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Old 08-23-2017, 04:40 PM   #1
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My son and I just got back from a bear hunt in the Gila national forest in New Mexico where we hunted with dogs. It was a lot of fun but it was a lot of work and I am so impressed with the hounds they use. My son and I both killed big boars that looked very similar in size and color. My sons bear lead us on a 3 hour foot chase through the mountains before it finally treed and my son was able to shoot him. We chased my bear for close to 5 hours on foot through some really tough terrain where no trees big enough for the bear existed, finally the dogs got the bear bayed up on the side of a steep incline where I was able to take him down. I will say this if you are thinking of doing a hunt like this, if you are not in good shape then get in good shape and if you are in good shape then get in better shape, this is a brutal hunt but also very fun. Of course some hunters have the bear shoot up a tree 200 yards off the road on flat ground but that is not my luck. The group we hunted with was great and worked real hard to get our bears and they even let my son have one of their Walker hound pups.
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Old 08-23-2017, 04:42 PM   #2
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Nice bears looks like a fun trip.
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Old 08-23-2017, 04:52 PM   #3
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Nice bears looks like a fun trip.
It was a blast.
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Old 08-23-2017, 05:07 PM   #4
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Awesome! Congrats to you both!

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Old 08-23-2017, 05:11 PM   #5
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Thats awesome and looks like a fun hunt for sure. I love watching good dogs work.
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Old 08-23-2017, 05:18 PM   #6
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Sounds like you guys put in some work. Great looking bears, congrats
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Old 08-23-2017, 05:20 PM   #7
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Old 08-23-2017, 05:21 PM   #8
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Awesome, congrats!
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Old 08-23-2017, 05:24 PM   #9
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That is a fun hunt. I recommend it to anyone who is looking for an exciting hunt.
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Old 08-23-2017, 05:24 PM   #10
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That is awesome!

Walkers are good dogs. I had several walker deer dogs when I was growing up.
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Old 08-23-2017, 05:27 PM   #11
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too cool, congrats!
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Old 08-23-2017, 05:35 PM   #12
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Congrats to both
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Old 08-23-2017, 05:42 PM   #13
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Congrats! Looks like fun!


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Old 08-23-2017, 05:45 PM   #14
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Old 08-23-2017, 06:09 PM   #15
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Nice trophies and meat!
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Old 08-23-2017, 07:12 PM   #16
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Very nice...congrats!


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Old 08-23-2017, 07:19 PM   #17
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oh yea!!! yall done good. Those are some beautiful pups.......blue ticks get it done!!
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Old 08-23-2017, 07:34 PM   #18
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I've heard folks say hunting with hounds is too easy. Yeah, all except the part where you about kill yourself getting to the treed bear/lion !

Y'all done good ! Congrats !
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Old 08-23-2017, 09:15 PM   #19
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Old 08-23-2017, 09:26 PM   #20
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Old 08-23-2017, 09:47 PM   #21
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Awesome. Congrats
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Old 08-24-2017, 07:41 AM   #22
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Good job! What's the plan for the trophies -- mounts or rugs?
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Old 08-24-2017, 08:00 AM   #23
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Congrats, looks like a great trip!
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Old 08-24-2017, 08:02 AM   #24
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That's awesome. Great bears!
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Old 08-24-2017, 08:04 AM   #25
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Old 08-24-2017, 08:41 AM   #26
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Congratulations on a great hunt! In my opinion, that is the way that bears were meant to be hunted. Man has been hunting with dogs for over 20,000 years. Following a pack of hounds in that rugged country is not for sissys.
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Old 08-24-2017, 08:53 AM   #27
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Congrats to both of you!
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Old 08-24-2017, 10:20 AM   #28
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Sounds like an amazing hunt and experience! Congrats!!
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Old 08-24-2017, 10:21 AM   #29
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Good job! What's the plan for the trophies -- mounts or rugs?
We are doing rugs to save space because I am running short.
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Old 08-24-2017, 10:28 AM   #30
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Congrats to the both of you.
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Old 08-24-2017, 10:30 AM   #31
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Old 08-24-2017, 10:46 AM   #32
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Congrats! I'll have a tag in my pocket during my elk hunt just in case.
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Old 08-24-2017, 11:11 AM   #33
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Congrats. Nice Bears,
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Old 08-24-2017, 11:21 AM   #34
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Looks like a blast!

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Old 08-24-2017, 11:30 AM   #35
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Congrats to both of y'all!
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Old 08-24-2017, 11:30 AM   #36
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Old 08-24-2017, 11:33 AM   #37
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Congrats on a great trip!!!
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Old 08-24-2017, 11:39 AM   #38
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Congrats on a couple of nice trophy's! I'll bet your son was pumped!
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Old 08-24-2017, 11:57 AM   #39
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Nice bears! I used to hunt the Gila until the wolves run the deer out.
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Old 08-24-2017, 12:12 PM   #40
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Old 08-24-2017, 12:14 PM   #41
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Nice bears! I used to hunt the Gila until the wolves run the deer out.
Yeah we did see some nice deer but not as much as you would expect but the elk population is very strong in the area.
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Old 08-24-2017, 01:27 PM   #42
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Great bears and great hunt!!

But, you lost me at running...
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Old 08-24-2017, 01:42 PM   #43
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Old 08-24-2017, 06:31 PM   #44
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Nice bears
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Old 08-24-2017, 06:38 PM   #45
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We are doing rugs to save space because I am running short.
I'm in the same boat - have 2 hides at the taxi now. Should be ready anytime soon.
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