|Lance and Lorri putting some bait into an empty bucket|
|The good smelling bait... mmm strawberry|
It was another day in the woods baiting with Steve. We also had his girlfriend Lorri and their friend Lance with us. We headed yo a new-to-me spot where Steve had killed his 420lb bear a few years before. The site had been hit!* The camera was an old school one that had film in it. With 18 pictures taken, we knew we would have to find a place to get the film developed! Lorri and I walked around the site and saw bear poop so the anticipation for what was on that camera heightened. We refilled the bait and dumped the lobster bodies on top of the beaver (I took photos of this happening but for everyone's sake I will not post them. They are very unflattering pictures of us gagging and nearly puking) but we filled everything back up and headed out. We went to Lance's site and had to tweak a few things. It had not been hit so we refreshed the bait and moved on to Site 1 and Site 2.
Site 2 was still in tact. Nothing had some in but there were some pictures on the camera. We scanned them and saw that a bear had come in, smelled the bait site and left. He never stopped to eat or check things out more than a quick sniff. Bummed, but still excited from the Site 1 action, we declared that the worst part about not getting hit, is having to carry the full buckets back out of the woods.
On the way back home, I asked Lorri about hunting bear and what her experiences had been. She has shot two bear. One from a treestand and one from the kitchen window (which is impressive). She gave me pointers on where to aim depending on where the bear is. It will be different because we are going to be in a ground blind instead of up in a tree.
|Site 1 getting refilled. Notice the missing bark on the tree!|
We take to the woods on Monday! I have Monday and Friday scheduled to be in the blind waiting for the bears. I am nervous, excited and relieved that Steve and Lorri will be with me. I bought the bear tag for my license and will be sighting in my gun this weekend. My clothes will be washed in unscented soap and I will say a little prayer to Mother Nature that I have a successful hunt and no one suffers (me or the bear!) Wish us luck!!!