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Adrenaline Outfitters 2019 Spring Bear
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Adrenaline Russ 30-Apr-19
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JL 30-Apr-19
Charlie Rehor 30-Apr-19
lineman21 30-Apr-19
Tyler 30-Apr-19
SteveB 30-Apr-19
midwest 01-May-19
M.Pauls 01-May-19
Adrenaline Russ 01-May-19
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Adrenaline Russ 01-May-19
Adrenaline Russ 01-May-19
Adrenaline Russ 01-May-19
Mark Watkins 01-May-19
APauls 01-May-19
JL 01-May-19
Adrenaline Russ 01-May-19
JL 01-May-19
SBH 01-May-19
Tyler 01-May-19
Adrenaline Russ 02-May-19
Adrenaline Russ 06-May-19
Adrenaline Russ 06-May-19
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APauls 06-May-19
Tyler 11-May-19
Adrenaline Russ 13-May-19
APauls 13-May-19
Adrenaline Russ 13-May-19
Bou'bound 13-May-19
JL 13-May-19
Adrenaline Russ 13-May-19
JL 13-May-19
Adrenaline Russ 14-May-19
Adrenaline Russ 14-May-19
SteveB 14-May-19
Beartrack 14-May-19
Charlie Rehor 14-May-19
Basinboy 14-May-19
JL 14-May-19
Adrenaline Russ 15-May-19
Elite 1 15-May-19
Adrenaline Russ 15-May-19
Adrenaline Russ 16-May-19
Adrenaline Russ 16-May-19
Boreal 16-May-19
Brotsky 16-May-19
Adrenaline Russ 16-May-19
Adrenaline Russ 16-May-19
lineman21 16-May-19
midwest 16-May-19
Brotsky 16-May-19
Nick Muche 16-May-19
SteveB 16-May-19
Rob Nye 16-May-19
steff 16-May-19
Muddyboots 16-May-19
molsonarcher 16-May-19
Buffalo1 16-May-19
GhostBird 16-May-19
Boreal 16-May-19
Nick Muche 16-May-19
JL 16-May-19
GhostBird 16-May-19
Trophy8 16-May-19
kota-man 17-May-19
Adrenaline Russ 17-May-19
APauls 17-May-19
Chief 419 17-May-19
Basinboy 18-May-19
30-Apr-19
The season is less than a week away! Thought I'd add another thread outlining the 2019 Spring Bear Season! Been incredibly busy between pre-season scouting, baiting, the Pope & Young Convention and general camp prep, so here's a bunch of posts to get you up to speed on our season so far.

Hope you enjoy!

Russ - Adrenaline Outfitters Ltd

30-Apr-19
OK, so about 20 minutes wasted trying to upload photos that are NOT upside down. Not exactly sure what to do except leave them here upside-down. Sorry for the sore necks guys! - Edit...I didn't figure it out completely, but if I post them one at a time, at least I can use the image tools to rotate them.

30-Apr-19

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Getting ready for an early pre-season scouting trip. Going to be checking trails, bridges and snow conditions. Really just a reason to get out in the woods early!

30-Apr-19

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Here's a bridge that will need a little TLC before the season!

30-Apr-19

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Here's a bridge that will need a LOT of TLC before the season!

30-Apr-19

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This trip was in early April and we were worried that with all the snow we had in February and March, we'd have a late start to the season. Trent is checking the snow depth and we were actually pleasantly surprised that there was 'only' a foot and a half of snow in the woods.

30-Apr-19
Just before we headed South for the Pope & Young Convention, we had our first truckload of bait delivered.

30-Apr-19

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This is what nearly 30,000 pounds (not including cooking oil) of bait looks like just before the season.

30-Apr-19

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Here is a view of the first site prepped this season. This is an established bait site that has been in this area for over 20 years!

30-Apr-19

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We were extremely lucky the ground was still frozen. My truck would be sitting in over a foot of water at this point! Maybe it's a little early for baiting!

30-Apr-19

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Here we are in mid April, with most of the guides doing some of the grunt work the hunters don't see when they get to camp. We setup 19 baits in 3 days...each bait takes over 500 pounds to start, plus grease. Here is Pat, Roy and Tom working hard while I'm taking photos!

30-Apr-19

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It's always good to see the bears haven't forgot about you! We found several sites with sign just like this, where bears are wondering why we are not here yet! Tracks were melted out, but by the length of the stride, this looks like it could have been a pretty nice bear!

30-Apr-19

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Part of the pre season work is checking all the stands for safety and quietness. While I was up in the stand, I snapped a quick photo of the boys at work!

