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    • wildschwein
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      Well the countdown is on for Spring Bear season. Gonna be an exciting one with lots of new hunting grounds discovered in 2010. Loads of Bears seen, and a couple of 2 year old cutblocks that should be putting up some tender greens come April. Plus 2 tags per hunter! Can hardly wait. Here is a few pics of last years efforts.


      A pic of Bear country.


      Ran into this fella checking out my wife’s tower yard. Hopefully run into him again this year.


      Fresh claw marks, first sign of the season.


      Tried to keep up with the owner of this track, but no shot unfortunately.


      Wife snapped a pic of this little fellow in the first week of June.

    • Stephen Graf
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      What’s a tower yard? What’s that red thing he’s sniffin? Nice pictures…

    • bruc
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      Is picture #1 typical of northern Alberta landscape, ie: very little agriculture?
      Curious as well about the yard ?
      Nice pictures!! Nice looking country !!
      Bruce

    • wildschwein
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      Hullo Steve Graf. A tower yard refers to Fire Tower or Lookout Tower. It is a government site built in heavily forested areas, where a single idividual watches for and reports wildfires. My wife runs one in the Summer. The little red thing the Bear is sniffing is our dogs frisbee.
      Hullo Bruce. Picture one is pretty typical of Northern Alberta once you get past Peace River. Bush, bush, and more glorious bush.

    • FUBAR
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      Great pics. Wish we had a spring season here. Nice size print there in the ssnow

    • David Petersen
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      Do you have wild pigs up there? Wouldn’t seem like it, which leaves me wondering about your website name? Merely curious. That first pic is gorgeous, with the contrast between shade and light and the rainbow within the curtain of rain. Good work. And congrats and best luck with you efforts to take a bear fair chase. Scouting as you have to identify potential food sources — now that’s good old-fashioned hunting. dp

    • wildschwein
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      No truly established population of wild Hogs. Yet. We have a few scattered groups in the South that could establish themselves if not exterminated quickly, and the government has put a bounty on their heads and made it mandatory for landowners to kill them on sight or face fines.
      I use “Wildschwein” because wild Hogs are my favorite of all the beasts, but I have mixed feelings about them running loose in Alberta. Will have to see what happens I guess.
      Thank you for the kind words about the first pic, my wife was the photographer and will be glad to read them.
      Also a question for fellow Bear hunters, do Bear eat Buffalo berry? I found oodles of it scouting last year but didn’t make it back by fall to find out.

    • David Petersen
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      Regarding what bears eat — “the proof is in their pudding.” 😛

    • wildschwein
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      AH! Better snag a pair of laytex gloves me thinks. 😯

    • William WarrenWilliam Warren
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      From the scat I’ve seen in NC when they have loaded up on wild beautyberry, um, its pretty easy to see with out picking through it. Its pretty loose.

    • FUBAR
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      I’ve read somewhere that they do, but since we don’t have them around here, I’m not positive.

    • tailfeather
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      Gorgeous pics!

    • MontanaFord
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      Wild,

      Good luck this spring. I can understand the Alberta government wanting the wild hogs gone. They can really make a mess of the environment in a hurry. I didn’t realize there were any so close to Montana. I had heard of them being in Southern Idaho, but I didn’t know we had any on the northern side of us. I think it’s only a matter of time before they run from Mexico to Canada and Pacific to Atlantic Oceans. They’re a very prolific creature.

      Michael.

    • wildschwein
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      Montana,

      Yah its kinda nip n tuck from what I understand. Problem is they turn nocturnal so fast that they are becoming hard to find. On the plus side, the higher Wolf populations have all but wiped out some of the small Hog patches in the Deadwood region. Maybe if the Wolf populations continue to increase the Hog’s won’t be such an issue after all.

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