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Every couple of years Rick and I get to head up North to hunt bears. This trip would take us as far North as we have ever been on a Spring bear hunt. We were nine hours North of Edmonton, Alberta with Pat McLean at Alberta Bear Busters.

After a day of travel, we hit camp and hit the sack. The next day we spent organizing and preparing gear. I have never hunted this far North this time of year. So, the three and a half hours of darkness a day was a surprise to me. We were hunting the first week of June. The bears were in full rut; a great time to kill a big bear, but they also can be very inconsistent. We knew it would be a tougher hunt than earlier in the season.

Rick started off the first night with no luck. The second day I was up. As we started into what would be a daily routine, of checking cameras and baits, our guide Chad Digby spotted a good bear near one of the baits. We grabbed our gear and headed in. We snuck into the stand quick and quiet. Rick headed up to hang the camera stand and I followed. We were'nt even close to being ready when I looked out to the right and there he was coming in on a rope. The pressure on Rick just rose to the next level. He had to get the camera out, mounted on the arm, turned on and find the bear in the lens. He did it all in about a minute. I got the signal that we are good, and I am on him. The bear came in and would not give me a good shot. Finally the bear turned broadside and my PSE and the Rage broadhead did the job. He ran about fifty yards and crashed. I hunted all of about thirty minutes at Alberta Bear Busters and my tag was full. Mother Nature then took control of the hunt. Rain set in and we couldnt get to some of our best spots. In addition, the big boars were on the move and somewhat inconsistent. We saw bears every day, but Rick was holding out for a good one.

I wish I could say that Rick connected on a big Alberta bear as well, but it's hunting. Sometimes, no matter how hard you hunt, even sixty hours on the stand in a week, you still need a little bit of luck. We saw a bunch of bears and had plenty of encounters, we just could'nt close the deal on a second big bear that we were after. All in all, it was a great trip North. Alberta Bear Busters is an awesome place to hunt, and the experience was nothing but first class. If you are interested in a great bear hunt, contact Pat McLean at Alberta Bear Busters patrick@albertabearbusters.com. We Can't wait to get back up there next year!!