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Fall Black Bear Bowhunt With Fred Lutger
by Robert Hoague
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You Linda K. Burch!
There is no thicker woods
than in Northwestern Ontario, Canada. Getting to your stand and back out
can be a real task, and you do not want to get lost in these huge woods.
Here's how Linda K. Burch helped us get in and out. Go...
On The Run
A step by step "how to"
for fletching your hunting arrows while you're hunting. GO...
In the morning we followed
our FireTacks markers to my bear. Pics and More...
Skunk Bear At Double Matrix
This was a remarkable bear,
a chocolate brown coat with a wide tan colored stripe from his neck to
his butt. And it was 12 yards away. GO...
My Hunt - A Bear
On The Ground
Fred had a plan to get a
bear on the ground, using two Double Bull Matrix blinds so he could video
my hunt. It was kinda off the wall. Just the way we like it. Bear
On The Ground...
Day 5: Continued...
To the rest of Day 5. GO...
More Field Testing:
We use the Hang 'Em High,
Limbsavers and EZY Climb Tree Steps and report on them. GO...
Day 5: It Ain't
Always What You Think
"There's the bear," John
said and we walked toward it. Suddenly it got up. GO...
Fred, On KIrby
Fred talks about why he
guides and comments on Kirby. GO...
Bryant heard limbs crunch
behind his Matrix blind. 30 minutes later a large bear silently walked
into view 6 yards away. GO...
Day 4 - Movin'
To The Rock Road
Fred drove us to Big Rock
One. The bait was creamed. Tracks from several bears were in the soft sand
by the road. GO...
Part of our job on the bear
hunt was to test products. Good boots are essentiol in the rugged Canadian
woods and marking the route to get hunters in and out is vital. Lets talk
about Bison Wolverine boots and 4-D FireTacks. Tests...
Day 3 - Duck or
the Duck's Gotcha
Donald Duck gets back in
the pit with a bear at the Caution stand. And
Day 2 - A Picnic
With A Bear
Misiukiewicz watched the tops of the bushes shake and heard twigs
snap as a bear circled the bait ... and him. GO...
Plus Day 2 Field Notes:
here the pics and what happened to the rest of us on Day
Group 2 - Day
The 2nd group of bowhunters
arrive in bear camp. Here's who they are and what happened on the first
Wind Up Of The
Group 1 Hunt
As the saying goes, "all
good bear hunts must come to an end." The Kirby group packs up in the morning
and the next hunters will arrive tonight. Here are some
pictures from their hunt.
Day 5 - The Impossible
Larry Jones from the Kirby
group went with Don to video and take pictures. Larry had videoed two successful
bear hunts so far and he said he would bring Don good luck. He
Day 4 - Logging
For Bear - The big bear returns
On the 4th hunt Donald Duck
hunted alone from his Double Bull Matrix blind at the Horsetail site. The
bear that wouldn't give him a shot yesterday returned on the same route
and this time he was more obliging, as in broadside. GO...
Up For The Hunt - Part 3
Before the first group of
bear hunters arrived there was lots of work to do. This year we had equipment
from the hunt's sponsors that helped make some of the tasks easier. Plus
we had some cool new bow gear to add to our bow setups. GO...
For 3 days the Duck videoed
for Chef Klaus before beginning his own hunt at the Horsetail stand. Day
1 it rained. The next day he saw a bear and took pics and got ready to
- Bear Hunt 2005
Nineteen companies sent
Fred Lutger, Don Beckwith, Roy Keefer and myself products to use and test
during the bear hunt. We genuinely appreciate their participation. Here
is the equipment lineup and comments on them as of the beginning of the
hunt. To Equipment...
Group for 2005.
Kirby brings up a group
of Illinois bowhunters every two years. A lot of the guys have been here
before and it is always fun having them in camp. They are guys who know
all about working hard, playing hard and hunting hard.
If you don't know who Kirby
Knackstedt is Click Here. And guys,
here is your full size picture of everyone.
As Kirby's group of hunters
took to the double dense Ontario woods Fred and I went to the Caution stand
looking for the brown phase bear. The first day we saw no bears. The next
we saw rain and no bears. And ditto for the third hunt.
Our TrailTimer event counter
showed mid afternoon action but due to skinning bears and other camp obligations
Fred couldn't get out that early. We brought the film in from the TrailTimer
to get it developed and see what was happening when we were not here. Fred's
Black Bear Returns
The next day our Trailtimer
EZ-Cam was full again. This model has an Event Counter and it logged some
day time pictures. That night we got the film developed and found the brown
phase bear had visited the bait in the afternoon. To
Brown Black Bear Daytime Pics...
