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Charlie Rehor 02-Jun-24
07-May-24
I haven't been on here for a while. Bowsite has definitely changed over the years, but I'll try and contribute some actual hunting content. As usual Carcus and I are hunting spring bears in Manitoba. I can only hunt until the 24th as I go guiding for a month. My bait was empty after 10 days of the initial bait trip. I bought a Tactacam Reveal to help judge when I needed to rebait, I'm glad I did. Soon as I saw it was empty I drove up and rebaited. I'm not sure how many bears I have on bait right now, but probably 10, maybe more? Carcus' bait is a bit slower but as usual he has big bear sign, he's Mr. Automatic.... here are a few tc pics from my bait. Good luck to all the bear hunters!

07-May-24

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Big color phase, just showed up after I rebaited
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Big color phase, just showed up after I rebaited

07-May-24

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Giant bear, could be a Booner with a frame like that...his nickname is Shaq
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Giant bear, could be a Booner with a frame like that...his nickname is Shaq

07-May-24

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Shaq
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Shaq

07-May-24

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This is Ronald, named after a co-worker, haha
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This is Ronald, named after a co-worker, haha

07-May-24

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Gaggle of bears
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Gaggle of bears

From: grape
07-May-24
Dave…thank you. I love your threads!!

From: Zebrakiller
07-May-24
sweet!

From: Scoot
07-May-24
Looking forward to this!

From: mooseslayer
07-May-24
Wow, Dave. Very impressive, I'll be following closely!!

07-May-24
Awesome! Keep it coming!!

From: bghunter
07-May-24
Wow this is cool.

From: Bowboy
07-May-24
Good luck!

From: M.Pauls
07-May-24
Following!

07-May-24
Thx for posting. Always good to remember our “roots”…

From: DonVathome
07-May-24
I am far from a bear expert but one of the night pics has what looks like a really good bear to me! Cool pics thanks and good luck!

From: Beav
07-May-24
Can't wait to see how this plays out! Good luck!

From: Bigfoot
07-May-24
Love follow along hunting threads. Keep it coming.

From: midwest
07-May-24
Good luck, David!!

From: fdp
07-May-24
Dang that's a bunch of bears.

From: APauls
07-May-24
I anticipate great things!! Good luck buddy!

07-May-24
This is going to be good!

From: buckeye
07-May-24
Heck yeah! Those are some good looking bears. I hope one gives you an opportunity.

From: Ace
07-May-24
Why are you using those tiny bait barrels?

07-May-24
Heck yeah!!!! Get’em man!!!

From: Paul@thefort
07-May-24
Glad you are back. Paul

From: VAMtns
07-May-24
Great pics Thanks

From: t-roy
07-May-24
Looking forward to following this, David! I’m betting Noah shows you boys up again this year! ;-)

07-May-24

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Looks like a couple big bears establishing some boundaries.
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Looks like a couple big bears establishing some boundaries.

From: TMac
08-May-24
Promising start when does your season open?

From: carcus
08-May-24
Just waiting on a Huntable wind!

From: Stoneman
08-May-24
Always a go to thread, thanks for posting.

08-May-24

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Sow and cubs eating all my bait!
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Sow and cubs eating all my bait!

From: Insheart
08-May-24
Nice, waiting on the "hero" pic.

09-May-24

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Big color came back
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Big color came back
I'm surprised I've ever killed a big bear after using a cell camera. I've had a few nice bears but they only showed a couple times and mostly at night. I'm sure it will work out this year, but psychologically the camera is giving me anxiety, ha!

From: njbuck
09-May-24
Some great bears. Are those 55 gallon drums?

From: boothill
09-May-24
Glad to see you posting again David. Love following along on your threads and watching how Noah had grown these last few years.

09-May-24
They are 55 gallon drums

From: mooseslayer
09-May-24
Nice cam pics. That last big color phaze really dwarfs that 55 gallon barrel.

