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Published by caribou creek on 04 Jul 2009

Politically Correct ?

Every now and then i stand on my stool . Speaking  of subjects  that are needed to be said.

 Many years ago Walt Disney made a movie . Many that read this have seen or read about ” The Songs of the South”  A family movie at the time . It was banned from theaters for be racist . Animated characters named brer bear , brer fox ,brer rabbit .Not for getting the real reason to banned this movie . The tar baby.

Many may remember the restaurants of the south west areas . Known as “Little Black Sambos ” or just Sambos . A pancake /family restaurant  . Now renamed today as  “Denny’s” .

There was a book wrote of a small boy in India. Named Little Black Sambo. The story nothing to do with black cultures . Told of a little boy and his grand new  clothes . Telling of his walk into jungle . Giveing away all his clothes to tigers . Now banned from libriary of Congress

We all rembember seeing the signs in recruiting offices –Uncle Sam wants you !  I joined navy . Serving  in a war . Many men and women gave some . Many gave all . I gave some . I will forever honor these men and women  .They are what Americans stand for– Freedom !  Our new president Maybe doesnt believe in freedom ?

Today we see that it would be racisit to call our new Black President —Uncle Sam ? . Wouldnt it be ?  So I would think I need to be politically correct by saying that I could rename our president —-Uncle ream -Us !

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Published by RainbowGuy on 03 Jul 2009

Looking to trade Thompson .41mag for compound bow.

I have a Thompson Contender .41mag that I’d like to trade for a compound bow. This packs like a handgun but shoots like a rifle for big game hunting, and the barrel can be interchanged for a variety of other calibers. Check it out at http://www.tcarms.com/index.php . I like my .40 Glock so don’t need this, but could sure use a quality hunting compound bow for Elk. If interested email me at [email protected] RainbowGuy

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Published by AZelkhntr on 02 Jul 2009

Lucky 13

lucky-13                                                           Lucky 13

 

Where to start? I have been bowhunting for about the last 12 years. I owe the discovery of bowhunting and all that it means to me to a good friend of mine. Ray Kessler,prior to meeting him I was a rifle hunter for most of my life. I met my hunting partner and friend Ray at work right after he started working there. It didn’t take long before we got on the subject of hunting. I had tried bowhunting with a recurve on a occasion or two. Ray on the other hand had bowhunted most of his life. After a few conversations with Ray it didn’t take long before I was at the local archery shop buying my first compound bow. Since buying that first bow I have become addicted. The feeling of being so close to animals and nature that you get with bowhunting is unlike any other hunting in my opinion. We have hunted together for the last 12 years and have experienced some awesome times, from me shooting my first deer with a bow to sitting on a hilltop and watching two huge bulls fighting to see who is the king of the hill. Bowhunting has  and is the passion that drives me.

 

2007 started out like many others with both of us putting in to try and draw a covenant elk tag. Unfortunately we were not successful, this was disappointing and rewarding all in one. Although we did not draw a elk tag we knew that meant one thing, we were going to be focusing all of our attention on a trip to Kaibab to hunt the huge mule deer of the Kaibab.

 

We made the 6 and a half hour drive to the Kaibab plateau a month before opening day to do some scouting set up our game cams and try to pinpoint a game plan for opening day. While driving up there we had a pretty good idea already where we would be hunting. I have hunted the Kaibab several times in the last 12 years and Ray has been going there for the last 25 years, first with his dad and then with friends and family. On the ride up there he stated that he had just realized that this would be his 25th year hunting the Kaibab and had taken several deer out of there but had never taken a really nice buck yet. We both agreed that this year was going to be different. After our scouting trip we were both very excited we had seen some great bucks and couldn’t wait for opening day.

 

We arrived two days before opening day and everything looked really good, we went out checked our game cams and saw some nice bucks and the mood in the camp was very upbeat. Opening day arrived and we were both sitting treestands hoping for one of the bucks we had seen earlier to make the mistake of walking by us. It was not meant to be, due to all of the other hunters in the area we believed that the big bucks must have gone in to hiding.

