Cindy Lavender: Cowboy Steve’s Bear Dream Comes True
Absolutely nothing beats hunting with somebody who knows the area well and is tuned into what the bear’s do in that area.
As the boat cruised along the lake on their way to their afternoon bear bowhunt Cindy Lavender announced, “I see a bear across the lake!”
The guide Mike slowed the boat and they glassed the bear. It was walking along leisurely near the water’s edge and it was a large boar. Mike saw a way to cross over without being seen and get into the bear’s area for a spot-and-stalk-hunt.
Mike crossed to the opposite side and beached the boat. Cowboy Steve got out of the boat with his bow and they stepped into the brush and eased their way toward the oncoming black bear. Steve moved closer to the bear until he was was 45 yards from it. Steve whispered to Mike that he did not feel comfortable shooting at the distance.
When the bear was past them they hurried back to the boat. Mike told Steve that chances were good that the bear was headed toward the stand they had hunted the last two days.
Five minutes after getting situated in his treestand Steve saw the bear coming their way through the thick brush. It walked on a bear trail that went right by the stand. Steve felt his heart beating fast. He drew his bow and then pulled it together just as the bear was broadside and 12 yards away. Steve aimed for the vitals and took his shot.
The big bear growled loudly and branches snapped and cracked as the bear ran into the brush. And a minute after the sound of branches, limbs and brush breaking stopped, they heard a death moan. They were sure it was a good shot and that the bear was down.
They picked up the trail and tracked it through the dense Alaskan brush to the bear. The brush was too thick to get the bear through it.. Then they picked Cindy up and in the morning they returned with a chain-saw and Sled that they used to drag bears through the incredibly thick Alaskan brush.
They chain-sawed a path to the bear and then cinched the bear to the sled and pulled it back to the stand. (The sled is the yellow frame thing in the above picture.) The bear is strapped on it, unfortunately the pic of the bear is not a very good picture.
However, the pictures Cindy Lavender took were very good.And here is Steve Montgomery, ‘Cowboy Steve’, with his big Alaskan Black Bear.
Later, on their afternoon hunts, Cindy saw more black bears and Steve saw his first Brown Bear walking along out of bow range.
Steve was excited, his Alaskan bear hunt was truly a dream come true.
And, although he could not have known it, Cowboy Steve had more dreaming waiting for him.
Day Three, “Another Big Bear Down”
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June 14, 2017 at 03:09PM