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Old 09-12-2022, 10:41 PM   #1
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“It’s just a bear”

I still have memories of being that small 4 year old shooting my .22 browning lever action rifle out of the bed of my dads old blue tacoma. He would take me to the woods with him almost every time, even when I was a pain. He taught me what hunting truly was, and what it means to put in the work and bring home food. Taught me to appreciate the art of hunting and be thankful. He gave me a passion that I’ve carried ever since. For 24 years he has never stopped. He’s a man of few words and never asks for anything. I’ve never once in my life felt like I could ever thank him or repay him for all those times in the woods, the lessons, and teaching me what now is what I love most. That being said there has always been one thing he’s wanted and spoke about that he couldn’t get where we lived and never had the chance to go after. A bear. All the years growing up hunting he’d talk about hunting a western bear one day before he’s gone. Around the age of 14 I promised him one day I’d either send him on a bear hunt or take him on one. It took me some years but I was able to finally fulfill that promise by moving to Colorado and leading him into the backcountry. It’s the very first time in my life that I feel I could somewhat thank him and return the favor for everything he’s done for me. To many, people will see this and say “it’s just a bear.” I have already heard it from others.
To me, this is over two decades of hard work, dreaming, praying, and wanting to give my father the only thing he ever really “asked” for.
11 days in the backcountry of Colorado, 0 showers, over 55 miles on foot, cold sleepy nights in our tents. On September 10th 2022 5 days after my fathers birthday we filled the tag I’ve been waiting and dreaming of for all those years.
This is what hunting means to me.
Thank you lord for the memory of a lifetime.
To most of you reading this, it’s just a bear. To me, more than you’ll ever know.
Love you dad, I’m proud of you.







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Old 09-12-2022, 10:43 PM   #2
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Awesome story and lifelong trophy (the hunt just as much as the bear).
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Old 09-12-2022, 10:47 PM   #3
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I have no desire to shoot a bear, and even I can tell that’s more than “just a bear”. Awesome memories you made.
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Old 09-12-2022, 10:48 PM   #4
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This is awesome. Much respect.
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Old 09-12-2022, 10:56 PM   #5
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Congrats on a great trophy! Thanks also for sharing the story. I too had always dreamed of taking a bear ever since I was a toddler - more so than any other animal. I finally got the chance when I was in my early 60s, and it was a huge and long awaited award. So I know how your father feels. Great job.
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Old 09-12-2022, 11:00 PM   #6
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That’s awesome man. My dad means the world to me so I get it.
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Old 09-12-2022, 11:11 PM   #7
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Congrats and awesome story
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Old 09-12-2022, 11:21 PM   #8
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What an awesome story and so cool you could do that for him!
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Old 09-12-2022, 11:23 PM   #9
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Awesome write up and congrats to you both.
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Old 09-12-2022, 11:28 PM   #10
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What's a fella in Colorado doing on TEXAS bowhunter?!

All joking aside brother, many congrats. Awesome story, and thank you for sharing. It's definitely a something special. I also thank you for reminding me just how patient my dad was with me and how much he taught me outdoors. I hope to pass it on too my son too!

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Old 09-12-2022, 11:36 PM   #11
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Awesome, congrats!
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Old 09-12-2022, 11:39 PM   #12
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Handsome critter!
Well done Mr94Sr. I hope it eats good.
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Old 09-12-2022, 11:45 PM   #13
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Congratulations to both of you! Y'all will remember this adventure!
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Old 09-13-2022, 12:16 AM   #14
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That looks like a dream coming true for both father and son. Anyone that thinks that's just a bear doesn't get hunting for what it really is. It's the dreaming, planning, pursuing, time spent and memories made by father and son. And if lucky taking the animal is just a plus. Great story thanks for sharing it.
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Old 09-13-2022, 12:23 AM   #15
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Thank you for sharing! That's a great bear, and I appreciate you following thru on the hunt with your dad. Love it! Hope you both learn from this and can get him more over the next years.
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Old 09-13-2022, 12:47 AM   #16
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How freaking cool!
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Old 09-13-2022, 05:30 AM   #17
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Great read and follow-through giving back to your dad. Congrats!
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Old 09-13-2022, 06:04 AM   #18
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That’s the good stuff there. Congrats to both of you!
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Old 09-13-2022, 06:46 AM   #19
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Congratulations on helping him fulfill his dream hunt. Bet it meant as much to him as it did you.