From: buckhammer
09-May-24
I love a thread with a lot of pics. Keep them coming

10-May-24

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He's back, maybe 7-10 more days and he will start to day light?
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He's back, maybe 7-10 more days and he will start to day light?

10-May-24

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rattling_junkie's embedded Photo

From: t-roy
10-May-24
Why do you say that, David? Because of the rut starting?

10-May-24
Just from my personal experience. My bait has a sweet spot, May 15th - 30th. My ultimate favorite day is May 19th. I don't really think it's rut generated, but could be? Now other areas of the province I'd be choosing a different week. This is all from personal experience, so it might not be totally accurate.

10-May-24

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Mr. Tubs at the far barrels.
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Mr. Tubs at the far barrels.

From: Rgiesey
10-May-24
Looking forward to it!

10-May-24

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Butterball - I'm curious to see this bear in person and see if it's a giant sow or a gorilla bear.
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Butterball - I'm curious to see this bear in person and see if it's a giant sow or a gorilla bear.

10-May-24

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Patches - has a rubbed out *ss, seems like a decent bear though. He's a regular.
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Patches - has a rubbed out *ss, seems like a decent bear though. He's a regular.

10-May-24

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The chunky color in the AM - I'm trying to convince Carcus to hunt Saturday AM and this bear read the script. If we do I plan to walk in the dark and climb up. Could be a quick hunt?
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The chunky color in the AM - I'm trying to convince Carcus to hunt Saturday AM and this bear read the script. If we do I plan to walk in the dark and climb up. Could be a quick hunt?
Saturday AM hunt?

10-May-24

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Might be doing an evening hunt today, wind dependent.
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Might be doing an evening hunt today, wind dependent.

10-May-24

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Big framed black
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Big framed black

10-May-24

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I think this is Shaq?!
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I think this is Shaq?!

10-May-24

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10-May-24

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Looks like a wound or maybe burrs?
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Looks like a wound or maybe burrs?

10-May-24
The plan is to get some sleep after my night shift then head up and hopefully hunt this PM, if not tomorrow morning.

From: t-roy
10-May-24
Good luck, David and Carcus!

10-May-24
Reminds me of the game Hungry Hippos. I don’t know bears but when they look like a hippo… lol bet you can’t wait to get in the stand! Good luck

From: bowhunter24
10-May-24
Good luck, thanks for taking us along for the ride!

10-May-24

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Tough looking bear
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Tough looking bear

10-May-24

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Looks like "Shaq" has been there all morning.
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Looks like "Shaq" has been there all morning.

From: bghunter
10-May-24
He looks like he could eat the barrel

From: Scoot
10-May-24
GL fellas!

From: DConcrete
10-May-24
You have some Excellent bears!

From: t-roy
10-May-24
Some fatties there, for sure! Is Noah going to make it out to hunt with you guys much this spring?

From: VAMtns
10-May-24
Go for it ! Good Luck

From: VAMtns
10-May-24
Go for it ! Good Luck

From: mooseslayer
10-May-24
Geeez, what are you feeding them monsters. Are you some shirt tail relation to me!! Just curious, what part of Manitoba Dave?

10-May-24
Noah won't be hunting much this spring if at all, he's busy with football...just waiting out this wind, Carcus and I have gone our separate ways waiting to walk in. Hopefully the wind changes like it's forecasted.

From: drycreek
10-May-24
What are you baiting with ? Some kind of grain ? Honey Bunches of Oats ? ;-)) At any rate, hope y’all get a biggun each !

From: DConcrete
10-May-24
Goodluck guys.

10-May-24
Almost got the obese bear, aka Ronald walking in, it was close. He took off, oh well hopefully Shaq or that color comes in.

11-May-24

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Something happened
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Something happened

From: TMac
11-May-24
Oh boy…..

From: bghunter
11-May-24
Can't wait to see the results.

From: VAMtns
11-May-24
Come on ...

From: DConcrete
11-May-24
Hmmmmwhat is that something???

From: M.Pauls
11-May-24
Ok ok ok….

11-May-24
Congrats.

From: buckeye
11-May-24
Alright David!

