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Spring Grizzly Hunt
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Contributors to this thread:
TheSaint 22-May-17
SteveB 22-May-17
Ibow 22-May-17
AuburnTiger 22-May-17
mountainman 22-May-17
njbuck 22-May-17
Kurt 22-May-17
Scoot 22-May-17
Bono 22-May-17
Mark Watkins 22-May-17
LWood 22-May-17
drycreek 22-May-17
loesshillsarcher 22-May-17
DEMO-Bowhunter 22-May-17
Zackman 22-May-17
Bowboy 22-May-17
t-roy 22-May-17
TheSaint 22-May-17
Medicinemann 22-May-17
Reflex 22-May-17
Chief 419 22-May-17
TheSaint 23-May-17
Pigsticker 23-May-17
Mad Trapper 23-May-17
Bliz6 24-May-17
TheSaint 31-May-17
Zackman 31-May-17
bigswivle 01-Jun-17
drycreek 01-Jun-17
TheSaint 02-Jun-17
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BULELK1 02-Jun-17
Hawkeye 02-Jun-17
njbuck 02-Jun-17
DEMO-Bowhunter 02-Jun-17
TheSaint 02-Jun-17
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TheSaint 02-Jun-17
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Medicinemann 02-Jun-17
TheSaint 02-Jun-17
TheSaint 02-Jun-17
TheSaint 02-Jun-17
TheSaint 02-Jun-17
stealthycat 02-Jun-17
TheSaint 02-Jun-17
TheSaint 02-Jun-17
geoffp 02-Jun-17
INbowdude 02-Jun-17
Hawkeye 02-Jun-17
Chief 419 02-Jun-17
TheSaint 02-Jun-17
Ron Niziolek 02-Jun-17
Chief 419 02-Jun-17
Medicinemann 03-Jun-17
BULELK1 03-Jun-17
Southern draw 03-Jun-17
Charlie Rehor 03-Jun-17
caribou77 03-Jun-17
Bou'bound 03-Jun-17
bigswivle 03-Jun-17
Db1 03-Jun-17
Julius K 03-Jun-17
SteveB 03-Jun-17
Bigpizzaman 03-Jun-17
Ibow 03-Jun-17
TheSaint 03-Jun-17
sticksender 03-Jun-17
Mark Watkins 03-Jun-17
Eric AK 03-Jun-17
bhunter 03-Jun-17
TheSaint 03-Jun-17
Ki-ke 04-Jun-17
Bowboy 04-Jun-17
Neubauer 04-Jun-17
Buffalo1 04-Jun-17
DEMO-Bowhunter 04-Jun-17
kota-man 04-Jun-17
deerslayer 04-Jun-17
Mad Trapper 05-Jun-17
OFFHNTN 05-Jun-17
njbuck 05-Jun-17
iceman 05-Jun-17
Ned mobile 05-Jun-17
Zebrakiller 05-Jun-17
TD 05-Jun-17
goelk 05-Jun-17
Reflex 05-Jun-17
LWood 05-Jun-17
TheSaint 06-Jun-17
elkstabber 06-Jun-17
Beav 08-Jun-17
Medicinemann 08-Jun-17
From: TheSaint
22-May-17
Heading up to Unalakeet Tuesday for spring grizzly. Can't wat! I'll be sure to post some pics of the hunt here on bowsite.

From: SteveB
22-May-17
My dream hunt. Soak it all in and have a great time!

From: Ibow
22-May-17
Best wishes for a great trip! Looking forward to your pics!

From: AuburnTiger
22-May-17
Looking forward to seeing your pics of the hunt.

From: mountainman
22-May-17
Good luck! I'll be watching for updates.

From: njbuck
22-May-17
Best of luck, please post lots of pictures.

From: Kurt
22-May-17
Nothing like a grizzly at bowrange! Good luck!

From: Scoot
22-May-17
Yep, this is my dream hunt too. I'd love to be inside of 20 yards on a huge grizz! Good luck and have fun!

From: Bono
22-May-17
good luck

From: Mark Watkins
22-May-17
Good luck Blayne...Kota flew into Unalakleet yesterday!

