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DConcrete 04-Jun-24
midwest 04-Jun-24
Charlie Rehor 04-Jun-24
Gib 04-Jun-24
molsonarcher 04-Jun-24
Scoot 04-Jun-24
Bowboy 04-Jun-24
mooseslayer 04-Jun-24
buckeye 04-Jun-24
Dale06 04-Jun-24
Mike Ukrainetz 04-Jun-24
Insheart 04-Jun-24
bowhunter24 04-Jun-24
DConcrete 04-Jun-24
grape 04-Jun-24
bghunter 04-Jun-24
blackbear62 04-Jun-24
Wv hillbilly 04-Jun-24
Stoneman 04-Jun-24
Stoneman 04-Jun-24
DConcrete 05-Jun-24
Scoot 05-Jun-24
DConcrete 05-Jun-24
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VAMtns 05-Jun-24
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Zebrakiller 05-Jun-24
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Gib 05-Jun-24
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Chekmate 05-Jun-24
mooseslayer 05-Jun-24
Bigfoot 05-Jun-24
molsonarcher 05-Jun-24
Insheart 05-Jun-24
Brotsky 05-Jun-24
Scoot 05-Jun-24
DConcrete 05-Jun-24
Bou'bound 05-Jun-24
DConcrete 05-Jun-24
Charlie Rehor 05-Jun-24
DConcrete 06-Jun-24
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From: DConcrete
04-Jun-24
We left home on Saturday. On this hunt we’ll have:

My wife, Jamie My daughter, Marissa 18 My son Peyton turns 18 on June 5. My daughter Whitney 12 And myself. And my good friend Russ Collard

Tonight was our first night hunting.

We sat on the ground and immediately had a sow and 2 cubs of the year come in. Then we had a small boar come in. And then 2 more cubs of the year and a sow. These ones were different than the first.

Peyton sat by himself and saw 7 bears. Had one come to 5 yards. My daughter Marissa had one come to 2 yards in their blind. My buddy Russ is taking her for me so I can sit with my wife and 12 year old.

This is a 6 day hunt. And we are about 5 hours north of Saskatoon.

Enjoy!

From: midwest
04-Jun-24
Sounds like a great family vacay....good luck to all!

04-Jun-24
Hoping for family success. Good luck.

From: Gib
04-Jun-24
Thanks for sharing good luck

From: molsonarcher
04-Jun-24
Good luck! Another good thread about to happen!

From: Scoot
04-Jun-24
Go get em, Jeff! Have fun.

From: Bowboy
04-Jun-24
Have fun and enjoy the adventure.

From: mooseslayer
04-Jun-24
Good luck Jeff & gang!!

From: buckeye
04-Jun-24
Awesome

From: Dale06
04-Jun-24
Hunting with the whole family is awesome, good luck!

04-Jun-24
Good luck! Sounds fun

From: Insheart
04-Jun-24
Good luck, hopefully you bring home 4 or 5 bear.

From: bowhunter24
04-Jun-24
Sounds like a fantastic trip already...got a family hunting together, awesome!

From: DConcrete
04-Jun-24
So far today, it’s been raining pretty dang hard. We’re gonna leave camp around 3:30.

We sit till 10:05 tonight.

The forecast looked like it was gonna clear up. But now it shows rain through Friday. So, we’ll put our rain jackets on and deal with it!

From: grape
04-Jun-24
Good luck Jeff.

From: bghunter
04-Jun-24
Good luck.

From: blackbear62
04-Jun-24
Good luck.

04-Jun-24
Good luck. Thanks for sharing!!

From: Stoneman
04-Jun-24

From: Stoneman
04-Jun-24
Not many can get their family to go on a bear hunt where everyone is hunting! Well done and have fun!

From: DConcrete
05-Jun-24
Well, the rain never let up tonight at all. In fact, it got worse. The 3 of us sat in a brush blind and just soaked it all in….literally…

About 7:15, a nice, Beautiful bear started to come in. He poked his head out of the brush, and then backed away.

Around 7:28, he decided to come back and he was committed. He came in and started to eat.

I slowly handed the rifle To Whitney, and got her settled and then waited for the angle to turn.

