Bear hunts Bear photo album what to bring
We are going to give our bear a well deserved rest for 2013 and 2014. 
We have been hunting them for over 25 years now and we think that a two year break will make for AN INCREDIBLE 2015 HUNT. 
Week #1
Rod started off our season with a "big bang"! 
This is his awesome boar:

Rod - May 12, 2012


Steve - May 17, 2012            Park-May 17, 2012

Mike went home without a bear but he did make a nice "clean miss"  (what is "nice" about a miss anyway?!!) on a first class Big Boar ... from what he described, this one was a DANDY!  He will be back next year to redeem himself!!   Mike is an EXCELLENT SHOT and we witnessed him make incredible good shots on target here! ... would this be "bear fever" Mike?!!! ha ha ha
Dale - May 17, 2012
Dale took the last bear for this week!  He also tried to leave a piece of his thumb behind!!!
Dale was using his cross-bow and didn't have hand in the proper position and
the string cut into his thumb ... nothing that 5 stitches couldn't help! Ouch!!!
But ... hey .... he got the bear and thats all that counts!
So ... at the end of week one we have 4 deer for 5 hunters and the 5th hunter missed a "good one" so we consider that 100%!
Week #2
Day 1 of week 2:
Steve took a nice chocolate bear
Steve- May 21, 2012
"Dear Kathy,
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for running a first class operation - it was all that was advertised and more.  I have hunted with a number of different outfitters at different camps and yours is in the top echelon.  From your assistance in preparing for the hunt, directions on reaching camp, the lodge itself as well as the cooking and the cleanliness of the lodge - all was spot on.  The lodge felt like home.  It was neat and clean with all the amenities hunters would need - right down to the slippers.  The beds were comfortable and we all had plenty of room to relax.  A lot of outfitters boast of hunters coming in camp as strangers and leaving as friends but my experience is that is a hard bar to reach.  However you did achieve that.  An added value was that the other hunters were easy to live with an made the experience much more enjoyable.  Non-hunters think it is all about the kill and they fail to see that with most hunters, it is about the total experience not just the harvest.
I left for last any comments on your staff - the guides, Barry, Walker and Larry not only know how to guide but also how to hunt.  They made sure that we were well taken care of from the time that we started out till the time they skinned our bears.  The skinning facilities and walk-in freezer were top draw.  It was nice to see Barry. Larry and Walker searching and finding stand umbrellas to shield the rain away from the hunters.  It shows their commitment.
I especially want to thank you for accommodating my diet. I Liked the fact that we had a hardy breakfast and dinner, followed by sandwiches for the field, followed-up by the soup, when after a long evening on stand, cold and wet, we all were able to put your delicious soap in our bellies to warm us up.
Please use me as a reference for future hunters.  I plan to come back next year, hopefully with the same hunters.
Thank you so much Steve ... we thoroughly enjoyed your company and look forward to seeing you in 2013!  - Kathy
Jeff - May 23, 2012
John - May 23, 2012
Trent - May 25, 2012
Benjie - May 25, 2012
Thomas went home without a bear and also without a part of his tee-shirt! ... As you hunters who have been with us before know, anybody who misses, gets a piece of their tee-shirt/shirt hung up on our "Wall of Shame" ... its all in fun!  Thomas is a good hunter but every hunter can tell a tale or two about "the missed shot"!!
This was a fun week (as was the week before!):
               John & Kathy                               Steve, Thomas & Jeff                     Walker & Barry hanging up
                                                                                                                       "shirt tails" on the Wall of Shame
Week #2 saw 5 bear going home for 6 hunters and the 6th hunter missed his bear so we still consider this 100%!
Week #3
Eddie takes the first bear for this week and its a nice one!
Eddie - May 30, 2012
Marion - May 31, 2012
Bruce - May 31, 2012
Bruce - June 1, 2012
Marcus - June 2, 2012
Larry and Matt go home without a bear this year.  Matt saw a very nice bear but it never came close enough to get a shot.
Good job everyone!
This now concludes our Spring 2012 bear season!
2011 bear season:
First Day - May 9th ... about 20 bear seen between the 7 hunters here ... everyone having a great time but no bear taken today.
Second Day - May 10th ... Here are the first two bear of the season and they are Dandies!
Park- May 10, 2011
Jerry-May 10, 2011
Steve's bear is nice, there is no doubt, but Kyle's bear wins this round hands down!  He is an incredible rich dark chocolate weighing in at 405 pounds .. that is a BIG BEAR for this early in the spring(they have just come out of their dens) ... by July this bear would  weigh at least 600 pounds!   Woo hoo ... good job Kyle!
Kyle - May 12, 2011
Steve and Kyle
  This is a gorgeous chocolate bear. The colour doesn't show up well on these photos but it is a deep dark chocolate .. gorgeous.
