For its bear hunts, the Flying B offers both lodge-based hunts over bait and pack-in wilderness spot-and-stalk hunts. It's this latter route that Bradford took to his bear. "This is a wilderness hunt, very isolated," he says. "It was an eight-hour ride to camp along cliff-side trails." He rates the condition of this outpost camp as good, everything else about the food, guiding and equipment as excellent.
Bradford tells us that all the hunting on this 1 x 1 spot-and-stalk hunt was done on foot. "Expect to climb 1,500- to 3,000-foot hills often. We saw a wolf, trophy elk and a half-dozen bears all within a half-mile of camp," he says.
"The guides on this hunt were excellent," Bradford notes. "All worked hard to make this more than just a good hunt. They kept the physical stress within the capabilities of the hunter. Even a hunter in notably bad physical condition collected a seven-foot-plus bear on this wilderness hunt." Still, he says, he would not recommend this hunt to folks in poor health. (Here at The Hunting Report we strongly recommend that hunters be honest about their physical capabilities before booking a true wilderness hunt like Bradford's.)
Bradford says that bears were abundant in the area he hunted. "We saw animals of all color phases and that would have squared from 5½ to over seven feet, and everyone in camp took a bear. This was really an excellent hunt," he says. He also notes that trophy care was excellent.
For this hunt, Bradford recommends dressing in layers........(continued)