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him, he shot a jake that weighed about
13 pounds.
Amusingly, when Leon arrived back at
his vehicle, turkeys were in the field once
again - 22 of them, with some really nice
birds in the flock. Leon would be happy
with his jake, which his wife would turn
into a fanned feather display since fall
harvests typically lack the feather quality
needed for good full-body mounts.
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While Leon was enjoying his recent
success, he really wasn't thinking about
making hunting history.
Son Lee was the first to suggest that if
Leon were to take a bear, it would be one
special season to say the least.
"I'd never even thought about it,"
Leon said.
And by the last day of the statewide
bear season Nov. 27, the prospects
certainly were fading. A rain-snow mix
greeted Leon and Lee as they arrived
at the camp at about 7 a.m. But as they
walked back a road toward the game
lands, they cut a fresh set of bear tracks
that appeared to have been made no later
than the previous night.
Crunching across the snow sometime
after 10 a.m., tree branches creaking in
the background, they jumped the bear
out of a bed about 70 yards away and just
out of sight.
Continuing on the tracks, the men
were surprised with what they found
ahead. Unlike the perhaps plain details
of Leon's deer harvest, the account of the
bear hunt "sounds like a hunting story,"
he said.
They didn't immediately catch up with
the bear. At one point, the tracks walked
the incline of a blown-down tree that
hung up in the forest canopy. The tracks
on the other side indicated the bear sat in
the treetop, perhaps waiting and listening
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for the hunters, then jumped down and
scooted off before they got within sight.
This would happen a second time,
as well. And a short time later the bear
would turn back on its own tracks, temporarily holding off the hunters' pursuit.
But inside an old poplar-aspen clearcut
created years ago to provide deer browse,
Leon spied a dark, odd-looking object.
Before he could scope it, he needed to
wipe clear the lenses with a handkerchief.
"And didn't that bear stand up," Leon
said.
Again carrying his .300 Weatherby,
Leon squeezed the trigger, only to hit
a 6-inch poplar tree about 10 feet in
front of the bear. The bullet struck a few
other trees in the stand, but there was no
blood at the spot from which the bear
ran uphill.
They followed the tracks, and within
60 yards the bear resumed a walking pace,
once again headed to the area where it
had waited in the blowdowns. In many
places it walked atop its own tracks. It
led them to a 15-year-old former clearcut
that totals about 100 acres, Leon said.
And then, almost exactly as before, a
dark form appeared, Leon attempted to
scope it and - again - the bear stood up,
looking right at him.
This time the bullet connected, and
two follow-up shots finished the job.
The bear, a male, dressed out at 171
pounds and its live weight was estimated
at 202.

Did Leon Graham make
hunting history in 2013?
Find out in the January
Game News.
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