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Brotsky 20-Sep-15
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No Mercy 20-Sep-15
Brotsky 20-Sep-15
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Bow junkie 20-Sep-15
Brotsky 20-Sep-15
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dmann 20-Sep-15
Brotsky 20-Sep-15
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drycreek 20-Sep-15
Brotsky 20-Sep-15
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bburen 20-Sep-15
HUNT MAN 20-Sep-15
Brotsky 20-Sep-15
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WV Mountaineer 20-Sep-15
Brotsky 20-Sep-15
Mark Watkins 20-Sep-15
Brotsky 20-Sep-15
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Brotsky 20-Sep-15
Brotsky 20-Sep-15
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Bow junkie 20-Sep-15
Brotsky 20-Sep-15
HuntHard 20-Sep-15
trublucolo 20-Sep-15
Zebrakiller 21-Sep-15
sureshot 21-Sep-15
Scoot 21-Sep-15
wild1 21-Sep-15
Ibow 21-Sep-15
Alexis Desjardins 22-Sep-15
CurveBow 22-Sep-15
SteveB 22-Sep-15
Owl 22-Sep-15
ANick 22-Sep-15
Ridge Runner 22-Sep-15
Brotsky 22-Sep-15
Ridge Runner 24-Sep-15
Charlie Rehor 24-Sep-15
bearbaiter 31-Oct-15
Brotsky 14-Sep-16
South Farm 14-Sep-16
Ibow 14-Sep-16
Dwayne 14-Sep-16
Alexis Desjardins 14-Sep-16
Greg / MO 14-Sep-16
GhostBird 15-Sep-16
Bear Track 15-Sep-16
Brotsky 15-Sep-16
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From: Brotsky
20-Sep-15

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Nichole and I left for beautiful Manitoba a week ago Sunday morning in pursuit of our dream to shoot a black bear with our bow. 4:30 am came early and we were up and on the road to God's country packed and loaded for bear!

From: Brotsky
20-Sep-15

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The border crossing went smoothly and we entered Canada! Morale and spirits were high. Nichole and I would both have a tag in our pocket and we talked most of the 8 hour drive about bears. What we would shoot and what we were looking for in our hunt. Nichole decided any bear would do just fine. I wanted a pope and young bear and would hold out as long as I could for one I thought would make book.

From: Brotsky
20-Sep-15

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We arrived at the motel we'd call home for the next 6 days and made ourselves at home. Shortly thereafter we met Josh and Brad from Outland Outfitting who would be our guides for the week. Josh is a Bowsite sponsor and he and Brad were outstanding. Tags were issued and we geared up for our first night of hunting and headed out to our bait for the evening.

From: Scoot
20-Sep-15
I hope you had a great trip! Looking forward to the pics and the story.

From: Brotsky
20-Sep-15

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It didn't take long and we had our first bear on the bait. Nichole was up to bat and we analyzed the bear and let him get comfortable on the bait.

From: Brotsky
20-Sep-15

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It didn't take us long to realize this was a BIG bear. He was as tall as the 55 gallon barrel and it sure didn't look like I could stuff him in there!

From: Brotsky
20-Sep-15

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Earlier that morning we had talked about what kind of bear we each wanted. That being said, this was a great bear but Nichole was up to bat first and the thought never crossed my mind to pick up my bow. Nichole sure grabbed hers though and prepared for the shot.

From: Brotsky
20-Sep-15

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The bear was not being at all cooperative for her. She only shoots 40 pounds and we decided she would only take the perfect shot opportunity to insure a clean kill. The bear made himself comfortable.

From: Brotsky
20-Sep-15

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Finally he presented an opportunity and she drew her bow. The moment was fleeting however as he quickly turned his rump to her and she let down.

From: Brotsky
20-Sep-15

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He laid around and ate for maybe 15 or 20 minutes while she waited patiently for her chance.

From: Brotsky
20-Sep-15

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Apparently he had fattened himself up enough for one night and just like that he stood up and walked away. This pictured captured the experience perfectly for Nichole as her chance was lost.

