All in all, this years hunt was really a lot of fun. I had four new hunters who got to see their first wild bear. Joe’l Andra from St Louis, Mo. came on her first bear hunt. Her dad Bob McNeff from Ipava, IL. came along to video. Joe’l did her part and bagged her first bear. I’m not sure what dad did but it didn’t end up on video. Can anyone say “sleep in the stand.” Before Joe’l left she said she is now hooked and will be back next year.
Azeen Ahsan (we call him Doc) lives in Bollingbrook, IL. He was so excited the first day of his hunt that he skipped lunch and went to his stand. After a quick lunch I was starting out of camp to take hunters to their stands, Azeen drove in with news he had just killed his first bear. I followed him to his stand and his bear was lying 20 yards from the bait pile. We took pictures on the spot and loaded the bear in the truck. Azeen’s hunt lasted 20 minutes. This was Doc’s second bearhunt with me and here he is with his first bear.
Azeen Ahsan (Doc) with his first black bear. He was one of the most excited bearhunters ever.
Rob McNeff from Clayton, IL. has hunted with me for many years and has killed some monster bears. Rob is willing, and has the determination, to pass several bears waiting for a trophy. Rob put cameras on several baits and was able to find a bear he wanted. (All the photos were after dark. )
I guess this is just on of those things that go under “you had to be there.”
Rob hunted that bait several days straight. Every night the bear wiped out his offerings but he never showed up during shooting hours. Rob had to head back to the states and was glad to have had the opportunity to hunt this big bait devouring beast. Rob comes on our hunt every year. I know what bait sight he will hunt next year. Here are some of Rob McNeff’s game camera Bear Pictures.
Here are two more pictures from the hunt.
Fisherman Arthur Nelson with a northern pike for the fish fry after the hunt crew.
Rob McNeff’s son Tucker with a couple of things Mike Ditchler and Fred Lutger brought for him.