Mark

From: LWood
22-May-17
Following. Good luck, Blayne.

Lenny

From: drycreek
22-May-17
What an adventure is about to unfold for you ! Good luck Sir !

22-May-17
Excited to hear about it. Good luck!

22-May-17
Good Luck Blayne! Can't wait for the reports!

From: Zackman
22-May-17
Good luck!

From: Bowboy
22-May-17
Good luck!

From: t-roy
22-May-17
Good luck on your adventure and stay safe!

From: TheSaint
22-May-17
Thanks guys! Packed and heading out in the AM.

From: Medicinemann
22-May-17
Is the ice in, or is it open water?

From: Reflex
22-May-17
Can't wait to hear how this goes. This too, is my dream hunt.

From: Chief 419
22-May-17
Good luck on your hunt! Take plenty of pictures. The hunt of a lifetime is only days away. Enjoy!

From: TheSaint
23-May-17
Jake,

I'm pretty sure the ice is out. I believe the guys at bowhunting safari consultants sent me an email stating this. Been so busy with family, work, etc. I only just started focusing on this hunt Sunday. Man I'm pumped to disconnect for a few days and chase bears!

Blayne

From: Pigsticker
23-May-17
Congrats to you on taking on this adventure. Bear hunters get to see Alaska in an epic way. I went 85 on gun hunt and at the age of 28 could not fully appreciate the enormity of the event. I probably will not make it back with the ever increasing cost but have not taken a bow hunt off the bucket list. Until then I will live vicariously through you and fellow Bowsiters. Embrace it all, the wind, rain, and endless periods of glossing because it is part of the grand journey. Please share all so that we can partake. Good luck and shoot a big one so that we can gawk and beam with pride in your boldness.

From: Mad Trapper
23-May-17
That is a FUN hunt. Good Luck!!!

From: Bliz6
24-May-17
Good Luck!!

From: TheSaint
31-May-17
I'm back early! Incredible trip with tons of bears, great people and an awesome camp. I'll totally exhausted from travel and sleep schedule getting totally messed up. I'll work on posting details, pics, etc. over the next 24 hrs.

From: Zackman
31-May-17
Congrats Blayne! Can't wait to hear about the trip

From: bigswivle
01-Jun-17

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From: drycreek
01-Jun-17
I'm ready to hear about this too !

From: TheSaint
02-Jun-17
Ha! Bigswivle....that's hilarious. Okay, sorry for the delay.

First off this was an amazing hunt. Eric Umpenhour runs a great camp! There were a total of 4 hunters (3 archery and 1 rifle). Having zero experience hunting Unalakleet I had no idea what I was getting into. We based out of one central camp and used boats to run the coastline. We traveled as far as 35 miles south of camp looking for bears. To say this is a target rich environment would be an understatement. I managed to miss a huge boar on day two, had a blown stalk and passed a smaller bear on day three and then shot my bear on day four. I'll get into the details of the stalk later. I had a GoPro on my head and captured some of the hunt on video (all except the actual shot).

From: TheSaint
02-Jun-17

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02-Jun-17

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02-Jun-17

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One of the finer facilities I've had the pleasure of utilizing :)

From: TheSaint
02-Jun-17

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Got some cool videos and pics of this little guy.

From: TheSaint
02-Jun-17

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Plundering seagull eggs for breakfast. Also had the pleasure of eating bearded seal, and whale!

From: TheSaint
02-Jun-17

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Glassing for bears from the boat.

From: TheSaint
02-Jun-17

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We hunted all night and tried to sleep during the day. When I couldn't take it anymore I'd go for walks along the beach looking for fossils etc. I'd carry Eric's pistol. One of the guides found a mammoth tusk! Unfortunately I forgot to get a pic before I left.

From: TheSaint
02-Jun-17

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I did find a mastodon molar...

From: TheSaint
02-Jun-17

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Also found a walrus tusk

From: TheSaint
02-Jun-17

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Here's my boar before the final stalk. We watched him walk down the mountain to this inlet. Had to wait him out to figure out which direction he was going to walk.

From: TheSaint
02-Jun-17
I'll finish up tomorrow!

