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I have a story & a pic "if" I can get my puter to work! Wish me luck.


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I had the opportunity to hunt black bear for five days early this June. It was my first guided hunt & conducted by Icha Mountain Outfitters out of Quesnel, British Columbia. The slowest day still produced four bear one of which we considered a shooter. Sabrina Fraser was my guide this rainy day. At first, we had some trouble determining if the two tone brown bear moving away from us was indeed a black bear & not a grizzley. Uncooperative wind & terrain favored the bear & it was a short stalk & return to the rig. As you can see, our mode of hunting in this beautiful country was spot & stalk. I had the option to fill two tags, but I'm getting ahead of myself.

I ended up filling my 1st tag on the 1st day. Al, the other hunter in our threesome, had two opportunities at two different large boars but it was not to be (he was later to fully redeem himself). It was my turn up.

Mid afternoon, Stewart Fraser, my guide, & I spotted a good-sized bear slightly more than 300 yds down the road. We dismounted & got in front of the truck to break up our outlines. Pushing some 450 cartridges into my rifle, we crept along the brushy edge of the road. Each time the bear bent down to grab a bunch of grass or clover, we took a couple of steps forward. In a few short minutes, we were within 100 yds. So far the bear was oblivious to us & making it easier as it was moving in our direction. I hit the prone & decided to let the bear come closer. It had a beautiful, black coat & a decent-sized head.

When the bear was within 80 yds, I pulled the hammer back to full cock & released the safety. Stewart was whispering "not yet, not yet, etc". At about the 5th "not yet", the bear looked up, hesitated & turned sideways facing the center of the road. As the bear began to move across the road, another "not yet" entered my ear. Being prone, even as excited as I was, it wasn't difficult to keep the crosshairs where they should be. As the bear took another step & put its nearside front leg forward, the "not yets” turned into “now!". I didn't have to be told twice. The bullet entered behind the shoulder & exited through the far shoulder. The bear made it just across the road & expired inside the brush at the road's edge.

My bear turned out to be a medium-sized sow w/a nice sized head. Her coat, which Stewart stated was common for BC bears, wasn't the coarse hair I was accustomed to w/WA bears but much finer (well not exactly cat fur but a fine texture & deep). I was a happy camper. Meat is in the freezer (we prefer roasts & smoked bear brats) & the skin is at Fildalgo Taxidermy in Anacortes, WA.

I still had four days to fill my 2d tag & the remainder of the week was filled w/action for the three of us including some long stalks on brown & black colored bears. Al was to fill both of his tags w/a large, black boar & a smaller, beautiful cinnamon sow (I will try to post the picture later). The last three days we saw 6,7, & 9 bears! (we covered some country eh?). Icha Mtn Outfitter has exclusive guide rights to over 3000 sq miles. Stewart, Sabrina, & his other guides provide hunts for bear, CA moose, mtn caribou, wolves, cougar, and deer. I saw more bears than I had seen in several seasons hunting by myself. I sure learned a lot from Stewart as well. My 2d tag did not get filled as most of the bears were smaller or w/newborn cubs. I came to BC to get a bear & learn more about hunting this beautiful, smart animal & I went home happy. All the moose & mule deer we saw each day were just a bonus to a great experience. Needless to say, I'm trying to start saving for next year.
 

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Congrats... :)

I think your story would fit well in our "Marlin Moments" section...if you would like to have it moved there, contact Leverdude.

I fixed your posts by the way, added the story to the same post as the pic...
 

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Thanks Ridgerunner665, I need all the help I can get! Everyone can use someone who makes them look better eh? Hope to blood my new early 2000's 1895 Cowboy on a bear this gen season or next Spring.
 

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Very nice bear, congratulations.
 

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Well done.
 

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Very Nice bear and a great memory. The memory will last a life time.
 

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Thanks sideswipe, I contacted your outfitter today and awaiting word about their hunts for black bear. 8) 8)
 

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Sideswipe that's the way it's done. Shot mine in a hole 270yds took 3 of us 2hrs from the time we got to her to get back to the truck. Thanks for the post :)
 

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Congrats!! Excellent story! Nice bear!
 

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Good story, glad you had a great time in some of Canada's best hunting. Hope you can come back next year and have some more great stories tell and lasting memories. Nice to see the 450 doing what it was supposed to do.
 

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Congratulations Bruce, Nice Bear!!!!!
 

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janott said:
Thanks sideswipe, I contacted your outfitter today and awaiting word about their hunts for black bear. 8) 8)
Sideswipe,

They got a hold of me and man they are pricey $5,500 and you can take two but that seems awful high. I have not looked in to it anymore than that to see what else is offered but they more than likely they take good care of you. :-\
 

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Great hunt/story. Someday very soon, with Gods grace your story will be mine. I hope to have a bear skin to finish my man room.
 

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Excellent! There is no better place to hunt blackies and mountain griz than BC, as far as I am concerned! Northern Woodsman out of Prince George is a top-shelf outfitter as well.
 
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