Black Bear Hunt 2014

This was a first for Patriot Hunts. One of our good friends Steve with Coastal Carolina Delta Waterfowl called and invited us to bring a few veterans on a bear hunt in their area. Of course we were all excited to try this, I have spring bear hunted in Canada over bait but never behind hounds. We arrived at Oriental NC to meet some of the guys from Delta Waterfowl where we would be staying. I had an idea of what to expect but not nearly the thrilled we would all get. The great people from the Potash Corp in Aurora, especially John Prescott were the ones that graciously offered this hunt to some deserving veterans.

I have never seen so many trucks with dog boxes stacked on them as they came in early that morning. After a meet and greet with all these die hard bear hunters, we split up and Rob Lynch president of Swamp Creek Kennels explained what was going on. They would turn out a few tracker dogs once they found a fresh track, and they carefully listened to the sound of each dog as they got closer to the bear making the track. Once they figured those dogs were getting closer they would turn out a few more, then a few more depending on the sound the dogs made. These guys could tell if the bear was walking, sitting, running, or even treed by the sound, it was amazing. Slowly but surely these guys started to harvest their bears, they had 2 bears down in the first 2 hours. The swamps we had to cross and travel through to try to get to the bears the hounds had cornered, were muddy, cold waist deep water so no matter the boots you had on, they were full of cold water. Didn’t matter though, I could have stayed on dry land but I wanted the full experience, and I got it! Christian and Jason had gotten their bears first, so that left Travis still to go. Next thing we knew the hounds sounded off pretty close by so we all loaded up and headed that way, but by the time we got there we heard the shot and Travis had harvested his bear, only problem was the bear died 40 feet up in a tree, never saw that before. One of the club members they call Worm, instantly volunteered to climb the tree, after 30-40 minutes of climbing, and being hauled up with a rope he kept throwing over another and another limb to gain height, he was able to tied a rope around one of the bear feet and the crowd on the ground pulled him out, unbelievable sight. Then came the big surprise, once all the soldiers had their bears, John with Potash asked me if I wanted to hunt and I said I’m good I was there for the soldiers, little did I know they had all already decided I was getting a bear! They were not taking know for a answer either, so here we go. After several hours of listening and driving back and forth all over the property chasing the sound of the hounds Ron decided the dogs had a bear bayed up so in we went, I tell you the closer you get to the sound of 15-20 hounds raising hell is crazy. When we finally stepped out in a small clearing there was a awesome bear 30 feet up a tree with all those hounds barking as loud as they could. Rob looked at me and said, he’s a good bear so we harvested him. Getting him out was a different story, it took until after dark to finally get all those bears out of the swamp, then we headed to their club house. Once we unloaded and weighed all the bears these guys jumped in and skinned and processed all those bears, they had it down to a science let me tell you. Rob Lynch then blew everyone away, he addressed the crowd and thanked all the folks involved then said they had collected donations to help with any expenses regarding mounting any of the bears, they had raised enough to pay to mount (all) those bears which was unbelievable! The kindness of others always amazes me, very generous and big hearted people. You would think that the biggest prize of the day would be those awesome bears we took, but for me it was the friendships we formed that will last a lifetime, the fun and laughter heard and shared throughout the long day, the fact that the folks in Aurora and Bayboro NC took the time to give back to our veterans in a very special way. This was a trip of a lifetime for these soldiers and myself. I look forward to going back. Thank you John, Rob, & Steve for making this happen.


 


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