Well, I'll be sitting out another spring bear season...

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With my brand new daughter. This makes the 5th year in a row that some major event or pre-planned obstacle has happened right at the beginning of spring bear season. The birth more than made up for excitement, though. My wife went into labor so quick that we didn't even have time to make it into the car to go to the hospital. We had to have her right at home with 911 dispatch on speakerphone talking me through what to do. I've never had a more nerve wracking, terrifying experience in my life but everything turned out fine. She had the baby before the paramedics could even get to our house. I never thought I'd have the chance or need to do that in my life, but I can wear that as a badge of honor for the rest of my life and God forbid, help out if a similar situation ever happens to someone else. I've never had the weird 'adrenaline calm' under pressure like that before.

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Anyways, I guess this doesn't have a whole lot to do with hunting, but 'proud Dad' doesn't begin to describe me right now so I cant help it. I'll shorten my usual rant about safety and ethics; please everybody be safe and responsible out there and don't go alone if possible. Good luck and happy hunting to all you who are heading into the field (especially barrowdave who is taking over my usual bait site since I'll be spending my weekends at home for a while).
 
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Well, just remember something young man: Perspective is a heck of a thing sometimes. My beautiful wife and I spent a dozen years trying to get pregnant with a child of our own. We spent thousands of dollars we didn't have visiting countless "specialists" we couldn't afford, and after a decade, it was finally discovered that the wife had a serious issue that went un-diagnosed for years, making a natural child impossible.

Ran out of money, time and hope. If you think you have ever seen a sad person, look inside of a nurturing woman who can never have a child. Two broken hearts later, we keep putting one foot in front of the other just trying to get through the situation. We not only endure countless people complaining about their kids (not you), but we get to hear un-solicited advice like, "Just adopt a kid." At the end of the day, a bear kill is just a nice memory and the preserved trophy is just a material object. Hold that kid tight and thank God you were blessed with her regardless of the timing. Good luck to you.
 

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I'd take that trade any day, adorable!

I'll be skipping moose season this year for the same reason, probably fall bear too!


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my hats off to you, id rather try to fight a brown bear than try to deliver my own child. what an experience that must have been and im sure terrifying wouldnt begin to sum it up. I'm in the boat you're in with very little hunting/fishing the last year or so since the arrival of my son but i wouldnt trade it for anything. congrats!
 

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Awesome news and so glad things went well! That is a trophy you will have and remember for much longer than a bear hunt!
 

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There will ALWAYS be another year for a hunt, but bringing your child into this world by yourself.....is a ONCE in a lifetime experience. And one that few will ever get to experience.

Congrats!
 

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Well, just remember something young man: Perspective is a heck of a thing sometimes. My beautiful wife and I spent a dozen years trying to get pregnant with a child of our own. We spent thousands of dollars we didn't have visiting countless "specialists" we couldn't afford, and after a decade, it was finally discovered that the wife had a serious issue that went un-diagnosed for years, making a natural child impossible.

Ran out of money, time and hope. If you think you have ever seen a sad person, look inside of a nurturing woman who can never have a child. Two broken hearts later, we keep putting one foot in front of the other just trying to get through the situation. We not only endure countless people complaining about their kids (not you), but we get to hear un-solicited advice like, "Just adopt a kid." At the end of the day, a bear kill is just a nice memory and the preserved trophy is just a material object. Hold that kid tight and thank God you were blessed with her regardless of the timing. Good luck to you.
Mr. PacWest, you sure pulled at my heart strings. But your words also made me feel so fortunate. My best wishes for you and your wife.
 

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With my brand new daughter. This makes the 5th year in a row that some major event or pre-planned obstacle has happened right at the beginning of spring bear season. The birth more than made up for excitement, though. My wife went into labor so quick that we didn't even have time to make it into the car to go to the hospital. We had to have her right at home with 911 dispatch on speakerphone talking me through what to do. I've never had a more nerve wracking, terrifying experience in my life but everything turned out fine. She had the baby before the paramedics could even get to our house. I never thought I'd have the chance or need to do that in my life, but I can wear that as a badge of honor for the rest of my life and God forbid, help out if a similar situation ever happens to someone else. I've never had the weird 'adrenaline calm' under pressure like that before.

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Anyways, I guess this doesn't have a whole lot to do with hunting, but 'proud Dad' doesn't begin to describe me right now so I cant help it. I'll shorten my usual rant about safety and ethics; please everybody be safe and responsible out there and don't go alone if possible. Good luck and happy hunting to all you who are heading into the field (especially barrowdave who is taking over my usual bait site since I'll be spending my weekends at home for a while).
Congratulations to you and your wife! Good job catching that baby.
 

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Well, just remember something young man: Perspective is a heck of a thing sometimes. My beautiful wife and I spent a dozen years trying to get pregnant with a child of our own. We spent thousands of dollars we didn't have visiting countless "specialists" we couldn't afford, and after a decade, it was finally discovered that the wife had a serious issue that went un-diagnosed for years, making a natural child impossible.

Ran out of money, time and hope. If you think you have ever seen a sad person, look inside of a nurturing woman who can never have a child. Two broken hearts later, we keep putting one foot in front of the other just trying to get through the situation. We not only endure countless people complaining about their kids (not you), but we get to hear un-solicited advice like, "Just adopt a kid." At the end of the day, a bear kill is just a nice memory and the preserved trophy is just a material object. Hold that kid tight and thank God you were blessed with her regardless of the timing. Good luck to you.

Wow, PacWest. I can only imagine the pain of that whole ordeal. Please understand any 'complaining' of missing the season is tongue-in-cheek and sarcastic. I am surely blessed. It's the best reason I could possibly have to miss another season. I just imagine that the world's biggest black bear is out there and he's been growing for years and years and I'm destined to get him and be in the record books and God is like "Not yet man, not yet. Not until he's full size. Here, this'll stop you..."
 

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Congrats Buddy !!! Life changing for sure but, I'm sure once everything settles down, you'll find some way of getting out there. Next year we'll be expecting you to bring the whole family to Pizza Man !!!!
 

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Great job...!!! But I have to ask........did you bite the umbilical off with your teeth like a real man...???!!!.........lol

Seriously, congrats to all 3 of you...!!!

Man that's hard core... :)


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Excellent! Serious congratulations to you, sir, and I very much look forward to hearing more about the story and meeting the little one next year at Pizza Man. :D
 

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Congratulations! Hey, some people pay big money to have an at home birth:). Besides, that tops any hunting story you would have come home with.

Your weekends are definitely going to change. I'm sorry to say this won't be the last time your new daughter will alter your hunting or fishing plans.
 
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