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Fall Black Bear Bowhunt With Fred Lutger
by Robert Hoague
Donald Duck with steaks.
Chef Klaus fliping dinner. Our first TrailTimer bear photos.
August 13 - Ahh, the
eye opening aroma of coffee drifted through the cabin at daylight. The
Duck's first pot was brewing and he was making perfectly round pancakes
with Chef Klause's pancake dispenser machine. After breakfast we split
into 2 groups to check the baits and TrailTimers.
Fred and I started at Hilltop.
The first bait was opened and the food was wiped.
Not a speck of bait was
Fred dumped the bucket's
contents into the bait and covered it with the strewn logs.
The next bait was the same
way. We fixed it up and continued to 28 more baits -- 26 out of 30
baits were hit and we freshened them up.
At several bait sites Fred
dressed them up with some special fixins' -- one bought and the other his
"I've used Ultimate Bear
Lure (from Wildlife Research Center) for over 15 years." I was working
as a sales rep for John Burgason and he knew I was a bear hunter and gave
me a gallon to try," Fred told me. "I soaked burlap in the lure and put
it out. The smell was so strong it sometimes brought bears in the same
day I put it out. I use it now every time we go into a new area we haven't
baited before. I put the rags up and leave food for the bears. It is a
sweet smell and it is long lasting. It gets a bait active quick."
"If nothing happens in a
week I'm confident there are no bears in the area an we move to another
Then he opened up a sealed
5 gallon bucket. "I smear this on the trees. It's a scent and food lure
and it brings the bears in with its strong smell. It helps the bears find
"What's in it?" I asked.
He just smiled and swiped
it on the tree.
We finished the baits and
met the Duck and Chef Klaus at 1:00.
This is the best year of
my 25 years of running a bear camp. Since Ontario closed the Spring season
I see more bear sign in the area than ever before. We had 100% shooting
last year for our 1 week hunt and ran half as many baits. With extra hunters
for this year's 2 week hunt we doubled the baits. I was just astounded
that after 3 days of baiting we had 99% of the baits working.
Every year the bears get
larger due to lighter hunting pressure. The average age of the bear population
is increasing. We are killing more mature bears that are larger in size.
I'm glad to have Kirby and
his gang back. They are a bunch of hunters who have gotten bears on previous
hunts with me and need no catering. They are fun to be around, and good
hunters too. Most are return hunters and it is like a reunion.
Lutger, the owner of
Bear Sports in Tinley Park, Illinois, as well as Fred Lutger's Wilderness
Hunts is well known and respected in the archery and bowhunting community.
His doors opened 28 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.
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