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Desjardins Spring 2019
Well were getting at it again got all baits out dry here in Manitoba along the Riding mountains.
Was on horse back the other day making my way home from the mountain as I come up to our field there he was the first bear I seen this year it looked like a giant black, well he shrunk some hes a pope and young no doubt nice bear.
First guys come May 5th coming quick we’re pretty much ready.
I've been waiting impatiently for this thread Alexis! Best of luck to you and your hunters on a safe and successful spring.
That's good Brodsky theres a few others wondering whats up lol, thanks
Hope you have a great hunting season this year! Missed you guys at the Wisconsin Deer & Turkey Expo this year.
I don’t think Allan went this year Bob, or did he never heard. Thanks
My favorite thread & my favorite place. Can’t wait to get up there!
Nice pics Alexis I've been waiting for this to come! Wish I was coming back up this spring ! Blessings on the 2019 season for you and all the hunters !
Now we're talking. Been waiting all winter for this thread. Was that picture taken on the way to Elgins?
No Joe it’s north of Elgin’s, anxious to get all u guys up here ,soon for most of u. Just got back from a horse back ride with my colt. It’s an unwinding before the guest start coming.
Picture is midsouth or northsouth!
North south Greg, Zebra good luck if your in camp this spring.
Always love your thread. Best wishes to all of you, and all of your hunters. Have a safe season!
Have a great hunt Frank let me know how u made out in mb. Sitting in a stand tonight see what if any come.
Don’t wave your phone around!!
Had too to get service lol, which bait am I at.
Gave u a good clue u r right the woods is alive with critters but the wind is a swirling.
I like that Big Chocolate.
There was a big chocolate at the camp bait last night watched him graze along the field for 1/2 hour I thought it was the neighbours cow at first got a couple pics from bait but not real great ones.
One showed 225-250 range nice bear
If you have an extra camera maybe you could stick it on the edge where you saw the chocolate. Must be some new greens coming up there that they like.
That’s him Joe that’s a big bear he don’t have much room under him, he has a ting of brown not sure if he’s chocolate sometimes u can’t tell till u get right by them.
Can’t send messages on computer with or without pic have to use iPhone, that bear looked huge in the binoculars at 650 yards. He went to the bait but didn’t stay then grazed for 1/2 an hour till it got to dark. Nice to see.
Good luck with your hunt Alex and stay safe!!
That dark chocolate is a fatty with alot of belly sag. Hopefully you can get a face pic.
Here is another same bait early I find lots of bear at baits for this time of year.
Todd give them that one lol
JL never got another pic of the big chocolate them big boars they move a lot they had one collard he went 50 miles from his den to his summer area hard to believe.
blessings on your day all.
The sow is small to Greg, there’s a few for the future bear hunters.
Sure are cute little guys ! Blessings to you and April too !
They're the size of a big house cat this time of year. Fun to watch but hate to see them at the bait. Nothing meaner than a sow with this years cubs.
Yes Joe I think most guys don’t want anything to do with those sows don’t blame them.
THeres going to be a lot of whitetail being born in Manitoba this year most I have seen in years.
That doesn"t look like a whitetail!!
More and more I’m starting to recognize the baits. Sometimes just from the barrels! 8~)
Can’t wait to revisit them again!
I don’t think April’s garden is going to do well up here.
small brown a few colors starting to show
some big bear around maybe a couple boys will connect next week.
Good luck this year Alex!
Alex, always best wishes for a successful spring!
Thanks guys, wish yous the best on your hunts this year. Chuck that mikers barrel gives it away.
Baiting day had my cameras in a container that had gotten some water in the bottom having a time with them not working they got molded up I quess inside some r getting old too time to replace. hope u folks have a great day.
I always love this thread! Have a great season Alexis!
Glad u enjoy Scoot thanks, nice cool day in Manitoba we could use some rain. Have a great day all
Bears r thick at this bait all sizes.
Not much weight on this guy looks like a 4 year old.
I watched this last bear for over an hour grazing in the field hoping I got a good pic that’s it he was a dandy there’s another not quite a big there last night too.
I'm the new guy on the block. Will be hunting spring of 2020. Nice to see early action with the bears. Good luck to 2019 hunters.
