Best of 2014: My bear

by Dec 22, 2014Maine Black Bear

Best of 2014: My bear

As I was looking through photos of 2014 and printing some out, I couldnt help  but get nostalgic.  I had no intention of bear hunting a year ago.  I had actually told my Dad (a few times) that I had no desire to shoot a bear, didn’t think I could like the meat and that it was just not in my wheel house.  Skip ahead a few months and with the invitation of Steve and Lorri, I learned how to prepare and set bait and went hunting.  Then, given the opportunity to hunt with hounds, I took a chance to learn more about it and came home with an incredible story and some delicious meat.

I may look calm but I was freaking out
Grateful
Look at those scars! I told the taxidermist that I want each one of them to be seen when I get the hide back
Such a great hunt
So big that it took 6 men or a tractor to move him

4 Comments

  1. My husband and I are planning a bear hunt next year and I am soo excited! Yours is beautiful. I am excited to try the meat. What did you do with the hide?

    • Thank you! The meat is fantastic. I am having the hide tanned. I don't really have the space for a rug but can make the tanned hide into a rug later down the road. I can't wait to get it back and see it. He had some great scars on his face.
      Where are you going to be bear hunting?

  2. We aren't sure yet. There is a sport show in Rapid City in the spring and we will scout potential guides there. I want to do a little fishing also. Can't wait to see your hide.

  3. What an amazing bear! Congratulations! I love the meat as well!

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