It was a good spring this year... seems all over the state from the reports. it was awesome weather out in western ak, and proly the most pleasurable 19 days I've spent consecutively in Alaska since I started. had a couple clients, and was fortunate to send em both home with mature boars.
Most guides that have been at it a bit have clients that return on a regular basis to hunt with them. A highlight for me this spring was getting to guide one such client again. Shane and I have been hunting big bears together for six years now, with a moose and reindeer hunt thrown in as well. Shanes easy to guide and understands and performs his role in the hunt well. he lets me do my job and has confidence in my decisions. this hunt proved no different and produced Shanes 5th big bear with me...a whopper boar that multiple guides in the company have been hunting for the past three seasons.
this boar got dubbed the "grey bear" 2 seasons ago by my boss and I, and gave me the slip 2 falls ago when a long stalk concluded at sixty yards when a trio of caribou ran into the brush with us and took him away in pursuit of them. I was ticked and vowed to make good on my next chance at him. he got by another guide last spring. we were beginning to think of him as pretty **** lucky.
...the grey bears luck ran out with Shane this spring at 75 yrds after 7 days of fruitless glassing. he was far skinnier than last I saw him and seemed to have not faired so well over the winter. same huge bear for our country with an unmistakably lighter color and head than usual . his skull went well over 27, and he squared 10ft 1...interestingly he didn't seem to have much age for a bear of that size and head bone. but he sure was skinny. skinniest big bear I've ever put a knife to, and it was still all I could do to roll and skin him alone the next day.
Shanes saga continues...he killed the 1st ten footer I ever guided in 2009 at 10'2, took a 9'3 and 9'10 brownie with me in 2010 and 2011, killed a HUGE grizzly with me last fall at 9'6, and now this spring bruiser. Shane likes to hunt big bears...as do I. best of all its not at all about ego with shane, and while we hunt for mature boars only, he appreciates the stalks and tactics of bear hunting the most, and feet and inches secondarily. I look forward to our hunts together, and look to see him continue his bear hunting in the future.
hope everyone that was out enjoyed there time in this great state as much as I did again this spring. heres some pics
after the fact I gotta admit...I kinda hate to see him go.