30-Apr-19

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Little nostalgia photo here...this will be the Rhino's last year with us. It's had a hard life as an ATV at a bear camp and hopefully at the end of the season we'll find it a good home where it can spend it's last years puttering around a farm or small acreage.

30-Apr-19

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Our first official hit!! We loaded this site up Friday and when we came in Sunday morning to fix a stand problem, this is what we drove up to!

From: JL
30-Apr-19
Good stuff. No trail cam pics/vids??

30-Apr-19
Best always Russ! Safe hunts for all! C

From: lineman21
30-Apr-19
Good luck this year Russ. Hoping to make it back soon.

From: Tyler
30-Apr-19
Good luck to you guys! looking forward to seeing some harvest pics!

From: SteveB
30-Apr-19
Anxious to follow along Russ! Good luck!

From: midwest
01-May-19
Good luck, guys! I really need to do an outfitted bear hunt again. Such a relaxing hunt.

From: M.Pauls
01-May-19
Looks great Russ! Will be following along...

01-May-19
Thanks for the well wishes guys, looks like it should be a great season. First hunters will be here Sunday!

JL - you have to forgive us old guys with this computer stuff. It took me longer than it should have to post these pics. See the next few posts for some of our early bears!!

01-May-19

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Here's a trail cam pic from the first bait hit. Excuse the brush in the way, new site and we hadn't finished cleaning it up. Pictures will improve, I promise.

01-May-19

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A little more open site. This bait is a little more established. Generally hunt it after the poplars have leafed out!

01-May-19

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Bears showing up in good shooting light on most of the baits.

01-May-19

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Most baits have multiple bears on them already! Should only get better!

01-May-19

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One of our oldest baits, usually hit early, this year is no exception.

01-May-19

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Someone will be sitting in a ground blind after this bear as soon as the conditions allow! He's pretty regular right now during daylight.

01-May-19

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Look at the neck on this bear! He's posturing for the benefit of the bear in the background.
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Look at the neck on this bear! He's posturing for the benefit of the bear in the background.
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If you look closely at his left ear, you'll see the notch we'll be telling our hunters to look for...that's if they have trouble judging this bear as a shooter!
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If you look closely at his left ear, you'll see the notch we'll be telling our hunters to look for...that's if they have trouble judging this bear as a shooter!
Another bear we will be going after ASATWIR (as soon as the wind is right). We had a hunter 'accidentally' pass on this bear last year! Not this time. As soon as a hunter sees that notched ear, the arrow will be on it's way! EDIT - sorry for the time/date on these photos. No this was not from January 2013! User error that has been corrected. These photos are from the week of April 21-27, 2019.

01-May-19
That's it for now. I had more photos, but left those at camp. With limited wi-fi up there, updates will be done only every few days once the season starts.

Good luck to all the outfitters and everyone who'll be sitting in a bear stand this spring!

Russ - Adrenaline Outfitters

From: Mark Watkins
01-May-19
Good luck Russ!!

Looking forward to following along!

Mark

From: APauls
01-May-19
Good luck Russ - looking forward to following along on this!! Already shaping up to be a great year I'd say!!

From: JL
01-May-19
Thanks Russ for the pics! If those are indeed 55gl drums, that last bear is big.

01-May-19
We just call them 205 litre drums!! ;-)

Or, 55 US gallons, or 45 Imperial gallons...whatever you call them, that's a great bear.

From: JL
01-May-19
It makes it easier on beer drinkers south of the border to judge them if they are 55 gl drums. Liters sounds smallish. He looks like he could be pushing 35" - 36"+ at the top of the shoulders.

From: SBH
01-May-19
Awesome bears so far! Good luck to your hunters. Can't wait to see those big uns on the meat pole!

From: Tyler
01-May-19
Great looking bears Russ! Looks like they wintered well. Those pics should get some of your hunters excited for these upcoming weeks!

02-May-19
JL - hopefully we'll know exactly how big he is next week!

Tyler - We were a little concerned with the dry summer last year and the late snows this spring, but it seems all is well in the bear woods. You must be getting close to Buffalo season? Good luck to you and your hunters! Someday I'll make it down there!

06-May-19
Back from a weekend up in camp and have a few more photos to show. Cool week up here, but our 2 hunters are from ND, so they should be used to the temps. Good news is there are no mosquitoes yet!!

Russ - Adrenaline Outfitters

06-May-19

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06-May-19

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06-May-19

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Starting to display and mark territory!
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Starting to display and mark territory!

06-May-19

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06-May-19

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Another target bear!
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Another target bear!

