Ya gotta love bear country!Contributors to this thread:
Charlie Rehor 08-May-19
Chief 419 08-May-19
Mark Watkins 08-May-19
Nick Muche 08-May-19
Forest bows 08-May-19
Mike Ukrainetz 08-May-19
HUNT MAN 08-May-19
'Ike' (Phone) 08-May-19
Forest bows 08-May-19
T Mac 10-May-19
Nick Muche 13-May-19
Rob Nye 14-May-19
Rob Nye 14-May-19
Charlie Rehor 26-May-19
Rob Nye 29-May-19
Nick Muche 29-May-19
Rob Nye 29-May-19
Charlie Rehor 01-Jun-19
Was touring around checking baits and tweaking stands and was loving my job as usual. Thought I’d take a few pics of baits and bush trails and share em here. Work work work!
Lets face it...inaccessible places are in our best interest
Good luck Rob! Say hello to Kent when you see him!
From: Chief 419
In that last picture it looks like the bear is wearing a cow bell. Is that to wake the hunter up as the bear is coming in?
From: Mark Watkins
Looks like fun Rob!
Some great bears on cam!
Thanks Charlie will see Krock later today.
Nice photos, Rob. Best luck for a Booner season.
Rob, your hunt looks to be one of the best bear hunts going. Remote, big bears and no doubt a ton of fun. Looking forward to following along!
My oh my!!!!
From: Forest bows
Hi Forest; might be one for last week of May. One guy with health issues. Only taking 2 per week in May most hunters now booking Fall bear/waterfowl combo hunts.
Some tank bears Rob! Looking forward to seeing your hunters behind a few of them! Best of luck on a safe and successful season.
From: Mike Ukrainetz
Good Luck Rob! Some tanks to start the season there!!
Good luck you have some super bears hitting your baits!
From: HUNT MAN
Amazing country and bears. Dream hunt . Hunt
Lots of younguns rolled in today to help me bait and keep me company. Fun to chase them up trees when they get too friendly!
And here I am sitting in an office. Boy where did I go wrong! Beautiful country.
From: 'Ike' (Phone)
Excellent, some great pictures...
From: Forest bows
Somebody better jump on that spot for the last week of May I'd be all over it if I wasn't going to New Zealand
Some monsters for sure!
What is the purpose for all of the sticks shoved into the bait barrel? I’ve seen that done by guys before. Curious as to what the reason is.
Mostly just be an assclown to the bears. I’m sure they think “ I hate the *#%€ guy that keeps shoving those stupid sticks in the barrel. ‘ But bears find a lot of food by flipping logs, rolling them around and ripping them up so maybe makes the barrel and site more natural to them.
Busy mama ridin’ herd on 4 yardapes. Last Fall I had pics of 3 different sows with 4 cubs.
Somebody got caught with his face in the frosting jar
New bait where I found huge tracks in the snow last Fall. Got hit the first day I put it out and took 4 days for Slobbo here to show up. Whether he ever rolls in daylight remains to be seen.
From: T Mac
Great pics and a couple slobs. Thanks Rob!
"...so maybe makes the barrel and site more natural to them." LOL! That's beautiful country and I have to admire you guys for putting in so much work and getting into so many bears. I'm sure it is a great time and I'd do it if I had the time and $$. Its just the issue with the blue barrels though. I understand you have to contain the bait and all. I was just thinking maybe a pit dug in the ground and covered with logs or something like that, maybe lined with heavy gauge visqueen so it doesn't all soak in, instead of the barrels? I realize I can go pound salt, but it just does not look all that 'natural'. That's just me, though. You guys are fine with it so no problem. What I think means squat, have a great season! That's a big boy right there above!
Trapper; it is the law in SK that bait be placed in containers. Never was a fan of barrels and didn’t use them until it became law. Most hunters find them real handy for judging bear size.
Thanks Rob, I get it, makes sense. Have a great season! I would like to venture up that way and try it out someday before I croak - won't be anytime soon probably. I'd like to go for the big bucks you guys have too. Its on the bucket list. I shoot heavier recurves (60s #). Do you accommodate those?
Yes sir. Right up my alley been a longbow only guy for 30 years. Just cause it’s so much fun. Have shot about a zillion judo heads. Only lost 2. Try not to croak.
I'll try...not up to me though. I just try to delay it by working out and eating game. What do you shoot with the judos, white rabbits? Or just stuff?
Geez Rob you have a few "Toads" on camera! Some guys are going to have a memorable hunt !
