2E Success Story
Hey folks, finally got my first PA bear after many seasons of “ almost “, and what a dandy! A beautiful PA trophy.
He went 349 pounds, with an estimated live weight of 414.
Got him on game lands in southern Clearfield Co. With a fresh 5” of snow on the ground, I Cut tracks on the drive in in the darkness, waited till daylight, no one else around, hunting solo, so started following for 2.5 hours. I jumped him once, but didn’t catch sight of him, so I re grouped, went back to the truck, moved a few hundred yards down the road, and went to try to see if he slowed down at all. He did slow up, so I continued the tracking, slowly and carefully down, down, across the stream, and up and across the next ridge in and out of small laurel thickets, and then I saw him ahead of me about 50 yds. He turned to the left , I had a good shot line, and I let it go. He dropped in his tracks, lights out dead, not even a death bawl.
To say I was excited is an understatement!
I didn’t realize his size until I went over to him and tried to lift his head. At that moment I knew he was big. I guessed 325?
Then the good part. After I went back to my truck, dropped off some gear, grabbed my deer sled and headed back down in, got to my bear, and there were these two guys standing nearby, we exchanged congratulations. If it were not for these two men who graciously offered to help me out, I would still be in there with this bear. Ima big dude, and I couldn’t even move it alone.
I am indebted to these two strangers who gave up there own hunting time to help a guy out. They down played it, but I promised them I would pay it forward someday!! And I will, always! I thanked them several times and they went on there way with their crew to hunt some more.
So, thank you Ryan, and Brian !!!
Finally got him to an open gas well road, got him into their truck, then got my truck and loaded him up, headed for home!!
What a great experience.
A great memory!
"Enjoy the solitude of the great outdoors, where you are alone but never lonely"--William Conrad