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Leaving Tomorrow!!!

Hi guys, Were leaving tomorrow morning for Quebec. Hope to be in camp by dinner time. My four buddies went up this past Sunday and are on thier way home with four bears. I am going with my wife, my son can't go this year (school stuff), and four buddies from high school with thier wives. We didn't make it to our 25th class reunion a few years ago so were having our own! I'll keep everyone posted. Kevin

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Good luck and hope to see

Good luck and hope to see some photos soon.

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We got 5!!

Hi everybody, We just got back last night. Everybody killed a bear! I killed mine on the first night. My wife Sherry and I were in the blind and had 6 different sightings of bears. The first bear came in 20 minutes after we settled in. We took some good video of it and decided to pass as I estimated it was about 150 lbs. It looked like a 2 year old male and it had a rub on it's left side the size of a dinner plate. He ate at the bait for about 5 minutes and left down the same trail it came from. The second bear came in about 5 minutes later. He or she was alittle bigger, no rubs and a beautiful coat. I am looking for my "dream bear" this year and so I passed. We did get some great video though. We waited 2 hours before we saw another bear. It was going on 7 oclock and I think it was the second bear that came in again for another bite. We watched and got more video. 20 minutes later the first rubbed bear visited again. It wasn't until 8:45 when we caught a glimpse of a much bigger bear coming to the bait from a trail on the left of the bait. It was starting to get dark and I knew we only had about 10 or so minutes of shooting light. The bear stopped short of the bait and bolted away. My heart sunk and I told Sherry that was a really good bear. As I was looking at my wife, I could see out of her side window an even bigger bear making it's way to the bait. I knew it wasn't my "dream bear" but it was big and the coat looked perfect. It had a big white V on his chest and I just couldn't pass it up.  There wasn't enough light for video so my wife and I just watched as he went to the bait and started to eat. I waited for him to look away to open the window. I slowly got my "new to me" Ruger No. 3 in 44 mag. to my shoulder and put the crosshairs on the top of his near shoulder. He was angled slightly so the bullet went through the shoulder and into the neck. He dropped at the shot. My bear hunt was over again on the first night. He was no giant, probably 225lbs-250lbs. But he wasn't a slouch either. A very respectable boar for Quebec with a skull of around 17.5 inches. No other bears were taken that night. Everybody passed on multiple bears and my one buddy didn't see a thing. The next evening Roger and Al killed 2 bears on the smaller side. Both under 200 lbs. one closer to 150lbs. Evening three my buddy Rich took a old dry sow. The outfitter said she was at least 10 years old. Her teeth were worn and she weighed about 175lbs. We could not find the scale we left there so all the weights are estimates this year. My friend Bobby had passed on four bears looking for a slob. But he got it done on day four with a nice 150-175lb. bruin. The bears ran smaller this year, The outfitter said he thought we were a week too early. He said next week should be better.  Here is a photo of mine and I will get more up of my buddies.  Kevin

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may not be your dream bear

Kevin, well done! It may not be the dream bear but that is a very nice bruin and congrats to all that scored. A ruger #3 in 44 mag to boot, that's awesome. I can't wait to get after them again.

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Kevin, sounds like you had a

Kevin, sounds like you had a great time and congratulations on your bear and to all in your party that got one. I am glad I had 2 tags or I would have been done the first night too. I did not get a monster bear either but sure am happy of the two I did get and had a great time with a truely great outfitter. I am now hooked and look forward to getting back up there in a year or two again. Hope the wolf season is open next time so I can bag one. If the season was open on this last hunt we would have had a wolf at the taxidermist too.

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Thank you

Thanks Southwind and SGM, We really did have a great time this year with the wives in tow. You know what they say, behind every good hunter is a great woman:) I did enjoy that little Ruger No.3. It was really compact and easy to move in the blind. My buddy Bobby used it on his bear also. Both were one shot kills, I think its a keeper!  Congratulations SGM on your two bears!! Were any color phase? I'd love to see a photo if possible. Thanks again,  Kevin 

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Here are some photos that I

Here are some photos that I put on the Rocky Mountain page. Got a small color phase with a nice check patch. Not huge bears but was a lot of fun. If wolf season was open I could have had a great looking black wolf opening day at 61 yards. We are having both full mounted and they are already off to the tanners. Now the long wait for tanning and the taxidery.

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Those are beauties!

Both of those bears are beautiful specimans. Would that be considered a chocolate or cinnamon? The white patch on him is just "frosting on the cake" in my opinion. They both look like the have perfect hides also. Having the photos in the field is great. It was too dark for any pics the night I killed mine. Maybe next time. Congrats again SGM!!  Kevin

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Great

Great recount on the hunt thanks!  Last bear I killed up in the ADK's was with my Ruger Deerfield in Rem 44 mag great little bear gun and I just love to cary it in the early season up there. 

I see you are from the "finger lakes"  myself also.  Live in Owasco between Auburn and Skaneateles, and a little south.

Eric

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Were practically neighbors!!

Hi ADKBEAR, I live in Himrod, between Dresden and Dundee NY. We should meet at Bass Pro sometime and chew the bear fat!! I do like the little carbines. I had one of those Deerfields about 20 or so years ago and traded it for something. Wish I still had it. I have a couple winchester trappers in 44 mag. and 45 long colt. The last being my favorite of them all. My son and I killed a couple real nice bruins with the 45 lc last spring. Talk to ya later neighbor. Kevin

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