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Old 07-14-2019, 06:23 AM
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Wow what a way to start a fishing trip, this Grizzly got really close!
https://youtu.be/E2q6SPv17z4
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Old 07-14-2019, 07:35 AM
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Yesterday at Lower K? We were watching you from the pontoon boats.
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Old 07-14-2019, 07:50 AM
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Cool videos. Glad it was a positive experience!

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Very bold when there is food around.....they gotta eat too.....better a dead fish than a fisherman

Paint ball gun? Pepper spray paint balls?
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Old 07-14-2019, 10:34 AM
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Very bold when there is food around.....they gotta eat too.....better a dead fish than a fisherman

Paint ball gun? Pepper spray paint balls?
They use different colour paint balls to mark specific bears and chalk balls for a little more persuation.
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Yesterday at Lower K? We were watching you from the pontoon boats.
Lol quite the show she put on eh
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Very bold when there is food around.....they gotta eat too.....better a dead fish than a fisherman

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Yep for sure! Lol
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Yup, in todays Alberta, always bring a gun and bear spray in the backcountry. Probly more griz now than ever since AB was settled. Be especially on guard in the late season as the bears are trying to put on fat, and even more so on bad berry years.

Sure hope the griz population starts getting managed. I support sound wildlife management.
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Yup, in todays Alberta, always bring a gun and bear spray in the backcountry. Probly more griz now than ever since AB was settled. Be especially on guard in the late season as the bears are trying to put on fat, and even more so on bad berry years.

Sure hope the griz population starts getting managed. I support sound wildlife management.
Looks like the gooberment has taken up escorting the GB’s instead of managing their range and population. Or maybe they’re doing a head count!

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Balanced???? Another grand ideal

Not balanced then not sound. Simpleton stuff really when you have all the data and tools.

Need more farmers and ranchers running the government. Balanced, generally common sense folk that always get the job done
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Old 07-17-2019, 03:54 PM
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Yup, in todays Alberta, always bring a gun and bear spray in the backcountry. Probly more griz now than ever since AB was settled. Be especially on guard in the late season as the bears are trying to put on fat, and even more so on bad berry years.

Sure hope the griz population starts getting managed. I support sound wildlife management.
Yes I definitely need to invest in bear spray lol
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Old 07-19-2019, 04:37 PM
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Balanced???? Another grand ideal

Not balanced then not sound. Simpleton stuff really when you have all the data and tools.

Need more farmers and ranchers running the government. Balanced, generally common sense folk that always get the job done
It's the same as our fishing regulations, they should be made by votes of the fishermen that are out in the field experiencing it, not by someone with 4 years of schooling who never fishes lol
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Old 07-19-2019, 06:43 PM
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Yes I definitely need to invest in bear spray lol
At least, if you are fishing the west country at all and not even necessarily the backcountry you are running the risk of bumping into one. I'll carry on Stauffer even. I don't expect to see one but they are around absolutely.
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Cool video and experience! Probably a little close for comfort though, lol.

We just got back from 12 days at Elkwood and I can't remember the exact day (it had to have been close to the day of this video), but from a spot at the Canyon day use area we watched a bear a saunter down the dam (too far too tell if black or grizz), hang out at the water for 10 minutes, then saunter back up into the willows. Didn't see it again.

Also had a grizzly walk across hwy 40 (not far from Peter Lougheed PP turn off) on our way to Elkwood, and then another on our way back home today not far from the Highwood Meadows day use area.

Glad our encounters weren't as up close and personal as yours though!
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Old 07-21-2019, 02:04 PM
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At least, if you are fishing the west country at all and not even necessarily the backcountry you are running the risk of bumping into one. I'll carry on Stauffer even. I don't expect to see one but they are around absolutely.
Very true!
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Cool video and experience! Probably a little close for comfort though, lol.

We just got back from 12 days at Elkwood and I can't remember the exact day (it had to have been close to the day of this video), but from a spot at the Canyon day use area we watched a bear a saunter down the dam (too far too tell if black or grizz), hang out at the water for 10 minutes, then saunter back up into the willows. Didn't see it again.

Also had a grizzly walk across hwy 40 (not far from Peter Lougheed PP turn off) on our way to Elkwood, and then another on our way back home today not far from the Highwood Meadows day use area.

