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 Post subject: Spring Bear 2011
PostPosted: 03 Apr 2011, 20:48 
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Hello from west of the great divide. Winter was brutal and spring is struggling to hold her own.
The steel is put up and my thoughts have turned to spring bear.


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My season opens in 7 days and I would like to share a little bit with you.


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 Post subject: Re: Spring 2011
PostPosted: 03 Apr 2011, 21:09 
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:shock: Are you toting the bear IN or OUT of the woods Pipepusher?!? Look forward to your tales from the woods of the Great Divide!

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 Post subject: Re: Spring 2011
PostPosted: 05 Apr 2011, 13:59 
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The barrels are finished. Today was the day to go scouting.
I checked 3 spots and found a 4th in a 3 hour round trip.

This is 3 miles below the shooter site.

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No sense in pushing it here.



After arriving at the 2nd trail head, this is the 1st hand cart crossing.

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Going up 2nd trail

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A little farther

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You just never know

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Being stopped by snow and water twice, on the way down the 2nd trail I decided to check out a small feeder creek.

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A good new find for sure.



Here is the road into the last spot, just above the marsh, I wanted to look at.

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Mother Nature has her own set of rules.

Back to the training hill next week.
Bear opens April 15

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 Post subject: Re: Spring 2011
PostPosted: 05 Apr 2011, 22:28 
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I'm too out of shape for that country!!! I'll just look at your pictures and read the postings. :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Spring 2011
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It will be my pleasure to share Swamp Rat.
I could sure use yours and everyone elses help once I get the traps back out. Trapping was terrible this winter for me.

I'm just training and getting hardware together this week. Waiting for the lifting of the snow pac level and flood conditions to lesson.


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 Post subject: Re: Spring 2011
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Wah.. some fun looking country... Find us a moose... I'm hungry... :--D

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My left index and middle finger in a 110
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 Post subject: Re: Spring 2011
PostPosted: 17 Apr 2011, 20:08 
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Pipepusher went out at 6:00 A.M. in the rain today and set up the 1st bait station. The camera was carried the whole time but I was working so hard no pics were taken. Whew! The bait cart rolled when crossing above a 9 foot culvert with roaring water below. I had to aim the roll for the only small tree around. I get pretty exited anyway going in with a barrel and this right off the start did not help my thinking, or my heart.

Here it is.


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If you look foward and to the left of the barrel you will see a scrape from ground to top of picture.

The last thing to do was hang the camera and box. The "locked" box. All my keys were back at home. :(


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 Post subject: Re: Spring 2011
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I checked with the State Forestry just now. 37 main road reports -closed due to snow.
The road I used to access my regular site, not only is snow blocked, lost a big section clear to the cut bank up above the snow line. So no shooter site this year. Not there

It's tough being patient!
2 weeks into the 1st 4 week season and it is snowing in town.
Any new site, to be any lower, may have to be underground. :lol:

I will be "going in" today to re-scent and change camera cards.


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 Post subject: Re: Spring 2011
PostPosted: 01 May 2011, 08:50 
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The stink bait is struggeling to do it's part, the bucket is freezing almost every night.
I changed batteries and cards and put more scent out today.

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2 messengers have arrived.

A small chocolate

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a small black

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It's no fun to be discriminated against
and this one really wants Pipepushers Secret Early Spring Bait Recipe!

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:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

1st hits and only 13 days left in the season in this area. I like to have 3 weeks to train them.


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 Post subject: Re: Spring Bear 2011
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Dry weather has prevailed one day this past 3 weeks. The 2 bear cams have had all they can take. I went in today and pulled them both. A little larger all black has joined the 1st two messengers.
They still are not eating much. Fresh chicken breast was left a week ago, it still looks ready for the barby. Just 9 days left for this site and there is No Camera On Site. :roll:


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 Post subject: Re: Spring Bear 2011
PostPosted: 10 May 2011, 00:05 
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The camera problem has been solved.
3 bear cams were set up at the site today and 50 lbs. of bait added.
The bears are still real slow and just 6 days left in this season.
It is what it is.
Tue. and /or Wed. someone will be on stand. :D
Friday I'm busy.
Then Sat. and Sun. and it's over here.

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the stand is 13 yards out

The final bait run will be Thursday. There should be some good pics.


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 Post subject: Re: Spring Bear 2011
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I called my son and told him to wash his hunting clothes.
He will be sitting on stand tomorrow. Wed. evening.

He has wanted a lighter colored bear. This will be a big deal for him. It will be his 1st solo sit. :shock: .... :lol:

Do any of you remember your 1st night alone on stand? ---a bear stand?
I did tell him I would pick him up on site at dark.


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 Post subject: Re: Spring Bear 2011
PostPosted: 11 May 2011, 05:33 
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Never been on a bear hunt over bait...never been on but one bear hunt and it was 5 days behind dogs with Doc in WV. This sounds like it might be good for a few laughs and a lot of good photos. Best of luck to the both of you.

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 Post subject: Re: Spring Bear 2011
PostPosted: 12 May 2011, 21:01 
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Last night went well. I set up about 300 yards shy of the feeder creek draw, the site is in, to wait for dark with the kill pack. I had the lantern out and ready. It was overcast so the magic 1/2 hour was closer to and hour long.

