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    Default Scarcity of Bear Hunt Stories This Spring?

    Seems like very few bear hunt stories this spring compared to springs past...did the heavy snows create later hunts, are the bears hard to find/catch this year, or is some other factor contributing?

    Would love to see more stories of bear hunts, if anyone has been out and wants to share!

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    Not really a story but I have been out over a half dozen times this spring into the mountains and have still not seen a bear. That being said I did see a nice 6 ft Black Bear on the back side of base yesterday afternoon, about 500 yards from work, with a beautiful thick coat on it.

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    Still 2 feet of snow in the woods over here. Can't get to the stand to bait.

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    maybe some people just aren't shooting them. we watched a dandy bear for about 15 minutes that was watching us skin my buddy's girlfreinds bear. he looked like a good one but as we were already skinning one didn't want the eextra work. he came with about 100 yards of us (probably smelled something good) we yelled at him and he ran off after a while. all in all saw over a dozen bears this spring and have absolutely no complaints about not shooting one. how many bear hides can you use anyways (is what my wife says, not me)...so i was looking for a monster or nothing, either way i was happy and had some great trips.

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    More new snow last night
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    Now left only to be a turd in the forrest and the circle will be complete.Use me as I have used you.

    "Amigo Will", I just love your signature.

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    Well, im not sure but ill post after my hunt next week. Ill be back around the end of the month.

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    Not only the snow ... but the melted snow has to go somewhere.

    I've seen a few tracks. But unless a bear was in close proximity ... don't know how I would get to one if was across a creek at this point.

    On my weekend trips to Talkeetna over the past month, the water levels in all the rivers and streams have been high. Have created some nice nasty swamps. Plan to set the barrels when the slush dissipates (Memorial Day Weekend?). I'm sure others are similarly challenged.

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    i know where there are some bears... I have some friends that have taken a few... i know where i will go when i have time... do i want someone else to be there when i show up???




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    I gave you a long story, a short story and now for the rest of the story;

    My Noorvik Bear!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by strangerinastrangeland View Post
    I gave you a long story, a short story and now for the rest of the story;

    My Noorvik Bear!!!
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    Yee haw, all graduated, and onto 'Life'

    Broken link.

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    Attachment 59720


    I see a picture here but does it post?

    Yep, gotsta Klik it....
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    nope, link still doesn't work
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    I just got back from Kodiak with a seven foot sow. Looks like the amount of bears taken this spring down there might reach half of what they normally see. The snow and temps have kept the bears from coming out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by strangerinastrangeland View Post
    I gave you a long story, a short story and now for the rest of the story;

    My Noorvik Bear!!!
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    Yee haw, all graduated, and onto 'Life'
    We all appreciate your stories and pics Stranger! Can't open this link tho.

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    Just tried to get to my area and to much snow still but a bunch of it is rotted.
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    I can't say how the snow amount affected the hunting, but I know that the warm April ended my snow-go hunting quickly. Lakes were/are covered in ice, but they had several feet of overflow on them a month ago. I tried to get to the hunting grounds, but too much water for my tastes. I do intend a fly out hunt sometime in the next 2 weeks and hope to have at least a pic to hang.
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    Looked like PoW was pretty tough going the last couple weeks. Wasn't hunting but saw a bunch of empty-handed hunters in and out of Ketchikan last week. Cold, windy, alotta rain and some good snow to boot.

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    well chip even without the picture i know what your talking about. congratualtions to her and wish her the best!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hamiltonr View Post
    I just got back from Kodiak with a seven foot sow. Looks like the amount of bears taken this spring down there might reach half of what they normally see. The snow and temps have kept the bears from coming out.

    Congratulations on a successful hunt! Which region did you hunt?

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