I have a quick question to, hopefully, validate what I think I know. My buddy and I went up towards Pioneer Peak this weekend looking for black bear. I was fairly certain we were in 14C remainder our whole time going up the trail, we didn't go all the way to the ridge. With that said I was fairly certain we could take a black bear with a harvest ticket (neither of us have taken a BB this regulatory year).
Some people seemed very unsure of this idea, others downright surprized/doubtful. Talked to some State Troopers on Knik River Road, they didn't know. They were blue suiters and that's not really their area of expertise anyway. So now I'm second guessing what I thought I knew.
I know 14C gets confusing, I've been trying to wrap my brain around it to discover the opportunities closer to home for short day hunts.
The hike was pretty rought, I underestimated it for sure. Plenty of big patches of snow above 2000ft elevation. We did spot a bear, brown in color. By the time we bushwacked through alder, snow and devil's club to get closer it was gone. There was a cow with her two calves all the way up on the ridge. We were on a time crunch, we worked this trip in while my son was at the Kid's Day at Birchwood Range. He really enjoyed it again this year.
Thanks for any insight, Ryan.