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Post  BoW FreAk on Mon Aug 26, 2013 2:47 pm

I am going to try this again since the last one didn't make it all the way to completion.

My dad and I took our first Black Bear trip up to Alberta this year. He had previously gone on a hunt in Maine without any luck and was eager to change that. So when we were up at this lodge a couple years ago deer hunting we went a head and booked the trip. They sold us on the 150% success rate and one of the highest color phased populations (Dale McKinnon's Alberta Bear was the outfitters. Top notch place and would highly recommend if any of you are interested.)

The season finally rolled around and to our luck it was a late winter and they were having trouble getting all the bait stations set up. There was snow back in the bush all the way up until the week we arrived. By the time we got there the temperatures had climbed into the high 80's. The first two days were miserable. One of the other guys that went with us ended up shooting a decent black bear but the coat was not in the best shape. He must of had a rough winter, but none the less the ice was broken and the first bear was harvested.

The third night was a complete change of scenery. I was put in a new stand that was more like a deer stand as far as the density of the bush. It was pretty open, not what you would expect for bear hunting. When we arrived at the bait station the barrel had been knocked over and the beaver had pretty much been demolished. I was pumped and ready to see my first bear on stand. About two hours went by before I heard something off to my right. The first thing I noticed was the bear was a beautiful brown/chocolate color. As he got closer I thought to myself that this was a good looking bear and I was going to take a shot when the opportunity arouse. I wasn't really sure what to expect for size, the guide said if a bear has a crease in its head it is a good size bear. Well, the bear looked at me and I saw the crease and my heart started going crazy. I was probably a "little" excited at the fact that the bear new I was there and that it was a really good bear. After a few minutes of the bear not knowing what he wanted, he started to walk away and then he would sit there look at me, look at the bait, and so on and so forth before he decided he wanted the bait. As soon as he walked out from the brush I put a great shot on him. The arrow passed through and the blood trail was visible from my tree stand (I used a rage chisel tip if you were wondering). The bear ended up measuring 7' 1" and the skull was roughly between 18-19" and should go pope and young. The bear is currently at the taxidermist. I am getting a full size body mount. Can't wait to get it back.

My dad ended up shooting two smaller ones that evening as well. The first was a small black. He wanted to make sure he went home with something and the second was a small brown, didn't want to pass up a color phase. The next night I went out to a different stand and had three bears come in at once, two blacks and another nice color phase. I stuck one of the blacks with a big white patch on his chest and then sat and waited for a few hours for the guide to return. I had some awesome encounters with about four other bears that evening. I had a couple come up to the ladder of my stand and stand on their hind legs and put their paws a little over half way up and just stare at me. I got some great pictures. It was an unbelievable experience. 

The big one


The blood trail


Mine next to my dad's two


One of the bears looking up my tree


One of the other color phases I saw. Passed him so I could shoot a black


This guy was just lounging around. They hung around the entire evening.


Hope you enjoy
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Post  OH Arrow Flinger on Mon Aug 26, 2013 3:17 pm

Unbelievable pics; sure sounds like you all had a trip of a lifetime! You certainly did connect on an awesome bear; his coat is awesome!!! Congrats to you all on a fantastic hunt; cant wait to see the full body mount on that sucker!
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Post  andyman1983 on Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:06 pm

Congrats!
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Post  Mountainman Vic on Mon Aug 26, 2013 7:19 pm

I've always wanted to hunt Alberta! That is a dandy bear you killed. Congrats on him. He will make a nice addition to your trophyroom.

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Post  Pa. Bowhunter on Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:02 pm

Sounds like an awesome trip with some really nice bears !!! Make sure to post some pics when he is done !!
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Post  Maniac Outdoors on Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:11 pm

What a Awesome story and pics, Congrats to you on a HUGE bear and Congrats to your Dad as well.
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Post  buckeyehunter on Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:38 pm

Congrats on some awesome bears!! Bear hunting might be my favorite kind of hunting. I might have to check out the outfitter you went with!

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Post  live2hunt on Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:54 pm

That sounds like a heck of a trip! Congrats on the good looking bears.
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Post  bowGal on Tue Aug 27, 2013 4:54 am

Congratulation's to   you both,  Great  story ,   Thanks for sharing, and  please   post the   pic's of the mount when you  get him  home, beautiful bear K.

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Post  MEhunter on Tue Aug 27, 2013 6:22 am

Great pics! Color phase bear is on my bucket list for sure!

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Post  soil on Tue Aug 27, 2013 6:48 am

Awesome pictures!  Congrats to you and your dad!
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Post  Godfather on Tue Aug 27, 2013 8:36 am

Congrats on some great bears!!
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Post  iowahunter65 on Tue Aug 27, 2013 5:10 pm

congrats on your bear. great pictures

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Post  bow_dad on Tue Aug 27, 2013 11:18 pm

I love it!  Your Dad said it was awesome but the pics put it over the top.  Hope I can bring Action over to see him when you get him home. Nice job:twisted:
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Post  TheCReW on Fri Aug 30, 2013 3:19 pm

Congrats!  Great looking bears and sounds like an awesome experience.  Nothin like sitting in a tree surrounded by bears, everyone should try it.

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Post  TheCReW on Fri Aug 30, 2013 3:19 pm

Congrats!  Great looking bears and sounds like an awesome experience.  Nothin like sitting in a tree surrounded by bears, everyone should try it.

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Post  ridgerunner on Sun Sep 01, 2013 7:38 am

Congrats on the succusssful hunt with Dad!  That's an awesome color phase you got.  I been up there and experianced what you're sayin, Alberta bear hunts are awesome!
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Post  BoW FreAk on Tue Sep 03, 2013 3:19 pm

ridgerunner wrote:Congrats on the succusssful hunt with Dad!  That's an awesome color phase you got.  I been up there and experianced what you're sayin, Alberta bear hunts are awesome!
 It was a great experience. The outfitter we went with actually comes down to PA for their big outdoor show and sets up a booth. I don't know exactly which one, but he says he makes it every year.
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Post  BoW FreAk on Tue Sep 03, 2013 3:20 pm

bow_dad wrote:I love it!  Your Dad said it was awesome but the pics put it over the top.  Hope I can bring Action over to see him when you get him home. Nice job:twisted:
 Definitely! We need to have you over anyway. That will be a good excuse to get it done!
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Post  shedder on Mon Sep 23, 2013 8:48 am

That looks like a dream hunt!  Congrats to both of you!!
I love the pics it makes me miss my missed opportunity in Sask...
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