It’s been a lot of miles walked, and a lot of lessons learned in the mountains over the past two years. I really appreciate all the guys on this forum who have been generous with their insight and advice as I have pestered them with questions over the last two years. Some I have met in person, and others I have yet to, but I appreciate all of you.
After seeing nothing but Sows with cubs and some small boars this year I decided this morning that I would run up to Chattahoochee this afternoon to try to take advantage of day one of the rifle hunt. On my way up I spoke with Joe Brandon who was also enroute as well as treecutter for some last minute game planning. This was the first check in hunt that I have ever attended, so I was pleased to see KillerKyle as I walked in to the check station to sign in. I mentioned to Kyle where I thought I would hunt for the afternoon and he replied that he had seen a bear the afternoon before in a nice spot and there was a good chance it would be back again today. I know better than to look a gift horse in the mouth so I thanked Kyle for the intel and quickly headed that way.
Shortly after arriving at around 2:30PM I saw the small boar that Kyle had seen the day before. After passing on a few small boars over the past two seasons I contemplated pulling the trigger since I had yet to take a bear and the clock for this year was ticking down. After watching him feed for about ten minutes I decided that the afternoon was still young, and the weather was so nice I decided I would just sit and see what happened. After the boar moved on it was only about 20 minutes later when a nice sized Sow showed up. I quickly decided that she would do nicely and the rest is history. I had been in the woods for less than one hour, had seen two Bears and taken my first.
I made it back to the check station by 4:30 PM. Kyle was still working, so he and his coworker hung her on the scales where she weighed in at 160 pounds. This was not the first time that Kyle has literally teed up a successful hunt for me, so I cannot thank him enough. I feel very blessed to have had an opportunity to take such a fine animal, and I’m looking forward to being able to enjoy some of that delicious bear meat that I have heard so much about.