By Megan DeHaan
I feel like few times in life you come across such an opportunity like the one I just had. I met a couple gals through a pro-staff we all used to be on a while back and after chatting it up for months and months we decided it would be fun to try and get together and go hunting. After months of planning and figuring out a way to get our schedules in line we finally set a date. We were going to take off into the Idaho wilderness on a “do it yourself, all girls, public land” bear hunt. I tell you what, I was ecstatic. I couldn’t sleep. All I was thinking about was getting to finally come face to face with these gals and having the opportunity to hunt together during our first meeting! When do you EVER get to do something like that? Well I sure as heck don’t have that many opportunities. Well I got to Idaho on a Tuesday evening and we picked up the other gal on Wednesday night and drove into camp. We were already having way too much fun. We talked about each others camo, shared hunting stories, talked about who should shoot first, laughed at ourselves, at each other. We finally got settled in a tried to sleep but I was wide awake the entire night. 5 am rolls around and we get up and head out on hike to the ridge line to start glassing. I tell you what, my new Generation-X system was phenomenal. It was incredibly windy and cold once we reached the top and it cut the wind and kept me warm. I never had to worry about the weather being to difficult because I new my camo was going to hold up. When the wind was howling I could pull up my hood and I loved how it zipped up around my face. I’m hooked.
We saw a medium sized black bear about 1270 yards across a pretty big canyon and after hiking around to the other side I realized that Northern Idaho was nothing like I expected. I’ve never seen more dense country in my life. You don’t realize it until your in it that its almost impossible to get around when what you thought was just “brush” turns out to be a thick dense jungle that constantly looks like a perfect house for a grizzly bear. Not that it was in the back of our mind the whole time, especially when your walking along a see huge piles of grizzly poop!! Turns out I was the only one with bear spray and ever since the designated leader for breaking trail. I’m still not sure if that was just a reflection of my value to the group! But I made sure the person behind me was ready and willing to shoot if necessary. Anyhow, we never did see that black bear again but on the way back down the mountain we saw a nice chocolate bear that never did give our first shooter a good vital shot. But I’d say it was still a successful day. Day two we got skunked. We did however shoot two grouse on day three while hiking around and one more the last day hunting. I knew these gals were going to leave a mark in my heart. We never did find another bear. However we saw plenty of wolf tracks, moose, elk ,deer, and bobcat tracks and we grew a friendship that will last a lifetime. My drive home was depressing and were already planning our next trip. And to top it off, they all want some Prois! Thanks again for making such a great line of camouflage gear, I will never leave the house without it!
Don’t worry, Megan bagged her 2013 Montana bear a week earlier and one heck of a buck this year too! -Prois