I was out of ammunition so Rob gave me the three rounds that he had headed back to our camp (which is
now about 450 yards back) to get more ammunition and his pack. When he returned, I hiked back to
camp to get my gear. Rob now laid out the plan. We now would hike up the mountain above where the
bear was hiding and come back down to finish the job. We found her dead. My last shot got her in the
head by her right eye.
I hit her five times, missed her twice when she was running and once when she was hiding in the willow
bushes/trees. That is when I dialed down the elevation on my scope and got her in the head by her right
eye with my last shot. It was about 10:00 p.m. now and Rob still had to harvest the hide. This took him
another 2 ¾ hours of none stop work. He then rapped the skull and hide in plastic bags and stuffed them
into his pack and we hiked back to camp. Rob's pack weighed something over 120 pounds now plus he
had his rifle to carry. I offered to carry his rifle but he declined. He said: "he would feel out of balance." It
was about 1:30 a.m. when our adventure ended.
I am attaching a few pictures plus one of a cow and her babies so you can get a picture of what we
saved. It made me feel real good to save the baby. Rob's preliminary measurements were 23 for the
skull and a height of 7.7 feet. He estimated that the bear was 20 years old by examining her teeth.
Rob Hardy is a great guide and I am planning to go moose hunting with him in September 2017.