Our bear hunt with Fred
Lutger’s Wilderness Adventures goes back almost 20 years. This is a hunt that
myself, Donald Duck, Chef Klause, Kirby Knockstedt and Fred look forward to all
year. This year another group of bowhunters are joining us to bear hunt. For
some it will be their first bear hunt. Others go almost every year. Why? Because
Fred Lutger knows how to hunt bears with a bow.
Bear Hunt – Day 2
By Robert Hoague
Sep 1, 2008 – 4:12:38 AM
The sun’s very first rays appeared across the lake. I sat on the porch waited for the others to wake up, it wouldn’t be long now.
We ate a quick breakfast of coffee, cereal and sweet rolls and drove to
my hunting site. We began at the orange flagging ribbon marking the
area where we stopped tracking yesterday. First I tied a game tracker
string on a nearby tree and as we took up the track I let the string
uncoil. This is Fred’s technique to mark the trail and keep on it, as
well as mark the way back out of the woods.
The trail we had been on continued with good sign. But in a few steps the vegetation became more dense and finding the blood and other sign was more
difficult and much slower.
The woods quickly got even thicker. A bear must be part bull dozer to shove its
way through the limbs, trees, branches and logs in this dense Canadian
forest. Spots of blood and other sign got less and less.
Then the blood stopped. And there were no more cracked twigs, or
overturned leaves, or disruptions in the moss on the ground. We scoured
the area in every direction searching for sign of the direction the
bear went — or possibly the bear. After over an hour of very hard
looking we decided to call it quits.
We baited on the way back to camp and all but one of the baits were
hit. At 2:00 we are an excellent meal and got ready for the afternoon
I had an encounter with a bear so it was my turn to video Fred. He wanted to hunt a stand further out than the Rock. Robbie Cramer went with us and we drove to his hunt site first. He
carried in a bucket of the secret bait and I tagged along because I
wanted to get a few pictures of Robbie’s setup.
All the logs were scattered around. The bait was hit since we baited it earlier today. Robbie emptied the bait bucket.
And then tossed the logs back over the bait.
The front of the ground blind was pushed in. A bear investigated it
some time during the night. Robbie popped the blind back out and got
in. I wished him luck and returned to Fred’s pickup.
Fred drove to his hunt site and we carried in our gear.
Fred refreshed the bait with his secret sweet bait. The bear’s love it.
They also love the Bear Lure he brought. Called Ultimate Bear Lure, and made by
Wildlife Research Center, Fred uses it to draw bears in to his hunting
areas. The first time I remember seeing him use it was in the late 80’s
and it has served him well since then.
He poured some on a scent pad (also from Wildlife Research Center) that he keeps in a coffee can with a sealed lid on it.
Then Fred hung the scent pad on a twig.
And let it go to work.
The tree we were hunting from already had a video treestand in it. But I
had brought Fred a GameTamer TS-1 treestand that GameTamers had sent for
us to use on the bear hunt. I climbed up to the video stand and Fred
came up and set the TS-1 lower so I could cover his hunt if we had a
visit from a bear. The stand turned out to be just right for our
situation because the tree was leaning forward. Normally that is both
and unsteady and uncomfortable situation but the platform of the TS-1
can be adjusted and Fred leveled it and locked it in place.
A branch broke an full hour before sunset. But no bear showed today.
Robbie stood out in the road when we drove up. A bear
had come in and Robbie had shot it. We decided to recover it in the
morning and then hurried to the meeting place. This afternoon had been
a busy one for bear sightings. Everyone except Fred and I and George
had seen bears. And Mark Shandro
had a bear in the back of his truck. This was his first. He took it
from a ground blind and his wife Liz had videoed it all.
The Duck helps Mark with his bear before we take their picture.
The fishermen had brought in a mess of small mouth bass and Chef Klaus and the Duck fried them up. It was mighty good eating and it went fast.