Thanks Gary glad to see u found your way on here we r pretty much ready for this busy month pray all goes well.
Having a show out my window again tonight there’s two bears of a lifetime by the bait the smaller one not by much is laying down along the field the other is not letting him in nice to see two dandies out at the same. This one is one of them.
There’s 2 roughly this size one looked a bit smaller not much but a bear of a lifetime for a lot of guys they have a hard time getting a shot at one like this, and the next guy first bearhunt they kill a one.
Don't know if its number 1 or 2 bear maybe we will get to weigh one this week.
That's a really nice bear. Big blocky head with lots of space between his ears and big belly.
Wow what a pig he is Alexis ! He has a pumpkin head on him ! Hopefully someone can put him on the ground ! What do you think his weight is ? Has to be 400+
The scale will tell the tail he’s nice for sure he will be right around the 400 but I’m just guessing, hope we get to weigh him.
That's a nice bear for sure. If he goes #400 or so, what would his weight be come fall?
I googled it it say a sow will put on between 100-150 through summer. A boar 150-180 Probably close Gary.
Its just about show time the guys r on there way I only got 2 guys this week my partner has 5 we will see what the good Lord has in store for us. Did all my baits yesterday all kinds of action should get some bear steak this week.
This ones not a giant but a nice bear his chances r not good if he comes in when a guy is sitting in the stand.
Have a great first week Alexis! The bears appear to be ready. 8~)
Had to show u this little guy, blessings on your day u all.
Thanks see u soon chuck the bears at the camp bait r eating 80 lbs a night right now there’s some others r the same I’m sure I like seeing that.
I always look forward to these bear threads, good luck on your season Alexis! Looks like the hunters should do well.
Great pictures Alexis ! That cinnamon is a great looking bear ! Let the fun begin I'm looking forward to this thread ! Blessings to you and your hunters:)
Thanks guys, blessings on your day glad u enjoy.
Thanks Boyboy we will try our best.
Got a few tags left for 2020 come join us for a bearhunt in mb we would love to have u bordering the Riding Mountains doesn’t get any better.
You sure know how to tempt a guy !! What weeks do you have available ?
May 18th week or June 1st week. Unless someone wants to come May 4th week then we will scrap June 1st week. Hope that’s not confusing.
The boys were easy on the skinners last night at it again today sunny in Manitoba.
U all have a good Godly day.
That's a beautiful chocolate. If he sticks around you may be skinning him soon. Hill Bait?
Yes Joe the hill got my knife sharpened should use it soon. Hope it’s slew foot.
First bait this morning 3 of us were baiting the stand never noticed till we were done there was 4 bear above us lol.
I always look up in the trees approaching the bait don’t know why this morning I didn’t. This little guy was up the tree on our next bait
Nice pictures Alexis keep them coming !! That's a really nice chocolate ! Go get him guys God Bless!
Thanks Don, most of the guys were knee deep in bears last night and one didn’t see any that happens, we’re up and at it all 7 guys still hunting. Have a great day all.
Had a few friends this morning my guys never showed to bait played them out already.
That’s a small bear I think yearling with no mom watching me bait.
Sounds like the guys are having fun and seeing bear's ! Just being picky like me just hang in there guys the one your looking for will show up !
The boys killed some nice bear last night. 185, 270, 295, 434 just got up pics later today. Have a great day all.
Good job Alexis and congrats to the hunters
Congrats to all. I was thinking you were going to late night last night!
Great job to the hunters. You sure have it going up there Alexis. Was that 434 a bow kill by chance?
Thanks guys, just got done skinning 3 to go lots of bear around they r waiting for a good one.
295 lbs first time to mb the young fellow nice bear.
Very nice solid Bears congratulations
This is Chad 434 he was Allan’s guy this week he’s been to our camps must be at least 8 times he seems to get a good one every year his best bear to date
Here is Ron’s bear 270 lbs 75 years young
Three generations one still hunting u can bet he wants outdo the 295 pounder.
Thanks guy, they were all rifle kills Gary a always say dead bear in the freezer is better than on in the woods.
Congrats Alexis and to the 4 hunters !! All very nice bear's !! Great job ??
