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7 Days until the BEAR Hunt

Well guys I am down to a week, 7 days, 168 hours, 10080 minutes, or 604800 seconds before I am out the door headed to British Colombia for my grizzly/black bear hunt.  It seams like just last week when I made the decision to book the hunt and get the ball rolling. 

I am planning on driving up through Utah, Idaho, Montana, and then across the border to the outfitters cabins that sit on a lake.  I have relatives that I'll stop and see along the way so that will break up the drive up a little.  I plan on spending the night before I cross the border in Eureka, Montana and then up to Canal Flats and the Cabins At Whitetail.  One night at their cabins and then we will be off up the trail for 23 miles on horseback to the hunting area.  I can feel my legs hurting already.  It has only been 20 years since I was on a horse but they say that we can do all the walking that we want on the way in to help out. 

I got a email from the outfitter yesterday and he was saying that there is still quite a bit of snow left up there but that his father had rode into one camp about 10 miles up the  trail and that he is up there today with a forestry officer doing a prescribed burn in the area.  On the plus side he did see a few bear tracks when he rode up to the camp the other day so it looks good. 

So my rifle is sighted in along with having 40 rounds reloaded with a Barnes 225 grain TSX bullet out the barrel at just over 2900fps from my .340 Weatherby.  I have all my customs forms filled out, both the US and Canadian ones.  My bags are packed and the truck is sitting in the driveway chomping at the bit wanting to go.  Alright the truck really isn't chomping at the bit but I am. 

So let the countdown begin.    

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Good luck !

Critter,

I wish you all the luck on a safe and productive hunt ! It should be the hunt of many lifetimes. Good luck and I hope to read a great story and see some amzing pics when you return.

Quinton

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Good Luck Bro

Critter, I hope all works out for a successful hunt. May the weather and wind be in your favor. Most importantly, dont let discouragement get the best of you. Many a trophy have been taken in the last few mintues of shooting time on the last day. I'm saying a prayer for a safe and successful hunt for you next week. Kevin

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Good Luck Bro

Critter, I hope all works out for a successful hunt. May the weather and wind be in your favor. Most importantly, dont let discouragement get the best of you. Many a trophy have been taken in the last few mintues of shooting time on the last day. I'm saying a prayer for a safe and successful hunt for you next week. Kevin

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 Good luck on this hunt and

 Good luck on this hunt and the entire experience. This is one of the big hunts that all of us dream about but rarely if ever get the chance at. Can't wait for the full report when you get back, and your right it seems like you just told us about this the other day.

Good luck again, I hope it's everything you've planned it to be.

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Thanks guys, I'm starting to

Thanks guys, I'm starting to feel like it was back in the 60's when I went on my first deer hunt with a license.  I have a couple of list of what I have packed and what I need to put in the truck before I leave the house.  I still want to get down to my rifle range one more time just to make sure and get a few more of my reloads through the rifle.  I don't know if that will settle the jitters that I am getting or not.  At least that will make my shoulder a little sore in anticipation of the hunt.

I should of put it in the original post but last year they filmed the black bear hunt up there for a outdoor TV show.  If you would like to watch it here is the LINK.  You want to watch the video of BC Bear Hunt parts 1 and 2.  Each one of them run about 20 minutes. 

 

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best wishes

I wish you great success and lots of great memories for your hunt. Are you hunting both or either or?

Anyway, I'm envious especially after not scoring on my Idaho black bear hunt. I would love to hunt grizzly some day myself is BC a little more economical than other areas?

Again, best wishes.

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What I found out is that for

What I found out is that for a grizzly hunt not a coastal brown bear hunt just about all the outfitters are just about in the same price range, depending on what they offer.  BC caught my eye just because I can drive there.  If you go to Alaska you have to figure your air fair up there and back along with a brush plane to get you into the hunting camp.  On my hunt I'll drive for less than the air fair up a back.  As for getting into the hunting area we will be on horse back for over 20 miles to a remote cabin that the outfitter has built in the wilderness area. 

So in reality it just comes down to what you really want in the hunt and what you want to spend.  For myself I have budgeted $20,000 for the hunt and mounts if I manage to get my bears and I am well within that budget.  And it is for both a grizzly and a black bear.  Depending on how it goes I'll put the outfitters web page up when I get back but all that I have heard about him is that he is a top notch outfitter that between the father and the son have been in business over 30 years. 

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sounds wonderful

Have a great hunt!

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"Are you SURE you can skin

"Are you SURE you can skin Griz, Pilgrim?!"  neener!

 

Good luck!

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Griz

hawkeye270 wrote:

"Are you SURE you can skin Griz, Pilgrim?!"  neener!

 

Good luck!

If I can find him I can skin him.  But then that is what the guide is for. Thumbs up

This will be the first hunting trip that I have ever taken where I will not need to get my hands bloody unless I want to.  I have already wondered how long it is going to take me before I try or chip in with the horses or around the camp chores. 

I remember one hunting trip that I was on when my brother in law had a bison tag in Utah.  A friend of his was with us and he had worked for a outfitter in Alaska as a camp man.  He remarked to me one day that he didn't know what to do since I wouldn't even call him at his tent before I already had hot water ready for him to wash up in the morning along with hauling the water from about a quarter of a mile away the night before.  He did mention that he did enjoy just being able to sit back and enjoy the time out there. 

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