Glad our encounters weren't as up close and personal as yours though!
Yep! Definitely have to be prepared they are showing up more and more these days!
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Tell Jason Nixon, that there is to many grizzly in the back country

https://www.alberta.ca/jason-nixon-bio.aspx
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Old 07-22-2019, 12:38 AM
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Wow what a way to start a fishing trip, this Grizzly got really close!
https://youtu.be/E2q6SPv17z4
I have seen many in the K country but would not be that brave to stay close .
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Old 07-22-2019, 01:16 AM
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Yup, in todays Alberta, always bring a gun and bear spray in the backcountry. Probly more griz now than ever since AB was settled. Be especially on guard in the late season as the bears are trying to put on fat, and even more so on bad berry years.

Sure hope the griz population starts getting managed. I support sound wildlife management.
I agree bear numbers are reaching critical mass for Alberta and will need culling soon. I know they have been sighted in Calgary before and I'm just waiting for a grizzly to walk down the North Saskatchewan river valley into Edmonton.

Actually, there were way more grizzlies before settlement.

One person back in the early 1800's mentioned in a day's ride he counted over 40 grizzlies. He was riding in the bragg creek to longview area.

In 1871 a Hudson's Bay Company report is interesting. The report only mentions Southern Alberta (pre-province.)

750 grizzly skins were acquired that year just from the Cypress Hills area. Most were unprimed summer bearskins as they were shot off of horseback. Many of the bear skins were of an immense size. The report mentioned that there were many more bears taken that year in the area but the skins went to other traders.

The HBC also took in 1500 elk skins from that area in 1871. Other traders also took in more elk skins.
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Where would someone get a book or where'd you get that information from love reading about the old Expeditions that came through western Canada

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There are a few places online that you can read several of the explorers and HBC men's journals.
The museum in Winnipeg keeps all the HBC records and info.

Some of the websites I go to to read for free are:
https://Archive.org
http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/index.html
https://folklore.library.ualberta.ca/

Here's an example. This a a short read about a guy that went up the North Sask river and explored Modeste creek by Drayton Valley in the 1870's. The guy has to eat his dogs and barely makes it back to ft. Edmonton.

https://folklore.library.ualberta.ca...=85&Current=25

Here is Rev. Rundle's book for free online. The mid 1800's. He was around central Alberta.
http://albertahistory.org/wp-content...RTY-EIGHT1.pdf
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There are a few places online that you can read several of the explorers and HBC men's journals.
The museum in Winnipeg keeps all the HBC records and info.

Some of the websites I go to to read for free are:
https://Archive.org
http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/index.html
https://folklore.library.ualberta.ca/

Here's an example. This a a short read about a guy that went up the North Sask river and explored Modeste creek by Drayton Valley in the 1870's. The guy has to eat his dogs and barely makes it back to ft. Edmonton.

https://folklore.library.ualberta.ca...=85&Current=25


Here is Rev. Rundle's book for free online. The mid 1800's. He was around central Alberta.
http://albertahistory.org/wp-content...RTY-EIGHT1.pdf
Complete sidetrack, but that's awesome stuff there RedBullets. The 1870 read is amazing. Should be a complete separate thread on these old historic tales. Buffalo everywhere. Not wanting to go south of the Red Deer river due to the Blackfoot and Blood tribes. Leaving strychnine in a buffalo carcass for the wolves after you take the good cuts (Handhills area)

I wouldn't want to live in those times, but would be a pretty cool visit......
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Complete sidetrack, but that's awesome stuff there RedBullets. The 1870 read is amazing. Should be a complete separate thread on these old historic tales. Buffalo everywhere. Not wanting to go south of the Red Deer river due to the Blackfoot and Blood tribes. Leaving strychnine in a buffalo carcass for the wolves after you take the good cuts (Handhills area)

I wouldn't want to live in those times, but would be a pretty cool visit......
Thanks for the kind comments. There is this thread I started a while back.
Enjoy.

http://www.outdoorsmenforum.ca/showt...idbits+alberta
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Sorry for the derail with my earlier posts Ricky. Your encounter worked out ok thankfully. A bear can cover that much ground in about 2 seconds if it decided to.

If you are fly fishing where there could be grizzlies you'll will have to start watching your back cast. Snagging a grizzly (sneaking up on you) by the nose or lip on the back cast would be a challenging fight.
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Old 07-23-2019, 07:17 PM
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Sorry for the derail with my earlier posts Ricky. Your encounter worked out ok thankfully. A bear can cover that much ground in about 2 seconds if it decided to.

If you are fly fishing where there could be grizzlies you'll will have to start watching your back cast. Snagging a grizzly (sneaking up on you) by the nose or lip on the back cast would be a challenging fight.

No problem at all, interesting info thanks for sharing! Yep I dont think my 6wt is up for the task haha
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