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    Default ....finally connected on my bear....

    .....put in my time; bears finally started hitting the bait 5 days ago...I kick myself for not ordering some of the bait balls from Jess(Baitem 907)...they would have come in sooner, if I had gotten around to contacting her- next year, for sure, Jess!
    -well, the bears finally found the bait; I was starting to give up on it; Terry kept reassuring me they would come in; he was right...we took turns getting in to the bait station; he's let me hunt it mostly- his work has him slammed from multiple directions right now;
    -enjoyed taking the kids in periodically; I wanted them to be able to watch the bears coming in-

    -just my luck that I connect on a decent one when Terry's gone working in Whittier...on the phone late last night I was ribbing him for conveniently missing out on all the work helping his honey with taking care of this bear !-lol-

    -brief initial post here , with a few prelim pics...more details later...
    -trying to get this meat packaged and in the freezer this afternoon-

    -to make a LONG story SHORT-(which Terry tells me is not one of my particularly strong qualities-lol-)
    .....I didn't have time to get my bow ready, or even get up in the stand-
    -18 yards away from the bait, they started coming in-
    -watched one for a while; started to quietly and slowly chamber a round in the .338 (Terry's Sako mod 61 ...I love that rifle, with the handy short barrel-)...
    -then, this guy came in and chased the first one off-

    -took a quartering away shot when it presented itself; he jumped, flipped, and ran ...collapsed 20 yards away-
    -I walked up to the bait, treked over to where he collapsed...-his whole neck and head were gone, wedged way down in a narrow ravine-type hole;
    -not a minute later, the other bear came back in to the bait;
    -so, I opted not to gut and quarter there...also, we seem to get brownies on our bait once we have a gut pile-

    -so I made a decision to drag him out whole and get him on the wheeler.......um; all I can say about that right now, is it took me a lot longer than I thought to accomplish......
    -an hour and a half brushing a trail down to the river bed, rolling and dragging this guy....I never felt so incompetant. -then, I started getting real mad; funny how anger sometimes can get things done-lol-
    -I felt like an African dung beetle rolling my prize back to the compound...-lol-

    -don't ask me how I got him situated on the 4-wheeler....I must have had some divine aid from my numerous guardian angels that felt sorry for me, and maybe wanted a good laugh-
    -it helped that there was a 7' drop down from the edge of the woods to the river bed-
    -then, another hour and a half lashing and relashing him on the wheeler, since he kept rolling and shifting every 50 yards as I picked my way over and around the huge rocks up river...
    -had 2 creek crossings that I was dreading; normally the wheeler and I are floated down stream for 12 feet or so, the creeks are pretty high right now-

    -made it to the trail; another hour chugging the straining wheeler to the house; the kids, which all had been autopilot for the evening, all came running out, yelling "Yes!...Yes!....it's about time, Mom!"-lol
    -that was the best part for me, I think-
    -got a few pics of me with the bear my 12 year old took, after I got home-

    -Terry called...he's looking forward to making the tunnel opening as
    early as he can, tonight; -can't wait to share with him.......even if he missed out on all the work........

    -a public message to my guy, Terry .....I love you, honey!
    -this bait station was a joint effort.....even though I was going it alone on this.....I definitely couldn't have done this without you and all of our efforts to work this station....

    -you were there...


    -kathleen

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    Congratulations.......& how did you do on your brown bear draw tag.....???

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    Default -some pics of my bear....bait station 2010, near Seward

    ...a few initial pics, for starters ....
    -a decent bear for the Kenai...and, great coat with no rubbing to speak of!
    ....I still am kind of miffed at how I got him on the wheeler, and home, by myself....
    -really made me appreciate the hard work when I finally rolled in the drive, though...
    -then,as you know, more work ensued the next few hours........

    -I can hardly move today....feels like I've been run through a hide tumbler......

    -I thank the Lord for this beautiful gift, and meat for our table-









    ........hey, I was having kind of a bad hair yesterday...and it had been raining a bit...try not to look too close-lol-
    ....a well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed....

