Mathews Inc.
Spring 2024... Pine Acres
Bears
Contributors to this thread:
spike buck 25-Apr-24
spike buck 25-Apr-24
spike buck 25-Apr-24
Charlie Rehor 26-Apr-24
grape 27-Apr-24
HoytHntr4 27-Apr-24
Bowboy 27-Apr-24
spike buck 27-Apr-24
spike buck 27-Apr-24
spike buck 27-Apr-24
t-roy 28-Apr-24
Bowboy 28-Apr-24
goelk 28-Apr-24
spike buck 28-Apr-24
spike buck 28-Apr-24
spike buck 28-Apr-24
spike buck 28-Apr-24
spike buck 28-Apr-24
xtroutx 29-Apr-24
spike buck 29-Apr-24
xtroutx 29-Apr-24
spike buck 29-Apr-24
spike buck 29-Apr-24
spike buck 29-Apr-24
spike buck 30-Apr-24
Wv hillbilly 30-Apr-24
spike buck 30-Apr-24
Quick Draw 1 02-May-24
spike buck 02-May-24
spike buck 03-May-24
spike buck 03-May-24
Alexis Desjardins 05-May-24
Brotsky 05-May-24
spike buck 05-May-24
Trying hard 05-May-24
spike buck 06-May-24
spike buck 06-May-24
spike buck 07-May-24
spike buck 07-May-24
spike buck 07-May-24
spike buck 07-May-24
spike buck 07-May-24
spike buck 08-May-24
midwest 08-May-24
spike buck 08-May-24
TMac 08-May-24
Bowboy 08-May-24
APauls 08-May-24
spike buck 08-May-24
TREESTANDWOLF 08-May-24
spike buck 08-May-24
spike buck 08-May-24
Bou'bound 09-May-24
spike buck 09-May-24
spike buck 11-May-24
spike buck 12-May-24
spike buck 12-May-24
spike buck 12-May-24
spike buck 12-May-24
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ND String Puller 13-May-24
spike buck 13-May-24
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spike buck 13-May-24
spike buck 16-May-24
spike buck 16-May-24
spike buck 17-May-24
VAMtns 17-May-24
grape 17-May-24
spike buck 17-May-24
Stubbleduck 17-May-24
spike buck 18-May-24
spike buck 18-May-24
t-roy 19-May-24
spike buck 19-May-24
Stoneman 19-May-24
spike buck 19-May-24
spike buck 20-May-24
Wv hillbilly 20-May-24
spike buck 20-May-24
spike buck 20-May-24
spike buck 27-May-24
spike buck 27-May-24
spike buck 27-May-24
t-roy 27-May-24
spike buck 27-May-24
spike buck 27-May-24
spike buck 28-May-24
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spike buck 29-May-24
spike buck 29-May-24
Brotsky 29-May-24
spike buck 29-May-24
spike buck 30-May-24
t-roy 30-May-24
spike buck 31-May-24
Copperman 01-Jun-24
spike buck 01-Jun-24
spike buck 09-Jun-24
From: spike buck
25-Apr-24

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Lowell Makstad, me and my dad Rene on right. Mid 70's
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Lowell Makstad, me and my dad Rene on right. Mid 70's
We are about to begin our 50th year of our family owning Pine Acres bear Camps. Bear hunts since 1974!! Dad bought camp off Kenny Null. I guided bears for my dad as soon as I was old enough. I got full run of the camp in 1998.

From: spike buck
25-Apr-24

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Photo 1974
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Photo 1974
Dad 2nd left, bought the camp off Kenny Null of Ohio on the far right. Fishing was main source of revenue when dad bought the camp. Limit of Walleyes was 8, Northerns were 8. Very liberal limits.

From: spike buck
25-Apr-24

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This is Bruno, he had a real mouth on him. I trained him for tracking wounded Bears. He came in quite handy. He was brought to camp and given to me by Gene White of White Hollow Plotts.

26-Apr-24
Chris: That is amazing. 50 years. Congrats and best always.

From: grape
27-Apr-24
Congrats Chris. Always look forward to this thread.

From: HoytHntr4
27-Apr-24
Congrats on 50 years! Looking forward to following this thread like always. Good luck to all the clients this year

From: Bowboy
27-Apr-24
Awesome and congrats on 50years. Looking forward 2024 success photos.

