Nicole's 1st Hunt - San Juan Bear 2013: I completely my hunter’s safety in October of 2012, in time to put in for my first lottery applications for 2013. My friends all told me I’d draw for something in ten years or so. To my surprise (and everyone elses’s!) I drew a spring Utah bear tag in the San Juan unit with zero points! (we calculated this to be less than 2% odds).
The big bore treed less than 30 yards away as we approached him on the 2nd day (April 28th, 2013) of hunting with dogs in “Mormon Pastures” in Blanding, UT. When I first spotted him, I was in shock. Being my first hunt, I wasn’t sure what to expect! I was certainly scared (because HELLO, it was a bear!), but it couldn’t have worked out more perfectly. His scull measured at 19 5/8”, and estimate of 375 pounds. I FEEL SPOILED IN SO MANY WAYS, and I am so grateful for the help and encouragement I received. Cheers from Utah's newest sportswoman!. Photo submitted by Nicole Perkes on May 20, 2013 08:33 AM