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Here is some footage of two grizzlies I saw grazing on huckleberries in the backcountry of MT.






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Awesome stuff as always. Excellent

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This is a great country, still. 
Thank you for the wonderful vid...
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How far away were you?
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Really Cool.  I think it would be cool to live somewhere like that. 
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In his elk thread I believe he said 1600 and 2000 yards respectively.

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That makes think that if I make back to Montana I need to keep a bigger gun.  Roughly what chunk of the state was that? – I think that I will try to go some other part of it!Laugh

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Originally posted by lucytuma lucytuma wrote:

How far away were you?


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Originally posted by billyburl2 billyburl2 wrote:

In his elk thread I believe he said 1600 and 2000 yards respectively.



Originally posted by dsr dsr wrote:

Roughly what chunk of the state was that?  


The Western chunk.  Only idiots with a death wish would ever hunt there.  Tell your friends.
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Originally posted by Bitterroot Bulls Bitterroot Bulls wrote:

Originally posted by lucytuma lucytuma wrote:

How far away were you?


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Originally posted by billyburl2 billyburl2 wrote:

In his elk thread I believe he said 1600 and 2000 yards respectively.



Originally posted by dsr dsr wrote:

Roughly what chunk of the state was that?  


The Western chunk.  Only idiots with a death wish would ever hunt there.  Tell your friends.
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Would it be near Bitterroot national forest? Wink
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The Western chunk.  Only idiots with a death wish would ever hunt there.  Tell your friends.
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Sounds like central and northern AZ... Nothing to see here, move along...
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Originally posted by Bitterroot Bulls Bitterroot Bulls wrote:




Originally posted by dsr dsr wrote:

Roughly what chunk of the state was that?  


The Western chunk.  Only idiots with a death wish would ever hunt there.  Tell your friends.
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Now if we could just get the left and right coast to just leave us alone.

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That is cool, Matt! Thanks for posting this video
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Looks eerily similar to an area that I've packed into before... 

Nice film BTW
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  Makes me feel good to know they're making it out there. 
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They look like they've been eating well. Still, makes me happy the bear country I hunt in is lightly populated...with brown bears. I still treat them with care but they're not like grizzlies.
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A few years back while dragging out the largest whitetail I've ever shot (175 1/8) In Northwestern MT I ran into a problem bear(griz).  It was a recent transplant from the yellowstone area.  Coming down an old road with the deer in tow, this bear comes out in a clearing about 100yds away and starts quartering towards me.  (nice new looking radio collar on) comes down on the road about 30ft from me and then squared off towards me.  I got rifle lined up on him and then started walking backwards up the road putting the deer between me and him.  He walked over the bank into thicket of small trees from an old logging job on the downhill side, and the forest was quite like he had never been their.  I was so nervous dragging that deer past where this bear disappeared, if a squirrel would have stepped out I probably would have started slinging lead. 

Long story short I called the Fish and Game about the encounter.  They said it was about a 600 pound male that had been relocated from the yellowstone area because it was causing problems.  I asked why they didn't inform hunters in the area about this potential "problem bear".  The answer I got is "because we don't want people to disturb the animals"  
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Unfortunately, I see FWP's point.  Some idiots would find hearing about a bear's location as a great opportunity to become "one" with the bear.  Sometimes they get their wish, literally.  Ask Timothy Treadwell.

Always good to assume you may run into a bear in bear country.  Be prepared.
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Bear spray, a high caliber rifle and the ole trusty 44 mag. Never leave home without it up there!
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Originally posted by Bitterroot Bulls Bitterroot Bulls wrote:

Unfortunately, I see FWP's point.  Some idiots would find hearing about a bear's location as a great opportunity to become "one" with the bear.  Sometimes they get their wish, literally.  Ask Timothy Treadwell.

Always good to assume you may run into a bear in bear country.  Be prepared.


It's not the first bear I've run into while hunting, but hands down it was the most brazen.  I've spent a great deal of my time in the back country of NW montana, and Northern ID.  I've run into Grizzly in alder thickets when they were 20ft from me, but they have always lurked off.  Most often I've seen them in clearings eating huckleberries.  I sneezed once while walking through a clearing that borders Canada and six of them stood up and looked at me, they then proceeded to head for the timber.  This bear obviously didn't care that I was a human, and I think he was thinking about coming and taking over my kill.  I always try to pay attention when I'm in their territory, and give the bear the benefit by going around him/her.

