 13, 2019, 10:41:38 AM
Very Cool!  The black one looks like the bears from Vancouver Island, huge and completely black!  Congrats to the hunters!
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bowhunterforever on May 13, 2019, 12:38:22 PM
 :tup:
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bearpaw on May 13, 2019, 02:32:14 PM
Another Berger Bullet Fail
Brian & Anthony started another bear hunt this morning. Brian got onto another big boar bear early this morning, this was a mean bear but the dogs finally got him up a tree. The lady hunter hit the bear perfect in the chest and the bear hit the ground running, the dogs on it's heels, the bear was wounded pretty good but went about 400 yards before baying up again, sadly the bear managed to grab one of Brian's best bear dogs and bit him badly and mauled him badly too. The bear went another 400 yards and bayed again, this time the hunters made it there and finished off the bear.  Upon skinning the bear it was determined that the bullet blew up after entry and only a few fragments made it into the lungs. I have a severe disliking for those worthless berger bullets, this is just another epic fail by a hunter using them! It nearly cost the life of one of our very best hounds! They are doctoring the dog now, we'll keep a close eye on him, hopefully he makes a recovery. The bear is right at a 6 footer, I'll get photos rounded up when I can.

Another Turkey Hunt Complete
Tom got his 2nd bird this morning with Ray, an 8 inch 2 year old, he has already packed up and left for his next hunt in Oregon and then Idaho after that. He said he wants to hunt Washington again and will be back. Thanks again Tom, it was our pleasure having you here for the hunt! :tup:
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: carpsniperg2 on May 13, 2019, 02:52:24 PM
Very sorry to hear about the hound, hope he recovers well.

I also have a strong dislike for them. At close range the bergers are useless. Lots of guys swear by them but I have seen to many first hand fails and to many horror stories from guys I trust. Lots of guys push them on here and they have there place but close range high velocity is not and they fail the majority of the time. They were not designed for high velocity impacts they turn to dust before getting into vitals. Lots of "one shot kills" and when you look at the pics plenty got multiple bergers. Very sorry your dog has to suffer over a poor choice in a bullet by the hunters.
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: BreezyBear on May 13, 2019, 06:48:43 PM
That sucks, sorry about the hound, maybe time for a 'No Berger" policy for bears
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bearpaw on May 14, 2019, 04:24:13 AM
First Washington Bear Hunt A Success
Dave hunted with Daniel, yesterday on the third day of the hunt they got it done. They had been glassing an area when Daniel heard a grouse fly, then a few seconds later heard a twig, then heard something step on a pine cone right behind them, he looked behind them and saw a pair of ears coming, he nudged Dave and whispered "There's a bear behind us", then a head appeared, then the whole bear, it was only about 10 yards behind them at that point, Dave turned and made a quick shot, whammo, nice boar cinnamon bear down! Good job Dave!  :tup: :tup:
(I'll post a photo after I get them rounded up)

WA Bear Hunt Available Now!
After finishing Dave's hunt early, plus we have a few more days until the next bear hunter arrives, we have room for another bear hunter this week if there are any WA tag holders wanting a highly successful guided hunt. Right now is the best hunting, spring broke fast and bear have been out for three weeks now, hunting will start downhill soon, don't wait, come kill a bear with us now. Bear Hunts are 5 days, can break it up over weekends if necessary.

Idaho Bear Hunts Available for 2020
We are booked full for this spring but have plenty of openings right now for next spring, in May or June, it's a one bear hunt with a two bear option, located in northern Idaho.

Turkey Hunts
Bird hunting will be good for another week or so then it will start fading fast, some birds are starting to shut down now, about a week earlier than usual. I have room for a couple more turkey hunters if anyone wants to get a bird or two this spring. We have only had 1 hunter who didn't get a bird the whole season so far and he should have had one. Most hunters have notched both tags. I also still have 4 hunts available for the opener next spring, these hunts are rarely available as most hunters rebook our first week year after year.

Contact Dale
Send me a pm or call 509-684-6294
(I'm often out of service most of the day but try to check in a couple times a day and will return your message or pm as soon as possible)
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bearpaw on May 14, 2019, 04:28:48 AM
That sucks, sorry about the hound, maybe time for a 'No Berger" policy for bears

 :yeah: No Bergers or Ballistic tips for close range big game hunting!
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bearpaw on May 15, 2019, 05:38:15 AM
Another good bear down in Idaho and a good one missed, two hunters are tagged out now, the third hunter swapped guns so hopefully he gets the next bear he shoots at.

