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Old 03-10-2007, 08:21 PM
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Location: Central Florida
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Re: Bou

Sounds like you were able to make some lemonade from that lemon. The lemon being the bad call on the size of the bear. I don't think there is a more difficult animal to field judge. I've had a good many up close (in bow range) an still miss judged a few. Talking blacks here.

Really interested in your story as I am going for a brown in the fall, this time with my bow. My buddy also going at a different time but carrying his rifle.

Don't think you mentioned the area you hunted. We'll be in the Lake Clark area on the peninsular.

BTW. very nice caribou.

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Old 03-11-2007, 06:52 AM
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Location: Dogpatch, NY
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Re: Bou

We hunted about 100 miles east of Bethel, western part of the state.
You're right a bear is tough to judge. Outfitters I spoken to will brag that their guides will be within a couple inches. My luck to draw an inexperience guide and he was off bout 45%!!!!
Sounds like you have been there, if not you'll want to discuss the "rules of engagement" with your outfitter and guide. With many (most) its their policy to shoot when their hunter shoots. I did have an understanding with my guide that I was not agreement with this polcy. He wasn't going to shoot unless we had a bear hit and he was makin' it to some heavy cover. Agreeable. Country was kinda open, but there was some thick willow patches, shown it my caribou pics.
Four bowhunters were there just before and after my hunts. Three took a bear, all with the guides rifle.
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Old 03-12-2007, 07:52 AM
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Re: Bou

I talked at length with the outfitter regarding when the guide would (if ever) shoot. I told him only if it looks like poor arrow placement or I'm about to be chewed on would he take the shot. He assured me he along with all his guides are bowhunters and understand to wait as long as possible. Some years ago, I did get a great bear on Kodiak. 10' 2" making B&C (.338 WM). I won't take the shot on anything less than a 9' but am going with the idea theres a 10 footer roaming the Peninsular waiting for me.

The colors of your caribou are as good as I've seem. A beautiful mount for sure.
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