From: Scoot
05-Jun-24
That's dirty, Jeff! Cmon... pics plz!

From: DConcrete
05-Jun-24

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She settled the rifle and I plugged my ears since I didn’t have time for my ear muffs. She sends the shot from my .300 WSM. She absolutely hammers this bear. He takes off for about 40 yards and then he begins a series of death moans

From: DConcrete
05-Jun-24

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05-Jun-24

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From: VAMtns
05-Jun-24
Great bear WTG Whitney

From: bghunter
05-Jun-24
Way to go Whitney, you dealt with the weather, toughed it out and it paid off. Congratulations.

From: Zebrakiller
05-Jun-24
good stuff

From: bowhunter24
05-Jun-24
Awesome Whitney, way to hang in there!

From: Gib
05-Jun-24
Great job Whitney!!! Beautiful bear memories for a lifetime

05-Jun-24
Heck yeah!!!!!! That’s a family vacation!!!! I don’t know why I’ve never thought to do this. Anyways, I love it!!

From: Chekmate
05-Jun-24
Nice bear!

From: mooseslayer
05-Jun-24
Nice job Whitney, a quick recovery is always nice.

From: Bigfoot
05-Jun-24
What a pretty bear. Great to see.

From: molsonarcher
05-Jun-24
Thats a great start! Congrats and keep shooting.

From: Insheart
05-Jun-24
2 thumbs up Whitney.

From: Brotsky
05-Jun-24
Heck yeah Whitney!! What a great bear! Congrats!

From: Scoot
05-Jun-24
Outstanding!- WTG Whitney!!! That's pretty awesome!

From: DConcrete
05-Jun-24
My son Peyton saw a few bears last night. Marissa and Russ didn’t see any. As you can maybe see in the pictures, it was RAINING. What a great reward for Whitney. She was so excited. This little girl loves hunting. She’s killed 2 turkeys and a white tail when she was 10 in Nebraska.

She has a whitetail hunt in Montana this year. As well as a spike elk tag in Utah. I’ll do my best to make sure she’s successful

From: Bou'bound
05-Jun-24
If you go hunting With her it is successful.

From: DConcrete
05-Jun-24
Time To head out. Been raining again all day. It does look like it is supposed to start breaking up though. Here goes to another night in the bear stand!

05-Jun-24
If the rain breaks it should be great. Good luck and congrats to you and your daughter..

From: DConcrete
06-Jun-24
Well….its story time from last night. I don’t want to spill too many beans too early but, I’ll say this:

As hunters, sometimes we experience the lowest of lows. And my wife Jamie just experienced that.

But sometimes….more rarely, we also get the highest of highs after the lows have hit.

Was last night at this morning one of those times when failure and success meet in the middle?

From: DConcrete
06-Jun-24
We got settled into the blind last night around 4:00.

Keep in mind this is just a brush pile we are sitting behind. So we’re totally exposed just like a tree stand.

The weather this week has just been horrible. This morning is the first time I’ve see. The sun since Sunday. And now it’s raining again.

Last night wasn’t so much rain. Yes it was misting a lot of the night. But not a full on rain.

Around 6:00, the same sow and 2 little cubs we’ve been seeing came back in. They hung around and gave us a show for an hour a half. Shortly after they left, another, smaller bear came in. He ate for awhile. Then he quickly bolted out of there….

So now we are hoping it’s game time….and I see a beautiful blond bear coming. But he just doesn’t make the size cut for us.

He eats for awhile and then he bolts too. That gets my heart ready. I see another bear, black, Coming from my right.

He walks up To our blind, looks at me, And bolts. He was about 6’ away.

He circles the bait, and comes Back in to the bait and ears for awhile. After he left, it was still and quiet. And COLD!! The girls were frozen, I was getting cold and daylight was fading.

As I sat there, I knew in my heart a big one was coming In tonight. As hunters, we just sometimes “know”. And last night, I knew.

And then my wife nudged me. She could see a big bear slowly approaching. I couldn’t quite see him from my angle. And then he walks slowly past the bait, and out of our lives….but….I've seen this movie a time or 2. I assured my wife, he’ll be right back.

