LAST EDITED ON Sep-01-10 AT 08:19 PM (MST)
Day 3 had me optimistic. The bulls had to water today and hopefully in the day light! I sat the morning at Crooked Horn Spring. Again, no visitors! Unless you count squirrels and birds!
I had 1 bull that came in during the early morning.
Seeing bulls in the area gave me confidence in the spot, but at lunch time I decided it was time for a change. Let this spot "rest" while I hunt and check on the Dome Wallow. This move was quite a drive so I scrambled to get there before prime time in the evening!
Upon arrival at the Dome, I pulled my SD card and climbed up in the tree stand. I had no sooner set my second foot on the platform and I heard a commotion coming from my left. I thought I had blown out a small group of elk! I quickly sat down and knocked an arrow.
Suddenly after a short quiet moment, this Gorgeous Sow bear with 3 cubs came crashing into the water. No sneaking for them! It was a full charge! They hit the water and began playing and rolling around. It was 5 minutes or so of the very coolest action I had seen for a long time! The cubs were testing their mettle with one another, Momma was "bathing" in the pond. She even went as far as to wash her hair with a scrubbing motion similar to what you and I may do in the shower. After the bath and few cub fights, they thoroughly watered and moved on.
Here are a few pics.
In this pic, you can see a black and a chocolate cub with the sow and the ears of the 3rd cub also a chocolate bear right in the waterhole by the stick.
That evening I did not have any elk come in but I did here a cow or two softly mewing a hundred yards away or so. I feel like even though I had been on a rough stretch seeing animals, these bears were the start of hopefully a flood of animals! It was just a matter of time.
What a fun night on stand! Sitting has often times been labeled boring and not fun. I can tell you that since sitting became my primary source of hunting elk, I have witnessed some amazing scenes of animal interaction that I could have never witnessed in any other circumstance. Boring while you wait, but the pay off is huge even if you never draw your bow back!