Spot & Stalk bear

Discussion in 'Bear Hunting' started by Guy M, Sep 5, 2010.

  1. Guy M

    Guy M Well-Known Member

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    We did real well, spot and stalk hunting the past few days here in Washington State.

    My 19 year old son tagged this great chocolate with Grandpa's 1917 .30-06. Despite a 165 gr Nosler solid base bullet through the lungs, it wanted to run into the thick stuff, so we dropped it with a couple of shots from a 7mm mag and my .375 H&H.
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    The next morning I dropped this boar at 306 yards with the big Ruger, putting a 260 gr Accubond through him. The "smack" from that bullet hitting the bear was clearly audible to all of us. I lost the bear in recoil, but my friend Chris yelled "You hammered him." The bear is really a dark chocolate, but looks black in this photo:
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    Chris dropped the black bear at nearly 500 yards with a good shot from his 7mm Rem mag, then it tumbled down into a thickly vegetated ravine. He tracked down the bear and finished things at very close range. His was taken within a few minutes of mine. Here's all three, my son's is on the left, mine in the center, and Chris' glossy black bear is on the right.
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    I really wanted to pull off this father-son hunt. An up and coming young guide here in Washington, Shane, helped make it happen. My son and I are pretty good at mule deer hunting, but I knew next to nothing about bear hunting, and really nothing about how to properly skin one for a rug. Great hunting with the young man, he knew that my priority was getting my son on a bear, and he made that happen the first day of the hunt!

    Regards, Guy
     

  2. HUAINAMACHERO

    HUAINAMACHERO Well-Known Member

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    Congrats!!!
    Very nice bears. Sounds like you guys had a lot of fun in the hunt. The type of hunts you and your son will always remember. Thanks for sharing.
    Any more pics of the bears???
     

  3. jmden

    jmden Well-Known Member

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    Congrats, Guy! That's great! I'm trying to bag my first one this year, but the berries up high on the westside seem quite a bit behind this year. Got a few longrange spots picked out, just need the berries to cooperate in those spots... What did you learn about bear hunting?
     
  4. winmag

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    3 very nice bears!!!
    It looks like one or both of those chocolate bears would go high17's to 18's. I know min for Oregon book is 18 1/8 inches. Washington may be simmilar. They look big enough in the pics. Great bears, great story, and I loved the pics. Congrats to all!! Bear hunting may be my favorite just because when the action starts, ITS ON! While elk and deer are fun as well, bears bring a whole different level of excitement to the table. You did well.
     
  5. brentc

    brentc Well-Known Member

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    I agree! Bear hunting gets into your blood.

    Congrats on tagging a bunch of great black bears!
     
  6. Buffalobob

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    Very nice pictures.
     
  7. TheHardWay

    TheHardWay Well-Known Member

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    Congrats! Great pictures!

    I'm headed out this coming Saturday to do some spot and stalk with the 'ol smoke pole. I don't think my shots will be quite as long as yours though! Hope I am as fortunate as you guys were.
     
  8. Guy M

    Guy M Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys!

    Got the skulls back yesterday - boiled clean. They both score 18 2/8, which is a pretty good score for around here. I thought it looked like they had good sized noggins!
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    A few more photos from the hunt:
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    And my favorite:
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    It was a great father-son hunt, with excellent success. I hope it's a good start to a good season! We're both looking forward to mule deer in a few weeks. Mule deer hunting is our real passion, but this bear hunt was a hoot and we'll be doing it again.

    Regards, Guy
     
  9. winmag

    winmag Well-Known Member

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    Pretty good guess judging by the pics posted wouldnt you say?:D
     
  10. midnightmalloy

    midnightmalloy Well-Known Member

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    Where abouts were you guys at? not specifics just a general area. im looking to do some hunting next year when i get out of the navy and want to fugure out some general places to start. been gone for 5 years.
     
  11. Guy M

    Guy M Well-Known Member

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    We were up north of Spokane.
     
  12. wyo7

    wyo7 Well-Known Member

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    Thats one sweet tailgate pic. Good work on some excellent bears!
     
  13. LRSickle

    LRSickle Well-Known Member

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    That's a hunt your boys will talk about for the rest of their lives. Isn't it great to have a plan come together like that.
     
  14. ss7mm

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    Guy, great hunt and pictures. You and your son are to be congratulated. Sorry about the debris that blew in at the end there for a while but I tidied it up a bit to keep a great thread the way it should be.