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Good times, spent trapping:  This was my second season trapping.  I really didn't think it was possible to love anything as much as I love to hunt, but I fooled around trapping and fell in love. 

 

My British Columbia bears.  At first, I was just interested in doing the spot and stalk hunts.  Believe me, it is a neat way to hunt for bears.  The guide I had was originally from the Yukon and wasn't afraid of ANYTHING!  I really enjoyed hanging out with him and listening to all of his scary griz and wolf stories.  We snuck up on a black bear sow that had a little chocolate cub with her.  We were so close to her, hiding behind some logs that we could hear her munching on the clover about 12 yards away.  On the second day we stalked up on this boar and with a one shot drop, I had my first black bear.

 

My second bear. 

 

Robert, the man sitting to the left of me is a dear friend of mine that lets me hunt his farm here at home.  He went along with me on this trip.  It was a 7 day hunt and we had 4 male bears in 4 days.  1 black, 2 cinnamon and 1 chocolate.  My black, black bear pictured above was the smallest.  Up until that trip, I had never hunted with dogs.  Well, I am the kind of person that will try just about anything twice, once to see what it is like and again...just to be certain of my original opinion.  The owner of the business runs his dogs everyday, whether he has a hunter or not.  After dinner we talked it over and I decided to give it a try.  Since I wasn't sure what to expect, I figured the best thing to do, is just do what I'm told.  When I heard the dogs baying or treeing the bear, I knew then and there that it is what those dogs live to do.  Nothing, makes them happier.  I got myself steady and harvested my 2nd bear with my 7mm08.  The bear meat was really good.  However, the big horn sheep dinner we had while I was up there was exquisite.  Robert, leaves for a big horn sheep hunt next month.  I'm so jealous! lol...

 

 

Other than the Rios, I harvested while hunting with Glenn and Michelle my favorite gobbler would have to be this one.  It's an Eastern, I harvested while hunting with my Dad.  He had 3 beards and was ultimately special because of the time spent in the wilderness with the man who has taught me so much and gave me something to forever be grateful for.

 

 

As a kid, one of my favorite things was going with my Dad to the taxidermy shop.  I was always captivated by it.  It wasn't until the last day of the late season here at home that I decided to take my interest further.  That morning, I shot my first deer using my flintlock.  After my buddy heard me shoot, he came over to see what I got.  I wanted to mount that deer so bad.  Here is how my first try at taxidermy turned out.  With the help of my friend that spent that cold morning in the woods with me.

 

 

When I want to learn about something, I seek out the best person/people possible that is/are willing to help me out.  People that have true passion for something are the ones that are easiest to talk to.  I love to do taxidermy work and I have worked with 3 professionals in their shops.  Each have their own way of doing things. 

 

This buck is special to me, because I spend a lot of time hunting by myself.  I set up with the mind set of wanting to harvest a buck and just enjoy a day in the woods.  It was almost noon, when I noticed some deer working their way to me.  I spotted this buck and held out long enough until he was about 70 yards then dropped him in his tracks.  He is the second deer I ever mounted for myself.  There isn't a day that ticks by that I don't remember to be thankful, for the best days spent in the outdoors.  When I look at this buck he reminds me that if someone wants to do something bad enough, it can be done. 

 

 

Here are 2 bucks that I did for my Dad and his girlfriend's first buck.

 

The other buck that I got to do for my Dad.

 

His girlfriend's first buck.

 

Time to go to bed.  Working 12 hour night shifts will catch up to me, someday.  I just have to keep thinking that it pays the bills and allows me to do some things that I like.

 

 

 

 



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man you sure do some nice work, nice animals as well!!
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Welcome to The OT, Vixen!

 

I have seen some of your post's, but haven't welcomed you yet.

Your pics and stories are captivating!!

Thanks for sharing and keep 'em coming!! 

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Hectic stuff! It is one thing to hunt, but entirely a different matter to do your own taxidemy work. Really great.

 

I note your story hunting off dogs, which is currently frowned upon in South Africa. We in South Africa are going through that soul searching phase of ethical hunting. The general priniciple is that unless you have been running allmost naked and barefoot with a Bowie knife and tracked the animal for at least a month through hill and dale and suffered inumarable hardships, finally killing the animal after a death defying struggle, then you have not hunted ethically!

 

Having said that, I personally consider most forms of hunting that utilises the animals in a sustainable manner, and the killing is done cleanly and quickly, as ethical. Except for put and take hunting, where an animal is bred in captivity and released specifically to be hunted.

 

I have hunted both pigs and bushbuck off dogs. To see a good pack of dogs in action is really something. We used to hunt with the same pack for several seasons and one gets to know each dog intimately. Even whilst the whole pack is yodelling away, one gets to distinguish the different voices and read what each dog is up to, how fresh the spoor is , how far the buck is from them etc.

 

 

 

 

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I understand that everyone has their own view on what is ethical.  The anti's like it too much when hunters go against eachother.  Which is why I try to keep an open mind.  Today they will take away something you enjoy doing, tomorrow, it will be something I like to do.  Pretty much as long as someone isn't breaking laws, I wish them the best of success.  The Anti's here, pick at one thing at a time.  Like the trapping, use of dogs, baiting, and so on.  Once they take one thing from us, they instantly start picking on something else. 

 

When I left here to go on that hunt, I had no intentions of hunting with the dogs.  I am glad that I didn't pass up the experience to hunt with dogs, because it was certainly different.  It was new to me.  Those dogs are that man's life up there.  The housing set up for the dogs, that the Outfitter had for them was awesome.  I would have never understood that it is what those dogs truly live for, until I was a part of it.  Hunting in a pack is what dogs do in the wild and it is part of their instinct.  In a sense you just become part of that pack and that is what it felt like.  I wouldn't take the experience back and I would probably hunt with dogs again someday.  I will say that the spot and stalk hunts were choice!  My crazy guide having us sneak up on that momma bear was incredible.  When I first spotted the bear, I felt close enough.  lol...Not him though, he said to me, hey lets have a little fun with this bear.  Huh?  I replied back to him "Are you NUTS?"  He grabbed my hand and told me it would be neat.  Ok, it was neat!  There is no way I would have done that without him.  He was a lot of fun.  Wild, but I would hunt with him again.       

 

I have never tried to hunt half-naked.  That could get really cold here. 

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WOW, Vixen, not only are you quite the hunter, you're a very gifted taxidermist!  Very impressive, especially if you're self-taught!  I envy your ability to be able to go on so many hunts.

 

Beautiful cinnamon phase bear!  Keep the pics and stories coming; I really enjoy reading them!

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Good Job, Welcome Vixen. Where were you when you were hunting Bears?

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Vixen I am Impressed.

and easy on the eyes too. What a WOMAN.

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