 

The next 11 days were pretty uneventful, we both had seen smaller bucks and we both had oppurtunities to harvest a smaller buck. We passed on harvesting smaller bucks in hope of getting a chance at a bigger one. The motto for our camp was “You will never shoot a big one if you keep shooting smaller ones”

 

The last day of the hunt was upon us and we knew it was make or break time. We woke up at 4:00am with high hopes. This was our thirteenth day of hunting and we were determined to make it a Lucky 13. We were driving to our hunt area when Ray looked at me and said. We just drove by a great buck feeding about 150 yards up in the treeline. Needless to say we both got pretty excited. We came up with a quick plan to drive up a ways and stalk into the treeline and then wait. In hopes that the buck would feed to us.

 

 

We made it to the treeline undetected. It was freezing that morning and we both spent the next half hour trying to stay still and not give away our spot by our uncontrollable shivering. Finally I saw deer legs through the trees. It didn’t take long before we realized if we stayed where we were a shot was not going to happen. We decided to move up about 20 yards to another tree. Ray went first, and when he made it to the tree the deer was just coming into a opening. There was no time to lose if he didn’t take the shot the deer was going to move into some thick timber and we wouldn’t get another opportunity.

Ray ranged the deer at 58 yards, I know some people would not take a shot at this range. Ray and I practice out to 80 yards throughout the year and shoot every 3D tournament we can. It is not uncommon to be presented with shots of this range in the west. We practice at these ranges and only take shots that we know and feel comfortable at making. Ray came to full draw and the arrow was on it’s away, I was watching and knew he had made a good shot. The deer ran off and we both just sat there and couldn’t believe what had just happened. We waited a hour before taking up the tracking , it wasn’t long before we were standing over a great Kaibab buck. Ray looked at me smiling and said who says 13 isn’t lucky. We decided right then that this was the Lucky 13 buck.

 

This hunt wound up being one of the best hunts I have been on. It just shows that perseverance along with a never die attitude usually pays off. I would like to thank my wife for putting up with my obsession, without her understanding of my addiction, living my dream would be a lot harder.

 

 

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Published by caribou creek on 01 Jul 2009

Following a Fathers foot steps .

willaims-caribou-001301Long ago . The early 1970’s after i was discharged from navy .I married my first wife  Mary . She was an Nes pirece indian from washington state . I adopted William as my own when he was 6 months old . Willaims back ground of a tribe of great archers from horse back .  His skills would show in years to come .

All my 11 children are good archers in thier own right . William is the best . He took to archery very quickly in age.  His skills showed boldy from day one . I had promised him that i would take him Caribou hunting when he turn 16 . This story tells of that day.

I had early in years taken a very nice Caribou . Very wide and many points . Double shovel . A good trophy for any archer.  William would say to me that he would some day shoot one bigger than mine . I told him that i would pay to have it mounted –The deal was set !

William and i set out for our father and son one week trip . To a place called Caribou Creek  {i named my archery shop after and the family homestead still sits today. This  would mark over 25 years of hunting this area for me  . I took my handle here as caribou creek also . 

Early fall weather in alaska is beautiful .A  great time to hunt . We would travel up Hicks Creek to Caribou Creek over 30 miles with 3 wheelers, To where we set up first camp .Willaim had seen many Caribou the first few days . Only none as big as he had wished for . Like a good hunter . He turned down what he felt were bad shots or to small . We moved farther up Caribou Creek . To a dirt runway that i wrecked my plane years earlier. {another story to be told here– A pilots night mare–  } . William was up early one morning watching the masses of Caribou move up the canyon. It is hard for some people to picture this many Caribou in one herd today . I hear Willaim say theres the one Dad !  Ok lets move in closer .

