Hey - really nice bear, Jay! Congratulations on taking a pretty color phase blackie.
I love the timber in the background. That looks like a really great place to hunt. I've driven through the beautiful state of Utah - from bottom to top on my way from Arizona to Montana - but never had time to stop and look. We even drove right past Bryce Canyon, not knowing that it was one of the most beautiful spots on earth to see!
Maybe we'll get to that another time.
Thanks again for sharing the picture of your beautiful bear.
Understanding wind currents and thermals in hilly, broken terrain can often be incredibly frustrating. I've found that collecting and storing milkweed seed pods during the late summer has made me a better hunter in the bluff country that I hunt. These little feather like seed dispersers will float on the lightest of air currents and will show you what the wind is not only doing right at you're location but more importantly down range. I like to use the off season to float them...