Haven't gotten to try it yet.. Froze it for the trip home and haven't thawed to finish cutting/grinding. Waiting on a new Weston grinder to show up on the porch.No shit! Nice work! How does he eat?
Congrats, that's an awesome bear!I truly enjoy bear hunting, despite previous failures to punch a tag. I've done two spring hunts in Montana now and was in good ground with lots of sign both times, but only had one fleeting opportunity during that period which I was forced to pass on. I also added a CA bear tag to a Columbia Blacktail hunt a couple-three autumns back, but that wasn't my main focus.
Usually by May, it's been long enough since the fall big game seasons that I'm ready to get out with a rifle in hand. Small game, hogs, and turkeys do scratch the itch to some degree.
This time I was fortunate, as were several others on this forum, to draw a tag in SE Alaska. My tag was for POW Island, and in going solo I decided to rent a vehicle and hunt the logging roads and cuts off of the road system.
The travel was a headache, as it's two days coming and going from Indiana no matter how you try to plan it. The airline also lost my rifle for a day and a half, which saved a decent bear my first morning there. Other than that though, the hunting was extraordinarily simple; I simply drove logging roads until I found a good concentration of big bear turds, then alternated between slowly walking the grassy roads, and glassing the larger clear-cuts from the truck.
In all I saw 8 bears and had two more close encounters where the bear was just mere feet from me, but the brush was too thick to see through. I was fortunate to take a great bear on my 3rd full day on the island. The kill was nothing spectacular, as I spotted him in the edge of a cut from the truck, got out and walked to the edge of the cut, and shot him. He plunged down into a ravine and rolled about 30 feet, but was stone dead in a matter of seconds.
I spent the next 24 hours getting him all taken care of, then was able to bum around the island and be a tourist for my remaining 4 days there. It was a great time, exciting, sometimes stressful, and relaxing all at once. I'll be applying again this fall for Spring of 2021, fingers crossed.