Well our first attempt at a do it yourself Minnesota bear was a success. After scouting and finding large bear sign (which I described in an earlier post) and lots of hard work - I believe we harvested the one leaving the sign.
My son and I sat in a stand together so that he could experience bear hunting, with the hope of taking him out next year to try and harvest one.
The bear measured 5'9" from the nose to the base of the tail, its chest measured 45" around and the estimated weight was 300-350 pounds.
2 1/4" between canines and front pads where just a hair over 5"
I am going back tomorrow after work to try and fill the second tag during the second weekend, but could be a lot more work if I get one because I will be alone this weekend. Every bait that we place was completely cleaned up every morning.
We sat this bait at 4:30 pm on the 1st, at 5:50 a bear (approx. 150lbs) came in but was jumpy, about an hour later had another bear come in but held up in the cover and would not commit to the bait. 20 minutes before dark this guy came out and took what seemed like forever to come towards the cubby. He never really did commit, when within about 10' of the bait he turned around and started to leave, so grabbed the rifle and shot. The bear ran about 50 yards and piled up.
Was a great experience for both of us, but talk about work. It took us about 3 hours to get it out to the pickup and was finally skinned, quartered, and on ice at 2:20 AM in the campground.