From: spike buck
27-Apr-24

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Thanks guys...My early years, like 60's and early 70's, I grew up in Winnipeg. My dad found me starting to get in trouble constantly. The best decision he ever made was moving us out of the City to NW Ontario. Previously to moving to Vermilion Bay, we would camp all summer at the provincial Park just North of VBay. Entertainment each evening was a ride to Park dump to watch the Bears. I was intrigued in Bears for some reason pre teen. While everyone in the area's past time was fishing, I was interested in Bears. Never really got into the sport of catching fish.

Moving was a HUGE change for me. In Winnipeg there was over 40 tv channels to watch as a kid... Vermilion Bay was a BIG 1 Channel. Had to be CBC. Moved in March and Hockey playoffs only on TV. Which turned me off of Hockey. So needless to say I was always outside snowshoeing, running my 2 paper routes in the winter, playing with Bears in the summer.

There was alot of Alcohol abuse along with pot here in the area. But I was enjoying hunting too much to ever get into that crap. Thank god!! Besides my dad was too strict.

I hung out with every hunter that rented our cabins. As a side note: a cabin rental at that time was $17.00 a nite. Americans kinda taught me all aspects of hunting. My dad was very busy running camp and working at the local saw mill called Colenso to pay the mortgage.

From: spike buck
27-Apr-24

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You'll get a laugh out of this. Notice toy rifle.

When a pre teen... living in Winnipeg, I had an Aunt and Ucle who were producers for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. My Aunt produced segments for Sesame Street.... Just so happened that she needed young actors to star in her segments. She asked me to be in many skits which I jumped at. She picked me and asked me to bring a few friends. Pick us up on Saturdays by Taxi and go down on Portage Avenue for the taping. I did skits with all the characters. Was a blast to be on TV.

My career in acting lasted about 18 months. Toward the end, were doing skits in a sound room for the Christmas season. Alot of singing Christmas songs. One time the sound producer came in and said one of us sounded off. It was me. I hit puberty and it was the end of my acting career LOL. Was fun while it lasted!!

From: spike buck
27-Apr-24

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After today, we will have 43 Bear Baits set across 5 of 10 of our Bear Management Area's. Spring is early and have some good hits. We have 2 guys w/o May 5th and 2 w/o May 12th.... Most hunters will arrive May 19th to June 15th.

From: t-roy
28-Apr-24
Good stuff, Chris! Too bad the acting career didn’t pan out ;-)

Good luck to your hunters this season!

From: Bowboy
28-Apr-24
I might have to book with you next spring. Good luck!

From: goelk
28-Apr-24
congrats on 50 years

From: spike buck
28-Apr-24

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Mosquito Bait...
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Mosquito Bait...
Thanks Guys...

Pictures are starting to come in

From: spike buck
28-Apr-24

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Mile 5 Bait...
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Mile 5 Bait...

From: spike buck
28-Apr-24

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Left this camera out over the winter....

From: spike buck
28-Apr-24

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Mutrie Rock Bait
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Mutrie Rock Bait
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From: spike buck
28-Apr-24

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Got a Rabbit... Mile #5 Bait.
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Got a Rabbit... Mile #5 Bait.

From: xtroutx
29-Apr-24
Spike, that bear at the mosquito bait has a real long neck on it. I have one around my house like that. What does that tell you about the bears age, sex, or anything? Seems odd but I don't know much about bears. Thanks.

From: spike buck
29-Apr-24
xtroutx, has features of a mature female.

From: xtroutx
29-Apr-24
Thank you

From: spike buck
29-Apr-24

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Truck bait...
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Truck bait...
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From: spike buck
29-Apr-24

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From: spike buck
29-Apr-24

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Not sure where this pic came from
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First Coyote I have ever had on a camera... 2nd pic not mine

From: spike buck
30-Apr-24

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Old Truck Bait... was a logging company mechanics truck
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Old Truck Bait... was a logging company mechanics truck
The area around this old Truck was logged over back during the mid 60's. In 1982 I put a bear bait in by the truck. Now have generations of Bears visiting the site. Well, they are getting ready to log the area over again in 2024. Was an awfull feeling to lose the site after 42 year of hunting the site.

Well, I asked the logging company if they could save my historic sites, including the old truck. For half a day today I took the Forester for a walk around Truck Bait and Meadow Bait. They decided to save the truck bait with a huge buffer zone along with a protection of trees around the old truck. Also, they will not log during the denning period, so as not to run over the dens.

