Man, sorry, but my disappointment didnt allow me to show my face!!! None of us got a bear, we may have been too early. Did hear stories of a few bears in the area and hunted those areas, but didnt see any, nor did we come across any decent tracks (an old set of Grizzly tracks is about all) or scat. I did catch my first cutthroat trout, a nice 10" fish, which is real good size for mountain streams. Due to catch and release regs, I didnt want to risk holding him out of the water for a picture, so i turned him loose right away. Dont know if we will go back in the fall, but we are going later in spring season for SURE in '07. Had a great time, and honestly was not dejected at all. Am hooked on bear hunting, for sure!!!
My brother did take some on his digital camera. I will try to get them on my PC and post them. Some good ones. We had an awesome time, too. I am pretty sure that we were too busy walking off beers in the day to really pay attention to hunting bears, so our success was no doubt hindered by our evening social activities. We really went on a vacation, not a hunting trip. Great Times!!!
I recently completed my first skull plate mount of my buck antelope from the 2010 season. I used a kit from Van Dykes, and I thought I would pass along the tips my dad shared with me, as well as one or two I figured out on my own. I have only completed the one antelope kit, but these tips should work for kits for other species as well.
1. Leave as much depth to the skull as possible when you remove the antlers/horns from the skull of the animal. This...