On a Fall black bear bowhunt in Ontario, Canada bear guide Fred Lutger and I had an official close encounter with a black bear.
The bear stepped away from the logs and walked behind some nearby trees. The shadows hung in the forest. Daylight was fading away. It was decision time. Now, the bear needed to turn around.
The Duck turned his eyes from mine to the area in front of us. A very large bear was 10 yards away, broadside.
Now it was my turn to bear hunt. I went to my favorite areas, the HT, in the morning and checked it to be certain everything was ready to go. And there was work to do.
Last bear season Fred took his last group of bowhunters Ontario, Canada to hunt black bears with their bow and arrows. Here is Fred’s successful bowhunt, vidoed by Robert Hoague of Bowhunting.net.
After 4 hours of non-bear-seeing-time a bear silently walked around the left side of the blind, it was very close and turned half way around and looked into the woods, seemingly oblivious to the blind about a yard away. Donald Duck had the camera in his hands and took the bear’s picture.
When the bear was ready to leave he turned around and shuffled straight toward the Double Bull … and the Chef and the Duck.
If you’ve followed any of our previous bear hunts you are familiar with Mike Ditchler, Chef Klaus, from Frankfort, Illinois. This is his 2016 bear hunt in Ontario, Canada.
Don Himmelberg hunted an area where he had tagged a mahogany colored bear on his last trip. After 3 hours. with no pre-warning, Don saw a bear coming.
As I stared at the black spot in the woods, it moved, and I instantly knew it was a bear.
Jack McNeff never figured that both he and his mom would get bear on opening day … but they did.
Over the years my buddy Fred Lutger and I have bowhunted together scores of times and I’ve gotten very good at reading him. The instant he saw a bear in the woods I knew what had happened, even though I hadn’t seen or heard it… yet!
After I shot my bear I went to the logging road and waited to be picked up. When it drove up I found out that Joe and Ron had also shot bears. We started recovering our bears.
The McNeff’s arrive. And Fred, the Chef, the Duck and I do the final work to get the bear hunting area ready for the bear bowhunters.
These are game camera pictures from one of my personal favorite hunting sites. Here’s a mature bear’s picture taken during the night of 8-11. And lots more.
Almost everything was being hit by bears. Of course that’s a good thing, but we wanted more information than that.
Today we planned to be out all day so we took some sandwiches with us. There was plenty of work to do and lots of bears to find out about.
This hunt is unique, it is Fred Lutger’s last year to have a bear hunt. Ten days before the hunt my hunting buddy “the Duck” and I drove to Freddie Bear Sports in Tinley Par, IL (that’s Fred’s store) and reported in.
In the Summer issue of our online magazine, Bowhunting Adventures, I have an article about one of the most exciting black bear hunts I’ve ever been on; one of the biggest bears I’ve ever seen approaches the blind and is only arm’s length away. On this bowhunt in Ontario, Canada my friend Fred Lutger […]
The first bear hunt my bow and I went on was with Ben Pinkham in Maine, back in 1978. I shot a bear on that trip as well as on my return trips.
Comments about the gear I used to get to Maine and to bowhunt there.
I wedged some sapling sized limbs in the trees around the blind. I wanted some audible warning if a bear came up to the blind again.
The footsteps got closer and then it pawed several time at the right wall of the blind. I saw the indentation of a bear’s foot as it pawed the wall.
At 1:00 we went to a new area and followed the trail in. The bait was creamed and Ben refreshened it.
Ben and I quietly followed a trail it to the stand site. The bait was decimated and Ben refreshened it with his secret Bear bringing concoction.
Today the Maine black bear bowhunt begins. Look for updates right here.
I’m off to Maine to bowhunt with the outfitter who took me on my first black bear bowhunt. Non other than Ben Pinkham.
Sleep didn’t come easy last night as I kept replaying the events surrounding the shot in my mind. It’s amazing how fast that bear moved at the critical last second when my arrow was being released, and at the same time how the whole thing now plays in slow motion in my mind. Could I […]
We woke this morning to another dry and warm day. After a great breakfast (still not loosing any weight here!) we went out to take pictures of Juan’s bear. It wasn’t the monster Mike hoped he’d shoot, but it made for a great first bear. Juan will be coming back for a bigger one next […]
We woke this morning to something strange, sunshine! After another hearty breakfast it was time to swap lies and share pictures while we waited for dinner. If we were fisherman we’d be out front trying our luck, but there wasn’t a fisherman in the group. Mike headed to town to get more gas and supplies. […]