After the truck, we toured the timber around meadow bait. He decided to save that site also. It was a great day today!!

30-Apr-24
Wow Chris! Stuff like that doesn’t happen very often. Congratulations. Can’t wait to get up there this fall!

From: spike buck
30-Apr-24

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See you in Fall WV.

Junction Bait... This bear has a prominent nose. Good chance its a boar.

From: Quick Draw 1
02-May-24
Chris- Great to see pictures of the old truck bait. Spent a number of days there on multiple occasions back in the early '90's. Good for you for spending time with the company to build up some trust with them. That goes a long way! Alan

From: spike buck
02-May-24
Alan, i remember when a bunch of us went into Truck Bait to retrieve your Bear. Good times for sure!!

From: spike buck
03-May-24

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Bridge Bait...
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Bridge Bait...

From: spike buck
03-May-24

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Junction Bait...
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Junction Bait...

05-May-24
Good luck this year Chris stay safe. Blessings

From: Brotsky
05-May-24
Best of luck this spring Chris! Stay safe and I hope the boys shoot straight!

From: spike buck
05-May-24
Thx Justin and Alex Look like Bears will cooperate just the way we need them to.

From: Trying hard
05-May-24
Wow....spike ....put your life into book form....I'd buy it...sounds like you've had a great life so far.

From: spike buck
06-May-24

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Southern Nevada...
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Southern Nevada...
10 days before I started baiting for Spring 2024, wife and I decided to take a quick trip to Nevada. Rented a jeep and traveled the parks. Thought would be a great way to relax before a busy bear season. Got pretty clos to these goats.

From: spike buck
06-May-24

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50 lb bags of bait go's to each bait every couple of days till hunters get here.
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50 lb bags of bait go's to each bait every couple of days till hunters get here.
Thanks Greg...

We now have about 55 baits out, scattered amongst 6 of 10 Bear management areas. Checked a bait run today and most were hit. We have 2 hunters in camp right now. Most hunters start arriving after the 19th of May till June 15th. Baits are hitting hard. Got lots of mouths to feed till then LOL. But it sure is great to have an early Spring to enjoy the baiting!! Only 2 baits you can drive right to, all others about 150 meters walk from rd. Cameras take alot of time so not checking them as often.

From: spike buck
07-May-24

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Clay Lake Bait...
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Clay Lake Bait...
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From: spike buck
07-May-24

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Mile #5 Bait...
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Mile #5 Bait...

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07-May-24

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Swamp Bait...
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Swamp Bait...

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07-May-24

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Mosquitoe Bait...
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Mosquitoe Bait...

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07-May-24

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17 Point Bait...
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17 Point Bait...
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From: spike buck
08-May-24

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Ed Bowden
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Ed Bowden

From: midwest
08-May-24
Best of luck this spring, Chris! Thanks for giving us the updates and back story!

From: spike buck
08-May-24
Thx Nick..

From: TMac
08-May-24
Great thread good luck this season!

From: Bowboy
08-May-24
Hope you have a great season.

From: APauls
08-May-24
Good luck! Really cool to see the logger being nice and respectful like that. Love the warm fuzzy stories.

From: spike buck
08-May-24
Thx Guys... Apauls, go troll somewhere else and maybe take some of the fuzzy your getting from my posts and put it on your "OLD" Bald head lol.

08-May-24
Man does that bear at the “ Junction Bait” even have eyes? He’s got quite a noggin!

Good luck up there!!

From: spike buck
08-May-24

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Mutrie Cabin Bait...
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Mutrie Cabin Bait...
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08-May-24

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Mutrie Rock Bait....
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Mutrie Rock Bait....

From: Bou'bound
09-May-24
Great action

From: spike buck
09-May-24

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Jacob on his first bear hunt...
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Jacob on his first bear hunt...
Lots of action at the Baits... My trail cameras are set up to focus on each bear. We have 2 hunters who both tagged out the 2nd day. They are now fishing the River Bank.

From: spike buck
11-May-24

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Lake View Bait...
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Lake View Bait...
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Checked 17 baits in 4 Bear Management areas today.... Every Bait was hit HARD.

From: spike buck
12-May-24

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Trespass Bait...
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Trespass Bait...

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12-May-24

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Mutrie Rock Bait..
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Mutrie Rock Bait..

