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As a few of you on here I have been planning a grizzly bear hunt in British Colombia for a while now.  Well, the contract has been signed and the deposit check has been sent to the outfitter. 

This is something that I have been wanting to do since I was in grade school watching American Sportsman and reading everything I could in Outdoor Life and Sports Afield.  The hunt will be next May/June in the Purcell Mountain Wilderness, and we will ride horses 21 miles back into it.  Looking at the logistics of the trip I believe that I will  be driving up there from my sisters house in Utah and break the trip going up into two legs.  One to Eureka, Montana where I'll spend a night and then the next morning I'll finish the drive to their trail head.  The trip home may be a killer if I manage to harvest a grizzly and or a black bear but then it will only be 900 miles to my sisters to where I can spend the night and then home.  I still need to contact the taxidermist that Elkkill06, and Alpine_Archer provided me along with another one that I have work done by. 

Now I just need to get my ammo reloaded, a few items picked up for the hunt and then the wait will begin.  Only 10 more months to wait.     

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I really look forward to

I really look forward to reading your report on this hunt when you finally get there. Your starting yuor countdown pretty early though as your going to go crazy with anticipation with 10 months still to wait. Good luck on this hunt as I bet it's going to be a great one.

By the way you mentioned awhile back that a friend of yours drew an oryx tag in New Mexico. Are you going to get to go along on that one? I'd like to see that report as well as I hope to draw that one myself someday.

 

 

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The anticipation hasn't hit

The anticipation hasn't hit yet but I know it will.  The big thing is if you don't plan it out a year in advance you will be hopping around like a chicken with its head cut off trying to get ready.  When I first talked to this outfitter in April this year he told me that he had a tag left this year.  I tried to figure if I could get ready in a month but decided against it or I would of been up there this last May.  This summer is going to be filled with building up a bear load for my .340 Weatherby and a smoking go fast load for my 7mm Remington for my antelope hunt this fall.  Also since I start hunting in the archery season next month and don't end this year until the middle of November I'll have my mind on other things besides that bear, or at least I hope I will.  Now next year after I get back from Arizona and my javelina hunt all bets are off. 

As for that onyx hunt I have friends that have put in for it but never drawn the tag so it must of been somebody else, but it also would be a fun hunt. 

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Sounds like an awesome trip...good luck!

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Trip of a lifetime !

Critter,

That is a hunt I can only dream of ! ::shock: I wish you all the luck and a safe trip both ways. I also would have some serious problems for the long wait. Good luck my friend and a trip of that caliber could not be bad know matter what.

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sounds great!

Critter, That sounds like it's going to be one great hunt to look forward to. That type of hunt is very near or at the top of my wish list, but the chances of me actually going on one are more than pretty slim. I wish you success in all the planning and eventually on that great hunt as well! Thumbs up

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Thanks guys, I think that the

Thanks guys, I think that the hardest thing about the hunt so far besides the money is just deciding to make the commitment.  Even after I had checked out the outfitter and a couple of others I would sit and look at the prospects of the hunt and wonder if I really wanted to do this kind of hunt.  But then I thought about what I wanted in a hunt and this one comes real close if not being the hunt that I want to go on.  I even thought about a coastal grizzly hunt in Alaska but decided on the mountain grizzly just for the fact that the mountain ones are so much better looking in my opinion than their coastal cousins. 

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Alaskan mountain grizzly

Critter wrote:

Thanks guys, I think that the hardest thing about the hunt so far besides the money is just deciding to make the commitment.  Even after I had checked out the outfitter and a couple of others I would sit and look at the prospects of the hunt and wonder if I really wanted to do this kind of hunt.  But then I thought about what I wanted in a hunt and this one comes real close if not being the hunt that I want to go on.  I even thought about a coastal grizzly hunt in Alaska but decided on the mountain grizzly just for the fact that the mountain ones are so much better looking in my opinion than their coastal cousins. 

 

I kinda like the looks of the interior mountains as a backdrop as well. My avatar picture is me in Alaska, May 2010 in the foothills of the Alaskan Range. Although I only saw one grizzly (was black bear hunting), two book grizzlies were taken from the exact same place the month before by our outfitter's clients, squaring 10' & 9' repectively.

Here are a couple pictures of those bears.

 

 

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good luck, critter, i'm

good luck, critter, i'm excited for you too. i can't wait to see pictures. the scenery is awesome as well.

 

i was talking with my wife this past week about my plan to try to start getting a job for the railway in alaska. that's where i want to hunt. dall sheep, mountain goat, grizzly bear, brown bear, and all the not so dangerous ones just make it the place i want to be. it will be tough , leaving here and my son here in kansas, but i moved so she could be happy, she's got to give a little back because i'm not happy here.

hearing all your stories makes me just a little bit jealous. mostly because it sounds like you have the perfect life ;) hunt all the time, leave whenever you want. Thumbs up

 

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I'm happy for you Critter. 

I'm happy for you Critter.  That's gonna be one hell of a hunt!

10 months is nothing.  It'll fly by, just you wait and see..... Yes

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Critter,  Good luck on your

Critter,  Good luck on your hunt. I guide for bears up in Alaska. The best advise I can give you during your hunt is to keep the wind in your favor.  Bears can smell you a mile away and when they do, they will be gone forever. One mistake and you'll never see them again.

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