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My first bear with a bow
Jerome and I went on vacation for a bear hunt up at Mainely Adventures Lodge in Houlton during the fourth week of the bear season. We got to the lodge at noon and hung out with Kevin and Pam Ward the owners until the rest of the hunters from New York showed up in the afternoon.
That evening we had a great feast of lobsters, steamers, steaks, baked potatoes, veggies, bake beans, and to top it all off with a great dessert. After dinner we settled around the camp fire and got to know one another.
Monday morning, we woke up early for a hearty breakfast and hung out until we went out that afternoon for our hunt. My site was awesome; it was in some hard woods. I saw two big bears come into my site after legal hunting time, so I just watched them until it got dark. I heard them come in making all kinds of noise and I thought it was a moose until I saw the first bear at the bait barrel. The bears were good size, one weighed 300 pounds. and the other weighed 250 pounds. I got a little nervous because I was only 18 yards from the bait barrel and about 12 feet off the ground. I could hear them blowing, snorting and snapping their teeth as they fought at the bait barrel.
I was worried that they would come up my ladder stand. My guide came and got me around 7:30 p.m. and I was glad to get out of there! The guide was nervous because one bear was still at the bait and finally took off only a few yards away.
Tuesday afternoon, I went out and a smaller bear came into my site twice, but the bear did not present a shot. I said to myself you will be back tomorrow and earlier. I did not see the other two larger bears that came in on Monday.
Wednesday afternoon, I went back out and the smaller bear came back earlier. I watched him for ten minutes washing his face, scratching his nose and eating the bait. I kept saying to myself present me with a broadside shot and the bear did! I set my pin where it belonged and the job was done at 6:00 pm. I was so excited that I shot my first bear with my new bow that I had to calm myself down before calling my guide to let him know I got one. I used my Mathew Passion which was set at 40 lbs. with a Beman 500 ICS Hunter carbon arrow tipped with a 75 grain G-5 Montec broadhead. All that I know about bowhunting, I learned from my husband Jerome and for that I want to say, “Thanks honey!”
I had a great hunt and out of nine hunters that was there, seven out of nine harvested bears. I was the only one out of all the hunters for that lodge this season got a bear with a bow! Pam was a great cook and fed us well, I think I gained a bunch of weight but it was worth it. If anyone would like to go on a bear hunt I would highly recommend Mainely Adventures Lodge, they will treat you well and the accommodations were excellent.