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Shaun
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Jim Gilmer (LITTLEBIGMAN) invited me to join him at Big Paw Outfitters in NB, Canada for a week of chasing bears with bows. Neither of us took a shot but several of the others folks (5 of 8) killed bears with wheelie things or boom sticks.

I started with a drive to Ohio to visit family for Mothers' Day and hang out for a week. Took my lodge for the extended stay. Had a young doe peek in the door one morning to see what this new thing was set up in my sister's yard.

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The next Friday I headed east and slept in the truck then on through the scenic route lengthwise through MA and the Berkshire mountains. Took a break along this inviting trout stream.

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Next stop outside Boston for a lay over at the Tippit ranchette. The forge was going when I pulled in. There is an incredible St J knife and several others in the works.

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Jeff and Dolly treated me so well it was hard to leave the next morning, but on to the north I went. At Jeff's recommendation, I pulled off I- 95 in central Maine at the overlook for Mt Katahdin.

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Big Paw is located north of Renous on 108 and the Renous River is a short walk down from the lodge. At certain times of the year, this is one of the premier Atlantic Salmon streams anywhere. Jim and I stumped down to have a look - Jim at the river.

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"Here Jim, take my picture too."

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As you can see, we were "loaded for bear" with longbows and sporty hats. I was carrying my trusty osage self bow and a special Woody Blackwell bruin slicer. One day I sat a stand that was even in my comfort range (25 feet) and took these pics.

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I was sure this point had bear written all over it.

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My only bear encounter came on Friday when a yearling showed up and was soon followed by his mom.

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This was a tough call. The sow was dry as the cubs were from last year and soon would be run off. And the coat on the big bear was spectacular. Some of the other bears taken had been rubbing already from the early spring.

Even though the cubs were mostly mature and would soon be fending for themselves, the sow appeared to be a 3 year old who bred late and the cubs were small for their age. I had to have a talk with myself on this one and finally defer to the Great Spirit with a request for inspiration. This was my answer, "One arrow will kill 3 bears." So I did not shoot. Good thing this was decided and the bow traded for the camera before this shot was offered.

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There was the usual fine group of folks in camp. Hunters from OH, PA, AR, and Jim from MN and myself from IA. There was the outfitter Kevin and two guides plus a cook. We ate a huge breakfast and Thanksgiving dinner sized late lunch and sandwiches when we got back after dark. This seemed to work well as we had no trouble sitting stands from 4-9:30. We made some progress training the outfitter about the needs of trad archers (I think his first experience with our kind) and he really does believe we want to be low and close now.

Jim passed on a big boar the cruised his bait site the last evening. It was checking for sows and did not offer a shot or approach the bait. It did however close to less than 5 yards (on his left so no shot for a lefty).

The lobster feed on Thursday night was worth the trip in itself. How many 3/4 # off-the-boat fresh lobsters can you eat? You'll find out if you hunt with Kevin at BP.

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Nice looking country up there. Thanks for sharing the pictures and the story!

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Great pics!! [thumbsup] That doe pokein her head in the teepee must have been somthing to see. Very cool.
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Thanks for sharing, looks like ya had a blast.

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Shaun,
It was great to have you for the stop over. I was out to dinner with my two salmon fishing buddies last night and we decided your bear camp is within 20-30 minutes of were we fish in the fall. In fact we have water on the Renous, Cains, and the Miramichi rivers. I'll have to look Big Paw Outfitters up this fall.

Here's what the rivers look like in the fall. You'll have to come back to put a bend in that bamboo rod of yours. I even use a simple stick & string in the fall (11 to 15 foot Spey rods). It has a bow shape with an Atlantic Salmon on the other end so it must be Trad Gang Traditional [goldtooth] Doc

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Great pics. Love the trout stream. Thanks for sharing.
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hartimes,
Shaun can probably tell ya...but that ain't just a trout stream. Right there is less than 5-8 miles from tidal water of the Atlantic. Most fish are sea run in that little stream...salmon up to 40# and sea run browns are just coming in now. Hook up a salmon there and you'll be running down stream with a rapid gleeful heart [thumbsup] Doc

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Doc,
Is that a Hardy Reel? Which rod is that?
Awesome fish!
Great story and pics Shaun.

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