Opening day we found ourselves glassing our hunting area only to play the 'hide and seek' game with a legal bull we only saw for a few minutes.
A buddy of mine had contact me prior to the hunt and we knew we were going to be hunting the same area and we had spotted them 1/2 mile away glassing the opposite hillside from us. As they were headed our direction to say 'hi', we were trying to get closer to seeing this bull we had spotted earlier.
Well, he was nowhere to be seen so we shot the breeze for a while until "BEAR!". Lumbering along was a very size-able grizzly bear. The wind was terrible, and he was on the move, so we just tried to head him off and see what we could see. We hot-footed it his direction only to peek over some brush to see him standing on his hind-legs peering to catch a glimpse of what he had already smelled. Back on four feet, he was gone, but we decided to go a bit furthur to see if we could catch a glimpse of him again.
Luckily our buddy, Kyle, stands a towering 6 feet and had a 'birds eye view' compared to our perspective. After we had spooked the bear and were going for another look, he happened to see the bull and his accompanying cow over the brush.
From 700 yards we put the sneak on him until we were within 180 yards.
From the kneeling position off shooting-sticks, my wife bagged her first bull moose and big-game animal. To say I was happy for her would've been a gross understatement. I was on top of the world and, man, what an experience to share together. Well done, Babe!! I am very proud her. She kept up the chase on the grizzly, wouldn't let me carry her rifle, went from 'bear hunting' back to 'moose hunting' in the blink of an eye, and made an outstanding shot on her first animal.
I'm looking forward to many more trips like this and hopefully she caught a little of the 'bug' as well
Fresh burger and roasts in the freezer....