Every hunter has their favorite type of hunting; for me it is Black Bear hunting with my crossbow. I have taken several trophy bear with my Tenpoint, and each hold their place of honor in my memories. This years bear was no different, well maybe just a little.
Dale and I arrived in Deschambault Lake to tales of a huge black bear that had been spotted on cameras,with what appeared to be a rope tangled tightly around his neck. Our Outfitter Mike Grundmann asked if one of us would be able to target that bear, since his health was declining due to the ever tightening rope. Dale and I both agreed one of use would focus our attention on him. Dale started out his hunt looking for him, and for 3 days Junkyard was not seen, even though his big blond girlfriend would come by every evening. On the 4th day, Dale moved to a new stand, and I moved into the stand to wait on Junkyard.
The weather turned horrible as soon as we left the lodge that evening. Rain was pelting us, and the trees were swaying. Not a nice evening to be outside, and definitely not a good night for bear hunting. Erin was filming me that night, so we got settled into the stand and tried to stay dry. It wasn’t long before I spotted black circling the area. I nudged Erin and asked if she could see any better. See quickly responded “It’s him, it’s the Junkyard Bear”. As he came closer, I could see the rope swaying as he walked, but as he turned sideways I could also see white flesh where the rope had cut through the hide. He glanced at the bait barrel, but decided to just move on. As he walked under my stand, I let loose my bolt, and watched as it hit it’s mark perfectly. I got a complete pass through with my Swhacker Broadheads. Junkyard only went 15 yards before he expired.
It didn’t take us long to determine;
1. We couldn’t move him ourselves and
2. We were getting soaking wet just standing there.
So we headed back to camp, and to enlist some help moving him. Dale and Mike returned just minutes after us. They also had taken a huge bear that night; a 7’6″ behemoth. So with the 4 of us working together, it took no time to get Junkyard back to the camp, and get dry.
I really feel I was in that stand that night to help Junkyard out of his pain. I regret that infection made it impossible for us to use any of the meat, but Junkyard will live on in lots of memories and stories. And because of his big blond girlfriend, his genes will be around for generations to come!