October 11, 2010

Mark Latti: Bear hunt brings economic and biological benefits

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Maine Guide Bob Parker, owner of Stony Brook Outfitters, listens intently with one of his walker hounds as another hound sets out during a recent bear hunt.

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On the first day of the hunt, Parker's dogs picked up the scent of a bear, and treed it. We hiked in an hour and 15 minutes from the nearest road to where the bear was located.

As we left the truck, I asked one of the guides there how far he thought it was to the bear's location. He replied, "It's not a question of how far in, it's just a question of how far up."

We did make in there, and Zack came out with his bear. Parker estimated the bear was close to 300 pounds. Zack and his dad hunted the rest of the week, and even though they saw three other bears, John didn't bring one home. But he did bring wonderful memories.

"Unfortunately, my dad didn't shoot a bear, but we did see a few more that week," wrote Zack in an e-mail. "The dogs did great, got two treed and another in a cave, but he decided to pass them up. We both had a lot of fun just being outdoors."

Which is what hunting with family and friends is all about.


Mark Latti is a former public information officer for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and a Registered Maine Guide. He can be reached at: mlatti@gmail.com


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