From: Brotsky
20-Sep-15

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We had a few more visitors to the bait that evening but no more bears and day 1 came to a close. We were amazed by seeing our first bear but disappointed no shot was offered.

From: No Mercy
20-Sep-15
Awesome!

From: Brotsky
20-Sep-15

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The next night we headed back out to the baits. Nichole felt comfortable enough after seeing her first bear to sit alone and I felt confident in her ability to choose the right shot and handle herself without concern in the stand. Our guide Brad suggested that I sit the bait the bear had been on the night before and having Nichole sit another bait with a little closer shot. I decided against it, this was Nichole's bear and I wanted her to get a second chance at him. She had all the ranges dialed in for that bait as well so we discussed it and agreed she would take that bait and I would take the other. Nichole settled in and of course immediately started taking selfies of how scared she was of bears!

From: Brotsky
20-Sep-15

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Little did Nichole know that as she was taking that selfie her bear had snuck into the bait! Brad had done an outstanding job of rearranging the barrels based on how the bear had approached the night before to force him into a better position for a shot.

From: Bow junkie
20-Sep-15
I like where this is headed, cmon type faster!!!!! Lol

From: Brotsky
20-Sep-15
Nichole put her phone down slowly and quietly and picked up her bow. The bear was standing at the barrel at the perfect angle. She felt like he was in a great position and I quote her "I drew back and looked through my site to see what it looked like." Everything looked perfect based upon the 100's of videos she's watched so she settled her pin and sent the arrow on it's way.

From: Brotsky
20-Sep-15

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I had not even gotten into the stand at my bait when Brad says "Who's phone # is xyz?" I said "That's Nichole's #." My thoughts instantly went into overdrive thinking something went wrong. Brad says "She shot a bear." I grab my phone out of my pocket and I had 7 messages from Nichole! Ha! We scampered back to the Ranger and hustled back to Nichole's bait. We immediately found blood and lots of it! After 40 yards of blood trail this is what I found.

From: dmann
20-Sep-15
Awesome!

From: Brotsky
20-Sep-15

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She had made a perfect shot on a quartered away bear. Her little rig almost got full penetration. The arrow was stopped in the hide on the far side and worked it's way back out as the bear did its death run. She had heard the death moan and knew the bear didn't go far. She had tears in her eyes and a smile as wide as the Canadian sky on her face. She had gotten her bear, and what a bear it was!

From: Brotsky
20-Sep-15

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She had taken the same bear we had watched and video taped the night before. He came in right away after we had left. She was over the moon with emotion at what she had accomplished. She had practiced hundreds of hours and and it was over in minutes. It was the proudest moment of her life after the birth of the kids. I think the only one more excited than her was me! I was overjoyed for her! Lots of hugs and picture taking ensued.

From: drycreek
20-Sep-15
Congrats to Nichole ! What a nice bear.

From: Brotsky
20-Sep-15

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I jumped in a few with her and she wanted pictures with Josh and Brad and everyone was all smiles! I still had a bear to shoot too! We wrapped up pictures and I hustled back to my bait for the rest of the evening while Nichole and the boys took care of her bear.

From: Brotsky
20-Sep-15

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I settled in to my bait and thought about how much this meant to her and how much confidence she gained by taking her bear and my smile could not have been any bigger. I kept my eye on the bait and hoped my bear would show up soon.

From: Brotsky
20-Sep-15

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I didn't have long to wait and a bear made its way to the bait.

From: bburen
20-Sep-15
awesome! Congrats Nichole!

From: HUNT MAN
20-Sep-15
Congrats guys. Love this thread. Hunt

From: Brotsky
20-Sep-15

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As the bear approached the bait I decided he wasn't quite what I wanted. He was a very nice bear but I didn't think he'd be big enough to make pope and young minimum so I relaxed and enjoyed the show taking pictures and video galore.

From: Brotsky
20-Sep-15

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He put on quite a show. I think he may have a future in the circus if being a woods bear doesn't pan out for him!