We waded the creek to set up ambush . The wind was right.  We needed to be aware of wind changes so commonly known for this area  of the valley. William readied his bow . I had given him a Fred Bear Grizzly model for his birthday . We set up spotting scope for better view of this Caribou .The caribou was standing with head down resting as fly’s and bugs were driving him crazy . As we watched i could see a bee trying to get the better half of this Caribou . One fast second the Caribou was moveing . The bee had bite him . He was head for more open areas now .This caribou was headed straight for us now . At 20 yds now . Willaim looks to me for the ok . It was his choice . The arrow finds its mark true  to the mark . The work has now started.

After pictures and hand shakes a few slaps on the back . One real happy son and a very proud father . I looked at Williams Caribou now knowing my bet was safe .We got to lodge  calling  home with news that William had got his caribou . He  could fill freezer for our family winter meat supply .

Now my caribou is wide .So wide that we had to turn it around and side ways to fit into door way .Takeing door off hinges also . Just to fit into my den .We get home william jumps out of truck grabs his anthers and runs into house to compare with my Caribou .Wiliam just stood there .The look was priceless .For he had helped years before to get my mount into the  house He  knew how much work we did that day . He knew his caribou was now smaller . A trophy animal is in the eys of the beholder .I had his caribou mounted and hangs today in my den .

My son has moved away and has family of his own now .I see him every now and then. We talk of  another Hunt together. We’ ll get together soon dad!.  —And the cats in the cradle …..

Parents hold your cards close . Your children closer . Time flies faster than any arrow you or i will ever shoot .

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Published by archerytech12 on 30 Jun 2009

Archery Tuning and Arrow Fletching

I have opened my own shop and I’m doing a complete bow tune for $25.00. I will tear down your bow, clean it, and tune it with laser and paper. I am a full archery shop and an authorized dealer for many vendors. I can order in anything you need for a great price. I will guarantee my work 100%. Don’t wait till it is too late to get your bow tuned, call T.J. at 208-871-4069. Thanks and I look forward to helping you with your hunting/shooting needs.

String Replacement- If you order strings through me I do it for free. If not it is 15.00 for a full set up.
Full bow tune is $25.00 paper/or laser I do both
Arrow fletching is:
$2.00 an arrow if you provide the fletchings
$2.50 if I provide the fletchings

Feel free to call if you have more questions. Visit my Web Site at www.DeadOnArchery.com

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Published by T.R. Michels on 26 Jun 2009

Understanding the Different Phases of the Rut

Hunters often want to hunt “the rut”, but don’t know exactly when the rut occurs in their area, when the different phases of the rut occur, or how to determine which rut phase in in progress. As a result of my 10 years of study on the biology and behavior of white-tailed deer, I recognized eight different rut phases with their associated activities: 1. pre-rut, 2. dispersal, 3. pre-breeding, 4. primary breeding, 5. post primary breeding, 6. rest, 7. pre-late breeding, 8. late breeding, followed by the post rut. It is often difficult to distinguish when these phases start and end, because their activities overlap, and because dominant and subdominant bucks are on different time schedules.

Rut Phases
(The dates given are approximate for northern areas.)

Pre-Rut / Rubbing Phase (Rubbing/Scraping) Sept. 1 – 25
During the pre-rut, when bucks are beginning to rub to shed velvet, most of their activity will be in or near their core areas that contain bedding sites and late summer food sources of mast, berries, succulent grasses, clovers and agricultural crops. Scraping often begins at this time, especially if nighttime temperatures fall below 45 degrees. Dominant bucks create most of these early scrapes. My studies show that bucks travel primarily at dawn and dusk during this phase. They may rub and scrape during the day in the cover of their core areas when there is a full moon.

Fall Home Range Shift / Dispersal Phase (Rubbing/Scraping) Sept. 15 – Oct. 15
With rising testosterone levels bucks become more aggressive and no longer travel in groups. Bucks in some areas may shift from a summer core area to fall core area, and begin to use larger home ranges as they search for preferred food sources to put on fat for the winter. They may travel through several doe home ranges in preparation for breeding. Scraping may diminish at this time. My studies show that bucks begin to leave core areas later in the evening, and go back to core areas earlier in the morning during this phase.

