When I contemplated a trip to the Olympic Peninsula for a spring bear hunt, I hoped we'd see bears and lots of them, but I knew we'd see rain. And lots of it. Because we'd be filming this hunt for my TV show, Frontier Unlimited, we would spend up to eight hours at a time in the blind. I wanted to be dry even in a downpour.
I started with my Irish Setter boots and the LaCrosse boots that my producer would wear, and coated them with Gear Aid's Rubber Boot Saver to help protect and condition the rubber. Then I packed all my Sports Afield camo and Guide's Choice rain gear in a plastic bag to keep from polluting it with house and car smells.
When we arrived at the Quinault River Inn in Amanda Park, I laid the camo and rain gear out on the deck. and sprayed it down with Gear Aid's Durable Waterproofing Spray.
Johnny Bryson, our guide (www.bearcommanders.com), showed up before noon and we set out on our evening hunt. For the first set, we sprayed the site with Northwoods' Gold Mist, saturating the air with a butterscotch flavor.
Eight hours later, a bear showed at the edge of the clearing, its nose in the air. I centered the crosshair behind its shoulder and filled my tag on the first day.
On day two, there was a lot of rain in the forecast and we outfitted our whole crew with Grays Harbor Unders, a revolutionary base layer system that transfers moisture away from the skin to the outside of the garment.
It took till day 4 to bag the second bear, but our crew stayed dry, even in those legendary Olympic Peninsula rainforest downpours.
Gary Lewis can be reached at www.garylewisoutdoors.com.
Originally Published: May 5, 2015