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#3215158 - 10/16/19 03:24 PM 4 year journey
mattman215 Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 12/21/13
Posts: 118
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
Well 4 years ago I decided to start seriously trying to tag a arizona black bear. I wanted to do this without a guide and without dogs. I was pretty unsuccessful not gonna lie. I hadnít seen a bear for 4 years after weeks of hiking and glassing each year.
Well this year I had the good fortune of getting on some bears in a canyon with a buddy of mine.
645 rolled around and I see this black bear out eating acorns 435 yards away. I watched it for a few minutes and after seeing it was the only one around decided to pull the trigger. I dialed in my dope and let the 308 fly. DRT. I Know itís small. I need to get better at estimating size.
Dropped it off at fish and game for check in than off to taxidermy. I am still super thrilled even though tís small itís about 100lbs.

Just got my shoulder mount today

Very pleased with it.

Edited by mattman215 (05/30/20 09:19 PM)

#3215162 - 10/16/19 04:09 PM Re: 4 year journey [Re: mattman215]
6mm06 Offline
PM senior

Registered: 07/31/05
Posts: 8134
Loc: USA

Pretty fur on that one and a very good photo. Despite its small size, itís a trophy to you given all the planning, preparation and scouting you did over several years. Glad it all came together for you, and thanks for sharing.

#3215165 - 10/16/19 05:14 PM Re: 4 year journey [Re: mattman215]
Spidicus Offline
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Registered: 11/04/18
Posts: 84
Loc: Nevada
That's awesome! Agreed all the effort makes it the trophy!
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#3215166 - 10/16/19 05:16 PM Re: 4 year journey [Re: mattman215]
K-22hornet. Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 11/06/03
Posts: 1605
Loc: Colorado
In some cases, size doesn't matter, lol.

You certainly put in the time and effort, so, Congrats!
Liberals are the most highly educated, stupid people I've ever met!

#3215184 - 10/16/19 08:07 PM Re: 4 year journey [Re: mattman215]
masshunter Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 12/10/08
Posts: 1131
Loc: western mass
You did right well. Best eating, and I would bet that hide is free of scars and rubbed spots. Sounds like a great hunt.

#3215194 - 10/16/19 09:38 PM Re: 4 year journey [Re: mattman215]
why Online
Die Hard Member

Registered: 08/29/14
Posts: 705
Loc: md eastern shore
Nice, very nice. For me, at least, there is a lot more satisfaction in doing it all yourself. Good going.

#3215270 - 10/17/19 02:58 PM Re: 4 year journey [Re: why]
trshootem Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 01/12/04
Posts: 179
Loc: Helena, MT
My Spring bear had a beautiful shiny coat, the wind blowing making him appear larger than reality. Although squared at just under 6', he weighed 97 pounds, had not yet blown his butt plug. He was taken while chewing on grass post winter nap. It was a shock to see how much body mass he had lost, but the coat was stunning.. This was in May and my 50th birthday.

Congrats on sticking with it and the successful hunt.

#3215317 - 10/17/19 10:50 PM Re: 4 year journey [Re: mattman215]
mattman215 Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 12/21/13
Posts: 118
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
Thanks guys. I am very excited about it. The hujt was great. I took it to the taxidermy we will see how the shoulder mount turns out.

#3215353 - 10/18/19 01:22 PM Re: 4 year journey [Re: mattman215]
DesertRam Offline

Registered: 04/26/01
Posts: 8800
Loc: Las Cruces, NM USA
"Trophy" is so subjective. To me, a trophy game animal is one that comes well earned, regardless of size or score. Your trophy bear IS well earned, congratulations. Few people in today's society have the tenacity to stick with something like you did. That's a beautiful hide on that bear, and I'm sure it'll be some good eating. It's been a while since my last bear sausage; I'm jealous!
"A person is smart; people are dumb panicky dangerous animals and you know it." K as played by Tommy Lee Jones, Men In Black

#3215846 - 10/22/19 11:23 AM Re: 4 year journey [Re: mattman215]
bjc4200 Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 08/05/03
Posts: 143
Loc: Western Washington
Nice story. Nice trophy.

#3215848 - 10/22/19 11:27 AM Re: 4 year journey [Re: bjc4200]
Smokin Pole Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 02/22/13
Posts: 45
Loc: Colorado
Way to go. Hard work really does pay off. Good job.

#3215895 - 10/22/19 10:04 PM Re: 4 year journey [Re: mattman215]
desert dave Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 02/02/11
Posts: 588
Loc: California
congrats on the successful hunt! Thanks for sharing!

#3215916 - 10/23/19 01:13 AM Re: 4 year journey [Re: desert dave]
tripod3 Offline
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Registered: 09/27/04
Posts: 8378
Loc: WA
Good color and big ears! Good spotting and shooting.
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#3215940 - 10/23/19 11:50 AM Re: 4 year journey [Re: mattman215]
Lazerus Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 12/08/16
Posts: 525
Loc: lost in the desert
Atta kid.

My turn.
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#3215945 - 10/23/19 01:40 PM Re: 4 year journey [Re: mattman215]
Kirsch Online
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Registered: 10/13/09
Posts: 1524
Loc: North Dakota
The best trophies or best hunts are not always the ones where you harvest the most animals or the largest ones. This one sounds like one of the best because of the time, effort and experience. Great job.
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