Got above treeline and drew blood

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Went for a haymaker of a trip with my two boys and my dad and brother. What looked to be a simple exploratory trip turned out to be a full on climb up into the mtns. After one chewed up prop and alot of sweat and bug swatting we set up camp. Two little boys eyes wide open all night wanting stories kept me from sleeping! next day we finished off our hike to the top and cleared treeline about the same time the sun cleared the clouds. My youngest decided to garuntee us that we had a 99.9% chance at seeing a bear if we stayed there all day. well, 10am, magic hour, a long sow black bear stepped out right beside us and directly down wind. she didn't stay long and began to disapear into the brush, with no time for my boy to get set up for a shot he told me to shoot. Our little 243 at 150 yards dropped the bear after a 50 yard run into the brush. she squared right at 6'6" and skull was sealed at 16 5/8ths. Hide was in amazing shape. We seen four black bears, four caribou and a moose with fresh twin calves that afternoon.
We headed back to work our way down the mtn to the boat just as the next two days of pouring rain set it. another soaked buggy walk to the boat, a night on the sandbar and the prop made it all the way home!!
 

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That's fantastic! Kids will remember that the rest of their lives. Single or twins on your motor? Reminds me I need to spares as well. Great story...
 

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Looks like fun! Love the pic of the kids!!! I am impressed with the hair coat on her.

I know everyone has their own way of measuring a bear, and it is hard to judge by a photo... but if I had to guess from looking at her I'd quess she is somewhere in the 5'8" squared measurement :)
 

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i measured it with my old guide tape measure!! it said 7'2" but i knocked it back to 6'6" just to be modest. but your right, everyone on here could measure it and get something different. which is why i posted the skull measurement (which seemed larger for a sow as well). its also getting late enough in the spring where the hides are loose and come off bigger than they look. but i thought 6'6" seemed big too...but that wasnt' really the point of the post. lets split the difference and say 6' even...how's that sound to everyone?!
 

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i had to sell the 416....great now i'm not gonna be able to sleep tonight....thanks for reminding me!! ahhhhggg
 

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i had to sell the 416....great now i'm not gonna be able to sleep tonight....thanks for reminding me!! ahhhhggg




Sorry for your loss. I know that she will be missed, but you will always have the memories.:flowers:
 

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Looks to me in a few more years they will be hauling packs like dad and talking you back into the job you love. Congrats.
 

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Awesome! Good stuff. Glad you guys were successful. Making some great memories.
 

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I sure hope my daughters meet boys like that. Keep raising em right. I'll need a good strong son when I'm old.
The Ruger Alaskan .416 has won my heart. While not as slimming as your NULA it's affordable and durable.
Now get that thing fleshed salted and dried, you got fishing to do.
 

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its fleshed salted and sold. changing the prop today and will be all set for dipnetting next time off the slope.
I hope they talk me back into guiding....they carried their own packs up and back off that mtn, made them carry their own gear. i was impressed, they did a bang up job! even on three hours of sleep they made the hike back out, they were hurting, but they made it. the oldest (10) even took the water bag down the hill several hundred yards to get us all some water, carried it back by hisself. they complain more at home than they do in the mtns....lol just like dad! :)
we did stop and have a fire, heated a can of spaggeto O's in the drizzling rain, my boy was eating them outa the can, half warm half cold, all tucked in our rain coats and we hear, " ah this is the life", coming from that little guy and the lukewarm supper. i determined right then that work sucks.
 

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