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Where's everybody going this spring?

The snow is falling pretty good here in upstate New York tonight. But for some reason I'm thinking about sitting in a ground blind, watching a bait and hearing those pesky black flies buzzing around. My wife and son are joining me again on my annual trek to Quebec this spring. I'm hoping for a chance at the "BIG ONE" this year. My dream bear would break the 400 lb. mark. Maybe this year?  Anybody else have anything planned? If so, where are you going?  Is anyone going after one of those color phase bruins out west or in western Canada? Thats another one on my "Bucket List". Happy hunting to all.  Kevin

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I'm headed to British

I'm headed to British Colombia to wards the end of May for a combination grizzly, black bear hunt.  The black bear is going to be the secondary one since I planed it for the grizzly and didn't know that I would also end up with the black bear tag.  The blacks that I have seen on the outfitters web site are just that, black.  I am hoping for a lighter color phase if I do take one but I'll have to see when the time comes. 

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Thats a great hunt Critter. Where abouts are you hunting in BC? I hunted there in 06. I killed a big black one and my buddy killed a very nice cinnamon colored bear. We flew into Prince George then drove 8 hours north. My buddy went back with the same outfitter and killed a great mountian grizzly the next year. It squared at 8 feet and had a perfect hide. Our outfitter was Pelly Lake Outfitters. That area has some of the most beautiful terrain on earth imo. Have a great hunt Critter and Good Luck.  Kevin 

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I'll be hunting in the

I'll be hunting in the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy in south eastern BC.  We'll ride horses 23 miles back into it to a cabin camp that the outfitter has and start from there. 

This is going to be my first and quite possibly the only outfitted hunt that I'll ever take and from what I have read and talked to the outfitter it will fit my needs quite well.  Instead of flying I'll drive up since by the time I buy the tickets to fly the cost will be just about the same.  That along with I can stay with my sister in Utah on my way up and back down.  Going up I'll split my drive by staying in Eureka, Montana before I cross over into BC which will leave me about 150 more miles to drive, but the drive back to my sisters house will be a 15 hr straight shot from BC.  I started planning this trip about a year ago and now I can't imagine that in about 3 months I'll be up there.  Dancing  

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I am headed up to Idaho 15

I am headed up to Idaho 15 May and counting the days, 78 to be precise. Will be hunting in the Frank Church Wilderness area near McCall. In the area we are hunting you can get 2 tags so I will take full advantage and get both tags. Never a guarantee on getting even one bear but having two tags in hand is a nice feeling. The area produces about 60% or better color phase bears so odds are good to get at least one color phase. I guess time will tell and for sure I will post a story and some photos once the hunt is completed. Plan to get both full mount if I am lucky enough to get both. Good luck on bagging that 400 lbs bear and look forward to your story and photos.

 

Critter, good luck up in BC. Would love to do the grizzly hunt but just cannot swing cash for that one right now.

 

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78 days!

SGM, That sounds awesome! 78 days is gonna "fly" by. Your right about the % of color bears there. Everything I've read points that way. Chocolate seems to be the norm with Cinnamon and Blondes mixed in too. Two tags and lots of color, sounds like a dream. I hope you fill them both.  I can't wait for your story too. Good Luck

 

Critter, A grizzly hunt is on my "bucket list" too.  I hope you have a safe and successful trip. Good luck to you also.  Kevin

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Kevin, I am getting pretty

Kevin, I am getting pretty excited and so is my wife. She is not hunting but will be on the hunt the whole time. Have made up my list of gear to take but have not gone as far as getting it out and packed. Have a feeling I will not make it thru April before I get all packed and ready to go. From what I am told they see a great mix of cinnamon, reds, chocolates and a few blondes in this area along with blacks. I would love a blonde but that is the toughest to fill. Having two tags is nice and at $32.75 a tag you cannot pass it up. Plan to take the first good bear I see regardless of color. I can be a bit more selective with the second one but will not pass on a quality bear even if both are the same color.   

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I was seeing one pretty

I was seeing one pretty regular last year.   But he was only in that 5 foot square mark area.  Just a little to small.  Hopefully he grew abunch.  I will be hunting in north idaho.  We have a decent bear population and some decent colors. This is one i killed in 2010. he squared 6'4. 

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Cinnamon or Chocolate?

Tim, that is sure a pretty looking bear. Is that considered a cinnamon or chocolate? I see it had a white blaze also! Spectacular bruin!

SGM, 60 days to go!!

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60 days and I should be in

60 days and I should be in camp chopping at the bit to pull the trigger. I booked this hunt in Jan of 2011 so it has been a long time coming. The outfitter goes to camp in 2 weeks to start putting out bait and setting up.

Tim, nice looking chocolate bear and looks like he had a nice white chevron. I would love to get one bear with a nice distinct chevron but I guess only time will tell. To say the least I am getting very excited.

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unit 20,20a Idaho in a couple

unit 20,20a Idaho in a couple of weeks.

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