Here's a photo of the bear taken in Washington the other day.
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: Machias on May 16, 2019, 09:44:53 AM
How's the hound doing Dale?

Nice looking bears and turkeys!!!!!
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bearpaw on May 16, 2019, 11:47:54 AM
How's the hound doing Dale?

Nice looking bears and turkeys!!!!!

We got him on antibiotics right away to prevent infection, he layed around for 2 days but is on his feet again today and moving around some, we think he's going to be OK. Hounds are pretty tough as long as you prevent infection and organs or bones aren't damaged. I'm hopeful he'll be able to hunt next week or the week after, we'll see.

Idaho
They got on a runner yesterday that outran all the hounds, lol. This morning they got on another runner that made some loops and mixed up part of the hounds but some of the dogs managed through the loops and finally caught it after a good long chase, not as big as the bear the guy missed at the bait but he was happy. All three hunters are tagged out now, dogs and guides can get a couple days of rest before the next group arrives.

Washington
Another mature bird down yesterday, Clint filled both tags early and had most of a day and night to relax before his flight home to Utah this morning. Started another hunt this morning, a couple hunters from California, my fingers are crossed for continued success. We've noticed some of the birds are starting to shut down, some mornings they aren't gobbling at all, but we are still pretty confident we'll notch tags.

Clint's two birds...
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bearpaw on May 16, 2019, 06:25:59 PM
Tom came from Tennessee to work on his slam. His first bird was a little buff and he was hoping for a nice white one. My wife spotted a nice looking bird she told us about so the next day we put tom in a blind close to where we thought the bird might be, it worked out perfectly, his second bird was really nice and white, he was a happy camper, congrats Tom! :tup:
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bearpaw on May 16, 2019, 06:35:33 PM
Tim from Alabama is working on his US Super Slam, he didn't get two birds but this one got the job done, good shooting Tim!  :tup:
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: Machias on May 16, 2019, 07:17:55 PM
Glad to hear he is healing!

Nice looking birds!!!!
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: Gringo31 on May 17, 2019, 05:59:59 AM
Congrats Dale on what looks like a good spring.  Thanks for sharing your stories!
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: MooseZ25 on May 17, 2019, 06:17:53 AM
That sucks, sorry about the hound, maybe time for a 'No Berger" policy for bears

 :yeah: No Bergers or Ballistic tips for close range big game hunting!

Berger bullets were never designed to be a close range bullet.  Next time have them back off to 500 yards. :chuckle:
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bearpaw on May 17, 2019, 11:56:43 AM
Congrats Dale on what looks like a good spring.  Thanks for sharing your stories!
Thanks, the economy is strong, we've had more turkey hunters than any year since George Bush was president, we'll be busy this fall too.

That sucks, sorry about the hound, maybe time for a 'No Berger" policy for bears

 :yeah: No Bergers or Ballistic tips for close range big game hunting!

Berger bullets were never designed to be a close range bullet.  Next time have them back off to 500 yards. :chuckle:

 :yeah:  :chuckle:
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bearpaw on May 21, 2019, 03:48:04 AM
Started another bear hunt yesterday, we got on this blackie at 50-60 yards around 11am, Bill pulled the trigger, the bear just about flipped over backward and disappeared down the steep canyon. I tried to follow where we saw it go, but saw no blood and no tracks. I figured it went straight down into the creek bottom because it was hit hard, I hit the bottom and started working my way down stream, still no sign at all. I searched all over for nearly an hour then went back up to where we started and where Bill was waiting. I told him I wanted to up the creek drainage further so I angled back down but upstream. I was nearly in the bottom again and I spotted the bear still alive in the creek bottom and mud. The bear was dragging it's back end so I hollered at Bill and he made his way there as quick as possible and finished off the bear. It looked like a wet rat so I just snapped a photo of it alone and headed for the road down canyon. We got it loaded up and headed home. When we got home we washed off the mud with a garden hose and let it drip dry for a while, then took the leaf blower to it and gave it a shag! LOL We got some better photos with clean hair!  :chuckle:
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: Skyvalhunter on May 21, 2019, 05:12:35 AM
Very nice congrats to the hunter
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bearpaw on May 21, 2019, 08:47:42 PM
Bill and I went to the taxidermist today to drop off his bear, they have one of the big bear almost done that was killed on our Idaho spring bear hunt last year. The skull measured 20 12/16 and the mount is taller than me. It's a pig of a bear, but I should have taken the photo from a different angle, the bright light made the bear in the photo look darker than the it really is. LOL sometimes I swear I forgot everything I should know about taking photos!  :chuckle:
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bearpaw on May 21, 2019, 08:53:14 PM
Two more bear down in Idaho today with the hounds. One was 5-9, the other was 5-8, both a little better than average, both killed by young hunters, their fathers brought them bear hunting. No photos yet, but I'll get them when I can!
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: idaho guy on May 21, 2019, 09:31:24 PM
Some nice bears so far! Mounted bear is pretty awesome
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bearpaw on May 24, 2019, 11:15:26 AM
From one of our last hunts, Joe brought his son Frankie hunting:

