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Our camp has been successful
in harvesting 43 bears since its
establishment in 1951. My grandfather,
Lemoyne, shot the camp's first bear
in 1957. My father, Steve, took an
amazing seven bruins between 1980
and 2006. While my brother Travis and
I each had one bear to our names prior
to the 2009 season.
As Travis, my friend, Bobby, and I
made the 2½-hour drive to camp on
Friday night before the then Monday
bear season opener, we were hopeful
that one of us would be fortunate
enough to add to our camp's statistics.
The plan was to get there a few days
early, enjoy the weekend away, check
our gear, catch up with the guys, and
simply relax before the big hunt.
On Saturday, we enjoyed telling
stories, laughing, playing cards and
traveling to the Waterville Tavern
for an excellent meal. On Sunday, we
visited neighbors, readied our gear,
packed lunches and by 9 p.m. hit the
bunks with anticipation of the next
day's hunt.
On Monday morning, eight of the
27 guys in camp awoke for breakfast at
3:30. We had to get a bit of an earlier
start than most, because the public land
we hunt is a farther drive than some
of the closer hunting areas our other
members frequent. By 4:30 we were
off to our bear hunting hotspot - an
area that my dad discovered back in
1992. Since then, our camp has taken
14 bears within a 2-mile vicinity. The
location had been good to us and
because of the mild fall and large acorn
crop, we were optimistic that it could
produce again this year.
After arriving, our crew split up. We
wished each other luck and headed
off to our familiar posts, agreeing to
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check in on the radios at certain times
throughout the day. We spread out and
covered many of the ridges, benches
and points where a bear would likely
travel. Although our GPS led us to
the exact location where I had shot a
bear in 2007, and where my father had
shot two in consecutive years prior, the
morning did not produce any bears.
As the day wore on, we could hear
a gang driving the flat above us. We
believed this might stir something up,
but the commotion yielded nothing
more than a few deer breaking out the
side. We returned to camp after dark.
My brother and two other hunters in
our long-distance party of eight had to
leave camp Monday night to return
home for work on Tuesday, but the five
of us who remained were hopeful that
the second day would provide more
action than the first.
Tuesday morning, we woke to
pouring rain. We knew it would be an
extremely rough day to hunt. However,
during breakfast, we ultimately agreed
to head back to the same general
location as the day before, but to
instead try something a little different
and hunt some new spots once there.
My dad was familiar with the lay of
the land from previous scouting and
hunting he had done in the past, so
he offered us a few options to try. After
some discussion, we decided that I
would walk back a logging road across
a grown-up flat and drop down on the
top bench to watch a hollow below me.
Two other guys, Brad and Jody, would
spread out on the flat above me, while
Bobby and my dad would hunt a distant
hillside. The plan was to sit for a few
hours, and then meet back at the truck
at noon to regroup for the afternoon.
After a brisk 30-minute walk across
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