From: Brotsky
20-Sep-15

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Eventually he had pretty much cleaned up all the bait and he went on his way.

From: Brotsky
20-Sep-15

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The end of day 2 involved lots of celebrating! Nichole will probably treat me like she treated that bear when she sees I posted this picture! Ha! There was no way she wasn't having the time of her life!

From: Brotsky
20-Sep-15

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Day 3 came and I headed out alone. All the other hunters in camp had hung their tags on bears and I was the sole hold out. I wanted a big bear though and there were still some out there. The weather has changed over night and it was windy and spitting showers. The bears didn't seem to appreciate the weather much either and I had my first skunk of the trip.

20-Sep-15
This is great! I love it! God Bless

From: Brotsky
20-Sep-15

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The bears seemed intent on berries and oak nuts the next two days as I was skunked on both. The bears where there hitting the baits at night or hitting baits I wasn't on. We were losing the chess match. Brad was working his butt off trying to get a bear in front of me but unfortunately it wasn't playing out the way we wanted it to. Regardless of whether bears came in or not I was having the time of my life! Elk were bugling all around me each night and I enjoyed the beautiful Manitoba scenery at each turn. The thought of Nichole's smile and the bear she had taken were plenty to keep me going and enjoying every minute of my hunt!

From: Mark Watkins
20-Sep-15
Brotsky, great job with the story and pics!!!

Give Nichole a big Bowsite congratulations!!!

Mark

From: Brotsky
20-Sep-15

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The last day of the hunt arrived and I decided to bring Nichole out with me. I figured what better way to end a great hunt than getting to hunt 6 days, tagging a bear the last day and having her there to watch it! Morale and spirits were high as we prepared to head out.

From: Brotsky
20-Sep-15

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We settled in on bait that had not been hunted previously and had a BIG bear on camera. He had been there pretty much every day, sometimes at night, sometimes in daylight. We figured it was our best chance so we decided to give it a go.

From: Brotsky
20-Sep-15

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Nichole thought another selfie might do the trick. This ended up being one of my favorite pictures from the trip. There's an ugly old bear in the tree in the background!

From: Brotsky
20-Sep-15

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The elk were bugling again and this bait had to be in the prettiest spot in Manitoba as far as we were concerned. We waited patiently for my bear that was sure to come and enjoyed the sights and sounds of the north.

From: Brotsky
20-Sep-15

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Unfortunately my story doesn't have a fairy tale ending. The bear didn't show in daylight. The call of berries and acorns were greater than the call of frosting, oats, and grease. We were the final hunters of the year so we helped pull down the stands and headed back to the truck. We were still in high spirits and laughing and joking all the way back.

From: Brotsky
20-Sep-15

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The next morning we loaded up the truck and headed back to the good old USA. We had the adventure of a lifetime in a Manitoba and we are already trying to find a way to make it back! The bears may have found a way to elude me but one thing I found plenty of was memories, and those will never fade away. I'll get my bear someday, until then I'll just smile and take the abuse from Nichole! Ha!

Thank you must be said to Josh and Brad at Outland. They were excellent guides and worked hard for us. There have a great area with lots of bears. Give them a shot of you're interested in hunting bears, they'll take good care of you!

From: Bow junkie
20-Sep-15
Congrats to both of you!!!!! I was very involved in your first thread and it's great to hear the success story . You passed up on a beauty and Nichole smoked a gorgeous bear . as far as I'm concerned that's called success. Couldn't be happier for you guys!!!!!!!!

From: Brotsky
20-Sep-15

Here's some of the video I shot as well. You can hear us talking about the bear and see where she almost got a shot at the bear the first night.

From: HuntHard
20-Sep-15
Heck yeah!!!!!

From: trublucolo
20-Sep-15
"until then I'll just smile and take the abuse from Nichole! Ha!".....I'm sure she'll get some mileage out of it, my wife certainly would!;-) Congrats to both of you, great story and pics.

