We just returned from our first trip of the year to beautiful eastern Oregon in search of a spring bear. For many, this time of year brings spring cleaning and springer fishing but for Bryan and I it’s always been about spring turkey and bear season. For us it’s a way to relax and enjoy friends and family during one of the best times to be an Oregonian. Coming off a busy waterfowl season it feels good to be able to hunt for fun and take in a little time “off”.
We had a great trip with everything from rain and snow to sunny sky’s and sunburns! Over the course of 4 days we spotted 8 different bears and came across several love sick gobblers who were lucky it wasn’t April 15th yet! Watching the hills turn green and the snow retreat to high elevations it looks as if this early spring is going to make for some fantastic early bear and turkey hunting in the Blues. Covering as much ground as we could and letting our binoculars do as much work as possible is how we like to hunt and this trip was no different. It also looks as if the deer and elk did well through the winter as the herd sizes were strong and overall health was good!
Reports from friends across the state indicate that birds in the White River area are a little behind schedule and still hanging out on the lowlands and the private ground in winter flocks while reports from southern oregon indicate birds are right on schedule with lots of gobbling activity and henned up gobblers. Look for the Southern Oregon hunting to be prime at the end of this month and beginning of May as hens leave their Toms for the nest.
In the next couple weeks we will be headed back to the mountains for another hunt but in the mean time good luck to everyone who is in the field and keep an eye out for some exciting new calls we are in the process of building! ” Be the Game “