We went Idaho bear hunting after work last Thursday… it was raining, sleeting and snowing on way up to the tree stand. At 8:00 p.m. I saw the big cinnamon color phase bear that I was at full draw on a week prior cruising the perimeter but he decided at the last minute not to come into the bait.
At 8:50 p.m. I saw the golden brown bear we’ve nicknamed “Goldy” start to come in and he would stop and look around for long periods. After cautiously circling the bait, he finally came within bow range about 18 yards from where I was sitting in the tree. It was a clean bow shot behind the shoulder, and after I heard the “whack” he whirled around and shot off into the brush. I found the arrow broken in half with blood on it after I climbed out of the stand and called my two good buddies Justin and Matt. Without hesitation, they climbed into their rig and drove up to Lowman to help me pack the bear out.
We found Goldy expired about 40 yards from where he was hit… now the fun part, getting it back down to the rig! Matt and Justin decided to strap the bear onto their back and haul it down whole so we could skin it out! Man am I lucky to have such great friends who will on a seconds notice come up and give their entire night to help their buddy get an animal off the mountain!! By the time we hauled it out, took pics, skinned it and drove back we didn’t get home until 7:00 a.m. the following morning!!”
The video is of Goldy from my trail cam prior to my Idaho bear hunting experience.
It’s been a great Idaho bear hunting season!