My first bear hunting adventure began in the spring of 1993 near Kalispell, Montana where I took a very nice cinnamon phase black bear through spot and stalk with a guide. It was a good hunt with a very good guide, but as the years passed there were two things that I wanted to experience in bear hunting. I wanted to harvest a black bear that was black, and I wanted to experience and share a hunt with the company of a good friend. So in May of this year (2016), I booked a hunt with Eastern Canadian Outfitters (ECO) of Cayamont, Ontario, Canada with the hopes of fulfilling my long held desire. I had heard good things about ECO and its owner, Rob Argue, so I decided to put a plan in motion.
Upon contacting Rob, I was pleased to hear the level of professionalism and also the ease by which he communicated. We spoke about the size of his concession, his success rates, the size of bears, his baiting method, and other pertinent information. It was obvious that Rob was an outfitter that was honest, down-to-earth and displayed a desire to do his best to make the hunt pleasurable and successful. Upon booking the five-day hunt, I then started considering who could join me on this hunt, as I wanted to experience this hunt with a fellow hunter. My first thought was to invite David Lewallen of Little Rock, AR. David and I had opportunity to meet a few years ago, and my wife and I had started developing a