Pre-Primary Breeding / Peak Scraping Phase (Rubbing/Scraping/Chasing/Breeding) Oct. 15 – Nov. 5
Two to three weeks before the primary breeding phase bucks begin to travel their rub routes, making rubs and scrapes. Most of the scrapes at this time are still made by dominant bucks. While most scent marking activity occurs at night, bucks do travel their rub routes in cover during the day making rubs and scrapes. Rub routes generally lead from buck core areas in the evening, through doe use areas, to night time food sources, then back through doe use areas to buck core areas in the morning. Scrape activity usually peaks at the end of this phase. My studies show that bucks may travel to food sources in the early afternoon and stay there until late in the morning. During the full moon I often see bucks along their rub routes an hour or more before sunset. Some does may come into estrus and be bred during this phase. Because bucks are exerting dominance, they are extremely aggressive and will fight almost anything. Does that are not ready to breed at this time often run from bucks, hence the term “chasing phase.”

Primary Breeding Phase (Rubbing/Scraping/Breeding) Nov. 1 – 25
Once the does come into estrus the bucks will travel during all hours of the day in search of them. The bucks may stop traveling their rub routes, and follow doe trails instead. Rubbing and scraping by dominants usually diminishes at this time because the bucks are searching for and breeding does. However, subdominant bucks may create fresh rubs and scrapes because the dominant bucks are more interested in does than making rubs and scrapes or exerting dominance over the subdominants. Although the full moon may not cause increased activity during peak breeding, daytime buck activity will be high as long as does remain in . Generally there is above normal daytime deer activity during the two to three weeks when the does are in , no matter what the moon phase is. However, if the buck to doe ratio is low you may not see many bucks during this phase, because the bucks may all be with does. Some hunters refer to the lack of buck sightings at this time as “The Lockup”.

Post Primary Breeding Phase (Searching/Scraping/Breeding) Nov. 20 – 25
After most of the does have been bred some dominant and subdominant bucks the bucks may travel their rub routes, and visit doe use areas and food sources during the day, especially if there is a full moon. My studies show that bucks may move at any time of the day during this rut phase, no matter what the moon phase is.

Rest Phase Nov. Nov. 20 – Dec. 5
During the two to three weeks after the post primary breeding phase bucks that took part in breeding may stay in their core areas, where they feed on mast, any remaining green grass, leaves or clover, and agricultural crops or browse. Most buck activity will occur at night or in secure wooded areas during the late evening and early morning hours. The full moon may cause bucks to become active during the day, but I seldom see dominant bucks outside their core areas during this phase. Rubs and scrapes occurring outside buck core areas at this time may be made by subdominants.

Pre-Late Breeding Phase (Rubbing/Scraping/Searching/Breeding) Dec. 1 – 10
Two to three weeks after peak breeding some dominant and subdominant bucks may begin traveling their rub routes again, usually on their way to and from food sources. They may rub and scrape while they travel with, or search for, does during the day, especially if there is a full moon. When temperatures are colder than normal daytime activity may occur from two to three hours before sunset to an hour after sunset; and from an hour before sunrise to three to four hours after sunrise.

Late Breeding Phase (Rubbing/Scraping/Searching/Breeding) Dec. 10 – Dec. 25
Approximately a month after the primary breeding phase unbred older does come into a second ; and some older, and 1.5 year old does come into their first estrus. Dominant and subdominant bucks often travel their rub routes, making rubs and scrapes, and visit doe use and feeding areas in their search for receptive does. Daytime activity may occur from two to three hours before sunset to an hour after, and from an hour before sunrise to three to four hours after, especially when the weather is colder than normal and there is cloud cover. I often see dominant and subdominant bucks with the does as they travel to and from food sources during this phase, especially during the full moon.

