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2011 Maine Black Bear Hunts

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Week 1



The second week of the 2011 bear season arrived with a returning bear hunter Rich Bielen coming with a friend Dave Hague for a week of bear hunting. Joining them in camp were a father and son from Pennsylvania Lew and Morgan Williams, as well as two brothers and their dad from Ohio, Bart and Kirk Lewis and Steve Lewis. We had our usual Maine lobster dinner and orientation, followed by some target shooting at the range.
Monday arrived with me heading out to freshen some baits in the morning. I had high hopes for this week, but I also had only 1 seasoned bear hunter with 4 newbies and two non-hunters in camp. After lunch we headed out to hunt for the first afternoon. The day was pretty quiet with no sightings on this day. So we headed back to the lodge to recharge for another day.

Tuesday began as most days do for me. I headed out to bait some sites. Returning back to the lodge for lunch with the guys. Soon after lunch we headed back out to try once again to take a Maine Black bear. I got the guys all in their stands and went back to the lodge for a bit. As the end of the day approached I headed out to be strategically parked in the event someone shot a bear. My intuition was dead on today, as I sat in my truck near Dave Hague’s location, I soon heard a shot. Dave called me and I soon stood with him over his trophy bear. It was the second bear he had seen on this afternoons hunt. We got the bear loaded in the truck and picked up the rest of the guys. I learned that Bart had seen a bear that saw him and did not stay around long, and Rich saw 2 cubs. Kirk saw a coyote and Morgan’s day passed with no sightings. We headed back to the lodge for some of Nancy’s great food and some hunter tales.

Wednesday found me once again baiting baits in the morning. I returned to the lodge to have lunch with the guys and get them out to their stands. No one called so I gathered up the guys. I learned that rich had seen five bears, but they came as a sow with 1 cub and a sow with two cubs. It was quiet for everyone else. Back to the lodge we went to prepare for another day.
Thursday had me taking the guys to different locations to see what that might do for us. As luck would have it, it was a quiet day in the bear woods with no bears sighted. We headed back for some food and laughter around the table with hopes for what Friday would bring.

Friday arrived with anticipation. I had high hopes for a late night getting bears out of the woods. We had a fine meal at the lodge and headed out to the bear woods for our last bear hunt for this week. I got the guys out to their sites. I then placed bait at a couple other locations and opted to sit in a blind occupied earlier in the week by Kirk. As the day drew to a close I saw my first bear appear on the bait. It was a cub followed by a second cub, and finally the sow. Ten or fifteen minutes later those bears ran off and a solo bear came in. I just watched, opting not to shoot. As soon as that bear left the bait, I gathered my gear and headed for my truck to go get the other guys. I learned that although they did not see any bears, both Kirk and Morgan were pretty certain they had heard the jaw popping sound of bears. We headed back to the lodge for our final meal together and some more laughter. Some weeks of bear hunting are measured not in bears killed, but in memories made. I know this group of hunters made some lasting memories together. The week ended with 1 bear taken and 9 other bears seen by the hunters and 4 additional bears seen by the guide. A pretty good week all in all.



Week 2



The second week of the 2011 bear season arrived with a returning bear hunter Rich Bielen coming with a friend Dave Hague for a week of bear hunting. Joining them in camp were a father and son from Pennsylvania Lew and Morgan Williams, as well as two brothers and their dad from Ohio, Bart and Kirk Lewis and Steve Lewis. We had our usual Maine lobster dinner and orientation, followed by some target shooting at the range.

Monday arrived with me heading out to freshen some baits in the morning. I had high hopes for this week, but I also had only 1 seasoned bear hunter with 4 newbies and two non-hunters in camp. After lunch we headed out to hunt for the first afternoon. The day was pretty quiet with no sightings on this day. So we headed back to the lodge to recharge for another day.

Tuesday began as most days do for me. I headed out to bait some sites. Returning back to the lodge for lunch with the guys. Soon after lunch we headed back out to try once again to take a Maine Black bear. I got the guys all in their stands and went back to the lodge for a bit. As the end of the day approached I headed out to be strategically parked in the event someone shot a bear. My intuition was dead on today, as I sat in my truck near Dave Hague’s location, I soon heard a shot. Dave called me and I soon stood with him over his trophy bear. It was the second bear he had seen on this afternoons hunt. We got the bear loaded in the truck and picked up the rest of the guys. I learned that Bart had seen a bear that saw him and did not stay around long, and Rich saw 2 cubs. Kirk saw a coyote and Morgan’s day passed with no sightings. We headed back to the lodge for some of Nancy’s great food and some hunter tales.
Wednesday found me once again baiting baits in the morning. I returned to the lodge to have lunch with the guys and get them out to their stands. No one called so I gathered up the guys. I learned that rich had seen five bears, but they came as a sow with 1 cub and a sow with two cubs. It was quiet for everyone else. Back to the lodge we went to prepare for another day.