11-May-24
When I walked in I bumped that obese bear off the bait, actually almost shot him on the ATV trail, but not ethical shot.

For the evening I saw around 6 bears come and go. At 2100 hours a really nice best came in. He would be close to 7 feet but he had a really small head. He came to the base of my tree to check him out. I actually drew on him. But decided to pass.

11-May-24

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Thick bear, but small head
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Thick bear, but small head

11-May-24
He got bored and decided to go back to the bait. As he was I heard the leaves rustling to my left and here he comes. "Ronald" the obese bear. He meets the pin head and they square off momentarily. Pin head moves on and Ronald walks to the close barrels at 20 yards. He didn't give me a shot and moved off a bit broadside. At full draw I let him have it. The bait looked good, but maybe a touch low. He ran off hard and I thought I heard him crash, but no death moan.

11-May-24
I climbed down and found my arrow coated in blood and a good blood trail. I followed it for about 80 yards and it was hard to find blood in the fading light. I met Carcus back at camp and told him the story. I wasn't feeling good about the shot, as I felt it was low.

11-May-24
I decided not to video this year, as I wanted to be present in the hunt. So, I couldn't review the footage. We got in the blood trail the next morning and had difficulty finding the trail. I decided to go in the direction of a overgrown ATV trail. I didn't have to go far and found him dead. He died on the run. Probably went around 150 yards, shot was great.

11-May-24

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As he lay
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As he lay

11-May-24

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Ronald
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Ronald

From: bghunter
11-May-24
That is awesome. Congratulations and great bear. Thanks for taking us along.

From: DConcrete
11-May-24
Congratulations! Ronald is a brute!!

From: Duke
11-May-24
VERY cool. Congrats on a beaut brute! Thanks for sharing with us.

Luke

From: t-roy
11-May-24
Congrats on a great bear, David!

11-May-24
Awesome bear, looks huge! Love to hear the stats on it. Congrats!!

I’m just curious, no disrespect, but you guys actually pay attention to wind direction? Do you just not want the wind blowing at the bait but are ok with it going in the woods behind you, or is it blowing out to an opening or over a lake or something? Or just an area where you don’t think the bears will come from?

From: Stoneman
12-May-24
Congrats on another great bear! Next up Carcus…

From: molsonarcher
12-May-24
Congrats RJ! Great bear

From: Ron Niziolek
12-May-24
Ronald looks like a tank! Congrats!

From: Beav
12-May-24
What a stud bear! Congratulations!!

From: Tater
12-May-24
Great bear! Congrats and thanks for the pics and story

From: VAMtns
12-May-24
Well done pictures and hunt . GREAT Bear !!

From: Westgak
12-May-24
Looks to me like a giant bear!! Congratulations

From: pav
12-May-24
Congrats! Absolutely looks like a brute!!!

From: bowhunter24
12-May-24
Way to go go awesome bear! I sure miss hunting season, thanks!

From: Ron Niziolek
12-May-24
Ronald looks like a tank! Congrats!

From: M.Pauls
12-May-24
Congrats David!

12-May-24
Way to go David !

From: drycreek
12-May-24
Congrats !

From: mooseslayer
12-May-24
Love the ride along and the bear RJ. Quite the melon on that monsta!!

From: carcus
12-May-24
That was a great time, congrats on big heavy bear, I enjoyed the whisky a little too much back at camp but worth it! Hopefully I will have some luck next week, my bait is pretty slow so far but I did manage to pass on a pretty big chocolate and a decent black

From: Pa Steve
12-May-24
Congratulations. He's definitely a big one.

From: Gib
12-May-24
Congratulations thanks for the ride

12-May-24
Thanks everyone! Carcus is going to shoot a mega...Mike, we do pay attention to wind, as we have noticed that it makes a difference. We set up so our wind blows in an area we think the bears won't come from, at least the mature bears. He squared 7'2 and was really hefty, no scale so no idea on weight. I haven't measured the head yet. He was the smallest of the 3 shooters I had on my bait.