Post Rut Dec. 25-Jan. 15
After the rut ends, and when food sources are limited, cold night time and morning temperatures may cause both bucks and does to travel during the afternoon and early evening hours. They may also feed late in the morning when there is prolonged severe weather. My studies show that when the temperature or wind-chill was below 10 degrees, and when there was limited food, three times more deer were sighted in the afternoon and evening than at any other time during the fall. When extreme conditions occur, the moon has very little influence on daytime deer activity.

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Published by caribou creek on 23 Jun 2009

The Worlds best — “Bow Shooter” !

We find humor in our freinds .The stories that we tell can or  will embarrass the parties in question every time .In a good way .

A number of years ago .I had a small archery shop –Caribou Creek Archery –Being just  a small shop .Fulfilling needs of traditional archers.I had many custom build bows from about every bowyer that was worth his salt . I build arrows and strings sold new and used bows .There was a small range 2oyds .More like just a long hallway leading to back door out side . It gave people a place to try bows . Just for extra room i would Hang bows on the wall for display .

One day my freind came in with a bow he  just bought a a pawn shop  .I sold martin bows /equiptment . So when Dave came in with his bow .I looked it over . A martin hatfield take down recurve #70. It had the same rizer that the martin wart hog  .  Big !  It  didnt fit well in the hand .

Thinking that the bow was a little over poundage .Way to much bow to shoot every day. After shooting it . I found it to be smooth . I was surprized that it drew back easy with no stacking  . It felt good to hold in your hands .Release was smooth as i had ever shot . This i did find common for most martin bows .

Dave couldnt wait to shot this bow .He stepped up to the range .Picket out and arrow . Drew back –Now Dave is a very good archer Shoots compounds Very well ! As all compound shooter they expect let off half way thru the draw .This leads to a number of mistakes that makes this story Good .

Dave draws back this bow . Expecting let off . The bow draw wieght is a little more than he did expect Pus he was expecting the let for some unknown reason . Half way thru draw he releases the arrow .The arrow  falls off the rest.  Shots down the hallway . Hitting the light switch . The rest of the lights  come on .Blinding us to what had happened .

The arrow had followed the wall down range –Now my new and used bows hang on this wall !  The arrow hits the lower limb of a bow hanging there and sticks . It took a minute to figure out what had happened . I turn saying  to dave ! If you wanted a new bow !  All you had to do was ask me !  We joked . Dave being the butt of the joke was embarassed . I did give Dave the bow as a gift  .Mounted on a frame work with arrow still sticking out of lower limb . Inscribed are  the words –To my best freind Dave –The worlds greatest  ” Bow Shooter ”

I write of many freinds .I have a number of them with name of Dave . I dont know why ?  Freinds are freinds to the end .They do seem to hear and answer to what ever names i do call them .

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Published by caribou creek on 21 Jun 2009

Fathers day –A look into the past !

I wrote this story many years ago for Fathers day . Dont really know if this belongs here ?  Each Year at this time i feel the same way . Maybe it time we spend with family ? Maybe it time lost ?

I left home at early age.  My father who i had a love  hate relationship with over the years .Kept me away. Only to find myself wanting to put our lives back together –only i couldnt till 5 years before my father died . This story tells of . Time spend toether and time lost .

From the day i was born .I followed my father with wonder of this new world i was born .As time pasted i would follow my father into the woods for the first day of deer season . Slowly he would teach me about every leaf ,flower and track .

Hunting was a way of life for us . Work was hard to come by . Money was  even harder . Liveing on my grand fathers farm. This was the only help we had . See !  There was no welfare .You didnt hear for state aid. My father was hurt in an work accident that left him out of work and unable to care for his family . He drank and i was the end of his anger at the world at times. I learned early to just stay out of his way . 

For ever wanting to know more of my father . Wanting his love more everyday . I would go back to see if we could find each other –I couldnt . Time would show me why my father was this way towards me . Now to this day i understand. My father is gone . All the times we could have shared are gone  .  Time is lost forever . 

