I survived my Alaska Bear Hunt Trip

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by gamedog, May 26, 2009.

  1. gamedog

    gamedog Well-Known Member

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    What a fantastic trip.
    We had 7 days in the field after being dropped off by our pilot.
    I shot my bear on our first legal day of hunting at 10:05 pm. Lots of daylight that far north. My bear went around 6'-8" with a 18 1/4" skull.
    My buddy filled his tag as well...shooting a beautiful dry sow that was around 5' -8" with a 16 1/2" skull.
    Alaska is more beautiful, rugged and prestine than imaginable.
    Here's a few photo's.
    A beautiful coastal town we visited.
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    Some of the flight into the spot.
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    My buddies sow.
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  2. Len Backus

    Len Backus Administrator Staff Member

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    Tell us more, we want more!
     

  3. gamedog

    gamedog Well-Known Member

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    Here's my boar shot with my 338 Edge.
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    Here's one of the big boy's. 338 Edge round at 3.375" for reference.
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  4. gamedog

    gamedog Well-Known Member

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    Where the big Brown boar that got away was.
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  5. NONYA

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    Nice bears!GrEAT PICS!!!gun)
     
  6. 3006savage

    3006savage Well-Known Member

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    Looking at those mountains gave a lump in my throat. I am doing a DIY hunt for elk in the Colorado Rockys this fall and I am out of mountain hunting shape right now. I am going to start working out ASAP. That terrain must have been challenging to say the least.
     
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    angus-5024 Well-Known Member

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    nice bears man! that looks like some really nice territory and a better time! Is there a story to go with the pics? What was the distance? bullet? I always like to here specs on the rifle too, just for fun.
     
  8. Coyboy

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    enough with the pics, Gamedog, tell us the story.
     
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    Gamedog, thanks for posting the pics. Congrats on the hunt, looks like you guys had a great time. That one pic you got of that town is real nice.

    Cheers
     
  10. gamedog

    gamedog Well-Known Member

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    The first day was basically a wash for hunting since you can't hunt on the same day of the flight, so we got camp situated and prepared for the following day's adventure.
    This was our ride to the remote spot.
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    This was home for the 7 days in the field.
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    The following day we were up @ 4:30am and on the trail by 5:30.
    This area consists of a river bottom and steep mountain walls on each sides.
    We walked the river glassing for browsing bears working over the green grass as they are coming out of hibernation.

    We spotted 6 different black bears by 3:00 pm and then our luck changed for the better.
    After glassing a mountain side we had earlier walked by, I spotted THE Brown Bear of a lifetime.
    My buddy here is pointing to the snow bank the bear was bedded in.
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    The bear was sleeping 680 yards away and had no clue we were there.
    We both felt confident in our shooting ability at that distance, but off my buddy went to close the gap to ensure the bear would not be lost.
    30 minutes into his stalk, the bear got up, streched and walked to the large snow field, scooped out a fresh hole and went back to sleep.
    My buddy made an excellent stalk and was with in 75 feet of the bear and was unaware that the bear had relocated.
    The bear must of heard him moving through the jungle of brush and Devils Club.
    He relocated back to the first snow bank which gave my buddy a 160 yard shot.
    The rifle cracked, the bear spun and was heading down the mountain at an amazing speed.
    I was confident it was a good hit, but found zero blood or hair in the snow bank.
    After closer examination, the bullet had struck a tree limb and had deflected off course.
    Truely a bear of a lifetime.
    He was a big boy!!!

    After the excitement we started the 8 mile hike back to camp.
    10:05pm we spot the 9th black bear of the day.
    My turn!
    I made a clean shoulder shot on this boar. He went 6'-8" and has a 18 1/4" skull.
    I was shooting my 338 Edge with the 300gr SMK. He was done by the time he stopped rolling down the mountain.

    We arrived back in camp at 2:30 am and was totally out of gas.
    A couple of quick polish dogs and into the tent we went.
    I was awoken at 10:00am to what sounded like a dog drinking water out of a bowl .
    I grabbed the 10mm and looked outside the tent to a black bear helping himself to the water we boiled our dogs in .
    The following day was my buddies turn again.
    We hunted hard all day and around 7 pm we spotted a shooter for him.
    He made a great stalk and made a lean shot on this beautiful dry sow.
    She was 5'-8" and had a 16 1/2" skull.
    He was shooting a 300 Win Mag with the 210gr Bergers.
    Both bullets performed excellent on this hunt.
    After all the skinning and packing, we had a day to recooperate before the flight out.
    Here's Chris thumbing a ride .
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  11. kiwi3006

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    Beautiful looking country! and nice looking bears. Did you see any other game, or is it mainly bears around at this time of year?

    Stu.
     
  12. gamedog

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    We seen a ton a Mountain Goats.
    They live up in the rock cliffs above the bears. Very rugged to say the least.
     
  13. Coyboy

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    Gamedog, thats to bad about the brownie, ya should have let him have it from the long position! Great story, sounds like they are thick up there.
     
  14. distant1

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    WOW great bears and great adventure , they are brilliant photos I have looked at them over and over that mountain country looks so inviting , I would say that you not only survived but Thrived on your trip.

    Well done to you and thanks for sharing the details....... Inspirational