Wife and I took a blackie last night--first one ever. Wow, it was crazy up there, bears everywhere, and the grizz were never far behind. I was considering abandoning the bait due to the many Griz, but finally the blacks all came. I didnt know if I'd get this guy out of the woods. I yelled and banged trees for an hour to finally get a griz sow and her cubs off the area--the pucker meter was pegging 9.5!
Our bear squared 6'5'' and has a perfect hide.
All of the black bears (and grizzlies that have come in) had perfect hides.
Don't give up interior fellas, everything is a bit late I think.
Heres my gal with our bear....
Thanks to everyone on this forum who helped in this endeavor, advice, encouragement etc, we are so grateful!