Booked my first ever guided hunt with him this week. Heading up may 10th this spring. It’s going to be a honeymoon for the wife and I. As neither of us ever hunted with a guide before or even hunted out of the state for that matter we figured it would be something neat to do. We are both really looking forward to it. I know a lot of you guys have been there before. Anything to expect from this hunt or any must do’s and don’ts? Hoping it’s a great time we both get an opportunity at a bear cause this is a lot of money for us to do something like this so more then likely it’s a once and done thing. I have heard in reading that the 3rd week is usually better then the 2nd. Any truth to that? We obliviously understand that hunting is hunting and there are no guarantees but just want to give the mrs the best opportunity possible. Thanks in advance for any and all responses!
I've hunted the NB camp 5 times, the same week as you are booked (second week), and killed 4 bears. The trip I didn't kill, I saw no bears at all. Success (actual kill) for that week has averaged right at 50%, with more bears seen and passed up, missed or wounded. Bear movement will depend on the weather.
Must do's and don'ts - If killing a bear is important to you:
1. Hunt with a firearm.
2. Sit very still and don't fidget.
3. Most importantly in my view: don't get caught up in worrying about the size of the bear. The bear you are most likely to see will be a yearling bear, and it may be your only chance to kill. It will weigh about 80 lbs, it will make a fine rug and it's meat will be delicious. You will not mistake a cub of the year for a yearling, as the cubs of the year that early are very small, no bigger than a 5 gallon bucket. That said, you may see a nice bear as well. My 4 NB bears have gone 87 lbs, 112 lbs, 222 lbs and 345 lbs. What I'm saying is, if a bear shows up, shoot it at the first opportunity for a good shot, or be prepared to eat your tag.
4. Fishing is hit or miss that early depending on the weather, I've had good fishing 1 out of 5 trips.
You will have a good time, Bob, Jaye, and all of the guides are great people. NB is great country. You may hunt with me, I'm not sure yet as I'm having serious trouble with my COPD and didn't do well with the wood smoke and gas fumes this spring. But if I go, it will be the week you are going. Best of luck. Anything else I can help you with be sure to ask.