The waiting spot

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3 hour till sunset

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My son met me on the trail, sore ,tired and excited. No harvest.
He had 1 breaking multiple branches and popping it's jaws up the small draw and caught sight of 1 close behind. Both were slightly above him when the thermals were going down.
The last re-bait was today. Checked all cams and have identified 5 bears. They have switched to 80% nocturnal. There is no scat at the site yet. It looks to be a sub adult /sow range. The stink bait is just barely working. It has been froze so many times.
I lowered , opened and spread the contents.
A day off for the Doc. tomorrow then Sat. and Sun. only for this site.


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 Post subject: Re: Spring Bear 2011
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This spring rain is endless. and cold! The rivers crested Sunday and we have 9 days of rain in the forcast.
The stand was set in the last night, the 15th. No harvest.
Winter goose hunting apparel should have been worn. :lol:

Starting over now. Pull this 1st site and start anew further away.

Snow is still the biggest obstacle. then flooding.


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 Post subject: Re: Spring Bear 2011
PostPosted: 17 May 2011, 22:30 
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pipepusher wrote:
This spring rain is endless. and cold! The rivers crested Sunday and we have 9 days of rain in the forcast.
The stand was set in the last night, the 15th. No harvest.
Winter goose hunting apparel should have been worn. :lol:

Starting over now. Pull this 1st site and start anew further away.

Snow is still the biggest obstacle. then flooding.


Knowing how bad the weather is for you with all your modern gear, just think about the Lewis & Clark Expedition crossing the Bitterroot Mtns in Sept-Oct 1805 in buckskins! I sure enjoy the pictures taken on your outings.

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 Post subject: Re: Spring Bear 2011
PostPosted: 18 May 2011, 19:58 
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Feeeed Meee

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I am gearing up for round 2

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 Post subject: Re: Spring Bear 2011
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Seeing all that "thrown away" food reminds me that we live in the Land of Plenty!

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 Post subject: Re: Spring Bear 2011
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-Season 2-


Half way there.

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Set up again.

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 Post subject: Re: Spring Bear 2011
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I wish Davy the best of fortune on his bear hunt. :D
Is anyone else hunting spring bear?

Pipepusher will be hauling the stand out from the 1st site this weekend.
Then after Memorial Day , the new site, 2 1/2 hrs. away, will be re-baited and 1 stand set.

All water courses are breaching flood level and rain is forecast indefinitely.


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 Post subject: Re: Spring Bear 2011
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What a day :D - :shock: - :D

The second baiting was done today.

The bait work was done, mess all picked up, time to put scent out. The cameras are set up last.
I have a little homemade burner and was cooking some honey and maple syrup, it was starting to smoke really good. Meanwhile the spreading of molasses on branches was taking place.
Out of the corner of my eye,--there is dark movement.
I know before I look what it is.
A black bear is coming into the site.
I am on the ground not 10 feet from and just alongside the bait.
The molasses was dropped, the 44 was unholstered. I dropped down and slid closer to the barrel. and in it came


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pipepusher wrote:
What a day :D - :shock: - :D

The second baiting was done today.

The bait work was done, mess all picked up, time to put scent out. The cameras are set up last.
I have a little homemade burner and was cooking some honey and maple syrup, it was starting to smoke really good. Meanwhile the spreading of molasses on branches was taking place.
Out of the corner of my eye,--there is dark movement.
I know before I look what it is.
A black bear is coming into the site.
I am on the ground not 10 feet from and just alongside the bait.
The molasses was dropped, the 44 was upholstered. I dropped down and slid closer to the barrel. and in it came


:shock: Were you on a laptop making this post prior to being eaten by this bear??? :--o

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 Post subject: Re: Spring Bear 2011
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The bear was watched from close quarters for a while.
It was a little small but a trophy just the same with a handgun. I decided, not this one ,and it was time to finish my duties, so I beat a stick against a dead fall. No avail.
I yelled "Hey Bear-Hey Bear"-nothing. I grabbed a bigger stick and went to work on the dead fall, yelling and waving and throwing a chunk of branch at it. It finally left.
I ran for my pack to get my little Canon camera, then went a few steps toward the bear for some pictures.
Now I was shaking!
something was not right- Oh, batteries dead.
Go back to pack get and put in new batteries, then turn back to get this.

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I had to get 1 bear cam up and running, I thought. As I struggled with the camera box, because the starter holes were too small for my screws,
the- bear- came- back.
It watched me from alongside my other bear cam, that was not refreshed yet. The box went up, the cam put in ,without time or date set. Time for me to go!
I even packed my ladder stand back out, it was not set yet. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Spring Bear 2011
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Still workin at it.

I just got back from a bait run. Good and Bad. Always.
There are no new pics, because of the event last bait run,
but it looks as though a bigger bear has showed up.
The stand was set and on the way out I brought down the stink bucket and spread the contents where the sun will hit it.
(Last year when this was done an explosion in bear hits followed.)

This is from 2 weeks ago, 1st week bait was out.

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 Post subject: Re: Spring Bear 2011
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This is 200 feet from the site.

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My last 300 lbs. of bait was picked up this week, and a bait run will be made Sunday or Monday.
-- and bear cam check :D --


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