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    Default Finally got a bear!!!

    I should have posted this sooner, but here is the bear (my first) that I harvested at Cape Lisburne Long Range Radar Site this year. I took this bear on 9-22-07. We had been watching about 20 bears that have been around this year and I believe this one was the biggest. We have a choice up here of many bears and most people choose the blonde's which we have a lot of but the big ones are quite often dark like mine. I'm a happy camper with what I got and hope to next year find a good blond, I have a nice one picked out but it is not quite as big as this one. The hunt was pretty simple...we know every inch of this country up here because we live here year around and I had been watching this particular bear for quite some time and had decided this was the one I wanted. I saw him at daylight and watched him with glasses until I new what drainage he was headed up, then knowing that drainage, I headed around and up on our short road system that goes up to the radar. I jogged out to the area I thought he would show and couldn't have guessed it better, there he was 1000 yds away, so I continued jogging until I got the wind right and sat down and waited. I had a range finder with me and ranged a boulder that I guessed he might walk by on his way up the ravine. He hit that spot exactly and it was exactly 160 yds. I waited until he stopped and took my shot, it hit right where I wanted and the bear staggered down the hill, I fired again with my 338 Mag and he never moved again. You could actually see him from our camp at the bottom of the mountain and my buddy said he is really a tired bear, or he is dead . I'll try to post pictures. This bear squared out by our measurements at 7' 8"
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    That is a beautiful bear - congratulations!

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    Thats a gorgeous bear. I love those darker ones way more than the blondes. Congrats!

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    Nice bear! I like 'em dark, too, and love the battle scars like yours has on his nose.

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    Congrat, nice bear... Thanks for sharing.
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    Sweet! Nice bear & good for you!

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    Thumbs up That's a beaut!

    Thanks for sharing your story, that looks like some rough country. Beautiful bear!

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    Great story and that is one good looking bear!

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    Very nice Bear

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    Way to go! Griz and Brown Bear. The KING of North American Game! That is a beautiful bear. Good shooting also.

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    Nice looking bear. I like the contrast between the dark hide and those ivory-colored claws!

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    Nice job on a fine bear!

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    Cool bear, that's the one I would have shot too, with that dark color.
    Why are there so many hanging out around the station? Walrus carcasses?
    Must be caribou around there sometimes too, eh?
    I can't help being a lazy, dumb, weekend warrior.......I have a JOB!
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    Quote Originally Posted by martentrapper View Post
    Cool bear, that's the one I would have shot too, with that dark color.
    Why are there so many hanging out around the station? Walrus carcasses?
    Must be caribou around there sometimes too, eh?
    Lots of wally's, a couple dead whales every year, thousands of caribou in July, a few muskox, a hundred or so sheep, and what I think is there personal favorite thousands of Arctic Ground Squirrels. Add to that lush summertime vegetation and the dinner bell has been rung. People that come up to this area between Pt. Lay and Pt. Hope can,t believe the amount of life in general for such a desolate area. I love working at this spot. My Son and I are outside working the quarry and hauling rock 6 days a week 10 hrs a day and we both carry Swarovski Optics. He carries my 20 year old 8 X 56 binos and I carry the 10 X 42's, then of course the rifle has the trusty 4 to 12 X 56 Ziess, and also in the truck is the 20 to 60 X 80 Swarovski spotting scope. Trust me, we don't miss much when it comes to wildlife. And the pictures that I have taken with my Nikon D70 with a 200 to 400 mm lens with a 1.7 teleconvertor are fabulous and in fact I make a few bucks selling pics of the wildlife in this area. My Son got three nice Bou this year up here, and we have historically always taken a couple home every year. Here's a couple of pics of the bou from this year......


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    Default Cape Lisburne Caribou

    Here's a couple more pics from this year when the bou came through Cape Lisburne. It was truly an amazing sight.
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    Congratulations. Thanks for the story.

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    Sockeye, nice bear and awesome pics of the caribou!

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    That's incredible. I love the phtos!

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    Thumbs up

    Nice bear and thanks for sharing!

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    How about inviting us all up? Is the runway open to the public?
    I can't help being a lazy, dumb, weekend warrior.......I have a JOB!
    I have less friends now!!

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