Maroon Bells, Aspen, CO
Every so often we get emails with testimonials from hunts on which the hunters wore Sitka gear. Reading the stories and seeing the pictures is always exciting. Anyone who has shared a hunt with a parent or child can attest to the significance of a the hunt. This story was submitted by Fairbanks, Alaska guide Lynn Thompson. Congrats to Keegan!
My three daughters have always enjoyed the annual family moose hunts in Alaska. From an early age they have enjoyed hunting adventures and I have always encouraged them stay involved.
My oldest daughter, Keegan, age 15, decided that she wanted to hunt a big game animal. I agreed that when she completed the Hunter Education class, I would take her on a hunt of her choice. She completed the class and decided that she wanted to hunt a black bear.
We researched areas and decided on a five day fly-in drop off hunt.
We flew in and set up camp and soon afterwards started spotting bears in the berry patches. One bear worked within 80 yards of us, but Keegan knew we couldn't fly and shoot the same day, so we watched it able off.
The next day, we spotted five bears and stalked one large bear. But were unable to get within 100 yards, the distance from which Keegan was comfortable shooting. Keegan and I hiked back to camp a little bummed out.
Day two found us stalking a nice bear after lunch. We got caught in the open when the bear reappeared closer than I had anticipated. Keegan and I sat down in the open and the bear slowly worked its way towards us grazing on berries. When the bear was 54 yards away, I told Keegan to shoot when it turned broadside. One shot from her 30.06 dropped the bear without it ever knowing we were there. I was a very proud dad and neither one of us could stop smiling.
I am convinced that the Sitka Gear clothing gave us the added advantage
that we needed when stalking the bear.
Sitka Kelvin Jacket