In early May, we traveled with a group of customers to Taxis River Outfitters in New Brunswick for our annual spring bear hunt. Using one word to describe the weather would be to say. “Horrible!” Rain, winds and an ever-changing barometer impacted the bear movement significantly. However, one of our hunters harvested two bear and all hunters except one had opportunities to harvest. We did have one decent bear wounded and lost, unfortunately.
Lila and I seemed to have the hot hand with bear sightings. Lila passed up a bear in the 180-pound range, because she and I have committed to only harvesting large bear. We both had several sightings and I had 2 “firsts” during my five nights of hunting. My stand was 19 yards from the barrel and at one point on Thursday, I have FIVE bear around my stand, and I actually was fortunate enough to watch 2 bear in the 130-pound class, stand up on their hind legs and do battle! They slapped and swatted each other and the fight ended when the larger of the 2 bit the smaller bear on his left leg. What a privilege to witness another of Mother Natures’ dramas. The 5th and last bear that came to the bait was a very large bear who immediately drove all 4 others away from the bait. By the time that he came to the barrel, shooting light was very dim and after coming to full draw twice I had to let off because he didn’t take that last step that I needed. I was nearly out of light and when I released, my arrow hit a limb that I never saw! Too bad, this would easily have been the biggest bear that I have harvested. But he’ll be there next spring!