‘Bear’ with me: the Bear facts, the Bear truth, and left Bear naked

THERE’S ONE! Ugh! You are a beautiful color phase Black Bear, but I have to pass you up. It’s Saturday, it’s hot outside and I cannot process you without spoiling before I get back home tomorrow. OH WAIT! THERE’S ANOTHER ONE! Wow! You are a gorgeous color phase Black Bear, all brown and blonde. Wait…are…

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I see a ‘ky-OAT-ee’

I wait what seems like forever, to have the coyotes’ vital area come into view. It does. I see the area behind the shoulder and pull the trigger. The shot rings out over the clearing. It’s done. It’s down. It lays still.

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Bison Hunt 2017: The Prep

Dread. Fear. Excitement. Hope…I feel all these things as I lay in bed 5:00am this morning. One week. One more week until the trucks and trailers are loaded to head North for seven days. Yep. I can feel the pressure. I can feel the sweat along my hairline start to creep in. I shed a…

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Elk hunting and engine fires don’t mix.

The afternoon was wearing on and we were getting discouraged. We hadn’t seen any animals, let alone the ones we were hunting. The afternoon sun was bright and getting warmer by the minute. The ungulates of the forest probably already had bedded down; we probably wouldn’t see anything until the evening hunt which was 2…

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Winning the Lottery: LEH style

I won the Lotto! Boo yah! I received good news today, I won the Lotto. I was successful in the LEH draw: Limited Entry Hunting. I was fortunate enough to win a Bison Draw and a Bull Moose draw. I have been applying for Bison for years with no luck. This year, my luck has…

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Target Fixation: Spring Bear

I round the corner on the dirt road and come to a sudden halt. The Tacoma tires stirs up dust and it floats in front of my view. I pay no heed to it; I am focused on the animal that now appears in front of me. I see the bear 120 yards away on…

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Moose, grouse and snow?

My hubby and I went out last Saturday for a spring bear hunt. We quite enjoy bear meat.  I felt it was a little too early to be chasing bears around in the bush, but I wanted to spend a day with my man and be out in nature. If anything, I would at least…

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Collecting Chaga with an untested forager

It’s Chaga hunting day! Karoline arrives at my door with her backpack in hand. I look down at her feet and notice she is wearing ankle high hiking boots. Not quite the boots I was hoping she would be wearing. She will soon learn when I say wear your boots, it means up to the…

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Patience. Got to have patience.

I know it’s there. It’s lingering, just beneath the snow: dormant life. I am waiting for the warmth of spring to wake up this sleepy, resting life so I may start my foraging. As I walk down the forest trail I see my foraging spots. Those Red Alder trees will have Oyster Mushrooms. The edge…

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