The way we hunt bears is different than most other animals. Bears are mainly
nocturnal and because of that, we typically only hunt the afternoons. If you
like to sleep in and relax, go fishing, or type away on a computer this is a
||This nice big black bear appeared directly behind camp.
We were tempted but opted to pass on the stalk.
Tom noticed a bear across from camp so out came the spotting scopes and binoculars.
While they were focused on that bear I glanced behind camp and spotted a very
respectable black bear feeding on the near bank. He was probably 300 lb. with
a good hide and nice big head. He would be borderline for a record book bear
and we decided to pass on a stalk - but I was tempted.
We motored right up to this unconcerned
The weather was calm and clear, yet slightly overcast. We loaded up Johnnie's
skiff to check out the back end of the bay - an area Johnnie calls "The
Hole." The tides are a factor in our hunt and we had to time them just
right or our boat would "high and dry." Because of that, we headed
for the hole much earlier in the day than we would have preferred but before
long that didn't seem to matter.
This little black bear was shocked to turn around
and see four hunters staring at him. Luckily for him he wasn't
|Video of several bears spotted
across the tide flat
- Depending on the size, length, and quality, some videos are available
in various formats. If you are using a dial-up connection at 56k or slower,
choose low speed. If you need to download the plug-in, click on the Format
The black bears were out in force. We spotted 15 different bears that day including
a real nice cinnamon color phased bear and a couple of bears we like to call
"Jumbos." Neither Tom or I stalked any of these bears - it was too
early and we wanted to get a good look at the area before making a move. Both
of us had black bear, and brown bear tags - and eleven more days, so there was
no sense in rushing. The tide change forced us to leave the hole before the
afternoon hunt. Tom and John took a stand on the outer corner of the bay, an
area not affected by the tides, and Johnnie and checked the outer beaches. All
of us saw black bear but no stalks, and no brown bear were seen.
We headed back to camp and enjoyed a nice dinner of barbecued pork chops before