Guide in Hunting Bears
For ages, bears have been hunted especially in the 1700 and 1800 hundred when they were hunted for far by the French in North America. Today, bear hunting is common too, though there have been set regulation of hunting because of the diminishing number of these animals which have earned them a place as one of the endangered species.
However, you can still be licensed to hunt a bear though you may have to pay dearly for the price. In 2002 when I visited my Arizona for a vacation, I got thrilled by a group of hikers I met there who were planning to go for a bear hunting mission. I had come to ask them for directions about a place I wanted to go when I overheard their mission. I became interested and asked them if I could join them. The four gentlemen and a lady were pleased to welcome me.
Only two of them were experienced bear hunters and by the time that I approached them, they were taking the rest through a safety guide on the hunting mission. Therefore for the next two hours I was with them as we went through the instructions of the adventure which was scheduled for the next day. Among the instructions that they wanted to follow to the letter, was to come dressed in clothes which had been washed by a scent-free detergent and maybe a pizza to bait the bear. A pizza sounded ludicrous, since I had missed that part of explanation as to why it was necessary to come along with one.
Preparation for the a Hunting Trip
The following morning as per the instruction, I ensured that I wore clothes which could easily camouflage with the trees and rugged areas of southern Arizona. I then made sure that I packed my survival kit, water, some food and an assortment of hunting gear that I had purchased the previous evening, before heading to the rendezvous where we were supposed to meet. I arrived there before the others and had to wait for almost half an hour before they came.
Everybody seemed prepared with the two experts having guns to the kills. We then took off for our hunting adventure. As we went deep into the forested areas of south Arizona, I couldn’t help but feel ecstatic about the whole trip. We walked the better part of the morning. Our expert hunters seemed to know the region and the terrain well, though the use of Google Earth and GPS helped them to be certain on the areas to explore. As we went deep into the wild, we talked very little and mostly in whispers.
We didn’t want any nearby bear to flee if it thought that a predator was coming. Moreover, we wanted to ensure our own safety because we too could become targets in case the bear laid a trap on us without our knowledge. We kept vigilant and on the lookout. By noon, we founded a secluded place where we rested for a while as we ate lunch and drank some water. We then proceeded deep in our adventure. So far, there was no sign of any bear.
Baiting and Shooting a Bear
It was in the evening that we came near a stream of water. Our guide went ahead and laid bait near a bush, before signaling us to take cover and remain silent. The food that we place had a very delicious scent and that when I realized the need for a pizza in placing bait. We stayed in the woods for about 45 minutes and still no bear was coming. Evening was fast approaching and I was feeling scared.
After the lapse of time, one expert tried to signal a bear by producing the sound produced by coyotes. He would repeat the signal at about every 3 minutes. After about 5 tries, we heard rumbling in the woods. I almost peed on myself. Then there appeared a bear; though it wasn’t large enough, it was still nice to hunt it.
It paused for some time before it proceeded in our direction as it tried to smell the food. Within no time, it reached the food. As it tried to grab, I heard a loud bang as one guide took a shot. The bear furious tried to jump, but the other guide also took his shot and soon the bear was on the ground. It wailed for sometime before it dropped dead. We went to inspect it and that’s when I realized how adventurous bear hunting can be.
The guide who shot first explained that he almost missed the shot which he had aimed for the heart, and that could have been as dangerous as the bear could have fled or attacked us. I realized that it is vital to go for sensitive organs which will lead to fast death.