My son Zach moved up to live near me this winter and he and I decided to head out to PWS to see if we could find Zach a bear and me some fish and shrimp for the freezer. Also wanted to try out a new 4 bladed prop and get some fuel and load data for our trip up the Yukon this fall.
I think we have enough gear to outfit an Army.
After we got to our spot we setup camp and got the Jet Ranger ready. I made an adapter to use with my portable compressor to top off the Ranger to 4 psi, the foot pump is way too much for me.
Got a great camp setup.
After we got camp setup we dropped our shrimp pots and grilled up some steaks for dinner.
After dinner I consulted with my WEATHER ROCK and since it was dry and not moving, we decided it was nice weather for an evening sit. We setup at our stand and did a honey burn, within 5 minutes we spotted a bear. Zach could have shot him, but I wanted a better look so we decided pass and wait to see what else came close. As dark neared we moved back out to the raft, as we were loading up I spotted a nice bear @ 95 yards. I dropped down and helped Zach get ready for the shot. I gave Zach the Okay to shoot and told him he was at 95 yards. Zach used my pack as a rest and fired, his Savage muzzle Loader belched fire in the low light. I was ready to back him up, but there was no need. Zach had put the 325 grain Hornaday FTX straight through his boiler and he was done and only took a few steps before a death moan echoed through the valley. I was swelling with pride as we approached his first bear, a beautiful bore.
Zach's first lesson was NOT to get too close to the scope while in the prone position.
We loaded his bear into the raft and returned to camp.
Quick breakfast and it is skinning time.
We assemble the tools for the job.
The meat hook sure makes it easy to hold greasy legs.
Nice shot placement and huge exit wound.
With the bear on the meat pole, it is fishing time. We pulled the pots and Zach dropped the jig and brought up a nice Greening. Since he was fatally hooked, I decided to add him and some shrimp to my ceviche.
Time to get dinner ready with all the doings done for the day and get some beverages on ice.
Fresh Bear and Shrimp on the grill!!
The ceviche is awesome!!