Hi guys, me and a few friends are starting to plan a spring black bear hunt. All three of us are going to take our bows and our rifles just in case we can't get it done with a bow. I'm from southeast and have recently moved up to anchorage. Hunted all my life in southeast, lots of bear hunts. On prince of wales, where I'm from, it's easy to find a blackie in late April. Since work starts may 1st for two of us, we will need to go towards the last weeks of April. Our plan is to go out of Valdez by boat and do a 5-7 day hunt. Can anyone help me out with when the black bears will be out of denning during the spring? Will there be bears out walking around during April?
Any information will help, we're just wanting to do this hunt, but I need to figure out if we're gonna wasting our time in April looking for bears or if there's a good chance we will be even be seeing anything moving yet?