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Old 07-08-2007, 11:42 PM   #1
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Thursday afternoon, after many delays, I finally found myself heading west to meet up with some friends deep in the hill county…. at The Lewis Ranch in Leaky, Tx. Not long after arriving, all the hugs/hello’s and unloading of gear, we headed out for an evening hunt. I dropped off my 4 wheeler and Joey drove me the rest of the way down to what WAS known as “The Bird Cage” blind.

After Joey dropped me off, I got set up to wait for what may make an appearance. See… at The Lewis… you “could” see just about any exotic. And…considering my last hunt there with a giant axis buck at 12 yards in front of me until well after dark (facing me the whole time… pout), I was ready to see what would show up at this hunt. Little did I know what was to come……….

I set my video camera up facing out the biggest of the two windows and somewhat toward the feeder. After watching a gazillion doves play in the corn, something to my right captures my attention. I lean further in that direction looking through the wire of the blind and the brush and see what “appears” to be a MONSTER hog. I grab my bow and realize this hog is going to walk right past the blind….. and he will be no more than 10 feet from me, as he passes the door. As this MONSTER hog gets closer into view thru the brush, I start thinking this hog sure looks strange.

Next thought…this hog looks like a freakin’ bear.

Next thought…. No way that can be a…… BEAR??????

He finally made his way to the shooting window where I could get a clear view…..

OH MY GOSH…. That IS a BEAR!!!!!
Proof in the video



I was stunned… shocked…. sitting in disbelief. Finally my thoughts started registering that I better get that video camera on as NO ONE is going to believe me if I don’t get this on film. As soon as I hit record…. I realize I have VERY limited battery left. You’d think I would have watched “It’s All About The Video” and learned to NOT make such a ridiculous mistake I did, though, capture a few minutes of good clear footage. He hung around for about 5 minutes, and then trotted on up the hill and around a cedar tree.

I am still sitting there somewhat stunned at what an incredible experience I just had. It never scared me; I think because I didn’t really believe what had just happened.

When Joey came, at dark, he caught up to me walking back to my 4 wheeler. He picked me up and asked what I had shot (I’m sure I had a pretty shocked look on my face). I told him I didn’t shoot anything, but he was NOT going to believe what I saw. I told him that I would not tell him what it was, he had to look at the video. I could “bare”ly contain my excitement as D-Mo and B-Mo drive up. I unload the camera from my backpack and play the tape. To say there was a look of shock on their faces, too, was an understatement. As a matter of fact, I continually saw that look from everyone that saw the tape. Clint “Scribner” was the last to view, that night, and he actually thought I had made the story/video up until he saw his feeder in the video. And… another shocked look

Oh and “The Bird Cage”….. is NOW appropriately name…. “The Bear Cage”

That hunt will rate up there as one of my all time highs! To see a bear in the wild (at one point TEN feet from me) in a place that is not well known for bears, was just incredible.

Many thanks to the Tippit’s and the Scribner’s for another great weekend of friends, family and way too much fun. Sure enjoyed every minute of the weekend!!!!!
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Old 07-08-2007, 11:46 PM   #2
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Wow, that is an awesome video. I didn't even know we had black bears in this part of Texas. Incredible video!
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Old 07-08-2007, 11:46 PM   #3
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WOW Mary sound like an incredable outing!
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Old 07-08-2007, 11:47 PM   #4
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Great story.THANKS FOR SHARING
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Old 07-08-2007, 11:48 PM   #5
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Holly cow. That is super way cool. I am assuming that leakey is in tx. What part?
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Old 07-08-2007, 11:50 PM   #6
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I'm actually surprised you hung around until dark!

Cool video. You never know what's gonna show up when hunting in Texas.
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Old 07-08-2007, 11:54 PM   #7
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that is a very nice video
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Old 07-08-2007, 11:56 PM   #8
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You are so lucky to have seen that bear. You had a better chance of seeing bigfoot. I am stunned to say the least.I hunted leakey for years and there are some big woods in that area. I wonder if he came over from across the border or just has always been here?
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Old 07-09-2007, 12:01 AM   #9
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Good gosh! Freakin' cool right there!
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Old 07-09-2007, 12:01 AM   #10
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Greatness Mary, hopefully he's headed in this direction and the little piggy, piggy problem we have in this area. Thanks for sharing that. mike
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Old 07-09-2007, 12:02 AM   #11
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Wow!
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Old 07-09-2007, 12:03 AM   #12
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Neat stuff...

Now you can tell Casey, YOU have seen a bear and you have proof.
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Old 07-09-2007, 12:03 AM   #13
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Totally awesome Mary! That had to be one cool experience!

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Old 07-09-2007, 12:03 AM   #14
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That's awesome. There is no telling where that bear came from.
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Old 07-09-2007, 12:03 AM   #15
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you are the bomb!
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Old 07-09-2007, 12:05 AM   #16
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You have GOT to be kidding!!!! I didn't know there were any bears left in this part of the country! Did anyone have any ideas where he came from and why hasn't anyone seen him before. He looked very familiar and comfortable with eating under a feeder. By the way...great video! Lucky you!!!!

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Old 07-09-2007, 12:06 AM   #17
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I ‘m in shock myself, that was in Texas, the hill country at that? Awesome stuff - Congrats!
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Old 07-09-2007, 12:07 AM   #18
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That is something you don't see very often in Texas. My wife will be mad because we are in CO and all she wanted to see was a bear while we are here and when I show her the video she might say a 4 letter word when I tell her it was all the way back in Tx
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Old 07-09-2007, 12:08 AM   #19
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Well darn it all!. linkie no workie..
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Old 07-09-2007, 12:09 AM   #20
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WOW. That is imo is cooler than getting film of a mountain lion. Talk about a rare animal in Texas. Glad you actually thought about recording the moment. I wouldn't have.
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Old 07-09-2007, 12:11 AM   #21
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Wannabe, he/she probably came over from Mexico. They have been spotted around Del Rio before.
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Old 07-09-2007, 12:12 AM   #22
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WOW - awesome - and good job getting that on video!
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Old 07-09-2007, 12:15 AM   #23
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Awesome...I have been waiting for this thread.

