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Location: Plano, TX
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I just got back from my first bear hunt. Though I have booked a number of bear hunts for clients, including with this particular outfitter, I had just never had the opportunity to do a spring bear hunt of my own, so when one of our outfitters called to offer me an open slot, I could not turn it down. The hunt was in New Brunswick, Canada, in the northern part of the province. The outfitter maintains around 50 bait stations on over 600 square miles of Crown Land, so we were in remote, lightly hunted country. The lodge was just on the edge of this huge area, so while remote we still had the comforts of beds, running water, and electricity.

New Brunswick is not know for its large bears, but this outfitters opportunity rate has been 100% for the seven years he has been in business, so I knew I would have a chance to take my first bear. Being my first hunt, I decided to take my rifle instead of my rifle, but his stands are set up for both. I told myself I wanted to hold out for the best bear I could find, at least waiting a few days into the hunt before lowering my standard. The problem was field judging bears is very difficult. We watched videos all night when we arrived in camp, including the one where the bear charged our outfitter and he finally had to shoot when the screen was all black with bear!

When sitting on my stand that first day, the weather turned nasty, with rain and then snow, but I sat still with the excitement of the possibility of seeing my first bear while hunting. Then there they were, bear ears coming through the brush. Over the next thirty minutes the bear would come in to the bait, take a donut, and run off back into the brush, returning about every five minutes. He never really gave a great long look, but each time he returned I became more convinced he was a shooter. Finally, about the time I decided to take him, he did not return from his last donut run. Then about an hour and a half later, there he was again, seeming to appear out of nowhere. This time I did not hesitate, and promptly took my shot. He ran into the brush, but in just a few seconds I could hear his death moan just outside of the clearing, which is a sobering experience. Soon my outfitter came to help me retrieve my bear. I have to admit, there was a considerable amount of ground shrinkage, but I was happy to take my first bear. I spent the rest of the week riding around with the outfitter, filling up bait stations, photographing moose, and helping the other hunters with their bears. All six hunters in camp took a bear by the end of the week. All in all, it was a great hunt with great guides and great food (including lobster), and I look forward to booking more hunters with them.

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Location: OlyWa
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Congrats and thanks for sharing.

Now you have one, you can hold out for a bigger one.

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Location: Pennsylvania
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Sounds like you had fun! Congradulations on your first bear, not Texas sized is he . Do you have a pic with the group you hunted with and all the bears?

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Location: Plano, TX
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No he sure wasn't Texas sized! But this just gives me more of an excuse to go bear hunting again. We didn't get a group pic with all of the bears, but here is one with the group, which was a great bunch of guys, with another of the bears.

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Location: Moncton
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Nice bear, im still tring to get my first one, im just put out a bait on thursday, hoping to get one this year. Where was it in New Brunswick and what was the outfiters name? Im just curius because im from Northern New Brunswick.

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Location: Pennsylvania
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Looks like you had a good group to hunt with.

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Location: Plano, TX
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Cormier, good luck on getting that bear, I hope you get him this year. I was hunting out of Bathurst with Pierre Roy. He and his partner Ron are great guys and really worked hard to host us for a great hunt in every way. I have clients headed up to hunt with them next year, and I am looking forward to their hunt with him just about as much as they are.

Hunter777, we did have a great group to hunt with. They were all good guys, and I look forward to setting them up on more hunts in the future.

Now I am getting ready to head up to Alaska in a few weeks with my Granddad for an inspection trip of a new lodge we are going to book for in Ketchikan. Going to catch lots of big halibut and king salmon. The wife and I just ate our last package of fish from last summer, so I need to get another 100 pounds to bring home!

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Great bear man congrats on the hunt musta been a great experience.

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