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Well, I got back last night from my first segment of bear hunting. Im beaten, bruised, cut, blistered, and empty handed, but in one piece. It was a slow hunt, but Tuesday afternoon got a little interresting when a bear was unable to be stopped by 6 hounds, so tnhoundsman released his dogs in on it and literally minutes later, she was treed.. We didnt get to her first, but the guy who did, has been trying for a few years to get a bear and it was his first.. He was very deserving and I am happy for the guy. I dont have a pic right now of his bear, but I will try to get one. The bear was apprx. 250lbs, which is a good bear... Im goin back in 2 weeks, assumming I can walk...LOL, and really get in there after one.. All in all I had alot of fun until late yesterday when my feet could not handle it anymore... I bit through as much pain as possible and made it...Even helped drag the guys bear out after clearing a path... I had saved some energy from clearing the path, so I ended up dragging the bear and the other 2 guys helping... LOL..it was funny... I grabbed a lead, started pulling, got to a place we had to stop, and the guy goes, Hell he was pulling me too.... LMAO

Well here are a few pics of some awesome scenery...The pics do nothing for what this really looked like.. Under this fog is just a hollow.... It looked like a lake the fog was so thick...Awesome!

Here I take you to a few pics that were taken after the bear was killed... I saw this and had to stop for some pics... One of the best views I saw all day, other than the trucks at the end of the day...LOL

Here is me doing what I do best...Standing around.. The first couple pics are day one waiting to see if a dog could pic up a cold trail and get a bear moving, but never transpired...

This is after I cleared a somewhat walkable path for the draggers.. I layed down for a second thinking they were about there... Then I saw one of the guys at the top of the path I guess waiting on an ATV.. So I got up and made the last 75yards of the drag with the other 2 guys and got her out.. Nothing feels better than knowing the drag is over. The kill comes a distant second in this type of hunting...

And finally, this is what bare skin looks like when your in the mountains... All other stuff that is covered, is likely bruised..LOL

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no under that fog is a valley with a town in it with an interstate running through it. here is a pic of the bear. and all credit for the success goes to the dogs without them this country would be impossible to bear hunt.

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I'm not sure I got this right. somebody shot the bear out of the tree that was tree'd by your group's dog's and you helped drag it out?

Now a bit of advice when standing around. I like to lean against a tree so it look's like I'm holding up the tree to keep it from falling across the road. When you just stand in the middle of the road with your hands in your pocket's, it doesn't look like your doing anything! In any case, never say you were just standing around when in fact we know what you were doing was "pondering". What?

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Gentlemen,

That was an awesome two days of hunting! That was my first experience hunting bear with dogs in the beautiful TN mountains and I loved every bit of it. I didn't get a chance to take any shots, but I was loving every minute I spent in the mountains, running with the dogs and coordinating with the other parties. Good Stuff! Thumbs up Tnhoundsman, thanks for everything buddy that was good stuff and now that I know what its all about I'll be sure to do it again! Anytime you want to get out of TN and do some PA hunting let us know and we'll hook you up! Thanks again buddy. And thanks Steve for asking me to go down! It was a great trip, not to mention the mouses ear and officer crumb which are whole other stories!!! Thumbs up

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struttandrutt thanks buddy.

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tnhoundsman wrote:
struttandrutt thanks buddy.

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"I'm not sure I got this right. somebody shot the bear out of the tree that was tree'd by your group's dog's and you helped drag it out? "

Don, It's a group effort (all the groups, we were invited to hunt with them after they found the track) all the way. If you try to go it alone........you will need to be very lucky and have a strong back. I always have fun just hanging out with these guys and poking fun at each other. To me thats what its all about. The kill is secondary!

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pics of the dogs

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the other dog in the bear pack, resting

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Those dogs are great! That was a good time for sure! Good luck to you guys in Dec. wish I was coming down again, theres always next year! Thumbs up

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The white colored one and the one standing on the dog box are a couple of champs... I cant say enough good things about those 2 dogs...

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