Nice bears and nice pics! Trying to figure out where pics were taken. Very nice!
They were taken at Allan’s chuck, 2 more bears didn’t make it in mb, one beautiful color and one Big bear pics later, one guy left for the week he’s been holding out for a big one wish him luck. Thanks guys
A couple old bear skinners
Two more of Allan’s hunters killed some nice bears
Don with his 362 lb beauty.
Rodger wanted a color this ones kind of a burgundy nice bear
Really nice bears. Congrats to the hunters & to you Alexis!
We went 7 for 7 this week an incredible week for big bear another 305 lb last night, there’s a pile of bear at the baits right now I had 7 bear in the field last night not sure how many inside the bush. I usually use roughly 60 jugs of grease per year, I have already used 50 jugs and 4,000 lbs of grain 3 weeks to go?? I love it. It’s getting a little unnerving while baiting with some juveniles wanting to come in. One was giving me the bluff jump yesterday it’s all part of the fun lol.
Spare time on my hands this morning r and r day, share a few pics with u.
Awesome first week Alexis ! Congrats to you and your hunters on some very nice bear's ! Get some rest before the next group of hunters show up on Sunday ! Blessings to you and yours !!
Thanks guys we’re getting some rest today feels good.
Nice job to everyone involved, all these bears going down makes 2020 seem a long ways off.
Tom and Steve from Boston made it here last night they drove all the way one is 77 and the other 58 that’s a long ways. The other 3 guys will be here this morning we don’t usually hunt sundays but we r going to take them out tonight. Beautiful sunny morning in manitoba
Congrats on the great week. Looks like today is going to be a beautiful day in Manitoba. Everyone here says hello to you and your family.
Hi Adam hope alls well with u guys, hello to all your family as well. Thanks u all have a Blessed day. No one is up her yet put a few pics on.
I don't know what this is but it must be a bear what u think.
Looks like an eye of a cinnamon bear up close to the camera ! Tell Tom and Steve Hi from Michigan ! Blessings on your day and week !!
Great pics Alexis... can’t wait to get up there!
Your probably right Don looks funny, Chuck your just about up to bat. The boys r all up in the stands it’s just about the end of the day not sure if anyone pulled the trigger rifle and bow hunters.
Well another bear down in mb bow kill big chocolate 344 lbs beautiful bear pics tommorow good night all.
Duane with his Dandy bear 344 lbs started of the week good, set the bar for the other guys.
That's a beautiful chocolate !! Congrats to Duane and also to you Alexis ! Looks like a duplicate of Joe's chocolate from last spring
Congrats on a great start to the season Alexis. You sure do this thread right!
Thanks guys, one more bear down 258 lbs all our bears r weighed on a scale. The boys have to look them over good they r starting to be quite a few getting rubbed up.
Good job Gerry good bear.
Alexis, Congrats to all your hunters so far! Is it a little early for the bears to be rubbed in your area?
The "what is it" picture above is a black bear (brown nose) rubbing it's back against the tree with it's nose pointed at the sky.
They have been out since beginning of April so there is a few more rubbed than usual at this time, but there is lots with perfect coats yet the ones coming from top of mountain have good hair. This is this weeks crew.
Congrats to Gerry!! Nice bear ! Good looking group of hunters go get those bear's guys!!
The boys killed a couple more tonight so far this is Steve’s 214 lb bear beautiful coat.
This is Tom 77 year old still climbs the stand like a young fellow. 274 lbs he has been with us 6 times. Good job good bear.
Congrats to the guys from Boston Tom and Steve ! Awesome bear's and great job ! Keep up the great job also Alexis
Jack got it done last night too with this small black the boys were pressuring him to kill one last night, we’re done for the week Allan has 3 hunters 2 r just starting today the dandelions r out things r going to slow up at the baits for a few days. Thanks Don
Another good week for your guys Alexis. You’ve had a great run so far this season! Typical Desjardins season! Hope you can can get some rest! Love the pics!
Thanks chuck,One of the little guys came down and sat down by the tree and watch me bait what a cute little fella
I could never bring Kia up there Alexis, she'd try to stuff one of those little fur balls in her backpack and bring it home with her! Ha!