My archery years were formed by my uncle and father .They would build long bows from choice woods. Hand fletched arrows .This is the true meaning of archery and hunting to me. Ive hunted with long bow for more years than i can remember. With same feelings that i was taught at a very early age . My skills would be honed by teachings of some of the best archers .We only can read about today.

I have been honored to hunt with these great men that Have passed away .Each leaving their archery skills and knowledge in my hands to teach others . I lost my uncle at a very early time in my life . His teachings are with me every day .I miss him . Along with all the rest of my mentors .Each equaly .The one i miss the most is my father . Each fathers day i read this letter i wrote to him before he died {aug 6th  2005 }

In this letter you will see how much he meant to me at a time to late to recover lost years . It does show a very good mentor that has shaped my life today . I had restored an old motorcycle and dedicated this restoration to him. Along with this letter

To my earthly father :

I deicate this restoration of thos motorcycle to you . Restored with knowledge learned from you in my youth .With guidance of knowing hands . Te able to seek knowledge ,Find wisdom , Forever find beauty and good in all works.

I did find out the hard way the the road to Hell is Paved with good intentions . Only after long troubled years of searching for what ever i never found . Because it  wasnt there to start with . The one visit i had with you last year .You showed me the way back from Hell –Was only through Humilitly !

So for the  years of teaching me Were remembered .You did touch my heart as a father would only dream of for his son .Not to late to finish this project or to find each other in Christ our Lord.

We can smile a little thinking of the motorcycle we restored in my youth together .Thses dreams were of a young mans first motorcycle . A fathers dream for doing something together with son . Some how seeing beauty In this project not seen by others .As we both take this trip back in time .we remember all good things ,We cry , laugh a lot . Being so ever happy that all things do work out in time . Time does heal all things .We found that we were guided by faith ,hope and love .Love being the greatest of all

We both would have never guessed our lifes were so close from the day i was born .We now this day see it clearly .Our lifes intertwined .Ever so close . Yet so far apart . Strangers at arms lenght. Each knowing so much of each other.  Yet not seeing the truth that kept us together . Two totaly differnt people . Father and Son  . Each trying Hard not to let the other conquer the other   . Wanting to be their own person yet not wanting the truth to show that kept us together .Each not wanting to show feelings for love ,honor ,respect .fearing that we would hurt each others feelings in some small  way . Some where in time i know we failed greatly .Only we together found out our pride was our down fall .

It wasnt till we both accepted the total love or our heavely father .He would teach us both where we were wrong in many ways About each other .

Ive learned more about life in the jaws of death than on my knees in prayer .Sometimes the hard way is better learned ?  There is a greater calling for us . These lessons are to strengthen our lives .Forever helping us to be able to face each day and each other .The punshment for our transgretions where the many years of wondering ,looking and never finding each other . Unknowing  ? Seeking the right hand of God . Too many years lost forever .Only to be found today in one heart beat .Or maybe three –I love you !.

We greet each other with open arms .Imbrace each other .Hearts warmed over with feelings of love for each other .

We both must  remember. Nor forget . That we are not measured by –How much we Love —-only by how much we are loved by others .

Your loveing son, Harold

 

As add on to this letter. I put together and picture frame of pictures of my father and  i together in life .This shows projects together ,boats airplanes ,Log cabins . Every day in our life caught on film . Each tells its own story of the time. As you look at the frame of pictures you will see crack in glass .You will wonder why i did repair this ?  The crack is for the tears shed of  lost years we could have had . You will see picture missing in the center of frame . The missing picture is missing years we could have shared . These pictures are the only thing he left to me when he died. Or ? Did he leave me  more i cant find now ?  Yet in my life to find later.  As i need to with my sons and daughters . So we will not make this mistake twice.

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Published by brenda on 18 Jun 2009

Special room rates at the Riviera for 2010 Archery Festival.

NFAA room specials through Reduced Trips at the Riviera for the Archery Festival in February.