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Old 09-13-2022, 07:00 AM   #20
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What a great story, thanks for sharing and congrats to the both of you.
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Old 09-13-2022, 07:39 AM   #21
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Great Story!
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Old 09-13-2022, 07:42 AM   #22
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Awesome
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Old 09-13-2022, 07:43 AM   #23
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Great stuff! Congrats on the bear and the memories!
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Old 09-13-2022, 07:54 AM   #24
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Great story!
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Old 09-13-2022, 07:55 AM   #25
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Awesome.
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Old 09-13-2022, 07:58 AM   #26
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Cool bear
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Old 09-13-2022, 08:04 AM   #27
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Don't underestimate this audience you are speaking to. We all have something deep in our souls that can relate to what you just told us.
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Old 09-13-2022, 08:06 AM   #28
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Great story. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 09-13-2022, 08:12 AM   #29
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Good stuff. Congrats all around.
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Old 09-13-2022, 08:19 AM   #30
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Well written and excellent stuff there for anyone who idolizes their fathers who introduced and mentored on us about all things outdoors.
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Old 09-13-2022, 08:25 AM   #31
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Congrats on a great memory and great trophy with your dad.
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Old 09-13-2022, 08:36 AM   #32
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That is awesome! Congratulations to you both!!
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Old 09-13-2022, 09:10 AM   #33
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That is a fantastic story! Good on ya!
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Old 09-13-2022, 09:12 AM   #34
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Great read ! Good on you for giving back, and I’m glad you got the opportunity to do so.
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Old 09-13-2022, 09:13 AM   #35
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Congrats to your dad! Bears sure are cool animals, especially when you find a blonde one like that one! It will make a beautiful rug, or whatever you all decide to do with it.

We sure saw a lot of bear in Colorado last week. Really fun animals to watch. not ideal for elk hunting, but hey, take what you can get.
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Old 09-13-2022, 09:24 AM   #36
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Great story....Congrats!!
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Old 09-13-2022, 09:57 AM   #37
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Congrats on the bear!
Now, what happened with your Beretta shotgun?
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Old 09-13-2022, 10:00 AM   #38
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Great story and glad you and your Dad got to do it together. Enjoy every second of that you can, you just never know what tomorrow will bring.
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Old 09-13-2022, 10:24 AM   #39
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Pure awesomeness!!!!!

Congrats to your dad and kudos to you for getting it done for him!!!!

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Old 09-13-2022, 10:37 AM   #40
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Definitely more than just a bear! Congrats to you both.

I just returned from a successful elk hunt in Colorado. I was visiting with a life-long family friend, Ronnie, and showing him the antlers. Ronnie mentioned during the conversation how tickled my father would be to know my elk hunting success. I've been lucky enough to go 3 for 3 on elk (two w/bow). All thanks to the skills my father instilled in my brother and I. We lost my dad to a tragic accident in 2017. Ronnie's words hit kind of hard later that evening.

Congrats again to you and your father. That's a memory you will not soon forget!
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Old 09-13-2022, 02:42 PM   #41
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Congrats on the bear!
Now, what happened with your Beretta shotgun?
HA, that made me laugh. Beretta finally got it repaired and sent back to me.
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Old 09-13-2022, 03:25 PM   #42
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Man, that is way too cool !! Congrats to the both of you !!
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Old 09-13-2022, 03:45 PM   #43
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That is an awesome story thanks for sharing.
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Old 09-13-2022, 03:52 PM   #44
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Awesome!
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Old 09-13-2022, 03:55 PM   #45
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Cool deal
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Old 09-13-2022, 04:04 PM   #46
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Great story! Thanks for sharing!
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Old 09-13-2022, 04:12 PM   #47
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Congrats. Bears are special. I lived and hunted in Alaska for 6 years before I finally arrowed one.
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Old 09-13-2022, 04:20 PM   #48
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Don't get much better than this. Congrats!
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Old 09-13-2022, 04:26 PM   #49
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Never gets old hunting with your father! Memories that can't be erased for either one of you!!!!

Congrats.....
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Old 09-13-2022, 04:26 PM   #50
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thank you for sharing!
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