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12-May-24

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Mutrie Cabin Bait... can see the Outpost cabin off in the distance from the treestand at Mutrie cabin bait.
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Mutrie Cabin Bait... can see the Outpost cabin off in the distance from the treestand at Mutrie cabin bait.

From: spike buck
12-May-24

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Mosquito bait..
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Mosquito bait..

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12-May-24

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Boer Bait....
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Boer Bait....

13-May-24
55 baits holy moly…that some serious effort. Hope you have a great season, thanks for posting.

From: spike buck
13-May-24

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Thanks ND, its a blast running baits. Every single one is hit.

From: spike buck
13-May-24

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I bring the computer in to each camera to download pics.
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I bring the computer in to each camera to download pics.
We have the truck drive down the road full of 50 pound bags of bait... driver of truck does the road baits as the ATV Baiter grabs out of the truck and does the ATV sites. Was on the ATV for over 3 hours. I download from trail cams and go through the pics at camp. Get rid of hundreds of pictures of squirrel and save the Bear pics.

From: spike buck
13-May-24

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Deer Lake Rd Bull...
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Deer Lake Rd Bull...

From: spike buck
16-May-24

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Boer Bait...
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Boer Bait...
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16-May-24

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Mosquito Bait...
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Mosquito Bait...

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17-May-24

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From: VAMtns
17-May-24
Dam nice picture !

From: grape
17-May-24
Great pics

From: spike buck
17-May-24
Main hunt starts Sunday... Looks to be a great hunt. We did have 3 so far. 2 bears downed. Still have 1 hunter who has seen bears every afternoon. Bears eating the clover, fresh leaf buds and grass.

From: Stubbleduck
17-May-24
Also......A nice Dam picture

From: spike buck
18-May-24

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Dan and his boar.
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Dan and his boar.
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3 hunters so far for Spring, 3 Boars taken....

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18-May-24

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From: t-roy
19-May-24
Good stuff, Chris! From the looks of his nose, that last one looks like he must’ve tangled with another bear.

From: spike buck
19-May-24
Troy, was a fresh wound. Most likely messed up his sense of smell.

From: Stoneman
19-May-24
Great thread Chris, thanks for sharing, especially the early days. Good luck to all your hunters.

From: spike buck
19-May-24
Thx Stoneman...

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20-May-24

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20-May-24
Looks like it’s shaping up to be a good year Chris. Can’t wait till August.

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20-May-24

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20-May-24

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From: spike buck
27-May-24

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Bear Factory Bait...
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Bear Factory Bait...
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Last week gave us torrential rains... Had to fix washouts, got things back to normal now.

From: spike buck
27-May-24

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Bear Factory Bait...
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Bowhunter passed this Bear for a Cinnamon Bear... Cinnamon comes in before 2:00 pm. Bowsite Screwballs nephew is hunting this site.

From: spike buck
27-May-24

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Danger Bait...
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Danger Bait...

From: t-roy
27-May-24
Wow!! I’d love to shoot a color phase bear, but don’t think I could have passed up on that guy! Hopefully, his self control pays off for him.

From: spike buck
27-May-24
The Larger Black Bear watched hunter take many pictures and videos, eventually walked away staring at hunter. Never to show up during the day again. Now that he'd shoot him, Larger Black Bear wont cooperate. Rut will be here soon bringing him back in during the daylight.

From: spike buck
27-May-24
Shot the big Black Boar. Death moan. Lots of blood. Also shot a good one on Segise #1. Death moan also

From: spike buck
28-May-24

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Eric Phelps... Arrowed the lungs. Ran 30 Yards. 24 KM by ATV. Back by 3:30 in morning.

From: spike buck
28-May-24

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Eric Phelps...
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Eric Phelps...

From: spike buck
29-May-24

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29-May-24

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Took 5 Bear this afternoon... Pics tomorrow.

From: Brotsky
29-May-24
You guys are having a heck of a spring Chris! Congrats to you and the hunters!

From: spike buck
29-May-24
Thanks brotsky

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30-May-24

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3 Days of Hunting...
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3 Days of Hunting...

From: t-roy
30-May-24
Wow! I’ll bet you guys were busy all night! Congrats!

From: spike buck
31-May-24
Thx Troy.

From: Copperman
01-Jun-24
that's a great picture!

From: spike buck
01-Jun-24
Thx Steve... You got a couple of nice ones too!!

From: spike buck
09-Jun-24

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I'll update next week after Bear season ends.

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