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GRM 05-27-2009 07:47 PM

Alberta Bear Hunt
Outfitter was Alberta Bear Busters west of High Level. Pat McLean runs a great camp. This is a story I've shared with family and friends. The pictures are in order of the story. Hope you enjoy.......

The Spirit Was There

I'd like to share with ya'll this amazing and some what spiritual hunt of my life. This hunt was for and with my Dad. Before he died we talked about me going on a hunt with some of my inheritance. At the time I didn't know what kind of hunt I wanted to do. In more ways than one I felt like Dad was there with me. I thought of him and mom often and wondered how they would have loved the country side. After sitting for 7 hours in a tree stand on the last night of the hunt I was not real optimistic about going home with two bears, but I was alright with it. Doesn't sound like me, does it?

The hunt was top notch and very fruitful. The first night Danny and I both shot our first bears. Brian scored on the third night with his first. The fifth night Brain scored again. Night #6 was Danny's turn to tag out with his second bear. The final 7th night with about 10 minutes of shooting light left I thought I was going home with just one bear and then back in the thick timber a branch broke. It all happened so fast. Turn the camera on, grabbed the bow and saw this beautiful blonde bear come into the bait. After the shot I was a total wreck as evident on the film. Ya, I got the shot on film. It was dark when the guides showed up and we started tracking. There wasn't much blood and the guides were afraid it wasn't a kill shot. Something just told me that we would find this bear. About 80 yds. of hands and knees searching I shinned the flash light on a beautiful blonde bear laying dead. At that moment I turn to heaven to thank God and a flood of emotions erupted and Dad was there. My thoughts were that he nourished me with the desire and knowledge to hunt and fish. It was also his money that helped me finance the hunt and just maybe he helped to bring the bear to me in such a special way. I blubbered and cried a little then and back at camp when I told everybody this hunt was for Dad as much as me. It was such a special and blessed feeling that I couldn't help but think he even helped in finding the bear.

With all that said this hunt was for Dad as much as me.

He wasn't the biggest bear in camp but he became THE BEAR OF THE CAMP.
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timba 05-28-2009 07:20 AM

very nice bears,I love the color bear.congrats

dhertz 05-28-2009 08:48 AM

Very cool!!

Bow Drawn 05-28-2009 09:29 AM

Hey thanks for sharing all that with us. Something about bear hunting to me that will make it special but you had a double special memory there. Congrats!

firediver 05-28-2009 11:48 AM

I hunted out of that camp when it was known as Wolf Creek. It was the last week as Wolf Creek and Pat was in camp while we were there. WHAT A TREMENDOUS WINDERNESS ADVENTURE!!!!!

I would sure like to return some day!!!!


YorkArcher 05-28-2009 01:12 PM

Very nice!!!! Great story!!

GRM 06-05-2009 09:48 PM

Thanks for all the kind words. Now that I've got the bear I don't know what kind of mount I want. I mean that I want a full body mount but I don't know what pose to put him in. After looking at the web sites of McKensie, Raylines and Van Dykes I 'm thinking of either closed mouth or panting mouth in a climbing pose or standing with head up. I won't be able to talk to my taxidermist for a couple of weeks. He has a pretty heart shape blaze on his chest that I want to show off. I'm new to this bear hunting and would appreciate any comments from you more experienced bear hunters.

Here's the blaze.

Moosedog 06-07-2009 05:38 PM

Very cool looking blaze on your color phase bear, definitely got to show that off. Congrats to all on a great hunt!

bear2 06-07-2009 07:04 PM

Make sure the poses you have in mind are the general size of the bear. The manikin can and should be altered to fit YOUR bear, but it can only be changed so much. Our best mounts seem come out when the customer has a general idea of what they want but doesn't tie our hands to tight. Nice bear colored & white blaze !!!

GRM 06-07-2009 10:28 PM

Thanks bear2 for the advice. I didn't think about putting undue pressure or requests on the taxidermist. I know that I don't like it when my clients demand too much or they don't even know what they want. At bear camp we didn't take any measurements before skinning. Will this be a problem for my taxi.? I've noticed that all the manikins are all sized. Does that mean that I'll have to pick one that is closest to the size of my bear? Thanks again for the info.

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