To me, this is what it is all about. I appreciate the big bears just like everybody else but some things are just more important. It all started back in 2009 when I was elk hunting with my grandson in Colorado. I asked him if he would like to bear hunt Kodiak Island. He jumped at the chance and I told him that would be my present to him for graduating high school. I put him in for the 2011 season and nothing so I put him in again for the 2012 season. The results came out last year and like everyone else in Alaska I couldn’t wait to look at the file Friday evening at 5:00. Nothing for me but there was his name for his bear hunt. This worked out great because it was for the 2012 season and that was also the year he graduated. He had plenty of time to plan the hunt and schedule his classes to take the time off. We planned the hunt for the first full week of May to be close to the end of season and let the bears come out after the long, cold, and wet winter. He and his dad flew in from Colorado arriving in Anchorage after noon on 3 May. We spent the afternoon getting their final supplies and catching up. We all three flew to Kodiak early Friday morning and were met at the airport by Seahawk Air. We got our tag and supplies and headed out in the Beaver to our area.
We were supposed to get dropped at Spirit of Alaska and then take a boat ride Friday afternoon to our area but that got delayed because of weather and being late for the afternoon high tide. It was decent weather at the cannery but looked like rain and snow at the head of the bay where we were headed. We decided to spend the night and take the boat ride Saturday morning to hit the high tide around 2:00 PM. We got to spend some time talking to other hunters during our down time. They had just spent their week hunting the same area we were headed into so we drilled them to get all the information we could on bear movement and activity. All information was greatly appreciated and we anxiously awaited our trip the next day.
There was fresh snow almost down to the water when we woke up Saturday morning but it had cleared off and the day looked great. We loaded up and headed out for our slow boat ride. We had about 6 hours to kill before high tide so we took our time and looked over the mountains as we went. We spotted two bears during our trip but they were both well up in the snow and one of them was still going higher. The other bear wasn’t too far from where we were camping so we put him on our radar to watch. We beached about 2:00 and unloaded our gear. The spot was perfect with room for both our tents. This was the maiden voyage for my Kaitum 3GT and I was anxious to see how it worked for us.