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Re: An update on Wenaha - Take 3
« Reply #15 on: May 12, 2018, 03:03:36 PM »
This is so fun following along on your hunt, I feel like I was there.  Oh wait I was just there...thank you for sharing

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Re: An update on Wenaha - Take 3
« Reply #16 on: May 12, 2018, 03:57:19 PM »
Still sitting. Weíre all sunburnt sitting under a juniper praying that the clouds in Idaho and Oregon would head aí this way. Hahaha


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Re: An update on Wenaha - Take 3
« Reply #17 on: May 12, 2018, 04:16:51 PM »
This is so fun following along on your hunt, I feel like I was there.  Oh wait I was just there...thank you for sharing
I saw that! Congratulations. Itís hard work finding a bear, I am already imagining how much harder it is on the pack out!


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Re: An update on Wenaha - Take 3
« Reply #18 on: May 12, 2018, 07:06:57 PM »
Keep after it! 
The lazy do not roast any game, but the diligent feed on the riches of the hunt.

Proverbs 12:27

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Re: An update on Wenaha - Take 3
« Reply #19 on: May 13, 2018, 09:23:04 AM »
Day 1: We got in at 2:45, slept til 5:30, packed up and got to the camp Clearwater & my husband had set up from the day before by 11:30. Spotted a bear that first night across the river in the hillside at more than 700 yards. He looked like a grizzly in color, 250 lbs with a really wide head. He never moved more than 20 yards feeding on whatever these yellow flowers are up here. It was suuuper windy. Decided our best bet was to run down and try to cross, side hill, and see if there was a shot: nope. (Update: we have finally found a log to cross the river should we need to do so)

Day 2: Hiking back up the same ridge, I almost immediately spotted my bear from the day before. He was dead asleep on the end of a log. After looking at him for a while confirming it was the same guy Iím after we sidehilled to a nice rest. Itís REALLY hard to find a good rest to shoot across the canyon there when youíre a lefty. I shot twice and missed at about 600. He barreled down the hill, almost wondered if he was going to leap off the end into the river hundreds of feet below. I shot again at 530 yards and was about 1.5 feet too high. He quickly veered east and ran a couple ridges over. We waited and headed to where we could look back at him and eventually watched him flop down onto his side for a nice nap. It gave me plenty of time to build a GOOD rest and set up on him at about 526 yards. When I pulled the trigger I KNEW he was a goner... until the guy on the scope said it perfect... but was 10Ē high. Unfortunately weíve been guessing the difference in yardage due to elevation and at the last minute took the scope up one more click. I canít help but think ďif only..Ē but he took off like a bat outta down down down and back west until there was no sign of him. We spent the rest of the afternoon sidehilling to see if the change in angle would give us a view of him, if he was still around at all.  On the way out my dad spotted a huuuuuge cinnamon bear and radioed me saying it was ďunreachable.Ē It was a pretty good day despite the disappointing shots I made. My second ever miss.

Day 3: Iím sitting on top of the world. By some miracle I have cell service. Itís really hot and my socks are hanging out to dry as I type this. We have a pretty good view into large valleys/creeks on either side of us. Havenít seen a bear today, but weíll see what the evening brings. Will be sitting here glassing for another hour or so and will make a loop and try to hop onto another ridge that will drop us off a few miles off back at camp.

I should note that weíve hiked up south facing slopes as our research indicated... the bears weíve seen on both trips are on north facing slopes. Elevation: the bears are at several different elevations, unlike what we expected.


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Guessing the yardage?

Are you not running a range finder? Kestrel?


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Re: An update on Wenaha - Take 3
« Reply #20 on: May 13, 2018, 06:15:46 PM »

Guessing the yardage?

Are you not running a range finder? Kestrel?


