Well....been a while for an update so i thought i'd rattle one off real quick here. did a hunt end of may with a client who'd fired his gun 10 times before his grizzly bear hunt, bragged about his shooting and wounded and lost a nine foot plus grizz at 200 yards even shooting off a rest. his buddy dropped a nice black bear but the trip was pretty sour due to this guys lack of preperation.
Next hunt, husband and wife. I flew out in the first load and we crashed...hard turn, stalled out, poured the power to it to try and save it, didn't work and hit the ground sideways and tore off the gear, bent a few things and pretzeled the prop. pilot and i were fine, as crashes go it was an easy one.
Next morning we were able to get on this breeding pair of black bears and both husband and wife dropped them with one shot at the same time. boom boom, two bears. hers is 7'6" adn his was right at 6'.
Two days later, we found this guy tailing a sow, and made our move on him, he mounted her and we ran like crazy while his eyes were rolled back in his head, they moved off and we kept on, finally found them and a quick one shot killed put this 9'11" bear on the ground, my biggest bear from unit 13 in 12 years, skull was 26 3/8". one rub down his spine, and a few broken teeth but other wise in great shape! client threw up twice on the stalk..sometimes you've gotta push harder than you've ever pushed to get something done.
Gotta have fun with them sometimes!!! wet willy style!!
bottom line to all this, is preparation will make or break your trip, would you rather be the first client who lost his bear because he didn't put any time into a huge invest ment. OR be the second client who practiced his shooting ALOT, got in shape and came out with a good attitude....and scored when it came time to act?!