I went up the mountain last Wednesday afternoon with my dad and found a chocolate boar at our bait site. In fact, he had only been there 5 minutes before we walked up to the shooting position. We definitely did not expect to see this bear. He made his first appearance (this year) the day before we killed him, on the 22nd. If youíve read my other thread about shooting sows, youíll see two other bears that I was hoping to get a shot at. But, this was exactly the kind of bear I was hoping for. I was more than happy to fill my tag out on him! I shot it from 234 yards away with a Savage Model 116 Weather Warrior in 300 Win. Iím using 180 gr. Tipped Triple-Shocks with a muzzle velocity of 3030 fps. Pretty good bear medicine!
The best part of the hunt was being with my dad. It was a day Iíll never forget. We're blessed to have a good bait section in the Bighorns. It's a lot of work but definitely worth it. We enjoy every part of running the site: packing in the barrel and bait on horseback, setting up and checking trail cams, re-stocking bait, etc. The hardest but most rewarding part is packing the bear up out of the canyon. Here are a few photos from this year's adventures:
Congratulations on the Bear! Thanks for the pictures! That's some creative barrel packing
I've not seen that before. I've baited bear, and I've had horses, but when I think about baiting bear with horses, that's not the picture that comes to mind! Pretty cool thanks for taking me along.
HARPERC Ė My dad came up with the barrel packing ideas. Itís easier to go down the trail with just the single barrel on top though. You need a kid broke horse if youíre going to hang one off each side. Luckily, that grey mare is as quiet as they come. In one part of the trail itís very narrow with a lot of brush and trees on each side. She just bounces from one tree trunk to another tree trunk and doesnít mind a bit!
NCBoy Ė Thank you for the kind comments. It was pretty hot up here but we got a lot of rain recently so it has cooled down quite a bit.
Jackem Ė The Forest Service has a gate but doesnít open it until after the season opens. We try to gain an advantage by using the horses to get the bait in early. We take 4-wheelers up after the gate opens. Iím thankful we donít have to throw 6+ ft. bear hides over the horses! I donít think the grey one would care if we did though.
Korhil78 Ė Iíll be honestÖ ĎBear Feverí got the best of me, so the first two shots flew off course. But, I got settled down and put the next two in the boiler room. They landed just behind the shoulder a couple inches apart. The last shot wasnít needed; just insurance. There were little holes going in with bigger holes going out. Everything in between was mush.