Spent the weekend in PWS looking for a black bear. Went out Friday Am and headed to my spot. Few other boats around but spent several hours glassing and slowly cruising the shore in my raft, did not see a bear. Saturday AM about 10 am we started crusing the coast and told the boys there was a $50 reward for the first bear spotted. An hour later I spotted a bear on the beach. Dumped my gear in the raft and left the family in the boat to watch. Motored to shore, walked a few hundred yards in the woods and poped out on the beach about 60 yards from the bear. Laid on the beach catching my breath and taking a good look at the bear. Looked good to me so I moved a bit to get a shot and hit it with my 45/70. It jumped up and ran up into some rocks and fell on its back, I jumped up and moved within about 50 ft when it got up and started to take off so I put 2 more shots into it and it tried to run up a cliff and fell into the bay. It never moved again. Left it in the water and went back to get the raft and family. Took a couple hours but my wife and I got it skinned and back to the boat. Had backstrap for dinner Saturday and heart on Sunday. The rest is at Pioneer meets getting turned into meat sticks. Hide is in the refrigerator tonight and hopefully going to Dahlberg's tomorrow.
Not the biggest bear in the world, but it's my first and now my wife wants to shoot one next year.