2012 Spot and Stalk Spring Bear (Video)
Tom and I drew spring bear tags this year. The unit we put in for doesn’t allow baiting, so it is spot and stalk hunting. Tom carried his bow with him, along with his rifle just in case he could slip in close enough. I decided to concentrate on one thing at a time and just carried my rifle!
My first outing I had a hair raising experience as we were climbing through the rim rock. I had put my hand up on the rock face to help steady myself as I was climbing up a steep little chute. All I remember was the sensation that the whole face of the rock was tilting toward me. The next thing I knew I was sliding down the chute with rocks, big and little raining down on me. Gary said he turned to look because of all the commotion.. he saw this big rock slowly tilting outward… just like it was in slow motion. He knew I was down in the chute below so he instinctively put his hands out to push it back… somehow he was able to stop it’s momentum… it came to rest on the lip of the chute. I think we both were a little stunned by what had just happened… and the realization of how bad it could have been. I admit the wind was out of my sails, and I was pretty sore all over… but just felt so grateful there were no broken bones… the rifle scope didn’t fare very well. It had chips out of the rim around the lens, although the lens didn’t seem to be broken. ( when we got back Gary tried to sight it in and it was impossible… something must have affected the lens). Gary let me borrow his rifle for the rest of the season!
I guess a person never knows just what all could happen… I think of snakebite, predator attacks, getting lost… but I’ve never given climbing through the rim rocks too much thought… I sure will in the future!
Tom had a neat experience with calling a spike into close range… his brother Todd took some good footage … so sit back and join us on our spring bear hunt!