Oct 06 2014
Publisher, Bear Hunting Magazine - October 6th, 2014
I just returned home from five days of bear hunting in eastern Oklahoma. On a personal level, it’s a good thing I celebrated before the season started because I didn’t bring home a bear or release an arrow. I spent most of my time trying to get some other friends on bears, which was successful. I believe a man can’t take every opportunity for himself, even if it’s within his power to do so. It may not make sense to some, but several years ago I made a personal commitment to not utilize my best bear stands for myself. Call it whatever you want, but I call it “death to self”. This is a powerful discipline designed to exercise your character muscle. Internal discipline is a higher-grade commodity than physical training for hunting, though both are important. By doing this I have deeded over the fate of my bear hunting over to a Power beyond my control. It’s perfect. And it’s paid off for me.
During five days of hunting, our guys had opportunity at some big bears that just didn’t turn out. As disappointing as this was, that’s hunting. However, one friend that did capitalize was JD Huitt of Hallowed Ground Outdoors. JD is from Missouri and they’ve got a great show on the Sportsman’s Channel. JD also is the producer for Bear Hunting Magazine’s web show, Bear Horizon.
JD was hunting our “walk-in bait” in a rugged section of the Ouachita Range in Oklahoma. For several weeks we’ve been packing bait 1/3 of a mile over some of the roughest terrain you’ll find in between the Rockies and the Appalachians. Two people that helped me had hunted out west quite a bit. Both said it was the roughest stretch of ground they’ve ever walked.
JD harvested a nice boar on his second evening in the natural ground blind over the bait on private land. They saw a lot of action and several bears, including a radio collared bear. At around 3 p.m. on October 4th, JD made a lethal shot on the 200-225 pound boar. There was no way to haul him out whole, so we quartered the bear and packed him out. It was a chore, but that’s why we were hunting in there – we were looking for a challenge.
One of the highlights for our team was Heath Martin’s bear. I had nothing to do with this hunt other than rooting him on in support. Heath is a Jedi-bear hunter and he killed a giant 504-pound bear in Western Arkansas on October 1st. The bear green scored well over 21 inches and if the score holds, he’ll be the only hunter in Arkansas with two bears over 21 in the Boone and Crockett records. After the 60-day drying period we’ll let you know. You’ll be able to watch Heath’s hunt on this Friday’s episode of Bear Horizon at www.bear-hunting.com. Congrats to Heath and JD – great hunt, guys.