Hey Trapper I discovered the best way to hide the blue barrels!
Not trick photos. Thinking about quitting my job now...... :)
Would be tough to wait for the chocolate if this guy rolled in first.
Lotsa predators on the move.
I spotted this about 10 yards off one of my bush trails. A bear totally demolished this big black poplar log. Musta been some tastyass bugs to merit that much work.
Like waiting at the Tim’s drive-thru.
Incredible pics! Good luck to you and your hunters this year.
You can tell clients are coming when equipment gets their bi-annual wash. :) Boys are excited to start hunting tomorrow hope action is good for them.
Jeeze they're like starlings around here. That one looks like he could eat the barrel. That's a pretty cool pic of those cubs standing upright. Have a great season Rob.
Boys are shooting great. Super windy day hope it calms down this evening.
Wow! Nice photos!
One guy wants a chocolate bear not sure if this one big enuff. Mebbe he’ll get a look at him and find out if it is a first day bear or not.
Jay Sileo and his first archery bear 19 15/16. He had an interesting first hunt. Saw 8 bears and had a grumpy sow chasing bears up trees all around him. This one showed up at 8:00 and he decided to shoot it so he wouldn’t have the crap scared out of him ever again. Has decided people who hunt bears with a bow are crazy! Dave Clark also saw eight and had bears running amok from the instant he got in the tree. Also had cubs up a neighboring tree for awhile. He had a good brown coming in but a sow chased him off. Pansy bear he called it.
Going to be an exciting few weeks coming up. Thanks for putting in all the hard work and sharing the fun with us!
Congrats to Jay and best of luck to your other hunters!
Note cub in treestand happily wrecking my camera tree pod arm that I lent to client Dave who left it rigged up when he left there last night.
It was pretty late when we got outta the Bush with Jay’s bear and the northern lights gave us quite a show. First time the boys had seen them so that was cool.
Dave had a scary night last night- too damn many bears he said. 175 pound sow shook his ladder a couple times he thought she was coming up, very grumpy girl. A couple big ones rolled in late but light was not good so he passed did not want to shoot a bear with less than perfect fur. Figured he saw 15 different bears, all but one were different bears from the first day. He went for an early morning hunt today. Bears ripped the barrel off the tree during the night it is attached to tree with two 41/2” lag bolts thru chain. Bolts were severely bent and pulled out of tree. Guess I better get longer ones.
Man I love this stuff! Thanks so much for sharing Rob! Takes a big ass bear to start ripping stuff through steel barrels like that, game on!
Possibly a suspect.
The perp? His lawyer will argue that due to 3 minute camera delay and no actual photo of barrel dislodgement, being at the scene of the crime does not make him guilty.
A case of mistaken identity ended Dave’s hunt on Thursday. Ground shrinkage was a factor but still a good bear at 18 2/16. He had lotsa fun watching pretty much non-stop bear action, figures he easily saw 20 + different bears during his hunt.
Lotsa rain last Wednesday made some trails pretty ugly had to break out the Argos to access some baits. The Defender finally met its match about 2 feet shy of dry ground in one really ugly mud hole that was no problem the day before.
Dave is a professional taxidermist and offered to make the habitat for my bear mount. I had built the base and collected the stumps I wanted a year ago but was happy a pro volunteered to help finish it.
Yesterday he washed and blow dried the wolf mount. The moral of the story is hold out to last day or get put to work around here.
2 more clients rolling in today. Have been here for deer but first time for bear. These 2 bruins are pretty regular visitors the last several days so the boys should have fun tryin to get ‘em.
Keep it coming. Hopefully you have been busy hauling out bears the past couple days!
Love the thread...
Been busy guy but not dragging any yet. Woody Dills CT and Joe Chomko NJ are first time bear hunters and having a blast so far. Seeing lotsa bears but being patient and waiting on a jumbo. Wind has been erratic they sat different stands each night so far.
Woody’s first day on stand was action packed and I think another bear hunting fool has joined the ranks. I warned him it was addictive. I barely went 50 yards and he looked down and a bear was standing right under him, said he nearly jumped outta the stand, shat himself and had the big one simultaneously.
On the way in he was amazed at the amount of tracks in the wet spots. I confessed I have several bear feet mounted on pogo sticks so the boys get revved up to go sit in the bugs. My guides complain it’s dangerous work. Buncha Nancy’s.