About 5 minutes later, Here he came. Walking a trail Directly behind the bait coming straight in. He makes his way to the bait, and then the butthole laid down.

From: DConcrete
06-Jun-24
I handed her her rifle, and I got it settled on the tripod and had her just wait.

It felt like an eternity and daylight was fading quickly.

Finally, the bear went to look for something else to eat. And he offered a fantastic quartering to us shot. I figured my wife’s 7 SAUM with 168 grain Barnes all copper bullet would bust his shoulder and continue into the goods.

I told her to go ahead and shoot him there.

And this my friends, is a mistake I’ll Never make again.

From: DConcrete
06-Jun-24
She shoots the bear and it totally dumps him. Just rolls him hard. He goes to run away and his right front is demolished. He runs in a couple of circles while My wife is trying to get another round in him. And then he takes off into the bush.

We had a lot of mixed signals happening. There were two big crashes, then silence. Follow by NO death moan. It was close enough to the guide coming to get us, we just waited.

Once he got there, we went in with headlamps and couldn’t locate him Right away. So we said, see you tomorrow.

And then we began the crappy sleepless night.

From: DConcrete
06-Jun-24
We got up this morning, there were 2 guides. My wife. Myself. And my friend Russ.

We got to the bait, and we began to go the direction we knew the bear went. And he was headed towards all the muskeg. For those who don’t know what that is, it’s crap. Pure crap. Mossy, water, thick with willows and aspens and small Pine trees. And WET.

We couldn’t locate anything.

No blood, no direction. Nothing.

Finally, Russ, who’s probably the best tracker and houndsmen I’ve been around finds a drop Of blood, and a chunk of bone.

And we begin a series of blood trailing, losing the blood, doing grids and circles, And Russ finding blood. This carried on for an hour and a half.

I felt, like this bear wasn’t dead. Everyone else felt the same.

We kept searching and searching and this is NOT easy country to be searching in. The level of THICK is indescribable.

After 3 hours, we’d run out of anything to really follow. The outfitter and I agreed that this bear, unfortunately, isn’t dead.

He looks at me and says, I think we’re done. And my wife and I agreed.

Just as we were calling it, we hear Russ up above us, BLOOD.

So we go up there, and he’s on the move with a guide. And they’re moving quickly. We’re on blood and deep tracks in the soft soil.

I looked at the other guide and said, this blood looks fresh. Like Right now fresh.

And then they start hollering at us to get the shooter up there. So we take off down the hill towards the bear. Armed with shotguns.

The bear was very much alive. Not going anywhere quick, but alive.

From: DConcrete
06-Jun-24
The bear attempted to climb a tree, and my wife took the shotgun and hammered him with 00 buckshot.

She pumps the gun and hammers him again. He drops, and it was all Done.

Her fate of, failure and success, had a rendezvous this morning.

I believe we’re all in shock still.

From: DConcrete
06-Jun-24

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06-Jun-24

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From: DConcrete
06-Jun-24
Now that we’re back to camp, we’ve eaten, and finished our morning coffee….in the afternoon, we’re getting ready to roll for another night

06-Jun-24
Real as it gets. Well done by all. Excited for her. Thanks for the play by play.

From: grape
06-Jun-24
Congrats. The highs and lows of hunting are amazing.

From: molsonarcher
06-Jun-24
Fantasyltic ending! Congrats to your wife, and way to follow up. You guys earned that one.

From: mooseslayer
06-Jun-24
Just when you think you were done. Even the slightest spec of blood and hopes are high again. Good trackers are priceless, what a swing of emotions for your wife. Love to hear the happy endings!!!

06-Jun-24
Congratulations on the bears so far. I’m sure we’ll get another story or two. Thanks for sharing and good luck!

From: JB
06-Jun-24
Awesome play by play and a great bear!! Her smile tells it all! I love a good blood trail exercise especially when it ends like that. Beautiful bear!!!

From: t-roy
06-Jun-24
Awesome stuff so far! Your wife’s bear looks like a toad!