A Brown Black
On my first night in camp
Fred and I drove to Fort Francis to get 7 rolls of Trailtimer film developed
so we could see what bears were around. We saw some good stuff at the Caution
stand. Now we had a place to put one of our Double Bull MATRIX 360 ground
Setting Up For The Bear
Setting Up For The Hunt
half of the hunt. Come along as we continue gathering info and setting
up to hunt.
Ground Blind Hunt
The TrailTimer pictures
that changed our Ground Blind hunt plans. To
We are in Chicago tonight
and will leave in the morning for home and I will resume the hunt report
-- to quote Dennis Crabtree, "It's a dandy."
satellite phone just would not stay connected and I had to stop uploading
to keep the site up Right now we are driving home. There is a lot
to report and see (pics). Hang with me.
Chef Klaus Bags
Mike Ditchler (Chef Klaus)
sized up the bear. Its ears were far apart and looked small. He decided
to shoot if he got the chance.
Soon the bear turned broadside.
MIke started to draw ... the bear looked in his direction. Mike froze at
half draw. GO...
Lead Bill To A Skunk Bear
"Skunk Bear" Pics and
TrailTimer pictures caught
a "Skunk Bear" (a bear with a tan stripe down his back) at Bill's stand.
Bill saw a big black bear Monday but didn't get it. Tuesday he zipped.
Wednesday the Skunk bear changed his luck. To Skunk
Bear Pics and To Bill Federer's Hunt.
Day #3 - Dave
Lauer & Bear PIcs at EZY-Step
Dave Lauer & Bear
Pics on EZY-Step stand
Dave Lauer: Dave's
bait was "destroyed". His bacon burn wouldn't light because of the rain.
He rebaited and got in his treestand. Forty-five minutes later, in the
pouring rain, he saw a bear coming in his direction. Dave's
Stand TrailTimer Bear Pics
Bears just caught on camera
by our TrailTimer camera at the EZY-Step stand.
Day #2 -
Kirby Knackstedt Gets 'er done and the TrailTimer finds a big bear
Kirby Knackstedt with
his 2005 black bear and the bear at the Power Line stand.
TrailTimer finds a mature bear at
the Power Line stand area
We put a TrailTimer
EZ-Cam game camera on the stand area Fred calls the Power LIne. A mature
bear paid several visits to the bait site. Here are the pictures. Bear
Knackstedt Gets 'er done
At 5:20 KIrby saw a bear
60 yards away in the trees. It stuck its nose up several times and smelled
the bacon burn and stuck out his tongue. It approached the bait and the
bacon burn began to pop. The bear walked back the way he came from. KIRBY...
Day #1 -
Bruce and Gary Get Right To It
"I got one," Bruce
Lowell said as Fred and I drove up to him. We had to meet the rest
of Kirby's group at a prearranged meeting place. so we all went there.
After a short discussion eight of us went to recover Bruce's bear. To
Gary Nordhaus has wanted
to bear hunt for the last 3 years and came this year. Twenty minutes after
getting in his treestand his heart started beating fast. The first bear
he has ever seen was 100 yards away and getting closer. To
Donald Duck with steaks.
Chef Klaus flipping 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 left to
check the baits and TrailTimers. GO...
First TrailTimer Pictures: Fred
and I bowhunted at Caution stand last year and when Fred established the
bait this year he put a TrailTimer EZ-Cam there too. The camera recorded
several bears. Here are our First
TrailTimer Bear Pics...
11-12 - My flight set down in Chicago at 8:20pm, 3 hours
late. MIke Ditchler (Chef Klaus) picked me up. We met Mike's grrl friend
"Alley Catt" at Mike's restaurant, Steak & Seafood, in Frankfort, Illinois.
After a first class dinner we said good by to Alley and hit the road. We
rolled into bear camp mid afternoon the next day.
Fred Lutger has 70 active
baits going for the two groups of bowhunters. He and Donald Duck have been
working hard getting the baits established and camp ready for this year
of the Bear Hunt | Trailtimer Pictures | NorthStarr Treestands |
PROJECT: Locating the bears
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Bear On The Ground From The Double Bull Blind: The whole story, however
it happens, start to finish.
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.