06-May-19

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06-May-19

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Looks like love is in the air!!
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Looks like love is in the air!!

06-May-19

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From: APauls
06-May-19
Wow May 2nd I'm impressed! That boar must have the moves!

From: Tyler
11-May-19
Man you have some great bears Russ! hope your guys connect on some of these brutes!

13-May-19
Tough first week at Adrenaline Outfitters!

Had two experienced bear hunters in camp, one has taken a bear with us before, and the other several bear, including a couple of 20+ bears. We were excited to get the season going!!

Hunter 1 sat two days and saw 9 bear. He was hoping to get a chance at a colour phase. We don't get a lot of colour phase bears, and had only small ones on cam so far this year. On night two, we took a flyer on a bait that had a great bear on it, and also had a decent chocolate last spring. Sure enough, the brown showed up. He got the shot, but unfortunately the blood trail thinned out and we needed to go back in the morning. After and exhaustive search with 2 guides and the hunter, we had to call it as unrecovered.

Hunter 2 sat 5 days and saw 28 bears. He had a great bear come through on Wednesday evening but couldn't get an ethical shot. On his last day, another target bear came through and finally gave him a shot. While trailing, two different sows with cubs became increasingly aggressive, so the plan was to go back in better light in the morning. We searched for a little over 2 hours but lost the sign.

Hopefully when we pull cards, we'll see one or both returning to the baits, we'll have to see.

Hate to be the bearer of such disappointing news, especially when it appears it was a great opening week for everyone here, but in the spirit of transparency, I wanted to detail week 1 as it happened.

Due to scheduling, our next hunters arrive tomorrow and start hunting Wednesday. This will be their 9th trip with us and they will both be holding out for something special. We have a few on camera that will get them excited. I'll share some pics later on.

Russ - Adrenaline Outfitters

From: APauls
13-May-19
Sounds like a great week of hunting Russ!! With each hunter averaging 5 bears per night that's nothing to sneeze at! Unfortunately sounds like a rough week of shooting, which is the part that you can not control. Hope the hit bears pull through.

I see what you did there ;)

13-May-19

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Here's a good bear hitting during daylight hours! As soon as we have a nw, n, or ne wind, we'll be going after him!!
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Here's a good bear hitting during daylight hours! As soon as we have a nw, n, or ne wind, we'll be going after him!!

From: Bou'bound
13-May-19
Russ you did your part.

From: JL
13-May-19
Russ....well done telling it like it happened! Were these two fellas bowhunters?

13-May-19
Thanks Bou'bound.

JL, they were not bowhunters, but shots were at bowhunting ranges (18-22 yards). As I mentioned, both have taken bear with us in the past, both shot their weapons prior to the hunt in front of the guides to confirm zero. Sometimes it just happens, but for it to happen twice in one week just plain sucks. Good guys and both reacted as I hope they do in that situation.

Our two upcoming hunters are both bowhunters. We'll see what the week brings!!

Russ

From: JL
13-May-19
Gunhunters then(?)......that is painful. Do you know what cal they were using?

14-May-19
Yup, a .270 and an 06. And we always inform them that bullet weight and construction is as important as the calibre. Early on we had a few bullets 'pinhole' the bears due to the close shots and bullets designed to open slower. Now we ask for quality bullets with controlled expansion. All that being said, from the evidence we noticed, these were issues with placement over calibre/bullet quality.

New hunters in today and hunting tomorrow, time to move forward! Will keep you guys posted on how they do.

Russ

14-May-19

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Another bear we'll be after if we get N, NE, or E winds!
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Another bear we'll be after if we get N, NE, or E winds!

From: SteveB
14-May-19
12 gauge slug guns solve that close range issue.

From: Beartrack
14-May-19
If Pat can't find a bear, it's can't be found, was my opinion of his tracking ability when he worked for me.

14-May-19
Good luck Russ!

From: Basinboy
14-May-19
Very nice bears! Keep the pics coming

From: JL
14-May-19
Russ...good call on bullet quality and expansion. For that...I'm a Nosler Partition fan. My personal opinion is to stay away from lower tier rounds like cor-lokts. You can research the manufactures online info and research their various rounds. What I look for is bullet weight retention. Some will retain 60% of their weight, some alot higher....in the 90% range.

15-May-19

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Hard to see (which is a good thing) but there is a treestand in the red circle. Note the premium time this giant is visiting the site!!
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Hard to see (which is a good thing) but there is a treestand in the red circle. Note the premium time this giant is visiting the site!!

