Got the family out for Mem camping trip and did a bit-o-glassing when I could. Saw some griz, 'bou, ptarmigan, white lone wolf, fox, and more. Everyone caught some greyling in the creek. Tons and tons of sunshine.....perfect weekend. My son and I waited out a marble-sized hail storm under a tarp at 4800 feet.
My wife spotted the griz first and 45 minutes later the shot presented and I took it at 150-200 yards with a homemade 180 gr .300 RUM through the heart......suprisingly he ran about 80-100 yards with no ticker.
I had a good time skinning him and prepping the hide by campfire and lantern until 0430. Took the femur bones for fish bonkers....kind of a novelty I've been doing for a few years. I used my havalong piranta knife and did the entire hide with one blade; the face turning I did with a different blade.
His hide was tremendous. Blong and long....no rubs, long sharp claws, good sized noggin, and good looking teeth. I think he's pretty fresh out of the den; was skinny with no fat on his body; tons of muscle though - me and my buddy estimated him at 450-500 lbs.
Here comes another taxi bill.
I love AK.