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    Quote Originally Posted by AGL4now View Post
    Congratulations.......& how did you do on your brown bear draw tag.....???

    -Hey, neighbor!! ...how have you been??

    -I didn't fill my tag...
    -I am planning on posting a thread on that, anyway though...

    -thankyou for asking!



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    Default nice work

    way to get the job done

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    Nice bear...congrats!

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    Hey! Way to go!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by aksheephuntress View Post
    -Hey, neighbor!! ...how have you been??

    -I didn't fill my tag...
    -I am planning on posting a thread on that, anyway though...

    -thankyou for asking!


    well that was my question also... nice blackie though... good to see ya finally connected...
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    Looks like a great bear and sounds like your a very tough girl,Terry must be proud!

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    Default Yahoo, what a great Bear

    Wow, Kathleen, that is one great looking Bear, what a great post on the story of packing it out also. That looks like a pretty serious amount of "prize" to be "rolling back to your compound" Good Job

    You're the greatest "Huntin' Mom" I've ever heard of... pretty hard core to put it mildly.
    Thanks for the pics also, tell us more when you get a chance.
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    Great job getting your bear and dragging it out of the woods on your own plenty of people can't or won't do that!!!

    I have to say you must have some skill strapping down packs on horses or some such to get that bear to stay on the front rack. WOW!

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    ...thanks guys, for all your comments and encouragement and stuff!-
    -I was looking forward to sharing it with you all.....

    -and, I know a lot of you have already have gotten some awesome bears and posted threads...I haven't been in here but once, or twice lately..and only 5 min at a time,at that-
    -but,I am looking forward to slowing down a bit, and taking the time to read all of you guys and gals' bear harvests...

    -I got several video clips of my hunt; will upload them and post later-
    -a bit of clean-up going on here in the garage,at the moment....
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    Quote Originally Posted by broncoformudv View Post
    Great job getting your bear and dragging it out of the woods on your own plenty of people can't or won't do that!!!

    I have to say you must have some skill strapping down packs on horses or some such to get that bear to stay on the front rack. WOW!
    -...thanks, Bronco!

    -actually..........it probably got ingrained in my muscle memory subconsciously from the endless regimen of tying down crab pots on deck crabbing out in the Bering ,some fifteen years ago.......

    -and, after on the front of the wheeler, you can imagine how many times I had to stop, adjust,re-balance,and re-cinch this guy...
    -I almost didn't make it over the last creek crossing, and last hour home!...
    (btw...my initial post I mistakenly refered to dragging the bear to the "river"...it is actually one of the creek beds up in that area...I re-read and wanted to clarify...)
    -I found out that BEARS JUST DON'T ROLL WHERE YOU WANT THEM TO!!!- it is a perplexing mystery of physics!...-LOL-
    -I just don't get it!

    : last night, trying to push and roll this bear, and pull end by end little by little, was one of the hardest things I've ever done....to tell you the truth, a lot harder than even childbirth...
    -probably harder than a lot of the sheep hunts I've been on....
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    Dang! Great job. Those hind quarters look like they will be taaasty. Also some nice hair (both of you). lol

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    Sheephuntress,

    That IS a nice bear! Congratulations to you on your bear and persistence in your struggle to get him back on your own.

    Looks like I'm gonna need a guest invite to sit your stand next year. ;-] Many more black bears on your bait than mine.

    Pickings were a little slim this year.

    Stoked for you!

    Taylor

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    great hunt, great bear and great job!

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    Way to get it done!

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    Great bear, he looks like he was a fighter. Are those claw marks on his back and eye??? Well done, way to show the Alaskan get it done spirit.

    Steve

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    Congrats on the nice bear and all the hard work-WTG
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    ........hey, I was having kind of a bad hair yesterday...and it had been raining a bit...try not to look too close-lol-[/QUOTE]



    I cropped the bear out of the pic and use it as my desktop!!!

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