From: Elite 1
15-May-19
Just wondering do you guys see a slowdown in the baits when the trees are budding?

15-May-19
Not yet!! Kind of wish we did as we are going through more bait than we have in a long time. Trees are almost done budding out, so if there was a slowdown, we missed it!!

16-May-19

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Another great bear hitting during daylight hours!!
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Another great bear hitting during daylight hours!!

16-May-19
Fingers crossed!! The boys are on the trail this morning.

Last night was the first night hunting for this week. Heavy wind, rain, and even some snow!! Hunter 1 saw 3, nothing he wanted to shoot (pretty selective as this is their 8th hunt with us).

Hunter 2 saw 6 bears, with a good one coming in about 20 minutes before the end of shooting light. She felt good about the shot, but with the timing and the cold temps, decided to wait until this morning to track. Hopefully better luck tracking this week! No cell service up there, so waiting on updates!

Will keep you posted, have a great day everyone,

Russ

From: Boreal
16-May-19
Good luck on the recovery!

From: Brotsky
16-May-19
Nice, good luck recovering her bear today. Sleepless night for the hunter last night I'm sure. Thanks for the updates Russ!

16-May-19
Bear has been recovered...just waiting on photos...

Russ

16-May-19

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Here is Cindy with our first bear of Spring 2019!
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Here is Cindy with our first bear of Spring 2019!
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Didn't have to ask Cindy to smile for the photos!! Grandkids are gonna love these pics of their Grandma!!
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Didn't have to ask Cindy to smile for the photos!! Grandkids are gonna love these pics of their Grandma!!
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We're thinking over 20, but we'll have to wait until the weekend to find out...
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We're thinking over 20, but we'll have to wait until the weekend to find out...
After a long tracking job, and some serious grunt work getting this bear into position for photos, we finally have bear #1 of 2019 in the freezer!! Way too far in to get a weight, but we'll probably get some calipers on it this weekend to get a green score on this bad boy.

Cindy's husband Jim is hunting the rest of the week trying to top this one!

Russ - Adrenaline Outfitters

From: lineman21
16-May-19
Nice!

From: midwest
16-May-19
Toad!

From: Brotsky
16-May-19
Beautiful bear Cindy! Congrats!

From: Nick Muche
16-May-19
That is the kind of black bear I envision in my dreams, wow! Congrats to you and the hunter, she's gotta be super happy with that one.

From: SteveB
16-May-19
What a beauty! Congrats!!

From: Rob Nye
16-May-19
Awesome bear congrats to all! P.S it’s gotta be over 20.

From: steff
16-May-19
Beauty! 20" easy! Congrats to the hunter!!

From: Muddyboots
16-May-19
Great bear. I appreciate how big it is without the hunter being positioned 20' behind the bear! Thanks for the posts.

From: molsonarcher
16-May-19
Fantastic bear! That is one that will be hard to top for the remaining hunters coming. Congrats to you and the hunter.

From: Buffalo1
16-May-19
Great thread and some great bears. Wishing you a successful season.

From: GhostBird
16-May-19
Congratulations to Cindy. Awesome bear. Let's keep it positive... how is she 20 feet behind the bear when she has hand on it? Jealousy is a terrible attribute

From: Boreal
16-May-19
Brute of a bear! Congrats to Cindy!

From: Nick Muche
16-May-19
"how is she 20 feet behind the bear when she has hand on it? Jealousy is a terrible attribute"

I think you mis-read his post...

From: JL
16-May-19
Wow!!! Congrats....

From: GhostBird
16-May-19
10-4 Nick, my bad. Sorry for my own negatively. Congratulations again to Cindy!

From: Trophy8
16-May-19
What a beast! Congrats to the hunter!

From: kota-man
17-May-19
I read it the same way Ghostbird. Thankfully, we have Nick to decipher the English language for us! :) What a bear! Congrats...

17-May-19

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We don't get a lot of colour up here, so this is exciting!! Not to mention 3 bears on the bait at just after 4 in the afternoon!
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We don't get a lot of colour up here, so this is exciting!! Not to mention 3 bears on the bait at just after 4 in the afternoon!

From: APauls
17-May-19
OOOOOH Dang, that bear is a hoss. Way to go Cindy, way to go Russ and staff. I always maintain that bears are animals you can't fool with for pictures. Big ones look big, and small ones look small regardless of what you do.

Ain't no way to make that bear look small!

From: Chief 419
17-May-19
That’s the bear of a lifetime. Congrats to Cindy!

From: Basinboy
18-May-19
Congrats to Mrs Cindy!!!!

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