Last Monday (Victoria Day) was the first day that I managed to get out for some scouting.
I always bring a heap of gear in case I get stuck of have to spend the night. I have a few days of food and all my minimum gear for safety in the back country, even when I am sticking to the logging roads mostly. I have a great device called a Delorme inReach, which is a satellite text message device which also connects via Bluetooth to your phone to let you text via satellite.
Everything gets piled into the Truck and off I go. I managed to hit the road by 6:30 AM.
I always fuel up in Hope and bring a few extra Jerry cans.
Whenever I find sign I record it on my GPS or on the Hunt Buddy BC app on my phone. It is available for Android and iPhone
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A window mount is a great way to glass as you explore.
More moose sign.
Black bear sign.
I followed the moose sign for a while.
This is the first of two black bear that I saw. The second was larger. I have a black bear tag and had my rifle with me, but I decided not to take my first bear even though it was legal. I very much want to try bear meat. I have heard a lot of mixed reviews, but from all of my trusted sources, they all say it is quite good, especially in sausage and smoked hams. Also, when I do take my first bear, I want to ensure I use the fat for baking lard and the hide for a rug. I had a business trip planned this week and that meant that I would be out of town for 3 weeks. It was hard enough for me to managed to find time get a day out to go scouting. With trip prep and and other generally being busy with life, I decided that I wouldn't have had the time I wanted to process the meat, prepare and bring the hide to the taxidermist, and generally deal with my first bear the way I want to. Therefore, I decided it was not time to take the shot.