By: Zack Boughton – MONTANA WILD
We got out for another awesome hunt with our friend Tyler a few weeks after our first bear hunt. This time, the landscape was greener and the animals were more awake. After a long morning of hiking and glassing elk, we made a gamble and switched locations. We were positioned along a steep ridge where we’d seen lots of sign the year before, but as we climbed the mountain, we crossed snow drifts that were still 3-4 feet deep. We sank to our knees with every step, breaking through the crust, just trying to find the pockets of green. As we slipped along, I noticed a tan spot on the hillside that didn’t look quite right.
A look through the binos revealed a beautiful blonde bear feeding at about 600 yards, a doable shot but only if the bear stayed put. We moved up the road and Tyler got the rifle set up. The bear proceeded to claw and tear at a rotten stump, only pausing for a moment in a head on position before lumbering off and slipping over the ridgeline. Sh*&! We regrouped and dropped into the bottom.
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