From: TheSaint
02-Jun-17
Ha! Bigswivle....that's hilarious. Okay, sorry for the delay.

First off this was an amazing hunt. Eric Umpenhour runs a great camp! There were a total of 4 hunters (3 archery and 1 rifle). Having zero experience hunting Unalakleet I had no idea what I was getting into. We based out of one central camp and used boats to run the coastline. We traveled as far as 35 miles south of camp looking for bears. To say this is a target rich environment would be an understatement. I managed to miss a huge boar on day two, had a blown stalk and passed a smaller bear on day three and then shot my bear on day four. I'll get into the details of the stalk later. I had a GoPro on my head and captured some of the hunt on video (all except the actual shot).

From: BULELK1
02-Jun-17
So far --so good!

Happy for ya man

Good luck, Robb

From: Hawkeye
02-Jun-17
Eric is an awesome guy and outfitter. Can't wait to hear the rest of the story. Congrats!

From: njbuck
02-Jun-17
Congrats on a great trip, I cant wait to read the rest of it!

02-Jun-17
Congrats Blayne! Can't wait for the rest!

From: TheSaint
02-Jun-17

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John Wilson spotted the boar up in the tundra while we were making our nightly 30 mile voyage down the Bering Sea coastline (cant remember the name of the sound). The bear was making his way down towards the ocean and closing the distance quickly. We slowly cruised into the bay and beached the boat. The only thing separating us from this brute as a small creek which turned into a bigger inlet. Which way was he going to travel was the big question?

After watching the boar for awhile and studying his every move, we knew this was an animal we most definitely wanted to pursue. He slowed his paced and finally committed to walking down one side of the inlet and we quickly got into position hiding behind a sand dune.

The bear disappeared behind a draw and when he reappeared he busted my guide. The bear turned around and walked off at a rapid pace. We dropped back below the sand dune and ran up the beach about 50 yds and popped over again.

The boar was curious and came charging back in looking for us intently and scouring our last location. Raising up on his hind legs, looking and then running in. (See GoPro footage...I took a still shot with him standing on his back legs looking for us). I waited until his was roughly 20 yds away, drew my bow and let my arrow fly. It was an absolute perfect shot passing through both lungs.

From: TheSaint
02-Jun-17

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Slick trick did the job. He only ran about 80 yds before piling up. Unfortunately he rolled into the inlet and was completely submerged. His awesome spring coat doesn't look nearly as good wet!

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02-Jun-17

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02-Jun-17

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From: Medicinemann
02-Jun-17
Norton Sound

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02-Jun-17

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02-Jun-17

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02-Jun-17

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From: TheSaint
02-Jun-17
Thanks Jake! These are a few low-res pics I have on my phone. Have better quality pics on my camera. This was easily one of my favorite top three hunts of all time. Awesome guys in camp, enjoyed the guides and got to see lots of critters. After I shot my bear I stuck around a couple days and tried to help my roommate on his hunt. The only thing I would do differently is bring warmer weather gear. It got cold sitting in those boats, especially when ice was present.

From: stealthycat
02-Jun-17
I envy you .... I really do. Most of us will never do that .... fantastic man, fantastic. That's going to be an expensive taxidermy bill :) do they eat well or ?? Black Bear is awesome

From: TheSaint
02-Jun-17

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02-Jun-17

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Awesome sunset while skinning out the bear!

From: geoffp
02-Jun-17
Congrats!!

From: INbowdude
02-Jun-17
Saint, Congrats! Did you take a back up bow on this trip? If so, did you send it up prior to your hunt or take it with you? Nice bear!

From: Hawkeye
02-Jun-17
Congrats!

From: Chief 419
02-Jun-17
Congratulations on a successful hunt! He looks like a great bear. Rug or full body mount?

From: TheSaint
02-Jun-17
INBowdude,

I did not take a back up bow on this particular hunt.

Chief 419....lifesize!

From: Ron Niziolek
02-Jun-17
Congrats on a great bear and fantastic trip!

