I took Galen across the bay to look for bears early this morning. We anchored the boat off shore, and hiked up above the trees to snowline. Started our hike about 9:30.
Took us about 1 1/2 hours to get up, we saw one bear in the brush and berries near the top, but at 100 yds we couldn't tell if it had cubs or get a shot anyway, and the bear vanished.
We got up to a good vantage, and spotted a bear at 350 yds, but no place we could approach.
The sun came out, and I spotted a bear at about 800 yds , moving away. Made a couple squeals on a predator call and it put the brakes on and headed right for us. After about 30 minutes and numerous squeals later it showed up at around 250, coming for us. Galen rested his gun on my pack, and at 150 he shot and missed, but the bear didn't react, and kept coming. Galen took his time, and the next chance he had he took, taking the bear at 110 yds with one shot from his 7mm-08. He broke both shoulders and took a lung, and the bear dropped in it's tracks. He was shooting 140 gr ballistic tips.
He shot it about 1:15, and we had it skinned and boned and started down at 3:00. 2800 vertical feet and 2 hours later we were back on the beach, and home by 6:30.
Had a coyote come to the call too, and saw another bear on the way down.