2016 Guided Bear Hunt Results
The 2016 season had many challenges and highs and lows. The 2016 summer in Maine was dryer than normal, which in turn meant less natural food than normal. Heading into the season things were looking good, except for one thing, all the activity was in the dark. As the season approached, I tried a few tricks that seemed to work.
During the 1st week of the season we had very warm temps. Four bear were harvested, 2 were wounded, 2 were missed, and 18 were passed or no shot. The van broke a spring shackle, which can be a difficult bush fix, and the truck blew a power steering hose.
The 2nd week also brought warm temps early but, temps were cooler at the end of the week. Four bear were harvested, 1 wounded, and 11 passed or no shot.
Last winter I decided I wasn’t going to sell the 3rd week due to the number of hunter during the season and also an unfavorable moon phase. Two of my sons, Ben and Jesse, came up for a visit along with some brother in laws and nephews. A good time was had hanging out and a little hunting was done on some used sites. My nephew, Josh, took a nice dry sow and they all headed home Thursday morning.
The 4th week was mostly a group of fathers and sons. Us old guys were very happy for the 6 17-19 year boys when it came time to drag a bear that weighed 428 lbs. Nine bear were harvested that week, 1 was wounded, and 18 were passed or offered no shot.
The Stats for this season were
- 35 Hunters
- 18 Harvested
- 4 Wounded
- 3 Missed
- 47 Passed or no shot
Going into the season I was expecting a higher harvest percentage but, the experience is about more than just killing. We had a lot of fun, made memories and friendships; some of which will last a lifetime.
The lowest part of the season, and maybe my guiding career, was the loss of Cody. Three weeks before the start of the season, Cody consumed something poisonous. He spent a few days in the animal hospital in Fort Kent due to kidney failure. They did all they could but, it became apparent it was too late and we had to put him down. Those that know me know that Cody was a member of our family, my hunting buddy, and probably my best friend. You are missed buddy.
God Bless & Happy Hunting,