Steve - May 11, 2011
Rod - May 13, 2011
Monday, May 16 .. what a good day.  There were no bear taken but everyone saw bear.  Bob saw about 12 bear (including a sow and 2 "fur ball" cubs ... what entertainment they were!), Jack saw 10 bear including 1 decent chocolate bear.  Craig and Ricky each saw one bear.  I am anxious to hear about tomorrow's sightings!
Tuesday, May 17 ... another good day.  Craig saw 5 bear, Jack saw 11 bear and Bob saw 3 bear including a really big black bear that snuck up on him but he couldn't get a shot at him. Ricky took a nice black bear and so did Jack.
Ricky - May 17, 2011                            Jack - May 17, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 ... Yesterday Bob had a really big black bear come in but he did not have an opportunity to take it.  That bear did not come in today but Bob still took a nice bear.
Bob - May 18, 2011
And .. Craig takes a nice black bear too!
Craig - May 19, 2011
Monday, May 23 ...   A slow day out there.  Danny caught sight of a nice cinnamon safely within the trees.  Hmmmm..... I am thinking that it is going to be an extra good day tomorrow!
Tuesday May 24 ... yup ... it WAS a great day today, just like I predicted!  ... Two bear today ... one for Brent and one for Dale.
May 24, 2011 - Dale 
This is a very dark chocolate bear (looks black in the photo).  After Dale took this bear and while he was up in the treestand, he saw another bear .... an incredible jet black bear that he estimated weighed 450 pounds ... that is a "monster bear" for this early in the spring!  He has rebooked for next spring with every intention of going home with that bear in 2012!
May 24, 2011 - Here's Brent, Pro Staffer for ALL-BEAR TV with Host and Producer, Danny Leonard (with the camera).  Congratulations Brent!  Making a picture-perfect bow shot on a beautiful 370 pound Bruin for your first bear ever is something to be very proud of and it made a great show! The show aired on July 18, 2011 and on July 25th.  As soon as Danny can squeeze it into his busy schedule we will be able to watch the bear video on YouTube too!
Here is an e-mail that I received from Brent on September 30, 2011
"Hi Kathy,    
This is Brent Sivnksty, I hunted this spring with All Bear TV! :) Anyway,  I just wanted you to know that it looks like my bear will make the Pope and Young record book!  I'm really excited about that!  I have to have it officially scored by a P&Y representative, but it should make it easily.
I really enjoyed my time with you guys, please tell your family and Barry hello for me."       
Congratulations Brent!!!
May 26/11 - Danny
That concludes our spring, 2011 spring black bear hunts ... GOOD JOB YOU GUYS!!
-May 24th ... first day out for our hunters.  
It has been raining hard here for the last couple days and when the sun came out today we were quite confident that today would be a good day and we were right!  Both Ricky and Mike took bear!!! .. awesome!
Ricky - May 24, 2010
Our guide, Roger, states that there is a bigger bear at this stand yet!
Mike - May 24, 2010
Both Ricky and Mike saw 6 - 7 different bear each today.
Terry - May 27, 2010
Its been a tough week - we have been fighting weather all the time with a lot of precipitation!  We have had two misses (including an awesome chocolate bear)!!  We ALL know how frustrating that can be and not one among us can say that we have never missed!!
Our guide, Larry with a "B&C" Whiskey Jack! ... Incredible how tame a wild bird can get!
Rod - May 31, 2010
May 31, 2010 - It was a great day for hunting with some of the hunters seeing up to 5 different bear during the day.  Donnie saw bear ALL DAY LONG!  ... exciting!
Steve - June 1, 2010
June 2, 2010 ... another beautiful day here but forecast is for thunder showers tomorrow!  Nice bear have been seen for the last couple days ... I wonder what tonite's harvest will bring?  Mike made a clean miss last night ... for all of you guys that have been here before, you know that he will be missing part of his tee-shirt!
Kevin - June 2, 2010  AWESOME BEAR!  This boar has an interesting scar running vertically down the center of his nose.... result of a fight with another bear would be our guess.
Everyone saw bear today and they are all looking forward to tomorrow's hunt. 
Mike - June 3, 2010                  Park - June 3, 2010
And ... it sounds like we might have one more bear coming in yet tonite! Woo hoo!!!
2009 Bear season
 Norm saw 9 different bear on the first day(including cubs) and came back with some great pictures!  He saw black, chocolate and cinnamon bears.  Check out these pictures!
Mike - May 13/09
The colour of this cinnamon bear is INCREDIBLE! (pictures  just don't do it justice!)
Dwaine-May 14/09
HOLY SMOKE!!!  ... !  What an incredible day!  FIVE BEAR TAKEN TODAY!!!  Yup, thats what I said ... FIVE BEAR! 
Jon-May 15/09               Gary-May 15/09               Norm-May 15/09
Roy-May 15/09             Tommy-May 15/09
Good job guys ... 7 bear for 7 hunters!
Tim - May 19/09
Allen - May20/09
Justin - May 21/09
10 minutes after Justin took this bear another bear about 100 pounds heavier came in!!! ... that's hunting!
