Man vs. beast. Sounds cool, doesn’t it? A guy can have a lot of courage and confidence when you have a high powered rifle and a guide with a gun too, but when it’s just you, a bear and a bow, the rules change and all bets are off! Bow hunting bears is the ultimate hunt but you are also up close and personal with one of the largest predators out there and a mistake can cost you dearly. You want to make sure you never arrow a bear uphill from you because they will always run straight downhill towards you.
I’ve been known to push the envelope on some of my hunts and this past Labor Day was no exception! That’s when the showdown was scheduled, during our California archery bear/deer season. I have to say that the 2009 season had been a tough one with only small bears and a few small bucks being seen during scouting and hunting. I know the big ones are out there and it means hiking a ways to get them. I hunt a large ranch that has some water, but not a lot, so I started using trail cameras and I was getting some pretty impressive photos. I kept getting photos of this large, red bear that lived in one of the steepest, brushiest canyons around. Of course!
“The hunt isn’t over at Sundown”
Exploring the West for new hunting areas can be more than physically exhausting it can be borderline dangerous if you get caught unprepared for the unexpected. The Crooked Horn Crew just came back from a Utah Muzzleloader Mule deer hunt and we even were taught a lesson in Plan, Pack and Preparing for a hunt.
When hunting in any Western state scouting is so important and you will only be able to find the big buck if you are willing to start the hunt prior to opening day. Venturing into the field unprepared can only lead to trouble. Getting out of the truck and off the dirt road when exploring new territory and testing new products is how we roll here at Crooked Horn. This recent muzzle loader hunt was a lesson that even a seasoned outdoorsman had to prepare himself for, the uncertainty of what each new day will bring and the unforeseen obstacles can blindside you and leave you wishing you just stayed in camp. What you carry in you pack can make the difference between success and sometimes survival.
Long time Crooked Horn customer, Casey Brooks, has been on a mission for many years. Every year he would come by our ATA booth and tell us “I’m getting closer.” This last July, up in Alaska, his archery quest was completed. Casey probably could have completed the super slam years ago if he wanted to shoot just a representative of the species and trophy hunting is usually done by rifle hunters not by archers.
Casey stands out in the hunting world because of his dedication to the sport and to the tradition of bow hunting. He has been on the Hoyt Pro Staff for many years and has used Crooked Horn packs on 27 of the 29 nine animals on his super slam.
What separates Casey from many is his humbleness about his abilities and accomplishments, harvesting over 50 bull elk with his bow and more bulls over 400 B&C than anybody in the industry. Casey is very brand loyal and has always shot Hoyt, worn Realtree camo and packed Crooked Horn packs all over North America and the world. He stated that not one time did his Crooked Horn pack leak or fail him and credits a lot of his success to Crooked Horn Safari Sneakers for allowing him to sneak in close enough for the shot every time. He quoted “When silent, a bow hunter is deadly.”
The measure of success at Crooked Horn is satisfied customers, trophies on the wall and in the record books! Congrats to my friend and loyal customer Casey Brooks.