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    Default Brown/grizzly population on the Yentna River

    Can anyone familiar with the Yentna River tell me how the population of bears look ??? Am thinking of going on a hunt this Fall and would appreciate any feed back I can get. Hope to be there first two weeks of September.THANKS!!!

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    Absolutely no shortage of bears. This is the first year you can hunt them over bait also.
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    Leave an empty gas can behind your tent.... they'll be there in no time to Chew it up

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    I have hunted moose near the upper end of the Yentna many times and have always seen multiple brown bears. Usually more bears than moose. Please take one home with you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bkmail View Post
    Absolutely no shortage of bears. This is the first year you can hunt them over bait also.
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    Some of the bears in that area are particularly fond of dry dog food.
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    How is springtime hunting? I've considered running up the Yentna or Deshka for black/griz hunting in early summer one of these years.
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    Lots of bears on that river. In particular around the confluence area with the Hayes River. In the salmon season they are real thick. Not the biggest bears around, but if you are selective, I have heard of some guys taking some 9+ footers out of there.

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    I was thinking of a spring black bear hunt in that area. I'm a non res.
    Any suggestions? Hunt the river? Side creeks? Hills?
    Float it or hunt from a camp? Thinking of early or middle May.

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    Wouldn't even consider going before May 15 and if a choice was to be had, would rather go the last week of May or early June.

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    Thanks, Gary. Why not before May 15th?

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    Stuart,
    This spring the river was ice free in late May, thus you would have been waiting for break-up had you been any sooner.
    In early June or so.....the hooligan are running, gives the bears something to eat on the river where you might get a shot at one.
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    Thanks BK.

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    Stuart,
    Post some pics of your results when you help us thin the bear population out.

    Are you thinking about baiting, spot/stalk, etc...? What is your plan here? Are you hiring a guide, hunting with a local, just curious what you had in mind. Maybe "we" as locals could be of more help to you.
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    I was coming up to look at property up river from Skwentna. I figured if I'm coming up, might as well get a hunt in.
    I talked with a state biologist. He recommended early may. He said bears would be out by then, and I could see the property at it's highest.
    I don't want to make plans, and show up to find the river unnavigable, though. Sounds like later may would be better. I don't know about which way to hunt would be best. I am hoping for advise from local residents.
    Won't go guided. To expensive.

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    Stuart,
    Do you have a boat or access to one, assuming that is your mode of transportation?
    In May, bears are looking for food and usually on the move, typically filling their bellies with new grass. Baiting is popular and produces since the area is relatively flat, making spot and stalk difficult, unless you are way up the Yetna in the headwaters where there are mountains to glass.
    Baiting also requires time and patience, usually. Not to mention the logistics of getting bait to your location, again its possible if you have your own transportation.
    This past spring, the weather was running two weeks behind usual break-up. Hopefully won't be the same this spring.

    Other thoughts;
    How long do you plan to be up here checking out land/hunting?
    Ever been up here before?
    Are you familiar with the area at all?

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    PS- What do you mean by "seeing the property at its highest"?

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    Thank you for all the responses. I am going to be hunting both the East and West branches of the Yentna in September with a guide. There is nothing I want more than to thin out the brown/grizzly population up that way and I will certainly share my hunt story and pictures with everyone on the Forum upon my return. Wish me luck!!! Any further responses will be appreciated. THANKS!

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    Sorry BK,
    What I meant was 'to see the property with the river at it's highest'

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    Can the yenta be run by regular prop or do you need a jet boat?


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    Maybe during the fall rainy/flood season would be the best time to see the river at it's highest.

    2012 Flood Yentna River.jpg 2012 Flood Flathorn Lake & Big Su.jpg
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    Stuart,
    Gotcha, makes sense.

    Highest,
    It can be done, but I wouldn't.
    Many people do, including some of the freighter guys like Alexander on here.


    Look forward to pics from you guys with some dead moose eaters.
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