From: Bowboy
12-May-24
That’s a tank of a bear congrats to Ronald!

From: grape
12-May-24
Congratulations. Nice

From: Rgiesey
12-May-24
Looks like great fun!

From: Scoot
12-May-24
WTG- he looks like a stud!

From: Insheart
12-May-24
Geeezzz, looks more like a hippo.

That was the "smallest" of the 3 shooters. WOW

12-May-24
“Smallest” … not much looks small lol. Great bear man.

From: TMac
12-May-24
Great bear congrats!

From: APauls
14-May-24
Heck yeah David!!! I hadn't checked back on the thread in too long and had no idea you were going out. What a bummer so I missed following live. Congrats again.

From: SteveB
14-May-24
So awesome! Congratulations! Wish we could do that here in Ohio!

From: ca
17-May-24
Congratulations

From: Dale06
17-May-24
Thanks for sharing your hunt. Looks like a “Bear rich” environment.

From: Dino
17-May-24
Thanks for sharing! Looks like some total tanks there!

From: carcus
21-May-24
Im heading back out today for my second sit, the wind and my days off haven't been aligning until now. Its been 10 day since we baited, hope its not empty, we filled 5 55gal drums completely full with corn, it should be ok as my bait was a bit slow

21-May-24
Excellent. Got a good feeling about today’s hunt.

From: Tater
21-May-24
Good luck man

From: TMac
21-May-24
Good luck looking forward to update!

From: midwest
21-May-24
Good luck, Jason!

21-May-24
Good luck Jason!

From: t-roy
22-May-24
Good luck, Jason!

From: carcus
22-May-24
Bait was empty, thunderstorms hit, then light rain and cool, nice sow with 3 cubs and a small boar came in, going back as soon as the wind allows

From: Dino
22-May-24
How quickly do the bears clean up your bait site food?

From: DanaC
22-May-24
Great thread, thanks for sharing this with us

From: carcus
28-May-24
Perfect wind today and tomorrow, finally, 6 days since I baited, 5 drums full, I'm hoping they aren't empty, but even if they are, couldn't have been empty long. Cant wait to sit

From: TMac
28-May-24
Good luck!

From: Shug
28-May-24
Congratulations

From: Buffalo1
28-May-24
Congrats on a real beauty. Wishing Carcus like success !

From: carcus
29-May-24

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Something happened

29-May-24
Yes sir…

From: TMac
29-May-24
Here we go…..bring it!

From: molsonarcher
29-May-24
Drumroll……

From: t-roy
29-May-24
Waiting…..

From: carcus
30-May-24

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carcus's embedded Photo
Big boy

From: Ambush
30-May-24
Real Big Boy!! Congrats Carcus!

From: Ambush
30-May-24
Real Big Boy!! Congrats Carcus!

From: mooseslayer
30-May-24
What a great bear Carcus!! Congrats.

From: t-roy
30-May-24
Fattie! Congrats, Jason!

From: midwest
30-May-24
Looks like a tank! Congrats Carcus!

From: njbuck
30-May-24
Great bear, congrats!

From: Tater
30-May-24
Great bear!! Congrats man

From: JB
30-May-24
Congrats on a great bear!

30-May-24
Congrats Jason!

From: TMac
30-May-24
Congrats on a great bear!

From: VAMtns
30-May-24
That's a Biggun WTG

From: Gib
30-May-24
Very awesome bear !!! Congratulations

From: Ace
30-May-24
Tank, Congrats!

From: molsonarcher
30-May-24
Jumbo! Congrats!

From: carcus
30-May-24

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If any outfitter tells u they don't allow expandable, look for another!

From: carcus
30-May-24
Nothing better than a mech for bears

From: Buffalo1
01-Jun-24
Congrats Carcus on a super trophy.

From: t-roy
01-Jun-24
Any other pics of your bear, Jason?

From: Stoneman
01-Jun-24
Congrats carcus!

02-Jun-24
Atta-boy. Big bears are big bears..

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