Well I got the results of the 2005 controlled bear hunt drawing and my number was not one of the lucky winners. My neighbor and his 5 coworkers (that always looks like cow orkers to me) also lost out this year. It is a lousy feeling to not get the draw after all this waiting and preparations. Well you pays your money and you takes your chances. I would like to take this opportunity to thank any who have helped me prepare by answering my many questions. I would especially like to thank Ian M for taking the time to send me an informative email that was quite enlightening in the area of putting down bears and with regard to a bullet choice. Now it is on to rock chucks and ground squirrels and shooting steel and some camping. OH and catching sturgeon. Great big prehistoric sturgeon that can swallow a small child in one mouthfull. OK maybe that last part was a stretch but they are big around here. I'm talking 9+ feet long. Anyway thanks again everyone.