A Follow-up Recommendation On California Bear Hunt Behind Dogs


Published: May - 2011

Subscriber Weldon Edwards is happy with a bear hunt behind dogs in California this past October/November with Andrew Gregory of Deadwood Industries. Edwards says he first read about this hunt for color-phase bears in The Hunting Report (see Article ID 2212) and called Gregory to learn more about the hunt. Edwards has breathing issues that make him physically unable to do some hunts, but he says Gregory thought he could get him a bear in fairly easy country. Edwards says Gregory tailored the hunt to his needs, and after hunting a couple of days, Gregory's dogs treed a bear in an area Edwards could easily walk in. He says he killed a beautiful cinnamon bear with a white belly. "He's not as big as I would have liked, but he was just too pretty not to shoot," Edwards says. Another hunter there at the same time wanted a bigger bear and eventually took a 500-pounder that was darker than Edwards' trophy.

The hunt took place in the mountains around Truckee in northern California. Gregory hunts behind dogs, using a "strike" dog (the dog with the most sensitive nose) standing on top of a dog box on the hunting truck. The truck slowly moves along a road until the dog detects a scent and howls. At that point, Gregory stops to check the tracks and releases the pack of hounds. Edwards says Gregory had several dog handlers and teams of dogs. He gives all the handlers and guides high marks for their efforts and calls them "the nicest folks to hunt with." He also notes that Gregory is a professional chef and prepared exceptional meals.

Edwards says he was interested in this hunt specifically for a color-phase bear. "I could have killed 80 to 90 black bears over the years, but I wanted a color-phase bear," he says. "It was difficult to find a hunt that I could physically handle. This hunt was everything Gregory said it would be. I give it a thumbs up all the way." Contact Gregory at 530-587-9555, or visit his website at www.deadwoodindustries.

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