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Old 04-19-2017, 10:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Longbow: can you do the landing?
Pilot: we'll see, there is probably going to be a tailwind.
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Old 04-19-2017, 10:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Landing starts at 4:45. I'll try and upload the video from the ground.
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Oh man! That was fun to watch!


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Old 04-20-2017, 12:48 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Scott_rn and his friend Brian came loaded for...well, for bear.



We had a good weather day. It got a little windy later but not bad. We covered a lot of country hiking into a clearcut at the end of Saposa and checking beaches by boat. The grass on the flats isn't coming up like I'd hoped. Maybe a few sprigs here and there but not enough to attract bears. We saw very few tracks. We checked one bay and there were a ton of seagulls, ravens, crows and eagles making a ruckus in the back by a gravel bar. Brian stayed with the boat while Scott and I went to check it out. We found no bear tracks or any evidence as to why they were there. When we got back to the boat, Brian said "did you see those bears?" No. We were looking for tracks in the mud and didn't notice the bears cross the back of the bay and go up into the trees. That's all the bears we saw......until.
Soon after we got into my house, Nick rings my doorbell and says "there's a bear down on the shore" What!? We run out to my back deck and sure enough there was a orangish/blonde bear be-bopping along the beach. He was on KRAA property so he was off limits and he was only around 7ft so I doubt Scott would have shot him anyway. Still fun though.
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I've tried to upload some photos, but my new phone and photobucket don't seem to get along. Do you remember the show home improvement? So far, all my photos of longbow resemble Wilson - the next door neighbor whose face you could never see.




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Old 04-20-2017, 08:26 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I think I finally got this video loaded of Scott and Brian arriving in grant fashion!



http://vid849.photobucket.com/albums...o/DSCN0036.mp4
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Scott and Brian wanted me to drop them off today and come and pick them up on Saturday. They hauled their camp up from the lagoon in the background. We found a perfect spot on a closed road for their camp, or what we call camps around here, "setting up a bait site." I helped by staying out of their way. And I did a stellar job of it too! They wanted to try glassing for bears today and tomorrow instead of beach hunting. We glassed a good spot for three or four hours but didn't see any bears. We did see one fresh and one old set of tracks.




Glassing for bears.



After I left Scott and Brian, I spotted this silver fella on the way out of the lagoon.
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Where is Waldo? Blacktail deer are everywhere, but can be hard to spot.

Chuck parks his boat wherever he wants!


Still working on finding a shooter bear, the hunt is only about half way over.
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Old 04-22-2017, 11:44 PM   #10 (permalink)
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The boat ride out to pick these guys up was a hell-ride to say the least. Going cross-ways through 12 foot swells, wind and ocean spray tested my nerves and my raingear. We came back, fixed something to eat and headed back out to hike around and look for bears or sign. Saw a few more deer but no bears. With only a couple hours left of daylight we decided to jump in the boat and cruise the beaches inside the bay. Within sight of my house, Brian spots a bear in the boulders along the shore. Scott decides he's a shooter. The bear got nervous and headed around a point. We motored around where we could see him going up through some spruce but he never gave Scott a good shot. It was still a good day.



With rain 63% of the days here, quality rain gear is very important. (God bless KUIU.) Notice the pock marks along the left side of the road. For some reason, bears place their feet in the same place while walking trails and along some roads. A lot of trails are like that but I seldom see them along the side of roads.
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