The first is from Tim Parris. He and three friends hunted with DeLuca this past May and killed seven bears, all 19 inches or larger. Parris says he told DeLuca they wanted to hunt an area that had gone completely unhunted. DeLuca set them up near Barkley Sound for the area's first hunt since 1987.
One of the hunters killed a bear that green-measured 19¼ inches on the first morning of the hunt. Parris himself took a bruin that measured 20 inches and was over seven feet long. He reports they all saw bears every day. Hunting was conducted mostly by driving 4wd vehicles on the logging roads and glassing mountainsides, hills and river valleys to then stalk the bruins. One of the hunters took a bear he glassed from a boat.
Accommodations were in a cabin built over the bay. Parris says it was a comfortable and modern facility with electricity, running water, a deck, fire pit and beautiful views. Because they were right on the water, Parris says they used traps to catch fresh prawns and other seafood for dinner. He gives the entire experience an unequivocal thumbs-up.
The second report is from Michaux Nash, who says he called DeLuca as soon as he read our report last May and was in the field with him only weeks later. Nash did not kill a bear because he says he was looking for a seven-footer and had to leave early, cutting his hunt short. But he says he highly recommends DeLuca anyway. He hunted along the logging roads, scanning........(continued)