Re: Off on another Black Bear hunt.
Okay, We made it back (most of the way).
I'm in Wisc. for a day and Gene just pulled out a hour ago heading for Tenn. Gene got two bears, both black and I got a nice >6ft black boar. We both saw bears other than the ones we bagged and I passed on several smaller bears hoping for a giant.
Gene's a great guy, good hunter and not easily flustered. His hunt started out a little slow but he did have the opportunity to take a few very scenic 4-wheeler rides while waiting for the bears to warm up to him.
We opted not to take any meat with us although we could have taken as much as we wanted. The trip was once again a highspeed endeavor with this (Alta to Wisc) leg taking 27 hours (4 hours of sleep included).
I'm sure Gene will write up a story about the hunt and post it as he was initially keeping a journal.
All-in-all we had a great time and Vern of Beaver Creek was a great fellow (I already knew that part).
I believe I'm addicted to hunting bears, I'm going to try a "spot and stalk" hunt next I'm thinking.
BTW: My bear was dispatched with a 175 MatchKing loaded in factory 308 Win. Federal Gold Medal Match ammo. Shot was double lung at a range of about 12 yards and the bear traveled 60 to 70 yards.