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Fall Black Bear Bowhunt With Fred Lutger
by Robert Hoague
Day & Set Up Day |
carefully laid plans for mobile internet fell into the Verison black hole
and I was unable to update from camp. So I drove into the closest town
and signed up with Atakokan IS and Pat Cox has me up and going now. I will
come in every day to post the hunts. Look for the updates on this page.
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bear passed by and didn't come to the bait. It was the strangest colored
bear I have ever seen in 33 years of bear hunting. I also had a good shooter
“black” bear on the stand that evening. I would have taken him but I wanted
the odd colored bear -- a shot opportunity on a decent bear is hard
to pass up. But I did. To Fred's Hunt...
was the first to find my bear and almost everyone else's as well. He is
from Panama, Illinois and has bowhunted for 10 years, mostly for deer,
wild turkey and bear. He owns 60 acres of good huntiing habitat for whitetails
and wild turkey. Daryl is a residential contractor, he builds houses in
the Panama area. He has taken seveal whitetail and and wild turkeys.
Darly enjoys being out in
the woods with his bow, he loves seeing the animals and being a part of
nature. Daryl told me, "You never know what you will see when you are bowhunting.
You have to spend time to figure out your prey. It is exhilerating, every
Advice to New bowhunters:
Visit your local bowhunting stores to get correct information on how to
set your bow up and use it. Take your time and learn the prey that you
|Wayne L. Smith
hunted the same stand for 5 afternoons in a row. The bait was hit every
day but Wayne saw no bears. On the 6th hunt a bear came in at 7:50. This
was the last hunt for Wayne and he decided to take the bear. It turned
and walked to the bait bucket which was in fron of the bait pile, which
was in line for a good shot from the treestand. The bear stopped and looked
up at Wayne. THE HUNT & PICS
|Jim Mitchell (JimboTX)
checked his bait the 3rd morning and the bait was hit again. He returned
to hunt at 6:30 and it was hit during the day. Jim baited and made a bacon
and honey burn. At 7:00 he saw a bear walking 60 yards away in the brush.
Jim got in shooting position and waited. Twenty minutes later the bear
appeared in the original spot but this time it was walking away. Then it
turned to the right. Jim figured it was checking the wind ... GO
|Scot Neetz - "Bear hunting
is a blast!"
(age 16) saw a bear early in the afternoon. It came from in front of him,
and walked around and sniffed the ground. It pushed away some logs and
got some bait and ran back into the woods. It returned and got another
piece and ate it. Then the bear stuck his head in the hole he had made
between the logs. Scot shot the bear with a 20 gauge shotgun. (Last year
he hunted with his bow.) It crashed down and Scot heard the death moan.
He got down right away. "Because I wanted to see the bear so bad." The
bear was 20 yards away and was pinched between a log and tree.
Scot says: "Bear
hunting is a blast. It is something new to see. This year was even better
because I got one. Seeing a bear is awesome."
He videoed his own
hunt and did a good job. To Scot's Hunt
Neetz - The Lincoln Log Bear
Kirk watched the bear enter
the area in front of him. The bear grabbed a bag of bait and ran into the
The bear came, grabbed some
bait and went back to the woods 3 more times. The bear was large, the space
between his ears was wide, and he threw the logs off the bait around like
they were lincoln logs. But it did not present a good shot angle. The 4th
time the bear came in it walked around the area instead of going directly
to the bait -- and turned broadside. GO
|Mark Bronson - Greatest
hunting experience in 18 years of bowhunting
is Mark's first bear hunt and he confesses to his first bearhunting mistake.
Yesterday he carried candy into the bait in a plastic bag and set it on
top of the logs. In an hour he saw his first bear ever in the wild. Mark
expected it to stay but it quickly but cautiously left. After the sun set
below the horizon a bear came in, loudly, from another direction, breaking
sticks and limbs as he came. The bear headed straight for the bait pile,
grabbed the bag of candy and ran into the brush. And that was that ...
until the next day. To Mark's Hunt
|My Bear - I Get Lucky
Klaus (Mike Ditchler) and I sat in our treestands, passing my camera back
and forth, looking at pictures of the bear that had walked though our area
an hour ago. Suddenly Mike looked at me, and his eyes darted to our right.
