Fighting High Water on a Spring Bear Hunt in Idaho

by Cory Glauner

Idaho spring bear hunting was quite an adventure to say the least. Idaho had WAY above average snow pack this winter and the creeks were raging, and as you will see in the video below, things got a little spooky on our bear hunt… not to say that it wasn’t a TON of fun with lots and lots of color phase bears.

This was an expensive hunt for the Outfitter… I felt bad, but I’m glad nobody was hurt. Sometimes a hunt is an adventure and has a few extra challenges, and you know what? I’m all right with that. Keeps things interesting. Our guide tried hard and despite the conditions, we did very well on our Idaho black bear hunt.

This video is worth watching… Yikes!


Close call huh? The Outfitter told us (and later sent us a picture) that normally this stream is only a few feet wide and maybe a foot deep. Pretty incredible how some runoff can change things.

D’oh! That’s not good.

20070305-drowntruckThat same evening, we attempted the crossing again (we know we’re not too smart… hindsight is 20/20) in the guides Dodge diesel pickup and it got stuck too. I was able to winch him out with my Jeep again, but the pickup sucked water through the engine and the insurance company totaled it. This was an expensive hunt for the Outfitter… I felt bad, but I’m glad nobody was hurt.

A nice chocolate bear

A nice idaho chocolate black bearDespite the tough conditions, we did have some success. Todd Dunn took a nice chocolate bear on the first day (right after the river crossing incident)

This blonde bear was beautiful. The picture does it no justice.

Blonde color phase black bearCraig Frank took an absolutely beautiful blonde bear on the last evening of the hunt. They both shot their bears with bows.

Sometimes a spring bear hunt is an adventure and has a few extra challenges, and you know what? I’m all right with that. Keeps things interesting. Our guide tried hard and despite the conditions, we did very well on our Idaho black bear hunt.

 

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