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    Default First griz

    I took my 10 year old daughter up to the Denali Highway for some camping
    and bear hunting a few days ago and we had a very exciting time.

    By the end of the first we day had seen 12 moose and some small game.
    Nothing else. When we returned to my truck I found that I had a flat
    tire. I decided to wait until morning to change the tire and evaluate
    whether we stay or not. When I got up and changed the tire, my spare
    (original 8 yr old tire) was a bit low and I decided to try to limp it
    back to Cantwell with as much air as I could put in it with my little
    ATV pump. On the way back I pulled into The Gracious House at mile 82
    and Butch took great care of us. He could have easily taken advantage of
    my lack of planning out in the middle of nowhere, but he didn't. He
    fixed my tire and aired my spare for a cost I doubt I could have found
    in Los Anchorage. With my faith renewed in my ability to get home, I
    asked my daughter what she wanted to do, and to my surprise and delight,
    she wanted to finish our trip. So we headed back to camp and unloaded
    the ATV and went back to hunting.

    We put another 15 miles on the trails and hiked to the top of a mountain
    to look for caribou sheds. By 9 p.m. we returned to camp with no sheds,
    but we saw 5 caribou for the day, and not a single moose!

    As the day was winding down, I set up the tent and we were getting ready
    for bed. I was brushing my teeth and walking toward my truck after
    looking for the object that had flattened my tire. My daughter was
    walking toward the other side of the truck after emptying her bladder
    when a cow moose came trotting towards camp not 30 ft from where my
    daughter had just been. The cows head was raised high, eyes as big as
    saucers, and I think you could have fit a softball in her nostrils. She
    had a calf in tow and she was the definition of aggitated. I told my
    daughter to get in the truck and I pulled my pistol and that's when I
    saw the blonde fur trailing along behind the moose. I started for my
    back seat to get my rifle and the griz stood up in the bushes and looked
    at us. It dropped back down, trotted back in the direction it had come
    from and stood again. I raised my gun with adrenaline pumping and the
    scope cover was still on. The bear started running again and after I
    removed my blinder, brought my gun to my shoulder and bleated, it
    stopped and stood again and Barnes Triple Shock did fly.

    By now my daughter is standing on top of my truck as wide eyed as that
    mother moose, smiling and clapping.

    As you can see, my fist grizzly bear is by no means a record. Fur and
    Feathers said it's likely a 2 year old, maybe 3. But the hide is
    incredible and the event that unfolded right in front of my daughters
    eyes was an experience that she and I will never forget. Most nights I
    go to sleep dreaming about successful hunts as I'm sure many hunters do,
    but I could not have asked for a better hunt to share with my child
    (Well, maybe a 9 footer).

    Happy huntin'.
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    Congrats dude, what are your plans for the bear? I have a nice grizzly hide draped over my couch, very soft. Shot it in late fall.

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    Default Rug

    The hide is beautiful and thick. And well, since it's so small it will be fairly cheap as bear rugs go.

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    Yb I am picking up the small griz that I shot last fall from Trophy Tanning in Palmer in a day or so. Total charge for fleshing + tanning was $658. That's the best that I could find and still have good recommendations for the taxidermist. I dropped it off last October and they had it ready in February but lost my number.

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    Smile cool

    great story and yeah the story you and your girl have to share makes it all the better and pretty bear too great trophy in my book

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    Congrats, what a great experience to share with your daughter! My oldest is 8 and we have done some small hunts together, but nothing like that yet. I hope I can give her the same type of experience.

    The moose gods should be kind to you this year.

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    Most excellent outcome. Good Bear. My partner was there last week. He saw 16 Moose and 18 Grizzliles. Killed one bear. Great experience for your daughter. This is what every youngster should get to do. Congrats.
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    There is nothing and I mean nothing like sharing a successful hunt with one of your children. I still remember both my sons first bucks.. It was a long time ago but I will carry those memories forever. I saw a bumper sticker the other day that really hit home. It said something like Kids that learn to hunt and fish don't drug and steal.. So true

    CONGRAT'S!

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    Nice bear,I have one much like it and I made a rug from it.Its easier to fine a place to put a bear that size unless you have a very big house. Great to have a daughter that loves the outdoors and dad time,congrats

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    Awesome, awesome, awesome. Nicely done, Yogi. That has got to be supremely satisfying to do that with your daughter. I've just been able to share my first fishing trips with my one year old son, and I'm already dreaming of the day that I can share such hunts with him. Good stuff! Thanks for sharing.

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    You need a really big wall, or a really big couch to fit a 9 footer. Small ones fit anywhere. Good job!
    I can't help being a lazy, dumb, weekend warrior.......I have a JOB!
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    Default Thanks all!

    Something I haven't over-looked is the importance of spending time with my daughter while I'm still "cool enough".

    You guys are right about the size of the rug being a good thing, I have several walls that this rug will fit on. I can shoulder mount the 9 foot, scarred and rubbed monster moose killer. Dreaming.

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    Default Congrats dude!

    Yo Yogi, you got skills, patience, and not a beautiful griz rug with a shared experience you and your daughter can cherrish forever. I choose quality over size any day! You did forget one thing though; to thank your buddy for the spot. Love the pix and the story! That calf thanks you too.

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    Default Nice job yogi

    Couldn't agree more with cast and blast, especially the part about thanking your buddy for the spot,......Johny that is.

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    Default congrats

    My daughter got her first deer this past fall and now she is telling me that she wants to go after a bear and I can't wait to give it a try. From the sound of things, you are doing it right

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    Red face Oops!

    Sorry Yogi, I meant "now" a beautiful griz rug, not "not" a beautiful griz rug. I think that bear is as gorgeous as they come. Congrats again!

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    Default Congrats

    Way to go on a beautiful bear and unforgettable experience with your daughter. Sounds like quite an adventure. The rug will bring back the memories everytime you look at it.

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    Talking Thanks for clarifying...

    Cast and Blast.

    I was startin' to swell up and pout!

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    Looks like your daughter has a great smile on her face and both of you enjoyed the trip! Good job.

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    Exclamation Good Job all around

    . Awesome ;; Eliminated a moose eater and got a beautiful rug . But what may be even better is having your child with you . A lot of dads don,t realize that by sharing good quality time and experiences with their daughters , seriously raises the bar for the guys they will think seriously about when they grow up .
    And you killed a bear ,Congratulations

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