This absolute unit of a black bear that spent half of last night teabagging my corn
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This absolute unit of a black bear that spent half of last night teabagging my corn
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My Pa, 82, defending his buck from a bear. He still works full time as a fishing boat captain.
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My first black bear, squared 6’9 and around 400 pounds
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Fred Bear: Facts You Might Not Know
March 5th, 2017 was Fred Bear’s 116th birthday. Although he died 30 years ago this spring, his legacy lives on in the hearts and minds of his friends, fans, and a new generation of archers and bowhunters who have come to recognize his lasting influence and the many contributions he made to our sport.
I first met “Papa Bear” in 1972 at the Pope and Young Club’s biennial convention in Denver. I had the pleasure of working with Fred and other P&Y Board members on the Club’s first record book, published in 1975 (thanks to the generous monetary contribution Fred made to pay for printing costs). Starting later in the 1970s, I saw him and his bowhunting sidekick, Bob Munger, each June at the Anderson Archery International Bowhunting Clinic. Those clinics drew thousands to Grand Ledge, Michigan, every Father’s Day weekend, There Fred and the Who’s Who of Bowhunting mingled with the gathered throngs and admirers, presenting helpful how-to seminars. Our trails also crossed where other bowhunters gathered from Clinton, Indiana, to yearly archery industry trade shows in Chicago or elsewhere, and at successive Pope and Young conventions.
The year before his death, Fred was the guest of honor and featured speaker at P&Y’s 1987 Tulsa Convention. Although in failing health and towing a wheeled oxygen tank (which he joked contained peppermint schnapps), he graciously posed for countless photos and signed a myriad of autographs, smiling and signing books and photos. I saw him early the following morning at the Tulsa Airport, not knowing when we said goodbye it would be the last time I’d ever see him. We spoke again by telephone the week before his death as I was preparing to attend the P&Y Board of Directors’ annual meeting in Boise. I was about to leave for the airport when the sad call came that a true legend and friend had passed away.
Since then, I’ve written numerous columns, articles, and personal tributes about a man many believe deserved the title of “The Greatest Bowhunter of Them All,” who for decades represented and popularized archery and bowhunting for millions. Among the loyal followers of the lanky man in the Borsalino hat, no one I know would disagree.
Following are a number of miscellaneous facts about Fred Bear and his lifetime efforts to show others the challenges, excitement, and rewards that shooting a bow and arrow provides:
*Fred was born in a Pennsylvania farm house during a Cumberland Valley blizzard on March 5, 1902, the second of three Bear children. His father, Harry Bear, took Fred on his first deer hunt near their farm in 1913. Fred killed his first whitetail with a rifle the following season.
*Shortly after his 21st birthday, Fred moved to Detroit where he worked as a pattern maker for the Packard Motor Car Company.
*In 1927, Fred saw Art Young’s bowhunting feature film, “Alaskan Adventures,” in Detroit’s Adams Theatre. It inspired him, sparking an interest in shooting bows and arrows. He later met and befriended Art Young. The two shot together and built archery gear in Fred’s basement. Fred’s first bowhunted in 1929.
*Fred Bear and Charles Piper founded Bear Products Company in1933, the same year Fred helped to form the Detroit Archery Club. A year later, Fred won the Michigan State Target Archery Championship. In 1935, he arrowed his first deer.
*NOTE: Fred Bear shot bows left-handed, despite the fact he was naturally right-handed. A farm accident had cost young Fred part of a finger on his right hand. That injury prevented him from drawing the bowstring and anchoring with his right hand’s fingers, so he switched to shooting “lefty.”
*U.S. patents granted to Fred Bear included the modern shooting glove (1937), fiberglass bow backing (1946), and bow quivers (1946). In 1947 the Bear Archery manufacturing plant opened in Grayling, Michigan. The Fred Bear Museum opened in Grayling 20 years later in 1967.
*Fred Bear firsts include his first bowhunting film (1942), designing his first take-down recurve (1943), publication of his first book, “The Archer’s Bible” (1968), release of his “Secrets of Hunting” LP record with Curt Gowdy (1968), and induction into the first Archery Hall of Fame class (1972).
*The Fred Bear Sports Club was announced in 1970 with TV stars, astronauts, and top US archers its first members. In 1972 the Fred Bear Sports Club was opened to the public. By 1981 the Club boasted members in every US state and 44 foreign countries. In time its overall membership would exceed 50,000.
*Among Papa Bear’s bowhunting Pope and Young Club World Records were a British Columbia Stone sheep (1957), and an Alaskan brown bear (1960).