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Hi Dale, your son Brian and Anthony are 2 of the best hunting guides in north Idaho. My son Frankie and I will never forget our hunt. Joe
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bearpaw on May 24, 2019, 11:28:10 AM
Another nice boar caught with the hounds.
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bearpaw on May 24, 2019, 11:35:32 AM
Dogs have been doing great this year, but we had another mishap, one of the best males ripped a tendon so he's out for the season. The hound that got mauled by the bear is doing pretty well but we think he might have a hernia from it, he has a lump on his belly, so it may require surgery, we are watching it closely.
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: wheels on May 24, 2019, 12:19:25 PM
awesome bears
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: Machias on May 24, 2019, 01:25:29 PM
Having a great spring Dale, sorry to hear about the hound with the tendon issue.  Glad the other one is healing up.
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: TheStovePipeKid on May 24, 2019, 03:38:44 PM
Lots of happy faces, and a few candid ones too. What a great year do far. Those dogs sure are getting into the hunting spirit this year. Be safe out there.
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bearpaw on May 29, 2019, 07:59:12 AM
After Cameron got the last bear with the hounds his dad Robert nailed the next bear over bait, congrats to both of them! Here's the message I got back from Robert:

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Hi Dale,
I just wanted to let you know my son and I had a fantastic time hunting with Bryan. As always, he is very professional, an excellent guide and a great guy. Anthony and Jentry did a great job too. Thanks for such a great experience. God bless.
Robert

Ps: I have now been out with a handful of other outfitters and you are the best!
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bearpaw on June 01, 2019, 05:55:54 AM
This was the week of smaller bear, all week the guys were seeing small to medium bear, it was like all the big boars went into hiding. Finally yesterday morning Brian and Anthony got onto a big boar and Nick nailed this chocolate that squared 6'8" and scaled 310 which is pretty good weight for a spring bear. Nick dropped him with his 28 Nosler. Ruby even got in on the action with the hounds, she's in one of the photos but looked away just as the photo was taken. I think Nick is getting a lifesize done, this boar should make an impressive mount! There's some good distance between the ears, I'm curious what his head will measure.
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: Timberstalker on June 01, 2019, 06:00:09 AM
Nice bear!
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: idaho guy on June 01, 2019, 09:17:36 AM
Did you get the big bear treed with just the 3 hounds? I only saw 3 impressive either way
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: Machias on June 01, 2019, 08:35:42 PM
Beautiful bear!!!

Side Note Dale, do you know Leon Brown, from Clark's Fork Outfitters?  Going around on several hound pages, he's in ICU in Spokane after a bad accident, broken back, neck and pelvis.
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bearpaw on June 02, 2019, 04:31:18 AM
Beautiful bear!!!

Side Note Dale, do you know Leon Brown, from Clark's Fork Outfitters?  Going around on several hound pages, he's in ICU in Spokane after a bad accident, broken back, neck and pelvis.

Yes we know who Leon is, Brian was just talking to him a couple weeks ago. Dang, I wonder what kind of accident? Sure hope he'll be OK!
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bearpaw on June 02, 2019, 05:13:14 AM
Did you get the big bear treed with just the 3 hounds? I only saw 3 impressive either way

This one did go up a tree, there was about a half dozen hounds, we usually tie 3 dogs at a time back with one leash and a triple coupler! Some of the big bear have to be shot on the ground, they won't climb, that can be pretty hairy, last year one big boar picked out and charged Brian, he had to run, LOL. Interestingly, the biggest bear I ever caught, about 30 years ago, treed with only three dogs. Here's a couple more photos of this last big bear!
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: Timberstalker on June 02, 2019, 06:15:53 AM
Wow!  He was in great shape!
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: idaho guy on June 02, 2019, 08:15:13 AM
Did you get the big bear treed with just the 3 hounds? I only saw 3 impressive either way

This one did go up a tree, there was about a half dozen hounds, we usually tie 3 dogs at a time back with one leash and a triple coupler! Some of the big bear have to be shot on the ground, they won't climb, that can be pretty hairy, last year one big boar picked out and charged Brian, he had to run, LOL. Interestingly, the biggest bear I ever caught, about 30 years ago, treed with only three dogs. Here's a couple more photos of this last big bear!


