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    Default Up coming Black Bear hunt tag-along...

    I'm new to AK and am very interested in black bear hunting. I don't become a resident tell 1st week of Sept so I don't think I'll be doing a self hunt tell next year. I was wondering if there is any hunter on here that is going to go on a black bear hunt this year and would like a guy to tag along and help with the pack out and also to a newbie some hands on experience. Just a little side info, I'm 24 and can handle myself in the outdoors just fine. Thanks y'all

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    ODGamer,
    Well, so far nobody has responded. But that does not mean that you are out of luck. But it might mean that you will need to start scouting by yourself for yourself.
    So, 1) start looking at maps. Everybody has, or should have, an ALASKA ATLAS & GAZETTEER. I would suggest looking for south facing slopes on the Kenai Peninsula and/or Southcentral AK to prepare for the spring hunt in 2013. But just getting out you can start to become familiar with areas that will produce in Sep and Oct. Basically, in the fall you are looking for berry slopes, which are everywhere (usually higher rather than lower), but will be snow covered until June this spring.
    Your spring scouting is for areas, south facing slopes, where the first blades of green grass will appear (usually lower rather than higher).
    So without a trusted mentor lined up, simply decide to take care of yourself. You can do it. It is the way I started out up here. And I'm nothin special. So if I can kill and eventually guide clients to 200+ kills, so can you.
    And #2) Read these forum archives. The accumulated amount of information will astonish you, after you invest your time and research.
    And then #3) Go over to the AK Fish & Game office and ask to speak with the area biologist or a field research specialist. Speaking with the wildlife techs at the desk is good, but a face to face discussion with the area biologist or field researcher is better. Note that he/she will be "attending to you" as you speak. If he/she "reads" you as either emotionally weak or as overly confident, you will receive general information that has limited usefulness. But if you are viewed as the real deal with true grit, you could obtain some real gems of valuable information.
    I ain't kiddin!

    Happy scouting will eventually lead to successful kills.........................AlaskaTrue/Dennis

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    Dennis that is some amazing info. This will give me the basics of what I need to start. I like the "area biologist or a field research specialist" suggestion, I wouldn't have thought to go that route. Thanks a lot for your time and thought. Much appreciated.

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    Sound advice, as usual, Dennis. Pay close attention to whatever Dennis contributes to the forum, OD.

    I usually try to work in a couple day/weekend hunts for spring black bear. I don't know for sure what my schedule is going to look like this spring - I've got a couple of work trips lined up - so am going to have look at it day to day. But if I can put something together around work you're welcome to tag along. Shoot me an email with your contact info at pribylr at gmail dot com. I'll keep you posted.

    Cheers,
    Rich
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    Sounds great Wyo, I'll shoot you an email today. Thanks for the consideration.

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    ODGamer sent you a reply....
    Yes Dennis/Alaska True Adventure does without a doubt gives some of the best advice on this forum always straight to the point...

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