Idaho Spring Bear Hunt

Discussion in 'Bear Hunting' started by ShooterMedic, May 29, 2010.

  1. ShooterMedic

    ShooterMedic Well-Known Member

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    Here are some Pictures from a bear hunt we did the weekend of may 21st and 22nd
    We were north of Idaho City in an area I deer hunted the year before. On the Deer hunt we saw three bear, ten wolves and only two bucks in 7 days of hard hunting. We were able to harvest the deer. But we were more excited to come back and go bear hunting. And Yes I did have a wolf tag last year but the season was not open when we saw the wolves
    We were hunting around 7000-8000 feet of elevation. We mostly were on four-wheelers trying to cover as much ground as possible. There are a lot of ATV trails that the bear were using as highways to get from point, A to point B.
    We saw two bears in two days. The first was a thirty pound chocolate phase cub all by his lone some.
    My bear we found eating dandelions in a small meadow, The shot was not a long shot by any means only 271 yds but on a 52 degree down angle. I ended up holding 1.8 MOA low on the bear and it found its mark.
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    I was shooting my T3 in 300 WSM Topped with a Konus M30 6.4-24X 44 Scope.
    I loaded up some Nosler CT 180 gr with RL 17 68 gr going 3100 fps
    They did a great job.
    She measured 5’6 and about 300 lbs. When I checked her in with fish and game they figured she was around ten year old most of her teeth were very worn down. I will know for sure in about a month.
    We ended up having to leave that night due to getting snowed out.
    My dad went back up after the storm and he was into the bears thick he saw 7 in 2 days and with his 308 VTR got a bear at 476 yds. His was alittle bigger than mine. Go figure Can’t wait till next year.
     
  2. Chas1

    Chas1 Well-Known Member

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    Congratulations, nice shooting especially at that angle and great looking bear. Thanks for sharing your story and pics.
     
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  3. jmden

    jmden Well-Known Member

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    Nice! Good for you!
     
  4. royinidaho

    royinidaho Writers Guild

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    Very nice Idaho spring bear.

    Was that a Controlled Hunt unit?
     
  5. ShooterMedic

    ShooterMedic Well-Known Member

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    No it was not unit 39 is a general tag
     
  6. winmag

    winmag Well-Known Member

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    Very nice. Congrays to you and your dad. Thats a pretty darn big she-bear! Ive seen a few up in the sawtooths, in country simmilar to the country you described an in your pics. Exelent adventure. Great story. Thanks for ''feeding the fire'' so to speak. I cant wait till August in Oregon!!!!!!!!!!
     
  7. mediumbore

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    another nice bear and a sweet rifle! I'm kinda partial to tikka's myself!
     
  8. matt_3479

    matt_3479 Well-Known Member

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    Beautiful bear, and congrats. I went last year and i took my 7mm rem mag loaded with factory 160 grain winchester accubonds, we came across a large bear along the side of train tracks which was laser at 430 some odd yards i believe. We guessed the bear to be around 350 lbs. I set up, and was waiting for the bear to cross the tracks because it was on the wrong side. 10 minutes of watching and the bear finally stepped over and i flicked the safety off and held my breath. Just about to squeeze and 3 cubs came running out. Safety went back on and gun went away. This year im hopping for getting a chance at taking the father or another large bear. I just bought a 300. wsm myself and will be bringing this along.