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Old 04-01-2007, 06:36 AM
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My brother and I got drawn for WA state spring bear in the Dayton unit which was my first choice. I have hunted up there a bunch and have seen lots of bears. We are stoked. I hope to bust one with my Ruger Bisley the Beartooth 345 WLNGC. The season opens on April 15th and goes to the end of May. I live in Walla Walla so should be able to get out after the bears in a couple weeks. My brother lives in the Puget Sound area and will not make it over until May 18th. Anyone else doing a spring bear hunt? Brian.
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Old 04-01-2007, 08:21 AM
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I'm going into the upper North Fork country over here in Idaho in a week to see what it looks like. I was up at Pierce Id. and out to the Mussleshell about two weeks ago and it still had a couple of feet of snow.

The snow clears first down on the river above Dwarshak lake so the bears are out on the just snow cleared rock slides and open areas that come down to the river looking for anything green as the snow clears from the mountains.

I'm taking my grandbabies and my son and acting as a guide this year. They haven't ever killed a bear so I'm hoping this spring will be their first.

My grand daughters will use my 280 Remington and a model 7 Rem in 308 and my son has a dandy 8mm Rem mag for his gun. I'm taking the 204 Ruger in case I see a coyote or even some ground squirrels in the low country.

I haven't been bear hunting for several years so this spring is going to be fun.

You let us all know how your hunting trip turns out Brian.
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Old 04-02-2007, 08:10 AM
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faucettb, I hope you have a great time with your family. Maybe even tag some bears! Will it be a bait or hound hunt or spot and stalk? Brian.
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Old 04-07-2007, 06:38 PM
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Carlson good luck on the spring hunt I put in for it but did'nt get picked. Oh well there's always the fall hunt.

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Old 04-07-2007, 08:32 PM
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faucettb, I hope you have a great time with your family. Maybe even tag some bears! Will it be a bait or hound hunt or spot and stalk? Brian.
Brian we usually just spot and stalk. I don't bait or hound hunt, I'm just to old to chase dogs and there seems to be enough bears that hunting isn't to hard.
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Old 05-27-2007, 08:08 PM
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Got a bear w/ 45 Colt

I notched my 8th bear tag last Saturday morning. I drew a special permit for the spring bear hunt in the Dayton unit of SE WA state and have been out after the bears on about 10 different days. I had seen 20 bears so far this spring before going out this morning. Some of the bears were too small or too far away or it was too close to dark to get close enough for a shot etc.

I did try to go after a few of those bears but did not get a shot off. One of them was a real nice bear. Not huge but I figured I would take it if I could call it in and shoot it with my Ruger Bisley 45 Colt revolver. I got it to within about 75 yards and was nearly ready to shoot when it must have either caught some movement or the wind shifted. Anyway it took off. It was a mighty fun and exciting hunt though!

My buddy Mike and I went out on Saturday the 19th to try to get my tag filled before my brother arrived later that evening. We got up to where we wanted to hunt (a mainly north/south running mountain with a road along the top) at about 7am. We started slowly driving out the road, stopping to glass every chance we could see some south and west facing slopes. I spotted a bear digging on a ridge top on a south facing slope not too far from the road. It was about 700 yards away but we could drive closer and then stalk even closer so that is what we did. We drove up the road quite a ways and then parked and hiked up the road further before heading into the timber that was between the bear and us. We were headed west at this point with a pretty stiff breeze from the southwest. When we came out of the timber I saw the bear. Mike ranged it at 47 yards. I set my rifle on the ground and stalked in to about 25 yards, knelt to the ground and fired with my 45 Colt. The bear quickly looked to its left (away from me) and I fired again. Then it took off running to my right and I stood and fired again. It made it to the timber and headed downhill with me hot on it’s heals. I fired again and brought it to bay. Then I fired again and finally once more to finish it off. I did not need to fire all 6 shots but once I start I hate to see an animal suffer any longer than necessary. Fortunately it was only about a quarter of a mile from the truck. After picture taking and skinning/butchering I loaded the meat into my pack and Mike took the hide out. I had 128# on my back which is my heaviest load ever. I am glad it was not any further to the truck.

The bear was a boar and measured 6’ nose to tail with the hide on the carcass. With the hide off it measured 74” nose to tail and 82” across the front claws so it squared 6’ 6”. The front pad measured 5 1/8”. We figure its live weight at 275#. The skull measured 17 7/8”. This bear was at 5230' elevation.

Having never shot an animal from start to finish with a revolver (I have finished off a couple though) I did not know what to expect. It sure seems as if their reaction is much different than when hit by a high powered rifle bullet. I confess I was more excited than usual (normally I am cool as a cucumber when firing my rifle at game but this was different). I am not certain if I hit it with my first shot but I know my second shot was a good one. Also not sure if I hit it with my third shot when it was on the run. I know I hit it at least 4 times (we did not do a thorough autopsy) with two solid chest shots. Anyway I am curious what is normal to expect. If I put a 345 Beartooth WLNGC at 1150 fps muzzle velocity through the ribs and lungs at 25 yards on a black bear would you expect it to run off with no real reaction? It seemed like I was just punching holes through this bear and finally killed it with lead poisoning. I would appreciate the comments and experience of those who have killed numerous big game animals.