I was telling my wife about it this weekend...I said that videoing a bear in Central TX is like getting the Chupacabra on video. Everyone knows someone that knows someone that has seen a bear or tracks. But to actually get it on video...amazing.

Congrats Mary!
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Old 07-09-2007, 12:19 AM   #24
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Unbelievable! Great video!
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Old 07-09-2007, 12:22 AM   #25
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im shocked that it is in that part of the state! I could see being around el paso but that far east is pretty cool! Congrats!
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Old 07-09-2007, 12:25 AM   #26
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That's not fair! All the cool stuff always happens to Mary! You must be livin' right! Really cool, Mary. Way to go.
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Old 07-09-2007, 12:26 AM   #27
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I still can't believe it and if I wasn't there to see the video in person still wouldn't believe it! I hunted a box blind 300 yards from this feeder every hunt but this one. The morning hunt before she videoed this there was 47 deer in the area. I never saw another animal in this area after she saw the bear. :S

It was good to share a campfire with you Mary and thank you Clint and Joey for having us out!

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Old 07-09-2007, 12:26 AM   #28
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That is cool! He/she looked fat and healthy.
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Old 07-09-2007, 12:35 AM   #29
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Always good to hang with you, Jason.
Glad to see you made it home safe.

Wannabe.... I do consider myself very lucky to have experienced this. I'm sure it was/is a once in a lifetime event that I am very thankful for.
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Old 07-09-2007, 12:39 AM   #30
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AWESOME!! Did anyone call TPWD?
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Old 07-09-2007, 12:44 AM   #31
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AWESOME!! Did anyone call TPWD?

I was going to ask the same......very cool.......
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Old 07-09-2007, 01:07 AM   #32
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that is awesome Mary. A once in a life time opportunity and to see it in area no one would ever think a bear to be. Make sure and let the parks and wildlife know. They will be bery thankful for the information and hard proof.
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Old 07-09-2007, 01:15 AM   #33
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Congrats on the hunt of a lifetime. Glad you didn't shoot that "hog" from a distance! That's a beautiful sight.
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Old 07-09-2007, 01:38 AM   #34
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Absolutely incredible!! Bet you couldn't wait to post!!
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Old 07-09-2007, 01:43 AM   #35
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could you kill it? Or would that be protected? Don't get mad you all I was just wondering. We do not have Mt. Lion, but we have laws saying we cannot kill them here.
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Old 07-09-2007, 01:52 AM   #36
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Well, I haven't see the law but there is someone at work that says there is. I quess I will have to look it up.
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Old 07-09-2007, 02:06 AM   #37
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Was this on the lewis ranch that backs up to the wells (high pine) ranch on 337?? Because i hunt on the high pine and dont really like the idea of walking through the woods with that hanging around. haha
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Old 07-09-2007, 02:12 AM   #38
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Mary first you win a 4 wheeler, and then you get a bear encounter....

Go buy lottery tickets quick!!

Thanks for sharing. Smart move putting on that TBH logo also, as before long this will make its way around the world. Atleast this time it's going to be harder for the video hounds to steal it and claim it as their own as they did with Breck's Javelina!
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Old 07-09-2007, 02:13 AM   #39
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And ya'll thought coons where bad lol!!!!
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Old 07-09-2007, 02:39 AM   #40
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very cool!
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Old 07-09-2007, 03:43 AM   #41
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Does'nt get better than that. We had a momma bear and 2 cubs come threw or old place in Sanderson (west Texas).They clawed a hole in our storage shed to get to the corn.Could'nt figure out how a bag of corn made it's way up a hill behind camp.The next morning they showed up at a feeder.I'll see if I can find some pictures.
Thanks for shareing.
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Old 07-09-2007, 06:59 AM   #42
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yee ha, that's sooo cool!!
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Old 07-09-2007, 07:21 AM   #43
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Unbelievable....nice flick!!!!

Probably the same feeling I had when I saw my first mountain lion. I took a double take.
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Old 07-09-2007, 07:32 AM   #44
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Finally my thoughts started registering that I better get that video camera on as NO ONE is going to believe me if I don’t get this on film.
Well, you're probably right about that. Actually, you may be one of the few TBHers with enough credibility to pull that off.

Uhmmm... on second thought... probably best you have the video!

Great footage! Congratulations!
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Old 07-09-2007, 07:40 AM   #45
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That is one cool video. You need to see if you capture a still picture of the video and frame it. What a great experience to have while sitting in a blind in Texas.
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Old 07-09-2007, 07:45 AM   #46
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SWEEET!! Did you call TPWD? I'll bet they would like to hear of this.
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Old 07-09-2007, 07:48 AM   #47
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I am typeless (I made that up for a green screen equivalent of speechless)!

You hear of strange things, but very seldom is there proof and I be darned if you don't have the goods to back it up. That is absolutely unreal. I hunted around the Leakey area for years and never saw anything like that, and we are not that far away now either.

Thanks a million for sharing.
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Old 07-09-2007, 07:57 AM   #48
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Simply Incredible....It IS All About The Video!!!!!
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Old 07-09-2007, 08:16 AM   #49
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Awesome!!!!
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Old 07-09-2007, 08:19 AM   #50
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One day, in the not so distant future, they will sing songs about you around the fire!

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