Bear Hunt – Recovery
By Robert Hoague
Sep 1, 2009 – 6:05:37 AM
When Fred drove up I told him what happened. He agreed, if I didn’t hear a death moan it would be better to track the bear in daylight.
We returned to camp and Chef Klaus fired up the grill and made BBQ pork ribs. This turned out to be world class BBQ, tasty and tender. Absolutely delicious. It was a good thing he cooked a lot of ribs because we ate a lot. With dinner out of the way we turned in for some sleep.
Coffee was brewing as I walked down stairs. Mike asked if we wanted breakfast and I told him not today. We had a bear to get.
We stopped the truck on the logging Skidder Trail and walked to the logs. A large spatter of blood was on the ground and we took up the track. The arrow had passed through and was 8 steps from the spatter.
A couple more steps and we were in the thickest woods imaginable. Blood smears were on leaves and trees and 45 yards from the shot site the bear was half way under a blow down log. Truthfully, I didn’t expect any problems and we didn’t have any.
We propped the bear up on the log and took a few pictures. I think it is important to make your game look as good as possible in its last pictures. It might sound hokey but I feel like it is honoring them and showing them the respect they deserve.
Here are Fred Lutger and myself with my 2009 Ontario black bear.
And this is a little closer look. Ah yes, life is good in the bear woods this morning.