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home : outdoors : outdoors August 19, 2014


9/18/2013 3:43:00 PM
'Ka-boom' twice for mother and son hunters
Ben Shatley, with his dad Jason, shows his first bear
Ben Shatley, with his dad Jason, shows his first bear
Dave Greschner
Sports editor

Missy Shatley said it's amazing how many bears there are around her family's farm property.
This week, however, there are two less on the Shatley farm a few miles east of Prairie Farm in southern Barron County.
In a matter of days, Shatley and her 10-year old son Ben each shot a bear on their first bear hunt. Both were hunting with Missy's husband and Ben's father, Jason, over bait from a double tree stand.
Missy's bear was a 420-pounder taken Saturday, Sept. 7. Ben, hunting with a transferred license from his dad, got his bear Sept. 11.
It was Ben who started hunting on the first day of the season, Sept. 4. But after a few unsuccessful afternoons in the stand, Ben told his mother to use the stand on the weekend.
Missy and Jason first saw a small bear come to the bait.
"Jason told me to wait, because the bears were coming together on the trail camera," said Missy.
Sure enough, the bigger bear came into view a few minutes later.
"He didn't come all the way to the bait. He was smelling us," said Missy, who waited for a good shot. "It was only a few minutes but it seemed like a long time. My heart was a-racing!"
Missy made the one good shot on the big bear from about 15 yards.
Ben had to wait about 5 to 10 minutes for his shot on a 240-pound bear. His wait, right up to the shot, proved plenty amusing for his parents.
Ben put the scope on the bear and heard his dad tell him to shoot when he wanted. Ben then started a soft countdown of "three, two, one ..."
"Then there was nothing. Jason said Ben asked, 'Can I shoot?' Jason told him again that he could shoot," said Missy.
Ben starts the countdown again, this time adding a cartoonish sound effect at the end. "Three, two one, ka-boom."
"Then he finally pulled the trigger," said Missy, laughing.
Ben and his older sister, Brooke, both have taken a bear now. The 13-year old Brooke got her bear a few years ago.
Ben and Brooke have been diligent, said their mother, checking the bait and cameras. Both the bait and the cameras tell a story.
"It's amazing how many bears there are," said Missy.
The Shatley's farm is in bear hunting's Zone C, south of Hwy. 8, the zone where using dogs for bear hunting is not allowed. The Zone C season, which allows baiting and other legal methods, runs through Tuesday, Oct. 8.
In all other zones, hunting with dogs began Sept. 4, followed by hunting with dogs and over bait starting last Wednesday, Sept. 11.
The season runs through Oct. 8, though the use of dogs is not allowed over the final week, Oct. 2-8.

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