How do you start your research? Scouting is easy here in AK if you have the $$ to pay for access.
My brother from Wyoming wants to come up to hunt a Brown/Griz Bear with me. We have been talking about it for quite some time but are now starting to plan for the trip. It sounds like a spring hunt would be okay for him, but a fall hunt could also be in the cards.
As most of us know - it is pretty hard to pre-scout an area that requires a transporter to get into - so where do You start your research for finding a location? We don't have the budget to pre-fly areas for scouting. We intend to self-guide or DIY with help of a transporter probably.
We want to keep the prices reasonable for the average working guy. We have talked about a couple different trips:
1) Brooks range area fall trip - drive to coldfoot or happy and then pay for a transporter to drop us. Idea would be to try to hunt the bears as they follow the caribou herds (not even sure whether this is realistic).
2) Fly into the Talkeetnas and maybe float out (i have access to a coulpe 14 foot otters, this could be fall, but we have talked about going with Talkeetna Air and in the spring - might not be able to pull the float together so could base camp and have round trip transport.
3) Fly over to the AK Penn and get dropped in and picked up.
4) I have a zodiac and my uncle has an 18' jet boat (with a 50hp merc on it - so not real great for any kind of distance on a river that requires a jet) so we tickled with the idea of trying to DIY somewhere from the road system.
Any thoughts on our initial thinkiing or input as to how to start the research? I have the unit maps and am starting to outline areas that my brother can hunt in (and me too) and are within what we think are reasonable distances to keep costs down. I also have purchased Mike's book on float hunting and have watched a few videos (whooo)....