Thursday had me taking the guys to different locations to see what that might do for us. As luck would have it, it was a quiet day in the bear woods with no bears sighted. We headed back for some food and laughter around the table with hopes for what Friday would bring.

Friday arrived with anticipation. I had high hopes for a late night getting bears out of the woods. We had a fine meal at the lodge and headed out to the bear woods for our last bear hunt for this week. I got the guys out to their sites. I then placed bait at a couple other locations and opted to sit in a blind occupied earlier in the week by Kirk. As the day drew to a close I saw my first bear appear on the bait. It was a cub followed by a second cub, and finally the sow. Ten or fifteen minutes later those bears ran off and a solo bear came in. I just watched, opting not to shoot. As soon as that bear left the bait, I gathered my gear and headed for my truck to go get the other guys. I learned that although they did not see any bears, both Kirk and Morgan were pretty certain they had heard the jaw popping sound of bears. We headed back to the lodge for our final meal together and some more laughter. Some weeks of bear hunting are measured not in bears killed, but in memories made. I know this group of hunters made some lasting memories together. The week ended with 1 bear taken and 9 other bears seen by the hunters and 4 additional bears seen by the guide. A pretty good week all in all.

Week 3



The third week of the 2011 bear season found two couples from the Pittsburgh, PA area coming to Maine to stay with us. The husbands were both here to hunt bear, and the wives were road warriors. The wives took several day trips from here to see and do things in Maine and eastern Canada. Our guests arrived on Sunday for our traditional lobster dinner, orientation and a trip to the rifle range. Dave and Janie Bertieri and Dave and Kathy Smith were our guests for this week of bear hunting.

Monday morning found both Daves riding with me in the morning to look over some of the bait sites. We returned after our outing to have lunch and head out to the bear stands. I placed Dave Smith in a stand I had seen a bear at while baiting the week before. He saw a bear there that afternoon and shot it with a camera, as he wanted a larger bear. He was able to view it for a few minutes and take a few photos. Dave B. was visited by a bear as well, but he could not see it. He was in a pop up blind with the side windows closed so he would not be seen if a bear was on the bait. The bear, rather than go to the bait, came to the back of the blind. It was close enough that he could hear it breathe, but it did not stay long and disappeared back into the forest.

Tuesday found us up bright and early heading out to bait some baits. We returned for lunch and headed out for another fine afternoon of bear hunting. This was to be a quiet day with no bear sightings at all. We headed back to the lodge after nightfall for some great food and fellowship.

Wednesday found us baiting once again in the morning. One of the bait sites had a large pile of what bears do in the woods, and another site had a pretty good paw print in the mud. I was pretty sure we would hunt these baits today. I got the guys out to their respected sites and waited for some action. Later that afternoon Dave Smith called to let me know he had shot a bear. I headed to his stand and heard his story. The large mature bear he had taken with one well placed shot had come from right behind his brush blind. It crossed within a few feet of him, and turned and walked up to the blind and sniffed near his boots. Dave sat as still as a stump waiting for the bear to move away so he could raise his rifle. It took nerves of steel to sit with a large bear a few inches from you and not move, but Dave did it. Later we picked Dave B. up and learned he had not seen any bears, but he watched a red fox for a while and later as he watched some squirrels on the ground a large bobcat ran and grabbed a squirrel and disappeared into the brush to eat its prey. What an amazing sight to see a bobcat kill a squirrel a few feet from you.

Thursday came with only Dave B. needing to tag a bear. After lunch we headed out and got him in his stand. I sat in a different stand to see what I might see. I was blessed with watching a sow and 2 cubs for a while until the wind turned and she caught my scent. As soon as she smelled me, she and her cubs disappeared into the woods. Dave B. watched a sow and cub as well, but no shooter bears. We headed back to the lodge to get ready for our final day of hunting.
This day was really windy, not the best day to hunt, but what are you going to do. Dave sat in a pop up blind to hopefully keep his scent down, but it was to be a quiet afternoon with no bears seen. The week ended with one large bear taken and 6 other bears seen and some other predator action. It was a pretty good week. We here at Mountain View Drifter Lodge & Outfitters are looking forward to Dave B. and S. returning for a second Maine bear hunt real soon.



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