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After sitting in the duck blind one day when it was really slow, the conversation turned to how to prepare our harvests. Of course, duck is always at the top of the list then comes deer. Most of our club members hunt deer or accept some cuts as a gift. The conversation can go on forever about how to prepare deer from aging to marinating. The list is endless.
Conversation ranged from deer to elk to moose and one day it was caribou. The entire blind knew someone that had hunted caribou and found this to be the meat of meats when it came to wild game. Only one person in the club had ever hunted them before.
When I got home the decision was made that the next fall there would be two. That is when I started the research. If you buy the book “How to Hunt like a Gentleman,” It tells you all about it. It was a lot of fun just going through the research and planning on how to get this done on a budget and as close to home as possible.
You can hunt caribou all the way from New Foundland to Alaska in the northern latitudes of Canada. I ended up in the northern most reaches of Manitoba in Canada. The lodge was on Commonwealth Lake north west of Hudson Bay. We had excellent facilities considering we were on the tundra reached only by float plane. This was a hunt of a lifetime and you can read about it by buying the book and clicking on the picture at the top of the page.
On an elk trip into the Teton Mountains a few years ago, we hunted elk in the morning and black bear in the evening until dark. Bob Barlow, owner of Barlow Outfitting, gave me a lot for my money. The area we were in was noted for a healthy population of black bear. Bob is a native of Jackson and really knows the mountains in the area. Plus, he knows the great spots for bear. We would get on site around 3 p.m. and wait until the scope could no longer gather light. Hunting close to berry patches showed that bear had been in the area. This experience got me hooked.
The decision was made for the following year to head back to Wyoming and hunt with Bob again, but this time the hunt was dedicated to a trophy black bear.
A quick drive out to Tetonia, Idaho was where the lodge was located and they have excellent facilities. We would travel east into the mountains crossing the Idaho border into Wyoming where the bear hunt would take place. In the fall they are stoking up for the winter and are foraging heavily. Bob had spotted bear in the summer locations where many had been hanging out feasting on the berries and other morsels in the area.
If you have ever wanted to go on a bear hunt, buy the book and read about the excitement of what it takes to harvest a really nice bear. Click on the picture at the top of the blog and it will take you to Lulu and you can make a really great purchase for yourself or as a gift.