*Bear Archery’s historic manufacturing milestones include the Bear Grizzly bow (1949); the first Kodiak recurves (1954); Bear Razordhead hunting heads (1956); the Fox line of solid fiberglass bows (1961); Bear snap-on bow quivers (1963); the 48-inch Super Magnum hunting bow (1967); Converta-Point arrows (1968); Fred Bear Take-Down with Futurewood bow handle (1970); magnesium alloy handle Fred Bear Take-Down bows (1971); Bear bow production tops 360,000 in a single year (1976); Bear Super Razorheads (1978); the Fred Bear Signature bow (1980); Bear stainless steel Razorheads (1981); and “the world’s fastest bow,” the Delta-V (1981).
*Bear Archery moved its manufacturing facility from Grayling, Michigan, to Gainesville, Florida (1978) and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1983. Fred Bear died at Gainesville’s Shands Hosptial on April 27, 1988. His cremated remains were scattered along the South Branch of the Au Sable River near Grayling where Fred loved to spend spare time flyfishing.
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Ted Nugent’s Last Hunt with Fred Bear
I was glued to the station wagon window as we cruised up highway 75 that beautiful October afternoon in 1955. With my handstitched leather backquiver full of handsome natural turkey feathered cedar arrows and my little Osage longbow placed strategically against the side window for all to see, I was constantly checking every other northbound vehicle for evidence of a fellow bowhunter.
When another quiver of arrows or bow was sighted, a smiling face and friendly wave of hands indicated the ever-growing BloodBrotherhood of SpiritWild bowhunters in my home state of Michigan in those early days of the sport. Even at the tender age of seven, I was already hyper giddy about all things bows and arrows and outdoors and critters. The powerful healing qualities of the Good Mother Earth had already entered my bloodstream way back then, and even young Ted knew he was onto something bigger than life. The smell and taste of the autumn air, a primal scream within, the exploding colors, a palpable eagerness of entering the big timber of Up North, the titillating possibility of actually encountering a whitetail deer in the mystical forest, and the dream of actually coming to full draw, and maybe, just maybe, sending my arrow into the beast. WOW! It was all a bit too much for this young American Dreamer. But dream I did.
If ever I was in danger of self-implosion, it all came to a DefCom1emotional high when my dad wheeled the old Ford Country Squire into the little gravel parking lot of the small, garage-like white prefab shop on the edge of the woods outside Grayling Michigan. I could hardly stand it, for the inside would be a figure larger than life itself; the tall, lanky, gentleman, living legend of the fall and all things mystical flight of the arrow, the one, and only Fred Bear. We made it a point to stop and visit with Fred each October, and he generously showed us all his newfangled archery inventions and contraptions that took my fascination with archery, bowhunting, and nature to an ever-intensifying higher level.
I remember his excitement and the constant experimentation with his obsession for a better Bear Razorhead, the first Bear bow riser cutting machine, the pungent aroma of cooking glass and wood in the makeshift laminating presses, goo, and glue oozing out from delicately arched, beautiful wooden composite recurve bow limbs. And of course the ever tantalizing taxidermy mounts of stunning big game animals from around the globe. It was sensual overload for sure, and the fact that Fred was so hospitable and friendly made every visit so very special to have a huge guiding impact on my life forever. Ya think?
Eventually, fate would put my dad, Warren Henry Nugent, and Fred into a business relationship where my father sold Swedish blue-tempered, rolled spring steel to Fred for use in producing the bleeder blades for Bear Razorheads. Dad even got to join Fred on annual Bear bowhunts Up North. How cool is that?
Often, we would all go to the Grayling Restaurant and have lunch with Fred’s and my favorite cherry pie and milk for desert. You don’t think these memories remain a driving force in my life, do you? Wild!
Well, life rolls on, and though I never missed a hunting season through the years, I rarely kept in touch with Fred. Upon graduating from high school and embarking on a nonstop touring schedule with my rock-n-roll band the Amboy Dukes, I finally made it a point to stop in Grayling in the fall of 1967 to visit with my hero and role model once again. We would visit on and off during the tumultuous, nonstop rock-n-roll touring years.
Fred was at first somewhat suspicious of the maniacal music world in which I dominated between hunting seasons. After a while, he came to understand that the uninhibited intensity of my hardcore musical performances and imagery were completely harmless. In fact, Fred was intelligent and sophisticated enough to come to grasp and appreciate the vital dynamic of my constantly promoting conservation and the discipline of the shooting sports in my unabashed energetic style to this critical youthful demographic via my music career. Magnified by my militant stance against drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and other such irresponsible behavior, and my consistently standing up for family values and environmentalism as best I could, Fred came to be a major supporter. We both knew how important it was to stand for the right things, particularly as a celebrity in the otherwise leftwing world of entertainment. Unfortunately, many in the shooting sports were too stupid to figure it out. Fred and I carried on anyway.
