This week I took an early morning hike into our western hunting area.
On the drive in I saw a big black bear.
He was standing on the road when I first saw him and once he saw the vehicle he galloped down off the road and crossed a couple hundred yards of meadow and the creek.
He didn’t stop running until he hit the timber on the other side of the creek and was out of sight, so I was unable to get any video or photographs.
I was pleased to see that the storm clouds that had passed the previous night had dropped significant rain.
I could see that water had run down the road washing gravel and pine cones out of the way.
This is a real blessing because it has been hot and dry for the past several weeks.
There is a lot of grass in the mountains thanks to good spring snow and rain but it has been drying up quickly.
At least the fire danger in this particular area may be tempered if only for a short while.
Any way by the time I got hiking the sun was up and was begining to warm things up so I didn’t see a lot of game.
I did however run across a couple of nice huckleberry patches.
They are a few weeks away from being ready but they have been duly noted on my map and definitely will be revisited.
There is nothing like filling your face with fresh picked huckleberries.