My dad's 2010 Mn Bear

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My dad's 2010 Mn Bear

Unread postby Schultzy » Tue Oct 05, 2010 4:56 pm

Today was awesome!!! For those that didn't read my previous thread my dad hit a bear yesterday evening (Sunday). He tracked It about 50 yards by himself last night but backed out due to lack of blood. He thought the arrow looked good when It hit but admitted that It was a little farther back then what he liked.

Anyhow he called me last night after he got In and told me the whole story. One thing he kept on telling me was "this bear Is big". I asked If he had any help for the next day and he said no. I then said alright I'm taking off of work then and I'll leave at 3:00 In the morning and make the 4.5 hour drive up and meet you on the road around 8ish where this bait Is. Dad showed up a little after 8 and off we went to the bait. Dad had a trail cam on the bait when he shot at this bear. I had my digital camera with so we checked the card. He was right, this bear was huge!! While looking at the pics you could see dads arrow going Into the bear. That was real neat!!!

Off we went on the blood trail. It was very tough going with hardly any blood. Most of the blood that we were finding was rub marks on the side of small little pines. Here and there we'd find blood on the ground but hardly a thing. It had been nearly 25 minutes since either one of us had found any blood. I was following a big padded track when all of a sudden I heard what sounded like a whistle. I stopped and listened and heard It again but thought It was a bird. A few seconds later I heard It again and thought hmmm, that's strange. I turned around In the direction I heard It hoping that It was maybe dad whistling that he found some blood (that's how dad and I communicate In the woods together, we Imitate a white throated sparrow Instead of talking). Anyhow I make my way over to him with In 20 yards and he's still whistling but much quicker tones now. I get another 10 feet closer to him and all of a sudden I see that he's got an arrow nocked!! I'm thinking holy balls, It's go time!!! I stopped In my tracks and got my bow ready just In case and watched quietly. I watched dad slowly make his way to the bear and jab him with his arrow and that's when he yelled, he's dead!!! A few other words were said too. ;) He ended up getting both lungs so he did make a great shot to begin with. A person seems to always second guess themselves It seems. ;)

This Is the biggest bear I've ever saw that I've been Involved with. He dressed out at 400 pounds even. He's a tad under 8 feet long and his front pads measured out at 4 7/8. The weight of the bear Is big but what Impressed me the most was the size of his head. This head Is absolutely huge!!! Back In 2000 I shot a chocolate phase bear that dressed out at 325 pounds and It's head measured out at 20 5/16. To me the head on dads bear makes mine look small!! I'm really wondering how big this head Is. I can't wait till dad gets the skull cleaned so we can measure It.

Boy did we have our hands full on getting this bear out. At 9:30 this morning we started skinning and quartering and by 3:00 this afternoon we finally got It loaded up In the truck. Our bait was about a 1/4 mile back In the woods. Thank god It was that close!! We packed this bear out Mountain style using packs. We each made 2 trips. I made sure I loaded my pack up plenty so dad's loads weren't too bad. My one trip was 108 pounds (both hind quarters) and the other was 124 pounds (hide and head). Dads loads were 65 (front quarters) and 100 pounds (carcass). Today Is a day I'll never forget. One of my favorite all time hunts for sure!! Thanks dad and congratulation's on a huge P&Y Bear!!

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Re: My dad's 2010 Mn Bear

Unread postby Dewey » Tue Oct 05, 2010 5:37 pm

Wow, that is a huge bear!! :shock: :shock:
Congrats to your dad and great job telling the story. That's the best bear hunting story I have heard in a long time and the bonus is that you got to share these memories with your dad. Times like this are very special and you will treasure them forever. :D
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Re: My dad's 2010 Mn Bear

Unread postby PLB » Tue Oct 05, 2010 6:17 pm

:shock: Wow!!!!!! Congrats to your dad on a dandy bear! I bet that skull pushes 22 inches! :o
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Re: My dad's 2010 Mn Bear

Unread postby Liberty-Hunt » Tue Oct 05, 2010 7:52 pm

What a dandy...
Congratulation to your Dad! 8-)
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Unread postby dan » Tue Oct 05, 2010 8:07 pm

What an absolute MONSTER!
Tell Dad congrats for me! :D
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Re: My dad's 2010 Mn Bear

Unread postby Singing Bridge » Tue Oct 05, 2010 9:07 pm

That IS a monster bear!! congrats to you both!! 8-)
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Re: My dad's 2010 Mn Bear

Unread postby Wrinkleneck » Tue Oct 05, 2010 10:19 pm

What a BEAST!!! And he shot it with a long bow to top it off it looks like. CONGRATS to your Dad!!! I'm happy for the both of you.
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Re: My dad's 2010 Mn Bear

Unread postby hunt n nut » Tue Oct 05, 2010 10:56 pm

Very cool story...huge congrats, for a huge bear to your dad 8-)
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Re: My dad's 2010 Mn Bear

Unread postby Hilts » Wed Oct 06, 2010 12:14 am

Nice bear, that thing has one of those bushel basket heads.
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Re: My dad's 2010 Mn Bear

Unread postby Hodag Hunter » Wed Oct 06, 2010 2:34 am

What a great looking bear. The pictures do show a huge head and body.

I'm sure packing the bear out was tough but that's the kind of work that's a great reward for all the pre-work going into the season.

Congrats to your Dad and the great memorys you will both have for many years.

Sure beats a day at work, yea?
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Re: My dad's 2010 Mn Bear

Unread postby AC Rider » Wed Oct 06, 2010 2:44 am

Wow!!! What a slob.. Tell pops congrats - again.
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Re: My dad's 2010 Mn Bear

Unread postby solocam88 » Wed Oct 06, 2010 3:13 am

awesome bear and great story, thanks for sharing
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Re: My dad's 2010 Mn Bear

Unread postby Black Squirrel » Wed Oct 06, 2010 8:22 am

Cool story, with a great ending.
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Re: My dad's 2010 Mn Bear

Unread postby magicman54494 » Wed Oct 06, 2010 11:08 am

Congrats to your dad!
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Re: My dad's 2010 Mn Bear

Unread postby Edcyclopedia » Wed Oct 06, 2010 11:24 am

Spectacular!!!

God bless you both - I know your glad you went to help, your a great son...
Congrats all the way around.
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