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Glocking for Bears: part II

19 Jul

*Look for a version of this story to be published in an upcoming issue of Bear Hunting Magazine!

I always am mesmerized by the pads of a predator and take the time to study them...almost like some sort of Palm Reader would analyze someone's "life line". I can't help but wonder what trails have been trod and how many miles had been laid down in this bear's 15-20 year estimated years.

I always am mesmerized by the pads of a predator and take the time to study them…almost like some sort of Palm Reader would analyze someone’s “life line”. I can’t help but wonder what trails have been trod and how many miles had been laid down in this bear’s 15-20  estimated years. A quick note on field judging bears, based on the size of their pads: measure across the pad and then add one inch to equal what the bear would square. This bear’s pads almost measured six inches across, which jived perfectly…as the bear squared over six feet.

There is a saying that “every dog will have his day” and this most certainly applies to hunting. If you spend enough time in the woods, you are bound to experience an “epic” encounter at some point. A few weeks back, my number was apparently up to be thrown a bone and I was to experience one of these “epic encounters”.

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29 Days: Alaska, here we come!

25 Jul

I crave the remote and wild places. It’s something that burns in my blood and creates a wistful feeling that haunts me throughout my days. This picture was taken while on a spring Bear hunt in North Idaho early this year.

It’s been a dream of mine…for as long as I can remember. It seems that everything “North” curdles and surges in my blood. My body and soul CRAVE the remote and rugged country as much as they do food and water. sustenance for the primeval DNA that is buried deep in my genetic makeup; I have been waiting to satiate this appetite for far too long. This wait became too much to bear…I had to do something before it was too late!

Planning a trip to the North country has always seemed like a very daunting and almost insurmountable task. So finally I just sat down and figured out what it would take to get it done and then just started crunching numbers, pecking away at the details and taking steps to make it happen. The planning started mid last year and then finally started to seem to solidify, as the early December snow started to coat my hometown mountains.

I decided to pitch the idea to my best friend and hunting partner, not really sure of what he’d think. When I say “best friend”…I should explain that, Darin is more like a brother to me. We have been “best friends” ever since…well birth, basically. We have tackled  almost every major life obstacle together and I was elated when he picked up a bow and joined me in the woods six seasons ago. So when he seemed as excited as I was, the hunt was on and the planning had begun!

My Toelke Whip gets first crack at a Caribou, come next month! I’ll be shooting Grizzly Stiks (by Alasks Bowhunting Supply) tipped with the new 125 gr. broadheads from The Solid Broadhead Company.

At first this was going to be a DIY Caribou  hunt along the Dalton Highway; better known as “The Haul Road”. But then somehow it morphed and it was decided that it would be a “drop” hunt instead. We were to fly in with a outfit that had been highly recommended (70 North) and then just like it sounds…dropped! They would provide the major camp essentials: a tent, cots and kitchen etceteras. But we would provide everything else. It seemed like the perfect adventure; out in the middle of the wilds of Alaska…just us two against the “Land of the Midnight Sun” and stalking caribou with bows in hand!

We stuck to this plan for a while and it even went as far as corresponding with Mike, the owner/operator of 70 North and reserving a time slot. Just when the trigger was about to be pulled and money paid…reality smacked us good. Upon checking flight info; Darin noticed something very important that we had previously missed. This “small” detail; was that airfare doubles when you are flying all the way into Deadhorse, instead of stopping in Anchorage or Fairbanks. The cash register was already clanging out of control and my butt was in major pucker mode…becuase I was wondering if I would be able to come up with the funds to make this happen.

About that time; the Outdoor Photo Contest was going on here at the Back Trail. One of the winners, Brandon Lefebvre just happened to be a Fairbanks local. A couple of emails later; it became apparent  to me, that my dreams were far from being dashed! Brandon turned out to be a solid guy and offered to help us; if we wanted to make a go at the Haul Road hunt. Plans quickly began for us to meet Brandon in Fairbanks, rent a truck and camper, stock up and head North, hoping to cross paths with some migrating Caribou.  It turns out that Brandon owns a production company; SISU Productions and he was all over the idea of documenting this trip for us. This is another detail that I could have never dreamed of! Darin and I had already decided to “make a production” of the trip…we even went so far as to approach Vortex Optics and G5 with our plans; hoping that maybe they would see our dream in the same mind frame that we did and want to help us out with some gear.

Vortex was kind enough to loan us some key pieces of “glass” for this trip (thank you Scott Parks!). Of course I had to immediately get out and become aquainted with the Viper HD 20-60×80 spotter and Viper 10×42 HD binos!