From: Chief 419
02-Jun-17
That will be the highlight of your trophy room. Your comment about warmer clothing when riding in boats is spot on. I've only done one cold water boat hunt, but it does get frigid, especially around the ice. Thanks for sharing your pics and story.

From: Medicinemann
03-Jun-17
Were you able to set any king crab pots? If you did, I hope that you were able to catch and cook them!!!

From: BULELK1
03-Jun-17
Very Cool indeed!!

Congrats

Good luck, Robb

03-Jun-17
Congrats ! and good shot.

03-Jun-17
Good for you. You are doing amazing hunts! Great pics! C

From: caribou77
03-Jun-17
Amazing pics and hunt. Jealous for sure.

From: Bou'bound
03-Jun-17
nice job that is a great trophy and better memory.

From: bigswivle
03-Jun-17
Congrats. Awesome hunt. Top 2 or 3 on my bucket list

From: Db1
03-Jun-17
Great recap and pics! Congrats again on a great bear!

From: Julius K
03-Jun-17
Congrats!

From: SteveB
03-Jun-17
#1 on my dream list. Well done!

From: Bigpizzaman
03-Jun-17
CONGRATS BROTHER!!!!!!!!!

From: Ibow
03-Jun-17
Congrats on a great hunt! Thanks for sharing.

From: TheSaint
03-Jun-17
Thx guys. This was a dream hunt for sure. I'm anxious to hear how the rest of the hunters did. Within one day of being back in CO that mastodon molar started to crack. Just spent the last hour sealing that bad boy up!

From: sticksender
03-Jun-17
Awesome result for you, congrats!!!

From: Mark Watkins
03-Jun-17
Great job Blayne!!

Congrats!!!

Mark

From: Eric AK
03-Jun-17
Pete got the bear I had pictures of on the trail cam, 22in 7foot3in

From: bhunter
03-Jun-17
Congratulation on a great adventure.

From: TheSaint
03-Jun-17
Good for Pete!

From: Ki-ke
04-Jun-17
Thanks for sharing this adventure!!

From: Bowboy
04-Jun-17
Congrats! Thanks for sharing!

From: Neubauer
04-Jun-17
Congratulations! Awesome hunt. How can we view your GoPro footage?

From: Buffalo1
04-Jun-17
ROLL TIDE !!! Congrats on a real beauty Blayne. A real trophy.

04-Jun-17
Sweet bear! Congrats again!

From: kota-man
04-Jun-17
Awesome story Blayne! PM'd you...

From: deerslayer
04-Jun-17
Awesome man. Big congrats!

From: Mad Trapper
05-Jun-17
Congrats!

From: OFFHNTN
05-Jun-17
CONGRATS on an awesome bear and hunt!!!

From: njbuck
05-Jun-17
Outstanding, congrats on an amazing hunt! Do you have any other big hunts planned for this season?

From: iceman
05-Jun-17
Awesome! Congrats! Thanks for sharing your story and pics.

05-Jun-17
Awesome!!

From: Zebrakiller
05-Jun-17
Good stuff!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From: TD
05-Jun-17
Great job Blayne, congrats!

what an adventure...... thanks for sharing.....

gotta love da bowsite!

From: goelk
05-Jun-17
Great job!! How did Kuiu products hold up? Thinking of purchasing a few items.

From: Reflex
05-Jun-17
Congrats! How awesome is that. I'm going to make that hunt a reality someday. Thanks for sharing.

From: LWood
05-Jun-17
Congratulations, Blayne! Great bear!

Lenny

From: TheSaint
06-Jun-17
NJ Buck, I have a Quebec boy hunt and I drew an outstanding shiras moose tag in WY. I'm sure I'll squeeze something else in :)

Goelk, I've had pretty good luck with most Kuiu stuff. On extended, heavy load hunts I really don't like their packs but for day packs etc. they're pretty good. Base layers aren't the most durable, I actually like first lite a little better. Everything else has been great.

Once things settle down at work I'll put together a little video and post it here!

From: elkstabber
06-Jun-17
Thank you for sharing your awesome hunt!

From: Beav
08-Jun-17
Congrats on a great bear and thanks for sharing!

From: Medicinemann
08-Jun-17
Looking forward to the video....

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