you guys had as much fun as i did out there this spring!
my first hunt was with a return client of ours that was on his fourth brown bear hunt with me. we were a bit early and the weather was hit and miss, but i was able to find a nice boar just emerging from his den on day seven...i've always wanted to watch one actually kick the door down...didnt this time, but it was close! he'd just stuck his head out when i found him from a high vantage a couple miles away...he was groggy when we got to him and the wind hit my back just as we close the distance to a little over a hundred yards. he had just turned to bail when shane hit him the first time. he stopped moving 14 shots later. one of the toughest bears i've been a part of taking. i didnt need to shoot until my client ran out of bullets at 12 shots. two more made him quit getting up...some of them flop right over...this one wasnt one of those bears. the first shot was a bit low, and might have missed the heart, the third shot broke his hips enabling my client to keep shooting without my assistance until he ran out of bullets. this one just kept getting up! not just rolling and moving, but GETTING UP with multiple shots through the chest and a completely broken pelvis bone...tough.
this was shanes third boar with me that squared nine foot or better with one going 10'1 in the spring of 2009....the guy likes to bear hunt, and is a very humble, hard working, hunter. a joy to guide. i'll be taking the next generation of swiderski hunters on a bear hunt next year as his oldest son turns of age....kinda neat.
a bruiser of an old boar, and hard to beat in the country we hunt...high 27s on the skull (havent sealed him yet, but should got over 27 and a half) probably the oldest brown bear i've seen on the ground. the sharp ridge indicative of a young bear on the back of the canines was completely gone. this ridge gets worn down as a bear (apparently african lions are similiar in this regard from my research) ages and matures. until now i'd never seen on that was completely smooth with no indication there was ever a ridge there at all. neat old warrior with half a lip missing and one big canine completely broken and embedded in his lip. looked to have been healed for years (just a guess) but no doubt produced a dandy headache...if bears are aware of such things. i've got a hunch that there tolerance to pain is fairly high, and wonder often how much it really effects them.
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