No doubt about it, he had seen a bear. I looked into the brush and immediately
spotted its bug head. I carefully hung my camera on its hook and got my
bow. The bear, a boar, cautiously circled and approached the logs that
covered the bait. He was head on so there was no shot.
As Mike adjusted the video
camera holder arm, it creaked and the bear looked up at us. Then it exited
back to where we had originally seen it. Several minutes later it started
back, this time coming in front of us, but behind a substantial amount
I drew just before the bear
stepped into the clear. It turned half way around and angled toward us
again. He looked like he was going to leave. TO
THE HUNT & PICS
Last Days (and Bears)
of the First Week's Hunt
The weather during the hunt
has been unseasonably hot for Ontario, with highs in the upper 90's every
day. The last day of the hunt a storm front blew in. The temperature dropped
and the wind blew hard. Lightning and driving rain moved the bear hunters
back to their pickups to wait out the inclement weather.
Al had a bear in the second
day but couldn't get a shot. Today the bear came in from behind the bait.
Al turned his video camera on right away. The bear circled the area and
walked down the path Al had come in on. The bear stopped and looked at
Al in the treestand. To Allen's
Hunt & Bear Pic.
The last night on the hunt
a severe lightening storm blew in and Kirby got down at 7:00 and waited
in his truck to see if it would blow over. At 7:30 Kirby left the video
cameraman in the truck (can't video in the rain) and returned to the stand.
High winds had blown down the tree next to the stand while they were in
the truck. At 8:25 a bear came in and went to the bacon can, 15 yards broadside.
Kirby's Hunt & Bear Pic.
Brad went to the stand at
noon. At 4:00 the brown phase bear came in. Brad drew and shot the bear.
It bolted for 35 yards and stopped. Brad was unsure of his hit and retrieved
his arrow, it had good blood on it. The bear was laying in a bog and Brad
approached it, suddenly the bear looked at Brad. To
Brad's Hunt & Bear Pic.
DAY #3 - Bear Under The
Bill Braswell bags a big boar.
was blowing at 8:20 when Bill Braswell saw a bear 15 yards away on the
other side of an evergreen tree. The bear went to Bill's bacon burn, knocked
it over and ate every bit of it and then went to Bill's game camera and
stuck his nose on it. Then he flipped the logs off the bait and laid down
on his belly and ate the bait. The bear was laying facing Bill so he had
to wait for a better angle. Finally the bear stood up and looked to the
North ... and turned broadside. Bill drew and shot. The bear ran 20 yards
and crashed. Bill heard a wheeze. The bear was dead.
This is Bill's 2nd bear hunt.
He took a bear on the first hunt also. His advice for bear newbees is,
"Patience. Let the bear come in. Take time to look the bear over. Use binoculars
to check his head for the notch between the ears." To
Bill's Picture With His Bear
A Bear Under The Stand
Klaus (Mike Ditchler) and I returned to the same stand this afternoon,
we were earlier today and were ready for action before 4:30. At 6:20 I
signaled Mike that I had seen a bear sneaking up behind us. The bear worked
its way through the dense ground vegetation until it was 10 yards to our
left. I started taking pictures. GO
DAY #2 Continued - Mo'
Don Kramlich - "The biggest
thrill I've every had bowhunting!"
When Chef Klaus and I arrived
at camp there were two more successful bear hunters. Here's what happened
on their hunts. Plus, meet Kirby Knackstedt.
Yesterday Don had seen a
large bear cross the road while he was waiting to be picked up after dark.
The bait was destroyed when Don arrived and he baited and went to the stand.
Half an hour later he heard a bear. It walked right below him and stopped.
Chris Fulton - "The bear
appeared on the same trail I was walking on!"