My brother arrived Saturday evening and we set up camp on Sunday. It rained quite a bit that night and the next morning but we got in an afternoon hunt on Monday. We saw a couple bears but they gave us the slip. Then on Tuesday we saw the bigger of the two that we had seen on Monday evening and I sent my brother after it. We had radios which was a good thing because eventually I saw that it had a cub and so I called my brother and had him rejoin me. Then we went to another area and I spotted a bear for him only about 100 yards away. He was using my 300 Win Mag with the Barnes 180 TSX and floored that bear. It was a smaller boar, about 65" nose to tail.

Below is a photo of me with my bear. Thanks, Brian.


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Old 05-28-2007, 12:07 AM
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WOW! BEautiful bear...great color. The meat should be real tasty.

Impressed that you dropped the rifle for the revolver. I think you're right that you we're drilling holes. If you'd hit the shoulder, the heart or the head, you'd have knocked him down sooner.

One guy I hunted with says he shoots them in the ear. That would be asking alot for a revolver shot in the heat of excitement.

Congrats!
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Old 05-28-2007, 03:35 PM
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well done Brian, well done!
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Old 06-10-2007, 02:53 PM
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I notched my 8th bear tag last Saturday morning. I drew a special permit for the spring bear hunt in the Dayton unit of SE WA state and have been out after the bears on about 10 different days. I had seen 20 bears so far this spring before going out this morning. Some of the bears were too small or too far away or it was too close to dark to get close enough for a shot etc.

I did try to go after a few of those bears but did not get a shot off. One of them was a real nice bear. Not huge but I figured I would take it if I could call it in and shoot it with my Ruger Bisley 45 Colt revolver. I got it to within about 75 yards and was nearly ready to shoot when it must have either caught some movement or the wind shifted. Anyway it took off. It was a mighty fun and exciting hunt though!

My buddy Mike and I went out on Saturday the 19th to try to get my tag filled before my brother arrived later that evening. We got up to where we wanted to hunt (a mainly north/south running mountain with a road along the top) at about 7am. We started slowly driving out the road, stopping to glass every chance we could see some south and west facing slopes. I spotted a bear digging on a ridge top on a south facing slope not too far from the road. It was about 700 yards away but we could drive closer and then stalk even closer so that is what we did. We drove up the road quite a ways and then parked and hiked up the road further before heading into the timber that was between the bear and us. We were headed west at this point with a pretty stiff breeze from the southwest. When we came out of the timber I saw the bear. Mike ranged it at 47 yards. I set my rifle on the ground and stalked in to about 25 yards, knelt to the ground and fired with my 45 Colt. The bear quickly looked to its left (away from me) and I fired again. Then it took off running to my right and I stood and fired again. It made it to the timber and headed downhill with me hot on it’s heals. I fired again and brought it to bay. Then I fired again and finally once more to finish it off. I did not need to fire all 6 shots but once I start I hate to see an animal suffer any longer than necessary. Fortunately it was only about a quarter of a mile from the truck. After picture taking and skinning/butchering I loaded the meat into my pack and Mike took the hide out. I had 128# on my back which is my heaviest load ever. I am glad it was not any further to the truck.

The bear was a boar and measured 6’ nose to tail with the hide on the carcass. With the hide off it measured 74” nose to tail and 82” across the front claws so it squared 6’ 6”. The front pad measured 5 1/8”. We figure its live weight at 275#. The skull measured 17 7/8”. This bear was at 5230' elevation.

Having never shot an animal from start to finish with a revolver (I have finished off a couple though) I did not know what to expect. It sure seems as if their reaction is much different than when hit by a high powered rifle bullet. I confess I was more excited than usual (normally I am cool as a cucumber when firing my rifle at game but this was different). I am not certain if I hit it with my first shot but I know my second shot was a good one. Also not sure if I hit it with my third shot when it was on the run. I know I hit it at least 4 times (we did not do a thorough autopsy) with two solid chest shots. Anyway I am curious what is normal to expect. If I put a 345 Beartooth WLNGC at 1150 fps muzzle velocity through the ribs and lungs at 25 yards on a black bear would you expect it to run off with no real reaction? It seemed like I was just punching holes through this bear and finally killed it with lead poisoning. I would appreciate the comments and experience of those who have killed numerous big game animals.

My brother arrived Saturday evening and we set up camp on Sunday. It rained quite a bit that night and the next morning but we got in an afternoon hunt on Monday. We saw a couple bears but they gave us the slip. Then on Tuesday we saw the bigger of the two that we had seen on Monday evening and I sent my brother after it. We had radios which was a good thing because eventually I saw that it had a cub and so I called my brother and had him rejoin me. Then we went to another area and I spotted a bear for him only about 100 yards away. He was using my 300 Win Mag with the Barnes 180 TSX and floored that bear. It was a smaller boar, about 65" nose to tail.

Below is a photo of me with my bear. Thanks, Brian.

Not enough vacation time for a spring hunt. Fall season is long enough and bear hunting is only twenty minutes from my Mt. Vernon area abode. We have had success up in Baker Lake, Iron Mountain area and Harts Pass.
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Old 11-19-2007, 08:28 AM
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"I did not need to fire all 6 shots but once I start I hate to see an animal suffer any longer than necessary."

Brian,

Nice Bear! I applaud your ethics. The difference between hunting and just killing for sport. Always respect the animal.

Ron

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