I like to set goals that are outside of my comfort zone; to push myself harder than I might have pushed before. By approaching these two outdoor companies with our plans of documenting our trip and delivering content that “all could use”…well, this was setting the bar high enough. And  I knew this trip could only be epic and nothing less. I often have “grand visions”, but just don’t know how to make them come to fruition. And I’ve come to realize that to make things come to fruition; sometimes you have to think outside of the box and approach things  in a manner (or angle) that you would never consider approaching. These situations, where you limit yourself and therefore get stuck against the same walls…all come down to comfort zones and “angles”. In this case I am hitting angles and breaching almost every comfort zone I’ve ever set for myself.

Another key piece of my AK gear: My LWD built, Glock 20SF (10mm). This will serve as my “Bear Spray”. In the background you can see what gets second up at some Caribou; my Bowtech Destroyer 340.

So, it is only 29 days until I get to realize a dream and hunt Caribou in Alaska…in a manner that Fred Bear, Glenn St. Charles and many other of my archery heroes have done in years past. This is something that my father and I had talked about in the years before he passed away. Every season with a bow in my hand holds an emotional edge and is linked to my Father. Now I get to fulfill a dream that he had, long before he had ever planted the seed of the same dream into my head.

29 days until Alaska…29 days until the realization of a dream that’s more than one generation old. 29 days until that starved part of my soul gets to feed and drink in deep, of what it has been craving for far too long.

Stay tuned!

Glock-ing for Bears! My first season chasing Black Bear with my Glock 20.

27 Aug

Bear Medicine: My film dipped, Lone Wolf built, Glock 20SF 10MM. If you are planning on doing a similar build up using components from Lone Wolf Distributors; be sure to use promo code:” backtrail” when you order! Just trying to hook my Back Trail fans up!

As every year comes and goes, a lot of changes may take place….but one thing stays the same: I dream about the month of September all year long. Usually this time of year, all I can think about is chasing rutting, Bull Elk with my bow and everything else that goes along with the preparation. But this year is slightly different.A couple of months ago, I was at work discussing some marketing campaigns and strategies with our Marketing guy, Zack. I work for Lone Wolf Distributors; which most would consider the “King of the hill” when it comes to anything having to do with the Glock pistol. It’s been in my mind for a while now, to help push us into the Hunting/outdoor market, instead of just catering to the competition/Law Enforcement venue that we’re known for. After all, according to the CEO of the company, JR Shepard…that was the whole reason Lone Wolf was founded: to fuel his passion for hunting and fishing! So why not? One model of Glock in particular; the Glock 20, chambered in 10MM has long been regarded in some circles as an ample hunting sidearm. I’ve been a long fan of the 10MM cartridge and know good and well what it is capable of. I’m never found very far away from my G20 and Lone Wolf offers quite a few performance upgrades that turn it into a hunting beast. So…an idea was hatched. I had already made claim to be the one with the first known kill, using our 9G AR carbine (now called the “G9” http://www.lonewolfdist.com/Products.aspx?CAT=3682) last year while in Texas, when I took a very nice hawg from the ground. But that was not enough! I wanted to whack something with my Glock 20 and I wanted to very badly.

So, what could I set out after, hunting with my Glock?….The first thing that came to mind, was a picture a customer of mine sent me last year. It was of a huge Alaskan Black Bear that he had leveled with his Glock 20, which (of course)  had been pimped with our long slide and 6″ barrel. Plenty of bear medicine!

I always have a bear tag in my pocket; however I’ve never just set out after bear as a species. Bear have always been a secondary to the Elk and Deer I love to chase during the archery seasons. I gave up rifle hunting almost 10 years ago and it was hard to leave my bows at home; but I knew what I had to do. This is my last year hunting as a WA resident; but luckily the unit only minutes from home, opened to bear just a couple of weeks ago. I knew going into the month of August, that I’d have only a couple of weeks to dedicate to bear hunting, before the madness of September set in. Since then, I’ve already been out a few times; but so far not so much as a decent look at a bear.

The mild winter and relatively short summer has left the woods around here still very lush and green. The berry patches are six-foot tall and very abundant; this leads to a food situation akin to an “all you can eat buffet” for  bears! The trick is finding “the right berry patch” and being at the right place at the right time. I’ll be out until the end of the month, busting brush and Glock-ing for bears! Expect to see more of my bear season…hopefully the next title will be: “Bear down!” Some info on my setup:Glock 20SF: film dipped in Mothwing Woodland Mimicry 1.0, Long slide and 6″ barrel by Lone Wolf Distributors, trigger job (3.5# connector, 6# trigger spring, skeletonized striker and polish job.) LWD stainless steel guide rod and 20# ISMI recoil spring. Ameriglo “Hackathorne” sights.http://www.lonewolfdist.com/Default.aspx?PAGE=Main

Ammo: Double Tap Ammo: 180 gr. CXHP http://www.doubletapammo.com/php/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=21_25&products_id=122 and 200 gr. FMJ. http://www.doubletapammo.com/php/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=21_25&products_id=39

*Make sure to read “Glocking For Bears: part II“…I finally am able to put my Glock 20 to the test.

 

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