I am coming up to the peninsula for the last two weeks of August for our annual fishing trip and am interested in doing some black bear hunting this year as well. I've done a lot of hunting in the lower 48 over the years but never been bear hunting and never hunted in AK so I'm hoping some folks here might be willing to share in their wisdom to help increase our odds of a successful hunt.
I'm going to bring my .270, and I am planning on shooting Barnes TSX 130s or Nosler Partition 150s, I think either should be effective on black bears. Since baiting is not really an option for us the plan is to spot and stalk in the high country. It might be easier to get a bear down by the river but I think the excitement of the hunt and quality of the meat should be better higher up. I am envisioning basically driving around the area up in the higher country, glassing hillsides, locating a suitable bear that can be approached within shooting distance and heading after it.
Any advice on good potential hunting areas, getting within shooting range, how to best handle the animal once harvested and where to have meat processed and hide tanned would all be greatly appreciated!