We are about 4 days into “The green-up blues”; last few days have been hot and the vegetation is leafing out at an incredible pace. Fiddleheads popped up yesterday and were a foot tall this morning; some of the patches we checked yesterday were already eaten by bears today. Always have a few Sping days when natural food keeps jumbos busy but they always come back to the beaver eventually. The boys are patient and having fun so all good.
Rob, great photos....thanks for sharing. Looking forward to my hunt with you next week.
Been too dang busy to post here lately. Woody Dills could not pass up this chocolate boar 18 3/8” skull and beautiful fur. He had pretty much non-stop action every day. Texted us one night “Bring gun, nearly outta pepper spray “ 3 different bears climbed his tree several times and he was a tad jacked up about it. He is sad that he missed out by never hunting bears before said it was the most fun and excitement ever. He’ll be back. His pal Joe Chomko showed good restraint for a rookie and passed some respectable bears saying go big or go home. So he went home but hopes to be back for a go this Fall. He too wishes he had started this bear hunting nonsense a long time ago. They are both coming for 2020 early Spring hunt.
Have been sorting thru about a zillion tc pics will try to post a few later.
If he does not make an appearance this evening the treestand will be occupied tomorrow morning! We call it the empty stand blues when pics like this show up!
I think she stopped suddenly causing a collision.
Oh wait..... maybe not. Hubba hubba.
Not sure what kinda bird dive bombs bears but I bet it’s having fun.
Sometimes 2 cameras firing simultaneously produce some cool photos.
Long-time friend and client Bob Delaney from FL sat for the big chocolate yesterday. Lotsa bears but big guy did not show. I can’t lie I really really hope he shoots it tonite to avoid a 3:30 AM departure tomorrow!
Nice pics Rob!
Hi Charlie; thanks glad ya enjoy em.
Great pics. Looks like some dandy bears there!
A few of the bears around the bait Woody sat at. He reported there was often 10 -12 bears in sight and said he was amazed by their antics and vocabulary as well as being scared $@&?less a few times.
Rob, How big are the barrels in your pictures? Are they all the same size?
Bob saw lots of bears Sunday evening but brown a no show. Bob is 82 and spent about 10 hours on stand yesterday. He saw several bears in the morning also.
Hunt; 45 imperial gallons 55 US. All are the same.
Right at legal hunting time.
Right at legal hunting time.
Bob got to bed around midnight. Guide Richard had Him back in the stand by 4:30 AM. Cams revealed the big chocolate rolled in about 3 AM and the boys pushed him off. He will likely sit until 11:00. Winds are varied next several days so plan to put up another stand and clear a spot for a pop up when we pick him up. I think the sow he is with is also an older bear so more cautious than most. Bob has always wanted a big chocolate so it would be tough to tear him away from that spot. The other big chocolate we had on the go disappeared at green-up a week ago.
Some nice bears Rob thanks for posting!
Great pics and thread! Thanks Rob!
Bob just texted that he saw him at 50 yards but he didn’t come in. I asked if the bear winded him but no response yet.
It did not wind him; there were 2 bears at the bait and he just turned and slowly walked away.
He’s a big target and Bob is a deadly shot. He has taken numerous black bears in addition to a polar bear, brown bear and grizzlies with a bow. He has lotsa great bear stories!
I was in camp with Bob a couple years ago in Manitoba. He killed a Booner that week. Great hunter, great guy...wishing him luck on the Big Chocolate!
That chocolate is a beauty!
What a pile of incredible bears on those baits, they are whoppers! Good luck!
Morning hunter. The start of an unforgettable day in bear country. Bob was in the stand at 4 AM and had seen 6 bears when he caught a glimpse of brown fur coming his way. When the other bears exited stage left he grabbed his bow and the bear walked in and stopped 15 yards away. I’m sure he musta looked pretty wicked with the early morning sun shining on him.
That's a toad and very nice colored bear. Hope we see him with a very happy hunter.
Even highly experienced hunters can make mistakes. Bob texted that he shot the bear at 6 am but had rushed the shot and the hit was way higher than he wanted and maybe a bit forward also. Richard and I went in quietly at 7:00. Bob was not happy with himself but we told him there’s always a chance no matter what u think. I found good blood pretty quicklly and spirits picked up
It was cool to find this rack that the bear ran over.
It was cool to find this rack that the bear ran over.