 :tup: great bear I didnít think that big guy would tree with just 3 if at all. Thanks!
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: Limhangerslayer on June 02, 2019, 09:13:26 AM
Great bear, congrats!
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bearpaw on June 02, 2019, 11:16:10 PM
Cade nailed a dandy blackie at 102 yards on the second day of his Washington spring bear hunt today. Two other bear were spotted earlier but he couldn't get a shot, this third bear was the best anyway, luck was on your side Cade, nice going, excellent bear!  :hello:
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bearpaw on June 03, 2019, 04:03:12 PM
John killed his Washington bear today, they saw a cinnamon earlier but couldn't get a shot, then this black one walked out. John drilled him with his 7mm Rem Mag, the bear was hit hard but had to be tracked for about 600 yards, it was barely (pun intended) bleeding, sometimes no blood for 50 yards, guide Ray did an excellent job tracking and they finally found the bear. Congrats John, well done!
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bearpaw on June 03, 2019, 05:00:18 PM
I forgot to mention, this last WA bear was chewed up from apparently fighting. He had canine holes in his rear leg and front leg, the rut is on, I think he's been fighting other bear.
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bearpaw on June 03, 2019, 05:11:51 PM
With the rut kicking in we've been finding more boars again. Here's another nice boar caught with the hounds in Idaho, Logan drilled him with his trusty lever action. Congrats to Logan!
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bearpaw on June 05, 2019, 05:20:19 AM
Another dandy Idaho bear, we've really been finding some good bear this year. Logan's dad Jon nailed this one on bait the second day of their hunt and they are both done hunting with nice bear to take home. Congrats to both of them! :tup: :tup:
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: Machias on June 05, 2019, 07:51:08 AM
Great looking bears!!
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: RB on June 05, 2019, 08:00:18 AM
Wow nice Bears!  :tup:
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bearpaw on June 16, 2019, 03:19:14 PM
Another fun week of bear hunting!

A husband and wife (Marshall and Leigh from Louisiana) had been on a disappointing hunt last year in Montana, I convinced them we could provide a better hunt so they booked hunts. They were the first hunters to fill their tags this week and headed for home the next morning. Along the way they called and thanked us for such a good hunt and asked if the young boy had got a bear yet, they said they sure hoped he got one because he was such a nice kid. We also had a grandpa and grandson (Joe and Jacob from Ohio) hunting this week, I told them the boy had killed a bear the same day they left and that the grandpa was still hunting.

The next day the guides got on a big bear with the hounds that didn't want to tree and went into some really big country. Joe was unable to get into that country so Brain headed in after the dogs, the dogs finally treed the bear and Brian got to the tree but it was too remote for Joe to get there, Brain watched the bear come out of the tree in the middle of the dogs and had to let it go. He said it was a good one!

Brian got back out with the three hounds in the afternoon, everyone was exhausted that evening and Joe opted to get rested up for the next day rather than hunt bait that evening. Unfortunately the next morning was a bust, they didn't find a bear to run with the hounds. Joe was down to the last hunt that evening, they took him to a promising bait and he killed an average sow bear early that evening. We didn't kill any real big bear this week but it was another great week of bear hunting and there are four happy hunters headed home with smiles on their faces.

The pics are of Leighs young boar that Brian treed with the hounds. Congrats, nice shooting Leigh!
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: Twispriver on June 16, 2019, 05:32:26 PM
For those folks with a long way to travel do you/they cut and freeze the meat before they leave?
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bearpaw on June 18, 2019, 11:23:30 AM
The majority of hunters from far away fly. If we freeze meat overnight and put it in a cooler it's still usually froze solid when you get home. Some people who drive across the country bring a generator and freezer, or they just plug in at a motel at night when they sleep, and some use dry ice. A few hunters don't want their meat, we get a fair amount of meat donated each year, I have a short list of people who like to get meat donations.
Title: Re: Bearpaw Season - Spring 2019
Post by: bearpaw on June 18, 2019, 11:25:28 AM
Tommy from Kentucky dropped a blackie on the first day he hunted and this morning filled his second tag with a color phase. Great shooting Tommy!

(overall we've had much better shooters this year)