At 5:00 Chris walked into
his stand. Twenty yards from the bait he heard a something run and make
a half circle around him. It made a blowing sound and Chris realized it
was a bear -- then it appeared on the same trail Chirs was on ... and it
walked straight toward Chirs. GO
brought 12 bowhunters with him on this trip. His first bear hunt was in
1993, with Fred Lutger's Wilderness
Bowhunts. Since then Kirby has bear hunted with Fred 6 times, bringing
a group of local bowhunters with him each time.
Kirby began bowhunting when
he was 23. He has his own small archery shop, B & K Hunting Supplies
-- a popular meeting place of local bowhunters around Alhambra, Illinois.
He is a Drury Outdoors TV Show team member and is pro staff for High Country
Archery. He has bowhunted Whitetail, elk, mulies, wild turkey and black
bears. His favorite is whitetail. Kirby grew up in Alhambra, Illinois.
There were hardly any deer in the area when he was a kid and now there
are "plenty, and lots of big bucks".
Picture of the Week One Bear Hunters
Here is the group pic and
names of the bear hunters for week #1. GO
Day #2: The Skunk Bear
Klaus (Mike Ditchler) and I checked the 3 baits on our road. They were
all hit and we rebaited them. (See baiting
pictures #1 and #2.) We returned to Stand #2. Just after 6:00 we heard
a bear woofing quietly behind us. The bear came in from our left. (See
This bear has a blond mane
down the middle of it's back and a blonde streak on it's left shoulder.
You can see it clearly by clicking on the thumbnails. GO
The bear went to the far
side of the bait and ate some candy. That shot angle was no good. Then
it circled the bait and Mike let me get a couple of pictures of the blond
markings. Woops ... surprise! The bear walked into the woods.
8:10 we saw a bear coming from the direction the earlier bear had exited.
I glassed it and told Mike that it had blond hair on it's back.
The bear walked toward us
just as slick as you please, navigating through the ferns and thick ground
level cover. Mike drew as the bear stepped into the clear. It took a few
steps and quite cooperatively, stopped 12 yards in front of us ... broadside.
When we returned to camp
there were two more successful bear stores, but that will have to wait
until my next trip in to update, tomorrow.
Pugh & Rich
Moravec all bagged bears on the first day of our 2003 hunt.
Chef Klaus (Mike Ditchler)
and I went to our stand. Today is my turn to video, Mike is the hunter.
He has a cough and this afternoon untimely coughs cost us two chances at
bears. (Tomorrow we'll go into town and load up on cough medicine.) To
Eilers watched a bear investigate his Trailtimer and got ready
to shoot. As
Pugh tracked his bear -- suddenly the bear stood up on it's hind
legs, it was still alive! And Rich
Moravec bagged the 3rd bear of the day.
I flew into Minneapolis
(a very bumpy flight) and switched planes for the flight into International
Falls (totally smooth all the way). The plane touched down at 11:50pm and
Fred Lutger, Donald Duck and Mike Ditchler met me. Then we drove to Fred's
bear camp and everybody hit the sack. GO
Set Up Day:
Clanking pots and pans woke me up. Mike Ditchler, Chef Klaus of Frankfort,
Illinois, was busy doing his magic. GO
Setting Up The Stands
& Baits: All 3 of our baits were slaughtered. Logs
were thrown everywhere and all the bait was gone. We baited three stand
sites and covered each bait site with logs. GO
(Thanks to Canoe
Canada Outfitters for letting me update from their place of business
in Atikokan, Ontario.)
Lutger, the owner of
Bear Sports in Tinley Park, Illinois, is well known and respected in
the archery and bowhunting community. His doors opened 27 years ago and
his love for archery, bowhunting and helping new bowhunters and archery
enthusiasts has made him one of the premier Archery & Bowhunting Pro
Shop owners in the country. For information on our bear hunts visit www.bowhunting.net./fbs/beahunt.htm
or email us at fbs@FreddieBearSports.com.