We were seriously hoping for a quick tracking job The bear headed into the trickiest, nastiest jungle of hazel brush, alder and willows I’ve ever had the misfortune to track in. For most of the way it was like a wall; you couldn’t even see a guy standing 10!feet away. I had to hang flagging tape about every 15 feet to mark the trail. To add to the fun a nasty plow wind a few years ago had flattened acres of giant poplar trees so there was deadfall from hell to contend with as well. I knew the bear was headed directly for a distant river but the bloodtrail was looking good and easy to follow except for the ridiculously thick bush slowed us down considerably. Maybe Bob will chime in and can better describe how unbelievably nasty it was.
It was kinda spooky following the blood in a maze of saplings with near zero visibility but the bear was really leaking so we pressed on. Progress seemed mighty slow and with zero wind it was getting pretty hot in that jungle. I estimated we had gone close to 350 yards before we found a bed. After another 15 yards we found another and Bobs arrow was in it exhibiting blood almost to the vanes. The blood trail dwindled a bit after that but it was still relatively easy to see. We debated whether to back out or continue: none of us were thrilled with the thought of quitting yet. After another 50 yards the bear bedded several times; usually a very good sign but once again he kept on going. We could now hear a set of rapids and knew the river was close. The bear headed downhill on a game trail that was somewhat clear a welcome change from what we just experienced. It was tough going for anyone; Bob is 82 and we were impressed with his total determination to keep going.
Crap. Phone dyin will have to finish this tale tomorrow.
About 10 yards from the river a small waterhole showed evidence that the bear had lain there for a while. It was looking like we may have pushed him outta this bed and had discussion whether to back off. We decided to see if he swam the river. I spotted big tracks in the mud and then saw him walking briskly in thick willows on the other side. He quickly disappeared. We decided to give him a few hours and come back. GPS revealed it was 512 yards from the river to the baits site but the actual path taken by the bear likely added another 100. We left Bobs bow there because it was too tough to navigate it through through the maze. I added lots more flagging tape on the way out.
After a quick lunch Bob hit the rack for a couple hours of much needed rest. We waded through the jungle again and we were back at the river at 4. Luckily for us a small island just 80 yards down stream made 2 narrow channels shallow enough to wade across. it was swift current but we got Us and all the gear across with only wet feet.
Green score 20 7/16”.
Green score 20 7/16”.
We found one small drop of blood where the bear went in the willows. I went up the river bank on a game trail and the boys remained looking for blood. I came to a small plateau with a game trail running parallel to the river. I followed it for about 80 yards but found no sign. I went the other direction and came to a little steam running from a spring down to the river. I thought to myself “ I bet he might be lying in this little trickle somewhere.” I glanced uphill and there he was laying 40 yards away. I’m not sure if Bob was the happiest camper on the planet when I told him I found the bear but he had to be up in the top 3 at least! If we had waited a few hours in the beginning before trailing he likely would not have made it across the river but it was a very hot day and the blood trail was encouraging. I was worried about the heat and the bear hide spoiling if indeed he was dead. Shoulda coulda woulda.
Your persistent paid off great job. Super nice bear!
Wow, what a bear. Congratulations to all involved. Thanks for taking us along
We skinned the bear out and I put the hide and skull in a big grain bag I brought along. Richard stayed with Bob for some frequent rest stops and I basically bulldozed my way back through that jungle hell with the bear. Some friendly neighbourhood bears had come along and pulled down a bunch of my flagging tape which really improved my mood. In places I got so tangled up in those hellacious saplings I couldn’t even move. The boys could hear the occasional loud F bomb coming from my direction. When I got back to the bait at sunset there was bears all over but I flopped down right there and almost went to sleep. Getting too old for all this fun!
Great bear and even better story! Great persistence, congrats to all of you!
Big thanks to guide Richard who never wavered. New to bow hunting but sucking it up like a sponge and loving it. He does a great job for all the clients and is an excellent tracker. And kudos to Bob for braving that trek 4 times and not breaking a hip or anything on a few tumbles. :) Me too for that matter I cratered several times!
Awesome tracking job boys!! Love it when they end that way. STRONG WORK
Wow great story and pics Rob! Hope we are all like Bob at 82 his smile says it all. Jeepers what an awesome bear!!!
Wow! I was on pins and needles reading along. What an adventure and a beautiful bear. Congrats to all and thanks for sharing!
Great hunt report and conclusion! Congrats!
Wow what a tracking job! Way to be persistent. A lot of guides would have given up. That says a lot about you Rob. Congrats to Bob beautiful color phase the bear of a lifetime.