Fred Bear Campfire Stories


I Remember Papa Bear: The Untold Story of the Legendary Fred Bear Including His Secrets of Hunting

I Remember Papa Bear

“Fred Bear was the best-known hunter and outdoorsman of the second half of the 20th century, and I was devastated when he died, and remain so to this day. He was my best friend, mentor and father figure for several decades.” ~author Dick Lattimer

Still, today, 22 years after his death in 1988, Fred Bear’s name and legacy are indelibly etched into the fabric of hunting and the hunting tradition. Born into a hunting family rife with ingenuity, “Papa Bear,” as he was affectionately known to millions of outdoorsmen and women, combined his rare talents and passion to craft the hunting equipment and intrigue which would propel an entire industry. His is an epic journey of overwhelming success in business as the founder of Bear Archery and in the field as a world record-setting bowhunter. Fred Bear’s story is filled with fame, glory and celebrity; but his life at times was also laced with considerable heartache, struggle and disappointment. Now, for the first time, we are personally and intimately introduced to “Papa Bear” by accomplished author Dick Lattimer – Fred’s right-hand man, friend and confidant for more than two decades. This is the behind-the-scenes life story, an insider’s view, of the man who became hunting’s greatest ambassador of all time.

    A sampling of the 24 chapters includes:

  • “The Creation of Fred Bear”
  • “Fred Bear Showed Me How”
  • “Fred’s Secret Hunting Camp”
  • “First Compound Bows, Why Papa Bear Couldn’t Shoot Them”
  • “Fred’s Last Alaskan Hunt”
  • and “Fred’s Final Days”

The 6×9-inch, hardcover book is more than 360 pages and includes more than 140 photos – some of which have never before been published. This book is a must for every serious hunter’s collection and the perfect gift for any outdoors enthusiast.

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Fred Bear Campfire Stories
P.O. Box 170
5765 W. Fred Bear Drive
Grayling, Michigan 49738


Fred Bear Campfire Stories Audio CD

If you have ever wished you could have sat around the campfire with Fred Bear, here is your chance. This recording was made at a Saskatchewan Bear Hunting Camp, sitting outside at the fire. It was May 1976 and Fred Bear was on this hunt with friends and employees. One of his sales reps who was with him decided to record him doing what he did best: telling his favorite stories. Considering this was done almost 30 years ago, the audio quality of this CD is great. You can hear the wildlife in the background, a small plane go overhead, the sound of the group taking pictures and best of all Fred Bear with his own style reciting his favorites. This recording sat all these years just gathering dust and then late in 2003 was produced as this audio CD. For something like this to come out of the woodwork after Fred Bear being gone for so many years is truly incredible. For the Fred Bear or Bear Archery fan, this is truly a great opportunity to listen in with a legend.

Fred Bear Campfire Stories

    Stories on this CD:

  • “The Early Years”
  • “Ole Pigeon Toe” Montana
  • “Hunting the Grizzly”, Kispiox, British Columbia
  • “Jicarilla Indian Reservation – Mule Deer”, New Mexico
  • “A Polar Bear Hunt”, Alaska
  • “The New Bowhunter”, Detroit, MI
  • “The Liar Bowhunter”, Detroit, MI
  • “A Hunt for Elephants”, Africa
  • “The Cape Buffalo”, Africa
  • “You’ve Got to Skin It First”, Africa
  • “Kush-Kush Man for the Needy”, Africa
  • “The Taking of Lions”, Africa

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A sample from track 1, “The Early Years”:

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introduction, the Early Years, Ole Pigeon Toe.

As a Fred Bear and Bear Archery collector myself, I am lucky to live here in Grayling, Michigan. I can say I was thrilled to first learn of this CD, and having collected most any type of memorobilia that there is I am proud to do my part in promoting this piece of archery history. People come through Grayling to this day still looking for the Fred Bear Museum, but just never knew that it had moved on to Gainesville, and now on to Bass Pro’s Sringfield, MO store. The old Grayling Museum building is still here, and parts of the old factory are still standing, so I put together one of the largest Bear Archery collections to show to people when they come to the Grayling area. If you do make it here feel free to give me a call and I would be happy to give you the tour. ~Pete Kocefas

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Order now with your Mastercard, VISA, or Discover by calling 1-800-848-1268!

Or send your check for $24.95 plus $3 shipping and handling to:
Fred Bear Campfire Stories
P.O. Box 170
5765 W. Fred Bear Drive
Grayling, Michigan 49738

 

Hunt with Fred Bear: Walk the Trails He Did as He Faced the World’s Most Difficult and Dangerous Game

SEPTEMBER 2013, THIS BOOK IS NOW OUT OF PRINT. PLEASE CALL TO SEE IF ANY COPIES ARE YET AVAILABLE.

Hunt with Fred Bear

FOR THE BOWHUNTER IN YOUR LIFE

This book was writtten by Fred Bear’s long time friend, advertising director and author Dick Lattimer. It will be directly shipped to you from Rural Route 1 in Grayling, Michigan. Fred Bear has been gone from Grayling for almost 30 years yet he still impacts our little town of Grayling. People still come here to see the Fred Bear Museum and are surprised to find out it is gone, or to see what’s left of Bear Archery. As a Bear Archery Collecter I am proud to be able to offer this book to you and to do my part in keeping Fred Bear’s legacy carrying onward… If you have any questions you can call me at 1-800 848-1268. Thanks, Pete

“A shiver ran through me. I am a rifle hunter and have tangled with enough dangerous game … to know firsthand how blindingly fast a situation can get hairy. But this calm character of a Bear, hugging his thin knees by the fire, was planning to trot up to a big bull elephant and let fly an arrow at snowball-throwing range.” —Peter Barrett, True Magazine

Before the compound bow, and without the benefit of any sort of reference guide, Fred Bear set out on a course to conquer the world’s most fierce big game. Toting what would, by today’s standards, be considered primitive bowhunting gear, Bear added challenge by taking along camera crews and writers to document these odysseys. And during the 1950s, 60s and 70s Bear became our greatest hunting legend ever.

The accounts of those historic adventures were captured in hair-raising detail and published in the leading magazines of the day … Life, True, Outdoor Life, Archery and others. Bear’s stories were also re-lived to national television audiences on “The American Sportsman” and “The Tonight Show.” But the days of hunting adventure being shared by the mainstream media to the general public are gone … and most of Bear’s stories have been lost or largely forgotten … until now.

For the first time, all of “Papa Bear’s” greatest hunts have been collected and brought to life in one amazing volume by accomplished author Dick Lattimer—Fred’s right-hand man, friend and confidant for more than two decades. These are the famed Fred Bear adventures published during the heydey of hunting’s greatest entrepreneur and ambassador of all time.

A sampling of the 25 chapters includes: “Arrow For A Grizzly,” “You Go, I Stay (brown bear),” “Most Dangerous Bear?—I Say Polar,” “Tiger With an Arrow,” and “Africa’s Meanest Game.” The 6×9-inch, hardcover book is 300-plus pages and includes approximately 100 photos—some of which have never before been published.

This book is a must for every serious hunter’s collection and the perfect gift for any outdoors enthusiast. If you have any questions you can call me at 1-800 848-1268.

VISA MC Discover

Order now with your Mastercard, VISA, or Discover by calling 1-800-848-1268!

Or send your check for $24.95 plus $3 shipping and handling to: Fred Bear Campfire Stories P.O. Box 170 5765 W. Fred Bear Drive Grayling, Michigan 49738

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