just got in from the last seventeen days of my season. chased a giant bear with my first client on the first day of his hunt, and then proceeded to get the **** kicked out of me weather wise for the remainder of his hunt...cant win em all, and he went home without a bear. we had the big bear at 180 but i wanted to be alot closer for the shooting and my client just couldnt close to within bear shooting distances with me...he was an older gent and tried his heart out (we literally chased the bear for over four miles...he just wouldnt slow down for anything, and never bedded or stoped for berries...it was like a spring bear, just covering country) but the bear just out walked him. they can do that.
the second hunt went much better and produced one of the biggest bears of my career. i found a 9 1/2 foot yellow boar on the first day of the hunt and stayed on him for three days where he was fishing without any real opportunities to kill him for sure...i stayed back and was able to pattern him. we had good weather and the perfect wind for the set up on the fourth day and id figured out where to be when he came out to feed...he'd done the same thing three days in a row. so my client, apprentice and i had high hopes as we settled down to wait sitting on a bluff above his dining room....we sat all day...nada...
we did spot a nine footer across the flooded river that we couldnt get too, and two undetermined dark colored bears miles away ...but no yellow bear. hmmm. i was begginning to wonder where the heck he'd went (he came out early and then brushed up before dark...an irregular pattern for a big bear in my experience, but nonetheless thats what he'd done for three days in the same spot) right at dark i figured out why...this big dark ten footer had taken his fishing hole evidently, and we were very pleased to kill him for it. we killed him at about sixty steps, very fairly, right along the creek he was fishing.
so there ya go yellow bear...eat to your hearts content. we got him out of your hair. i'll see you next year
here's the big boy:026.jpg021.jpg
it was by far my best season to date...i guided six bears with five of those being over nine foot squared : 9.7, 9.3, 9.7, 9.6, 8.7, and 10.1 in that order... all boars. couple that with a big moose for a client, a meat moose for my wife, a bunch of reindeer on nunivak and (possibly the most important and meaningful to me) a dall ram for the best man i know back in august...my dad.
it was four months of nearly constant hunting, and it was awsome. i wouldnt trade it for the world...i feel super blessed to have the ability to experience this great state from some of its most remote corners, for such extended periods.
i am however: VERY MUCH READY TO GO REST AND SPEND TIME WITH MY WIFE AND DOGS!
hope everyone else enjoyed there time hunting this great state as much as i did this year....