Jeremy - May 22/09
Although Tom saw bear, he did not go home with one.  Tom is a taxidermist and he was looking for something special and that "something special" chose not to walk into his baitsite!  He accompanied his friends/clients here and has gone home to do his taxidermy work on all the above bear!
Ok... good job everyone! 
Ok .. here we go with our last week of hunting:
Day 1 ... and we have a bear!
Mike-May 25/09
Mike saw a bear much bigger than this one earlier in the day but it just didn't give him an opportunity for a shot.  The pelt of this bear that was taken is incredible and so Mike just couldn't resist ... yes, the other bear was bigger, but would it come back???... Now the interesting story with this bear is THAT IT ONLY HAS THREE LEGS ... now that is the most unique thing!  We have been in this business for a long, long time and we have never seen a 3 legged bear!!!
Day 2 ... and we have another bear!
Jack-May 26/09
Jack saw a nice chocolate just before this one came in but it did not give him a shot.
Day 3 ... Danny takes the last bear of the season ... a beautiful chocolate!
Danny-May 27/09 - chocolate bear
Danny also saw a very nice cinnamon bear.
Bob hunted with us only for Monday and Tuesday but had to return home Wednesday morning.  Bob has already harvested 34 bear including the bear that he took with us last spring.  He saw bear each of the two days that he hunted but after having already 34 bear, you know that he is looking for something specific.  He will be returning next spring and we hope that he will bring his wife Peggy with him!
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Trail camera pictures May 9, 2009
These are some pictures from our trail camera
Here are our 2008 Spring Bear pictures:
Our Spring 2008 bear season started out awesome with three bear taken the first day!!!
Jason - May 12/08             Bill - May 12/08                Jeff - May 12/08
Stanley - May 13/08            Bob- May 14/08        Roger-May 15/08
Good job guys!  Six bear for Six hunters!!
The second week:
nothing the first day, but two on the second day!
Rick-May 20/08            Bob-May 20/08
Ed-May 21/08
Thursday was a special day for this son and his 73 year old dad!  This was their first time bear hunting and they both took their bear on the same day! "This is a life time memory of sharing time with my Dad!" said Rick. 
"Its been a real treat!" said Dick
Dick-May22/08                  Rick - May 22/08        A second look at the
                                                                                 luxurious coat of Rick's bear
Ok .. we still have one hunter left and she saw seven (7) different bear today including one chocolate, one cinnamon and two blacks with white diamond chests (one with a rare white spot on its head!)  She is so excited!
We all share in Jill's dissappointment... She had opportunity but she went home without a bear .... but she will be back next year and we KNOW that next year she WILL have her bear!
The Third Week:
Good job Kevin!  First day of the week ... First bear of the week and its a nice one!
Kevin - May 26/08  what a luxurious fur it has!  Simply awesome!!
Robert-May29/08       Brock-May 29/08-Cinnamon
Steve- May 30/08 -chocolate
The fourth week:
This is the last week of our 2008 spring bear season.We have two hunters in camp this week. Alton took a dark chocolate bear on June 2, 2006 .. lets see what he will take this year....
Alton- June 3/08 Chocolate
Michael was our last hunter in camp.  Unfortunately, he did not bag a bear this year, but he did have opportunity.  He has rebooked for 2009 and is bringing a friend with him too!  .... now that is is good reference!!!
These are pictures of our 2007 spring bear season:
Jay - May 12, 2007
Chad - May 15. 2007             Bob - May 15, 2007               Eddie - May 17, 2007
Paul - May 17, 2007                  Tom - May 22, 2007               Victor - May 23, 2007
Richard - May 25, 2007                Ed - May 26, 2007
Clint - May 29, 2007           Barry with Clint's bear
                                          (to show color more)
Dave - May 29, 2007       Tim - June 1, 2007  Tim's bear again(to show the gorgeous color)
Here are our 2006 spring bear pictures:
(we started hunting Monday, May 15, 2006 and ended Saturday June 10, 2006)
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Harold-May 16/06             David- May 17/06                 Kevin May 18/06
         Dave-May 18/06                        Dawn-May 19/06                      Mike-May 20/06  
This is Johnnie's chocolate bear...BEAUTIFUL!!!- May 20/06
Joe - May 23/06                  Marty  - May 23/06
Bob (just look at the size of that bear!!!) - May 24/06
John - May 25/06                 Wanda & Dylan - May 26/06               John - May 27/06
Paul - May 30/06                           Chris - May 30/06
Mark's nice chocolate ... awesome!! - June 2, 2006
Alton - June 2, 2006 (very dark chocolate colour).. magnificent bear!
                   Shannon June 5, 2006               Rob - June 7, 2006                
Jay - June 8, 2006              Robert - June 9, 2006
That completes our spring, 2006 bear hunt - it was a great season!!
Congratulations to all of our hunters on the awesome bear that they took!
These pictures are from our 2005 spring bear hunt:
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This is from our 2004 spring bear hunt
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Here is some pictures of the 2003 harvest:
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Previous pictures :
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