Another Great Alaskan Adventure for me and Brian this spring. We wanted to thank everyone that provided information on the Wolverine Creek Area. We however ended up hunting Drift River Valley a few miles in after talking to our flight service. Their staff, facilities, aircraft were second to none. Great hospitality and an awesome service I would recommend to anyone who flies for either sightseeing or a hunting adventure.
Tracks from Browns were extremely abundant from the flats to the mountains from the air as we approached, and timing could not have been any better considering the trips the both of us had taken to get to this final destination. The weather called for sunny skies and high temps...great glassing weather and something similar to what you would find in Florida..was crazy, bathing in sunscreen daily and making makeshift shade devices was the only thing that provided relief.
Day one found us flying into DR Valley and establishing camp..numerous black bears were spotted from the super cub on the flight in and sunning themselves on the mountainside. I went in first and discussed options with Doug on the area. After seeing the sign we did..I knew we were in more of a black bear area..and would have to establish base camp and hike a few miles daily in search of a brown for Brian. After Brian landed we set up our camp, packed up daypacks and headed down the valley a few miles to do some glassing for blacks.(We both agreed on me getting my black early and then focusing on his brown for the remainder of the hunt).brian unloading.jpg
After a couple of miles we started seeing blacks all over the mountain side, then our Brown walks out about 400 yards upwind of us and excitement started to kick in..we both glassed and watched as he crossed the mile wide valley without even stopping, rubbed on some trees and headed over a small ridge to the south. Great positive feeling for the area started to take over the both of us as the hunt had just begun. We headed back to camp and settled in. Great anticipation for tomorrow's hunt was all we could think about. Our base camp was set up about 500 yards from a 1200ft waterfall and provided that relaxing sound while we ate and prepared for the next day.