14 Year Old's Spring Black Bear Hunt
On a Saturday Morning at my first SCI Convention, I found myself as one of maybe the first 50 to 75 people rolling in after a long night in Reno. One of the first donation hunts up for auction was a Spring Spot and Stalk Black Bear Hunt in British Columbia. I was not there for this hunt, but it was such an incredible deal that I had to grab it. It seemed like a perfect opportunity to spend time with my 14 year old son in the middle of nowhere and get him a shot at a Big Game Animal after years of being at my side on Deer Hunts.
After I bought the hunt, I realized I needed a rifle. Being from Western New York, I grew up with Shotguns, Muzzleloaders and a Bow. Having just transplanted to Arizona and purchasing land in New Mexico, it might not be a bad idea to buy a new gun. I went from the Auction Tent to the Remington booth and bought a 300 Ultra Mag. They sent me around the corner and I bought a Leupold Scope and rings. We borrowed my business partner's 30-.06 for my son and we were all set.
When we arrived at Whiteswan Lake Outfittters base camp, we went to sight in the guns. My son fired one shot and a piece that helps grab and eject the shell broke off the bolt. The kid shot the 300 Ultra Mag with a 200 Grain Nosler Partition fine so we left well enough alone and went to hunt.
On four different occasions we encountered Sows with Cubs and walked into 3 different Grizzly Bears. Our guide Jordon utilized the opportunities to the fullest to teach the kid how animals behave and utilize the wind to his advantage. We did full stalks on them as if we were really hunting them with no bullets in the gun. You will see Jordon and Jamie in the photos I took from a distance behind them. Yes, I had a loaded gun "just in case."
My son learned to use the natural surrounding as much as possible in lieu of depending on camo. He watched the bone and muscle movement of the animal through his scope several times dry firing and staying still through the shot.
This spring hunt had us stumble upon or glass every animal the Kootenays have to offer. The enjoyment and hospitality helped make the decision easy to bring my family and friends to book the entire camp on a mixed bag hunt and I am heading back there a third time this year to hunt Mountain Goat and Mule Deer.
When it came time to hunt and harvest his Boar, the kid was ready to roll. I was videotaping and he basically did the entire thinking process on his own with Jordon at his side. You can see some of the video footage on my regionalaz youtube page. Search British Columbia Black Bear Whiteswan Lake. Enjoy the pictures.