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Back from the Grizzly Hunt

Well, I'm back and in one piece from the grizzly hunt in British Colombia.  The hunt was fantastic except for the fact that I didn't get a grizzly but I did get a small black bear.  For some reason the bears were staying in the dark timber and we saw very few venture out into the open.  We did see a black bear every day but only one grizzly and he was a little too far away for a good shot.  The day after we saw him there was a elk just a little bit further away and I then knew that I could of made the shot on the grizzly but I was glad that I didn't.  You don't want to have to track a mad bear into that timber if the shot isn't perfect. 

On my black bear we spotted him in the same clearing that the grizzly would eventual come into.  We watched a bear for about 30 minutes and then he started to head down the hill to a larger clearing.  A few minutes later a bear popped out and started across the slide.  The guide and I figured that he was the same bear that we had been watching so we set up for a shot.  Brent (the guide) ranged him at 318 yards as he walked across the slide.  He got to a area that we had been sitting in a couple of days earlier and got wind of what we left.  He then started back across the slide and I figured that it was now or never so when he finally stopped I took the shot.  Brent was talking on the radio when I shot and even the others back in camp herd the whoomp after the shot and figured that it was a good hit.  But the bear was gone into the dark timber. 

So to make a long story short we didn't find him until the next day and he was the wrong bear, but more of that when I write up the whole story. 

We did see a lot of goats, actually more of them than any other animal up there.  The ride of 23 miles in and out was a experience for someone that hasn't been on a horse in over 25 years but I survived. 

 

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Your Back!!

Hi Critter, I'm glad to see you made it back alright. I've been checking this forum every morning and evening. That was a nice loooong trip:). I'm sorry to hear you didn't get your Griz, but the blackie looks pretty good in the pic. I want you to know I was rooting for you, like it was me back there myself. Made the trip in 2006 and came home with a small black and only saw one sow griz with a cub. I guess it wasn't ment to be for me either. Anyway, how was the arse feeling after that 23 mile ride  lol  Kevin

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Hi Kevin, the rear end wasn't

Hi Kevin, the rear end wasn't too bad after the ride out but the ride in got a little bit interesting at times since I hadn't been on a horse for over 25 years.  Now the ride out was a killer.  It was raining and the person that was in the lead wasn't letting any grass grow under his feet.  That along with having to lead the horses down the steeper grades and with me having bad knees didn't help me at all.  By the time that we got back to the corrals I had left my horse and walked the final miles just to loosen up.  It took a couple of days just to get my knees moving again like normal.  But after thinking about it if I had the chance I would go back tomorrow to finish the hunt. 

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Welcome back!

Welcome back!

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Sorry you didn't find a griz!

I guess you needed to find that guy who helped jeremiah johnson learn to hunt grizz.

But seriously, i was praying you'd find a great bear. I hope you had a great trip though, can't wait to read the story!

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Congrats

That's a nice looking black and what an adventure! I hope I can do a hunt like that one day.

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Sounds awesome !

Critter,

Congrats on a great hunt ! I'm sorry to hear you did not get your grizzly, but its sounds like the trip of a lifetime !

I tried to catch you when you dropped off your blackie to Matt so I could here about your hunt in person, but you were to quick.

Quinton 

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I would of liked to of met

I would of liked to of met you down at Matt's but after traveling 2400 miles I figured that it was time to get home, and that was after stopping at my sisters on the way back for a couple of days.  There is something about sleeping in ones own bed that makes the soreness and banged up body parts more comfortable. 

 

The story is now posted in the photos and stories section of the forum. 

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Congratulations on having a

Congratulations on having a great hunt and living a great experience. It's too bad you didn't get what you were really after but now you have a reason to go again. Big smile

I doubt I will ever be able to go on a hunt of that caliber so reading your story is a treat. No matter what else you were there and hunted them.

Nice black bear also. One day I will get after some of those.

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The area that we were in is

The area that we were in is over ran by black bears and the outfitter charges $4500 for a 7 day hunt back into the wilderness area.  The hunt is actually only 5 days since you spend one day riding in and one day coming out.  They also offer a 9 day hunt for another $1400.00 I believe and the black bear hunt runs a couple of weeks longer than the grizzly hunt and is going on right now.  Also if you are after a mountain goat in a wilderness horseback hunt this is the place.  We saw goats every day except for the days that we were at the higher cabin and for some reason the goats just don't go that far up the range of mountains. 

As for the cost of a grizzly/black bear combo hunt that I did it came out to just under $15,000.00 for the 10 days.  That included the tags, taxes, guide and all the food that you can eat.  So if you have the equipment the cost really isn't that bad.  The guide also offers a wilderness horseback trip in the summer with a cost of $200.00 per person per day and you will see some fantastic country. 

For some reason known only to those who love pain I am actually thinking of going back.  Either for a mountain goat or for the grizzly that eluded me this time.   

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Critter.  I can hardly wait for the whole story.  Sounds like you had a great time in spite of not getting a grizzly.  What rifle were you carrying? 

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