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Not guessing the yardage. Using a rangefinder that doesnít have that ďtrue ballistic rangeĒ setting and at that yardage it probably counts for a lot more than youíd expect. So doing the math between my elevation and the elevation of the bear was tricky. Clearly too tricky. At least Iíd rather think thatís the case instead of admit I was shooting high. Ha.
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Re: An update on Wenaha - Take 3
« Reply #21 on: May 13, 2018, 07:07:57 PM »
Day 3 (Part 2): Too hot. I have a hard time believing the bear were that laid up that they didnít get active as soon as the temp started dropping. So, the consensus was that there were no bear where we were. Hiked down the next ridge and headed back to camp

Day 4: Did an AM hunt as long as possible, but by 8:30 the sun had risen high enough to roast this wet-sider enough to run back to camp. With the temperature reaching as high as it did we didnít expect to see much. We packed up camp and made the miserable trek back to the Sub. Took a bath in the Grande Ronde and looked for more sheep on the way out. Stopped for Lucy Tacos in Asotin. Talked about the wildflowers, the bluebirds, hummingbirds, goats, and sheep. Looked up how and why elk were reintroduced into the Blues, googled how the Blues came to be. Iím really happy with my experience so far. The only things  that I would change are my wet leaky boots, and make sure that we have one range finder that can range far enough AND calculate the tbr, because we had one with each and that just wonít do.

Iím not positive if/when Iíll be back. Iíve been really determined to get this bear, but I am not available to head back until Memorial Day weekend, which is when I expect other weekend warriors to arrive. I donít have much vacation time to take as Iíve only been at my current job a year. My pack mules (family, friends) are running thin, too. Iím so appreciative of the people that have come alongside me that have been so willing to help pack out a bear.

Iíve never felt so fulfilled by an experience where I very well may eat tag soup for dinner. Iíll update again if I get a chance to head over again. :)
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Re: An update on Wenaha - Take 3
« Reply #22 on: May 13, 2018, 07:47:00 PM »
Youíve got to go back and give it one more go. Thereís a bear waiting for you.

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Re: An update on Wenaha - Take 3
« Reply #23 on: May 13, 2018, 09:51:05 PM »
Edit: the bear I said was spotted by my dad was spotted by Cimmaron. Additionally, he got this sweet pic just through his sorting scope without an attachment...
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Re: An update on Wenaha - Take 3
« Reply #24 on: May 13, 2018, 10:02:56 PM »
Youíre going back.

I had a helllll of a tag last fall that I seriously thought was going to end up not getting filled. I went back. We found a way and filled the tag. Go back.
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Re: An update on Wenaha - Take 3
« Reply #25 on: May 14, 2018, 12:12:07 AM »

Guessing the yardage?

Are you not running a range finder? Kestrel?


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Not guessing the yardage. Using a rangefinder that doesnít have that ďtrue ballistic rangeĒ setting and at that yardage it probably counts for a lot more than youíd expect. So doing the math between my elevation and the elevation of the bear was tricky. Clearly too tricky. At least Iíd rather think thatís the case instead of admit I was shooting high. Ha.

Iíd definitely find someone with a rangefinder that gives true ballistic range. Otherwise youíd have to do trigonometry on the side of the mountain 😂😂

At those ranges your margin for error is small anyways.

Also, did you account for the elevation difference compared to where you sighted in your gun at?


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Re: An update on Wenaha - Take 3
« Reply #26 on: May 14, 2018, 05:40:11 AM »
That was the bear you shot at!.
 If I get a chance ill put up the other bear.

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Re: An update on Wenaha - Take 3
« Reply #27 on: May 14, 2018, 05:58:06 AM »
If you can, go back memorial day weekend, that is the time I always go when I draw.  Sometimes I see one or two people, sometimes I don't see anyone, you never know.  But I have had success on that weekend.  Good luck
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Re: An update on Wenaha - Take 3
« Reply #28 on: May 14, 2018, 08:33:44 AM »
At least you saw some!
We saw zero bear, 1 rattlesnake, and 1 tick burrowed in my leg.




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Re: An update on Wenaha - Take 3
« Reply #29 on: May 14, 2018, 09:42:33 AM »
I do have some time Memorial Day weekend, but not enough to hike into the Three Forks by myself. Thatíd be a long pack for such a little girl. Hopefully Iíll be able to access from the top by then. In the meantime, it sounds like itís my husbands personal goal to sight in the 7mm again. Lessons learned on  the east side. 😂

The photo is of the bear where I spotted him, hung out to dry on a log for the better part of an hour. It was around 8 AM on that north facing slope.
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