Hunting Year In Review

As the 2010 hunting season comes to a finish I thought I would just recap my year with Outback Outdoors. I spent a lot of time this past year either hunting or guiding and running camera. I had one of my best years to date and I can not wait until 2011 rolls around.

I started off in Nebraska with a good friend and his son for spring turkeys. In 3 days we were able to shoot 7 birds with the bows all on video. Large number of birds and some snowy weather made it tough but we prevailed and made some great memories.

After Nebraska I headed back to my home state of Montana to hunt some mountain Merriam’s. The snow followed us and I had several tough days hunting. Trying to find the birds in the Rockies can be frustrating but you have to cover ground and keep calling. I got some great footage and finally I made a close shot on a good mature bird.

After the turkey tags were punched I headed to far Northern Alberta to hunt huge black bears with Garrett Brothers Outfitters. They run two remote bear camps. One is a fly in camp 200 miles from no where and the other a jet boat ride of 75 miles up a pristine river system. I chose the second and the adventure was well worth the cost. I have hunted bears a bunch all over and this was an exceptional camp.

On the first night I shot a huge fat spring bear that I self filmed and the bear went a mere 5 yards after the shot. I had 7 different bears come and go after my bear was down and I had my first bear of the trip.

In Alberta you have the chance to take a second bear so I ventured out again. During the week I saw so many bears that I lost count. The camp has 40 different bait sites and they manage their area for big bears.

On the last night I sat a very remote bait site that I sat the evening before and it took 2 hours to get to. First an hour jet boat ride then an hour on a quad. I was after a huge bear that I saw the night before and got video of.

After only setting for less than an hour this huge bruin came in. Again a  10 yard shot and a 40 yard recovery had me standing over the largest bear of my career.

He was over 7 foot and close to 400 pounds and his head was like a black pumpkin. I was also able to capture this hunt on camera.

Both bears were awesome animals and I will have to find room for the taxidermy work in the next few years.

Summer went by very fast and soon it was time to sweat in a blind over a water hole for speed goats. I hunted in Wyoming and on my third night I had my luck continue. This goat came in 3 times over the course of 2 days and my friends son had missed him on camera the day before. I again self filmed and got great footage of the shot and him tipping over.

Elk season rolled around and I had to guide a few archery hunters. We had a good season and I had a chance to hunt after my clients had left. A friend of mine who had tagged out on a great bull I had called in the day before stayed and ran camera for me. The rut was still going strong and after a 3 hour stand off this beast was put down with a 25 yard shot.

Again I had the largest elk of my hunting life.

The rest of the fall was spent guiding some deer hunters. I had a 4 day break between groups so I took to the plains of Eastern Montana in search of a mule deer with my hand gun. After spooking a buck with several doe mid morning friends and myself relocated the deer and I made a good shot. He is a neat tall buck and I was thankful. My dream year continued.I would like to thank all of you for sticking with Outback Outdoors and look forward to bringing you these hunts in future webisodes. Hunt hard and stay down wind!!!

One Response to “Hunting Year In Review”

  1. Leon says:

    Looks like you have a great year Jim. Hope you had a great Christmas as well. Cheers Leon