A week or so after Ted Nugent left bear camp my father, Frank
Addinton Sr. harvested another trophy bear in Canada. He’s
taken a lot of great game in his lifetime and one thing he likes to do
is scout out a trophy and hunt for that particular animal until an
opportunity presents itself. This always frustrated me,
I’ve seen Pop pass on some fine game because it wasn’t the one he was
after and he’s ended up going home empty handed. This never seems
to bother him, he has the patience of Job and a wealth of experience
and a fine collection of trophies.
I laughed until I cried a few years ago when I took Pop bowhunting
at the famous KING ranch in South Texas. We must have seen over
150 trophy deer in two days. It was funny to see him so
confused. He was out of his “climb the stand and wait”
environment and had never seen so many huge bucks in two days!
Anyway, he enjoyed this year’s bear camp since Ted Nugent was
there. (see earlier story on bowhunting.net) Mom wasn’t there,
this was her first missed bear hunt in many years. She’s taken 16 or 17
nice bear with her bow and usually gives the guys in camp a run for
their money on big bear.
Since she didn’t go, she let Uncle Ted use her stand and he ended up
harvesting his bear from Mom’s stand.
knew a huge bruin was near his stand so he patiently waited. I
think it was the second to the last night of the hunt when he ended up
bagging a great bear. It was huge!
The main thing is that my father is the most unselfish person I
know. He’d let a few other folks hunt this stand earlier, even
though he knew the large bear was there.
He had a great time seeing Ted and the other hunters in camp get
their trophies. He’s also the kind of man that would skip an
evenings hunt to work on someone’s equipment to help get them back
ready for the hunt the next day. Many times I’ve seen him do this.
Just remember this as you look at his photos with game that he has
hunted his entire life and had a huge amount of experience under his
belt before he started “trophy hunting”. Always remember to
appreciate the entire experience bowhunting offers—the misses, the
times you take a son or daughter along that “spooks” the game away (I
have done this..), the campfires and stories with friends, and
the animals you harvest. Any game taken by fair chase legally is
a trophy, keep that in mind. Save being a trophy hunter until you
have harvested plenty of game. Afterall, most of us don’t
have the patience of Job or my father.
As always, thanks for reading. Until next time, Adios & God Bless.