A powerful highlight in my life was the invitations from Fred to join him and his Bear Archery associates at his beloved Grousehaven Hunting Lodge in Rose City, Michigan each fall. It was a laid back, casual affair, where like-minded bowhunters in the industry would share a campfire with their hero and mentor. I seldom actually hunted and never killed a deer on these hunts, as I was hopelessly committed to spending as much time as possible with Fred. He didn’t really hunt much in the years after 1985 or so, and we were able to hang out together more and more back at camp to talk and discuss the state of world affairs, hunting, and bowhunting in general, but most importantly, specifically about the ever metastasizing cultural war against our cherished hunting rights.
It was on our last hunt together there in October of 1987, to be his last hunt at Camp Earth, that our BloodBrother bond and friendship culminated in the closest time ever spent together. It was truly moving. Fred was an exceptionally bright, witty, sophisticated entrepreneur, and surely this superior level of awareness showed him the ugly anti-hunting writing on the wall way before anyone else that was growing toxic anti-American steam as early as the 1950s.
Those of us who knew Fred were aware of his serious concern for the attack against man’s God-given rights and our natural, spiritual relationship with nature. His hardcore dedication to fighting against the animal-rights terrorists was gathering support each year. We talked of this new war often, and his brilliant take on it guided all who were privileged to hear his wisdom and smart enough to assist. In a nutshell, he knew the hunting community and industry simply had to fight back by beginning to communicate the heart and soul of hands-on conservation, our wonderful wildlife management successes and to emphasize the natural tooth, fang and claw of the real world of nature in a friendly, sincere, believable fashion to all we possibly could at every opportunity. Ya think?
On this last hunt together, strolling along the most stunning wilderness road, autumn leaves aglow with great spirit, skies alive with migrating waterfowl and a tangible taste of nature in all her glory in the forest air, Fred and I talked. With his ever-present oxygen bottle at his side and that trademark hat slightly tilted on his head, Fred told me how much he appreciated my standing up for hunting and gun rights, and to keep doing exactly what I was doing. He emphasized the pivotal importance of my penetrating a youthful demographic with the unique energy and passion of my musical career and imagery, and for me to ignore my critics who just don’t get it.
Without question, this moment in my life touched me deeply and guides my dedication to fighting constantly as I do to this very day almost 20 years later. In fact, it was Fred’s sincere vote of confidence in my approach to promoting conservation and the shooting sports that guided me to create our beloved Ted Nugent Kamp for Kids charity as the specific vehicle by which other dedicated sporters could join forces to reach out to the kids who need discipline and nature the most. Going into our 17th year, this 501C3 nonprofit charity has cleansed the souls of thousands of kids and their families to be better Americans, better sporters, better conservationists, better hunters, better bowhunters, and to be a force of positive peer pressure to reckon with. All in the name of Fred Bear. I am certain Fred would be proud.
I shoot my bow every day within sight of old Bear recurves and Bear cedar arrows, many of which bear the signature of my hero. My precious daughter Sasha recently created a most moving photo album for a special Father’s Day gift that includes photos of Fred and me from way back when. Powerful stuff. I sense the presence of the great man every day in my life. He remains a guiding light in many aspects of my life. Every arrow I shoot, every interview I conduct, every child I teach archery to, Fred is at my side. Like the song says, In the wind, he’s still alive.
Ted Nugent’s Fred Bear Song
Note: This article is written by Ted Nugent and was originally posted to Bowhunting.Net on June 28, 2006. See more at TedNugent.com.
Happy Easter Sunday in 2016, Ruger .243 to take down this beauty of a bear. Wasn’t the biggest bear but it was my first one of its kind, so it was pretty special. Lots of bellies were filled with the meat ??
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For me, this is the ultimate hunt, truly is a dream come true 🙂
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FWC Commission Meeting Dec. 11 & 12 – Black Bear Management Plan
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BLACK BEAR HUNTING TIPS
Black Bear Baiting Tricks – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pon36VwSzYo&feature=youtu.be
Bear Hunting Equipment List – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIT8dcK0-ug&feature=youtu.be
Bear Caping and Processing Tools – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcQVjNB0PHI&feature=youtu.be
Black Bear Hunting No Bait | Best Food Sources – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ax5rGIqL58o&feature=youtu.be
What To Look For When Scouting For Black Bears – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxYSITFhCXY&feature=youtu.be
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Black Bear Management Plan Webinars October 24th & 29th
My American pride in democracy, grasp of U.S. history, and current employment in local government help me appreciate the essential value of public input in this country. The last round of Black Bear Management Plan Webinars I listened to in 2016 really shook those values. FWC’s staff is a patient crew. Here in 2019, black bear management – and, by extension, hunting – is a reviving debate. A comprehensive management plan proposal was released, and it’s an impressive educational document.… Read More »