* February 17th – 21st  Riviera room special $51.00 per night (Standard rooms). Please email Brenda at [email protected].  These rooms are time sensitive and the rates can change at anytime, if interested please contact me soon.  (If you are interested in other dates please feel free to drop me an email).

Thank you,

Brenda Eichhorn

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Published by caribou creek on 17 Jun 2009

Bears ,Bears and more Bears ! {The shoot out at Martin creek }

Winter time in alaska sets the stage for arm chair stories .Guides ,pilots ,hunters alike .All can tell of the seasons adventures . Sit back and relax !

This is true story that happened to my cousin and myself .

A number of years ago the State of Alaska pulled money out of their a–ss to let forest service repair trails and build new ones. Long over due .

Where you have people .You have bears ! no way around it . As much as people try to clean up after themselves there are a few bad apples . A few choice dumb sh–its to keep news papers in print with bears attacks . This story takes place in seward alaska .The year 1985 .I was working with my cousin doing flooring and carpet service . After work at night we would walk the forest service trails looking for bears . Bears do follow trail of least resisdance.

The week before There was a lady cook at one of the remote forest service camps attacked by a black bear. The lady was ok . Had to change her pants . She would wipe her hands off on her pants while cooking  Ha Ha ! got you! you thought thre beaers scared her so bad she need to change her pants . Well maybe so ? As normal the bear was shot for the bad habits of man !

As weeks worked into months the bears were getting braver .The forest service put up signs at trail heads –The signs would read .”please leave Name ,Address and phone number of next to kin before useing this trail “. Botton line too many bears had hear the dinner bells at the many camps the forest service had .

One week end we rode the horse’e into martin creek . 15 mile up trail to a heloicopter pad . This was to be a good area to stake out horse’s yet be able to watch them while hunting . The landing pad was 300yds round . Nice grass ..good idea for feeding horse’s and camp ?  This place was build to cut down on bears in area plus for hauling out garbage .They even  tagged bears to  moved them out to other areas . Maybe it was good plan ?

we rode to this camp on a beautiful fall day,  As i stepped out of the saddle to walk the area . I heard watch out from behind. Drew my rifle from scabber all in one quick moment  .Things in alaska happen fast ! first bear was coming in fast shooting three times a moveing target is hard to hit in bushy area .My cousin was relaoding getting  ready for the next bear busting out of bushes .To run the other way .I turned horse’s lose ,I was on one knee with another bear at 30 yds dead .my cousin hads yet another bear down with one shot .

Still jumpy from trying top calm horse’s  all hell cut lose  One more bear was in 55 gal drum looking at us , 2 more bears were in garbag pit looking at us at 20 yds and moveing in closer for better look  at all the noise and the horse’s.I shot the bear in the drum  Then turned and shot one coming close Bob busted the first one it had stopped dead at his feet  Mine bear ran off 50 yards Balling loudly as you would thingk 5 bears were dieing !

Both of us stand hard back to back relaoding . the horse’s wer used to rifle shots ,,But not bears that was another story .. the horse’s were off and running down trail for home . My rider and cousins were prttey good about standing,not running off leaving me .I rode off to catch the other horse”s before they got 15 milesd down the trail ..Then i hear 2 more shots .I had caught the horse’s by now and headed back to camp .As i rode back into area where the battle had started my cousin had one more bear down  as we were shotting one bear ran up a tree thonking he was asfe .I rode off and the bear felt safe to come down my cousin was still jumpy ..Hell ! so was i  Not all bear hunting is like this in alaska .You will not find bears behind every bush ! We now had 6 bears down within a 5o yd area .

We both agreed that this was a case of people not cleaning up after them selves of waste and food while working the trails . AS we left area we wondered if we buried the remains of these bears deep enough? All the gut piles where burned plus buries deep .So any one comeing into this camp wouldnt be surprised as we were .I have taken many bears from this area from bait stands.  It has been 25 years now since any reports of bear maulings in nthis area ..So may be after the shoot out at martin creek with 6 of the bruin brothers dead . Maybe there was a new sheriff in town?

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