And I also understand why they don't want to announce to every idiot where they recently transplanted a Griz.  I just think once they lose their fear of humans and show a blatant disrespect for humans that they should probably be put under.  I know it's not the bears' fault, but all the idiots that go to yellowstone and either feed the bears, or don't secure food in their camps, or leave trash laying around.  The park should enforce harsher punishments for violations. My brother was working in yellowstone last year, and was astounded by the numbers of idiots.  One example was a Griz that had killed a buffalo and was eating on the carcass.  My brother said that people were walking up to within 10ft of the bear and taking pictures of it while it ate.Loco  Even after being yelled at and told to leave the vicinity others were still walking up blatantly disrespecting the park rangers.

Sorry not trying to hijack your thread...

BTW are you packing in on your back, or do you use horses to transport your gear.
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Originally posted by shooter07 shooter07 wrote:

Bear spray, a high caliber rifle and the ole trusty 44 mag. Never leave home without it up there!


Forget the spray. My huning rifle, 45/70 guide gun with magnum rounds, and a 454 casull. If he survives that, he can eat me.
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Originally posted by Thundey Thundey wrote:

Originally posted by Bitterroot Bulls Bitterroot Bulls wrote:

Unfortunately, I see FWP's point.  Some idiots would find hearing about a bear's location as a great opportunity to become "one" with the bear.  Sometimes they get their wish, literally.  Ask Timothy Treadwell.

Always good to assume you may run into a bear in bear country.  Be prepared.


It's not the first bear I've run into while hunting, but hands down it was the most brazen.  I've spent a great deal of my time in the back country of NW montana, and Northern ID.  I've run into Grizzly in alder thickets when they were 20ft from me, but they have always lurked off.  Most often I've seen them in clearings eating huckleberries.  I sneezed once while walking through a clearing that borders Canada and six of them stood up and looked at me, they then proceeded to head for the timber.  This bear obviously didn't care that I was a human, and I think he was thinking about coming and taking over my kill.  I always try to pay attention when I'm in their territory, and give the bear the benefit by going around him/her.

And I also understand why they don't want to announce to every idiot where they recently transplanted a Griz.  I just think once they lose their fear of humans and show a blatant disrespect for humans that they should probably be put under.  I know it's not the bears' fault, but all the idiots that go to yellowstone and either feed the bears, or don't secure food in their camps, or leave trash laying around.  The park should enforce harsher punishments for violations. My brother was working in yellowstone last year, and was astounded by the numbers of idiots.  One example was a Griz that had killed a buffalo and was eating on the carcass.  My brother said that people were walking up to within 10ft of the bear and taking pictures of it while it ate.Loco  Even after being yelled at and told to leave the vicinity others were still walking up blatantly disrespecting the park rangers.

Sorry not trying to hijack your thread...

BTW are you packing in on your back, or do you use horses to transport your gear.


It is alright.  Your not hijacking anything.  I love talking about bears.  I've been lucky enough to see many grizzlies in my time in the woods.  Years ago, I spent several summers clearing trails and fighting fire outside the park by West Yellowstone.  I have had many contacts with bears and they were usually the "turn tail and run type."  Sometimes they just walked away.  Some times they followed me for a ways before leaving.  I had a biologist tell me the bear that followed me was sizing me up as a meal.  I don't know, but it makes for a good story.  I was actually in on a couple of "problem bear" traps, and they actually "relocated" one to the Libby area.  As you probably know, they usually give them only one shot at relocation, and if the bears head back to society, they euthanize them.

As far as packing in ... I do it both ways.  Typically I backpack my alpine mulie hunts and pack-in on horseback for my elk hunts.  However, the area where these bears were would be impossible to get stock into, without a couple years of trail construction.  It is remote.
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Originally posted by helo18 helo18 wrote:

Originally posted by shooter07 shooter07 wrote:

Bear spray, a high caliber rifle and the ole trusty 44 mag. Never leave home without it up there!


Forget the spray. My huning rifle, 45/70 guide gun with magnum rounds, and a 454 casull. If he survives that, he can eat me.
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All great stories of bears,thanks guys.
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Can you imagine walking up to within 10 feet of a grizzly?? 
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