From: Zebrakiller
21-Sep-15
Awesome story congrats!!!!!!! I look forward to Manitoba every spring,

From: sureshot
21-Sep-15
Congratulations on a great hunt, the pics and story are great.

From: Scoot
21-Sep-15
What a wonderful adventure for a couple to have!!! Congrats to you both, but especially to Nichole for showing her guy how to get it done! :).

From: wild1
21-Sep-15
The was a good time! Congratulations!

From: Ibow
21-Sep-15
Wow, what a terrific thread. Thanks for sharing. Congrats to both of you on a great hunt and experience. Really enjoyed reading through the posts and the picts.

22-Sep-15
thanks for sharing and congrates two the young lady again.

From: CurveBow
22-Sep-15
Congratulations & thanks for sharing....

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From: SteveB
22-Sep-15
Congrats on a great hunt! That had to be a blast.....

What a great way to spend quality time together!

So glad you shared this with us.

From: Owl
22-Sep-15
Great thread Brotsky. Tell your wife we said congratulations. As for you, it's tough to beat natural food sources. Thanks for sharing.

From: ANick
22-Sep-15
Great story! I gotta agree that 'selfie' tree portrait of the two of you is a very nice photo.

Great bear and grand grins.

Thanks for the share!

Nick

From: Ridge Runner
22-Sep-15
Congrats, awesome stuff. Can I ask what type of bow Nichole shoots and what broadhead .Looking at different broadheads for my daughter She shoots about 43 #s .Congrats again

From: Brotsky
22-Sep-15
Ridge Runner, Nichole shoots a Mission Craze, 24" draw, set at 40#. I have not chrono'd her bow but I would bet her bear she's under 200 fps. She shoots 100gr Slick Trick standards on 26" Easton FMJ 500's. Best of luck to your daughter this fall!

From: Ridge Runner
24-Sep-15
Thanks Brotsky My daughter also shoots a Mission.She has harvested 1 doe and 2 turkeys with her set up. May try your set up with the slick tricks though as she has unfortunately lost 2 deer.She really wants to get that 1st buck .She is very busy as a teacher and soccer coach but still puts her time in when she can Thanks again for giving me the info and congrats again. RR

24-Sep-15
So cool! Great post! C

From: bearbaiter
31-Oct-15

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hey brotsky, let us know the score of the skull when it gets scored, he has a decent nogin on him. i'm curious. it was great having you at camp. with outland outfitting

From: Brotsky
14-Sep-16

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I thought I would bring this back up on the anniversary of Nichole's big day just to put this ribbon on it. Nichole's bear scored exactly 18", just enough to make the book....and no, she still hasn't let me forget it!

From: South Farm
14-Sep-16
Amazing! Congrats, that looked like a really fun trip...and incidentally if there was an award given to couple with the nicest teeth I'd vote for you two...amazing choppers the both of ya:) Of course you have lots to smile about too!

From: Ibow
14-Sep-16
One of the best threads ever on the Bowsite. Congrats on the score!

From: Dwayne
14-Sep-16
Love stories like these. In fact, I got caught up in the story so quickly it wasn't until the picture of the skull that I realized the hunt was last year!

Great story and a great hunt. Thanks for sharing.

14-Sep-16
Nothing like doing stuff with your partner and she got a book bear awesome.

From: Greg / MO
14-Sep-16
What an experience! And great job describing the hunt!

From: GhostBird
15-Sep-16
Great adventure, congratulations to you both.

Best teeth?... maybe, but wash your hand before you touch that beautiful bleached bear skull.

From: Bear Track
15-Sep-16
Great story and anniversary. Brotsky did try to settle the score with us this year and did not quite beat her. But then, she is better looking. Ha!

Still well done my friend.

From: Brotsky
15-Sep-16
Thanks for the kind comments gentlemen!

Ron, I know you've been married long enough to know that you never one up the lady of the house! Besides, it just gives me an excuse to keep trying!

From: Ungie01201
15-Sep-16
Great pics and story!!!!

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