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Wednesday May 24/23 - Day 3 of Week #1
Rod's story:
"I was sitting back, watching the antics of a nice sized sow with her two last years cubs.
  Suddenly, she started carrying on and sent her cubs up into the the trees ... one went to the tree right above the bait barrel and the second one about 20 feet away.
Now, I was paying attention ..
  I was concentrating on what was coming ...
I KNEW something was coming.!
When he came out, he sauntered past the sow
and I thought, "how did that cub get down the tree so fast?" 
He was so much bigger than her...
he completely dwarfed her, making her look like one of the cubs in comparison.

If you see that the top of a bear's head is to the top of the food barrel, that is a nice bear ...
but this one.. 
when he walked up to the barrel ...
he looked straight down on it! 
I did not expect a bear that big to come out of the forest!
He just lumbered in and almost looked like a big old circus bear .. unbelievable!

The sow was running around him, snapping her jaws at him, trying to distract him from her cubs.
She knew that this big boar was going to kill them so that he could breed her...
she was doing what any good mother would do ..
she was doing all that she could to protect them.
She was desperately trying to slow him down and was trying block him from the cubs
but he was not paying any attention to her huffing and puffing.

The big boar stopped and looked over at me and I aimed for between the eyes.  

He lay at the base of the tree where the one cub was and neither of them were coming down.
The sow kept circling him, snapping her jaws and trying to get him away even though he was dead.
The sow then sensed that something had happened to the Big Tank
.. he was not moving,
and she knew that she had to move the cubs NOW
and she started convincing them to come down. 
The cub that was 20 feet away, scurried down and disappeared into the forest. 
The cub right over the dead big boar would come down to about 12 feet
and then he would shoot back up at full speed. 
She was making aggressive sounds for him to come down ...
It was like she was saying "Come down NOW"
and the cub was replying: "you really can't be wanting me to come down?!!"
Everything bad and evil that he knew in his world
was laying right at the base of the tree that he was cowering on!

I called Walker, my outfitter and guide
to warn him of the dangerous situation that he might encounter as he drove in with the quad.
  In a quiet voice (which was hard to do at this time)
I told him that I had a bear down ..
I wanted to keep calm about my big bear ..
I didn't want to jinx it ...
I wanted to surprise him ..
but in reality, I wanted to shout
"Bring a tow truck, we are going to need help bringing in this BIG BOAR!"

For 45 minutes that cub kept trying to get down
but would panic and would shoot right back up to the highest branch on that tree ..
he knew that this was the only safe place
because the tree would not be able to hold that big bear on the small branches.
  Finally he mustered up all of his courage came down to about 15 feet off the ground..
  he did a SUPERMAN DIVE off the tree
that took him 20' away,
did a drop and roll
and I'm not sure if his feet touched the ground
as he ran lightning speed into the forest ..
who knows when he and stopped running!

I have done a lot of bear hunting, in many locations.
I have seen a lot of bear.
I have taken 15 bear ...
I never dreamed that I would see something this big walk out of the forest in front of me! 
I think to myself .. "how many cubs will live because I took their only predator out of the picture?"

I wish everyone would have an opportunity to see a bear like come out of the forest.
You just don't see that!

It was quite the evening for me!
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