It cant go without saying that this year’s batch of hunters fortitude has been tested over and over. With weather that seems to be taunting them by cold raining one day and jumping to 80+ degrees and sunny the next, these guys have been putting in the hours and time after time have in most cases been rewarded.
On Saturday, Dave, Tim and Jason made the long drive up from Iowa to try their best to outsmart a couple bruin and get a day or two of fishing in. Optimism high and clouds beginning to hang low, the stands began to be assembled for the drive to the baits.
Each man had a different weapon but all agreed that failure was not an option. The first day was a shorter than normal sit of only 4 hours and all were thankful that it was a restful sit as they had a long drive before and had sat long enough 🙂
The men arrived back in camp late after a dark trip through the woods. Dave was ecstatic to let me know that his bait had proven effective and he had spotted an average sized bear that he had decided to pass on and Tim and Jason both had heard but not spotted activity.
The next day, the three went out, excitement and weapons in hand. The weather had cooled down and was determined to hold that mercury low for the day. The boys had layered and knew it would be a good, long, cool day. The day wore on for us here at the lodge as we completed one task after another waiting for the telltale early truck arrival signalling a downed bear. As we waited and watched, the clock ticked on. The sun had already set and the boys were already 30 minutes passed the expected arrival. We would give them 30 more minutes before setting out to ‘track’ our hunters. As the minutes dragged on, I had begun to assemble my gear, ready for the drive out with Terry.
At 11:20 pm, a set of headlights pulled through the trees and the truck slowed to a stop in front of my door. I emerged to a truck full of smiles, not only had Dave taken his boar of 368lb glory, but Tim had taken his as well!!
As we iced the bears down for the night, I had the chance to go over the hunt with both hunters, as a returning hunter to Wawang, Dave was so excited to tell me about all the bears he saw on ‘the bear highway’ today. He couldn’t help but beam when he told me about the sow and cubs that came for two visits that day as well as the mid sizer that came in between. He said that with all the action on the bait, it was very simple to decipher the size of his boar. He was clear that it had trumped everything else that had come for a visit and was so proud to share the pictures. “There were just bear everywhere I looked!” he repeated.
Smiles all around, Tim spoke up about his hunt and was proud of his harvest, though it wasn’t as big a bear as Dave’s, the tell white half chevron of white on the chest that made a winking emoticon made it very simple for me to dub this boy ‘Winky’ . Both had prime hides and will make for not only fantastic stories but beautiful mounts to be enjoyed for year after year.
Jason was so proud of both of his hunting buddies and is determined to add to the celebration list too!
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