Too many pics not sure what I put on what I didn’t, Brotsky I sometimes want to bring one of them fur balls home too but they would be a lot of trouble I would think.
Another Riding mountain giant is in the freezer one of Allan’s guys killed it 424 lbs beautiful coat.
His Daughter got hers too last night a couple happy campers congrats to them.
JMail was after this one this week but he wouldn’t show in the daylight he went home empty it was a good try though. Filling baits today I have 7 coming this week hope for a good safe one
Great pics Alexis - some happy hunters! Too bad for Joe but I know he’s taken some great bears with you in the past. Maybe a fall hunt is in order for him with Greg. 8~)
That is a real nice bear above. What color is it?
434,424,362, and many other nice bears, very impressive. Is this a typical year? Congrats to all. Also wondering on color of last pic!!!
We’re not sure haven’t got a daytime pic maybe this week we will get a good look at him on the skinning table. This little guy payed me a visit today while baiting
There was a sow and 3 cubs up this tree last week and this morning I had another audience.
Gary this year I have seen more big bears at the bait, but it varies by the year some times more big ones and sometimes tough to get them they r there u just have to be there when they come.
With a cub on the ground like that do you have to be concerned about the mom? Do you carry a gun?
I never witnessed bears at the bait in three years with my first outfitter. Then last year, your nephew allowed us in stand on Sunday when we arrived, and it was all over with that quick!
Very exciting stuff to see. I can't wait to be in the presence of bear again. I like whitetails but wished I lived in bear country.
Keep up the good work!
HW...all the guides the outfitter I used up the road from Alexis carried shotguns when near the baits. For the life of me, I don't know why the Ministry (or govt?) will not let them carry sidearms when in the bush. There are huge bears up there....I would be very nervous working the baits without a sidearm....especially during the rut.
I bring a rifle with me sometimes and keep a can of bear spray on the bike but u can tell if there going to be aggressive the hair on there back is raised. That was a 2 year old sow small. Most just want to come and eat entertaining
That's a brute of a bear regardless of the color !! Hopefully one of this week's hunters can put him on the ground !
I think its first time I get a pic of sow with 4 cubs.
Nice pics Alexis. Looks like you have good weather for the coming week. Blessings on your day!
There sure feeding good right now but bears will be bears u never know when there going to move on too natural feed. 7 guys coming in today some first timers hope they hold out for some good ones. We got a 2000 lb digital scale I weighed myself it’s bang on I am still to fat, if we can kill some more over 240 lbs that’s your pope and young class bears, then our 260- 450 range bears r 19 inch and above bears it varies u can kill a 260 lb bear that will score over 19 inches and u can kill a 400 lb bear that will score in the 19 inches too. It’s just luck to get a bear that will score 21 inches plus it’s like us some of us have big heads and some have small heads. U all have a good Godly day.
Just got back from a week hunting with Alexis and his brother in law Allan. There were some really nice bears taken in camp including a beautiful 344 Lb Chocolate and monster 424 Lb black. Myself, I got fixated on one particular monster colored bear we had on camera. I passed on several really good blacks in hopes of getting him but he never showed in the daylight. With a little luck Grape or one of the guys next week will get him and I'll get to see him on the skinning table. All in all it was a great week with lots of fun with good friends. I'm already looking forward to next year!!
The boys r all here they were lining up there weapons anxious for tommorow. Hoping for another fun safe week.
Blessings to you and all your hunters this week Alexis ! Go shoot some bear's guys ! Good for you Joe to hold out for the bear you were after ! That's hunting sometimes it works out for us and sometimes it doesn't but it's still a lot of fun and that's what keeps us coming back !!
Very nice looking camp!
When is the last week of Spring beer season, rather when is your last week?
Next week is our last week HW the boys r pumped for tonight’s hunt they will be going out soon. We didn’t get skunked on this bait this guy watched us bait this morning.
Thanks guys, yes Joe had some patience he has a trophy room with some big mb bears that’s what u get when u wait them out. Got 5 that never hunted bear they r anxious to let the arrows and bullets fly hope we don’t have to skin booboo but if they do and there happy it’s ok. This is DCconcrete getting ready beautiful night in mb but the wind is all over the place.