Probably should have made my first post in the forum PRIOR to going out on my first black bear hunt since I had almost no clue what I was doing, but a little feedback will help me prepare for future hunts.
A buddy and I hiked up to the treeline outside of Portage and set up camp this last weekend (Thursday September 29 - October 2nd.) We spent most of the time sitting up on knobs glassing the hillside and meadows just above the main treeline hoping a black bear would wander into the valley we were watching. Nothing ever showed up. We ended up cutting the trip a bit short due to heavy snow on Saturday killing our visability.
Did we just have bad luck or should we have been using a different technique? Do black bears move to lower elevations as snow starts to fall on the peaks? When do blacks start to move to dens in the Chugach?
Any good black bear overview websites, videos or posts that I should check out to be better prepared next time?
Thanks for the help!