06-Jun-24
Great story Jeff! And so true!! Big bears can absorb shock and a broken shoulder and get away, yet they can’t take a broadhead through both lungs. I’ve had guys shoot bears with shotgun slugs and muzzle loaders in the shoulder too and have them get away. Thanks for sharing.

From: Insheart
06-Jun-24
Those pictures are the culmination of what it takes to succeed in the face of despair.

Way to persevere Jamie! And as JB said "her smile says it all!"

From: TMac
07-Jun-24
The smile says it all! Great bears!

From: drycreek
07-Jun-24
A couple of nice bears there D, congrats to your wife and daughter. It’s really nice to read a real cliffhanger hunting story !

From: DConcrete
08-Jun-24
Well guys, the last 2 nights just haven’t produced for any of us. I wish I had a better story for everyone but…..I don’t.

Sometimes, hunts go this way. Tomorrow is the last day and we’ll see what’s in store for us!

From: Gib
08-Jun-24
Thank you again and hoping continued success

From: Scoot
08-Jun-24
This has been awesome, Jeff! GL tonight!

From: DConcrete
08-Jun-24
We will spend the day getting our stuff ready for an early departure tomorrow. Not quite sure what stands we’re going to yet. But we’ll see what tonight brings. It’s the last night of a 6 day hunt.

We’ve struggled with weather really bad on this hunt. Evening sits have been in the rain. 40 degrees. Feels like hunting baited bears in April really. The good part is, we are seeing bears. Just not bears we want.

From: Paul@thefort
08-Jun-24
Hey Jeff, did the girl's smiles disappear when they were told they had to skin out their bears? Just asking :). Good all around. Paul

From: DConcrete
08-Jun-24

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We made them Skin their own and pack their own. Gotta earn it right??

Here’s to our last night. Marissa is ready to roll.

From: grape
08-Jun-24
Good luck!!

From: DConcrete
08-Jun-24
Well….Marissa got tired of waiting. We just had a medium size boar come in. She looked at me and I said, he ain’t big but if you like him And you want a bear, go for it.

She raised her rifle….

From: DConcrete
08-Jun-24

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From: Gib
08-Jun-24
GREAT JOB MARISSA!!!! Congratulations

From: molsonarcher
08-Jun-24
Another one for the crew! Congrats!

From: Insheart
08-Jun-24
WHAHOOO, another Dumas connects. Family killa's for sure! :)

From: DConcrete
08-Jun-24
I just got word from Peyton from His ZOLEO device that he just dropped a bear at the bait. He got one now too

From: DConcrete
08-Jun-24
I, won’t be killing a bear this trip.

On Thursday night, Peyton wounded a bear. This outfitter has a blood policy. Which I understand and am okay with. We see it all the time.

I asked the outfitter if Peyton could keep hunting in my place. And he graciously said yes.

I’m glad Peyton got it done tonight. He was down in the dumps, like we’ve all been there before.

From: molsonarcher
09-Jun-24
Thats a very nice gesture from the outfitter. Some wont let you do that. Glad you guys got another one for the crew. Congrats to Peyton!

From: DConcrete
10-Jun-24
Well, we made it home a few short minutes ago. It’s 2:10 Utah time.

We left Saskatchewan at 5:00 yesterday morning. Made it to great falls Montana last night. We actually got there 3 hours quicker than I had planned.

The Celtics won last night so that was just a bonus to the trip.

Some hunts go like this one did and that’s okay. We spent 10 days in close quarters with each other as family and friends. My daughters and wife got their bears. My son got his. And that’s what was important to me.

As I’ve gotten older, and have began passing the torch to my children, there is an unexplainable feeling that comes over you as you watch your kids grow up and start to be successful on their own.

It’s truly the pleasure of my life.

From: Rob in VT
10-Jun-24
Family hunts are the best! Congratulations to your successful hunters, memories they will never forget.

Let’s Go C’s!

From: Insheart
10-Jun-24
Nice Jeff, that's what Pops do for their kids!

From: Shug
10-Jun-24
Congratulations to all

From: Scoot
11-Jun-24
Congrats Jeff- what a great trip! Thanks for posting this.

From: bowhunter24
11-Jun-24
Thanks for taking us on your vacation it was a great story to read! Congrats to all on this one!

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