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    Default Interior black bear

    How good is interior such as Fairbanks area black bear hunting vs toward coast?


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    I can't speak for the FBX area... But if you head over to the Tok area, you ought to find plenty of blacks in both the choc/cinn and black color phases.

    Personally, I think coastal bears have better coats, but not so much more so that it would prevent me from hunting interior bears. Especially if I had a chance at a cinnamon.

    As far as 'how good' ... I know folks who bait and/or hunt blackies in the Tok area who have plenty of opportunity to take nice boars.
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    Iv never hunted bear before grew up in Delaware so lookin forward to this experience up there for a few years


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    depends if you're looking for meat as well as a rug...

    interior have always been decent meat.

    Some coastal bears taste fishy, or other off flavor

    coats are normally better on coastal bears, interior bears coat lasts a little bit longer into the spring before rubbing....

    best black bear I have taken was an interior... at 8 1/2 foot

    that said, the average interior bear is in the 5 to 6 foot range

    coastal blacks are a little bigger around girth wise, so the average is 5 to 6 1/2, 7

    best advice is hunt where you are at..

    most times in spring, I'm in North Pole
    so I hunt Interior bears

    good luck and post some photos

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    Interior bear hunting is a bit tougher than coastal hunting. Miles and miles of trees and flat. Tough to do spot and stalk in most areas. Baiting is popular and maybe the most effective way to hunt it. Some areas have good populations but tough to see them.
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    Thanks yall


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    Quote Originally Posted by JuliW View Post
    I can't speak for the FBX area... But if you head over to the Tok area, you ought to find plenty of blacks in both the choc/cinn and black color phases.
    It helps to know how to hunt bears in the Tok area. I spent several days looking for a bear and could not find any. I mention it to several guys at work during a break. One guy said he saw 10 last night and he would take me hunting after work. After checking out several spots and no bears, we had one walk right up to us. It helps to know what your doing.

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    As long as you consider the "Fairbanks area" a relative term, blackies can be found in good numbers. Travel an hour and a half or more in any direction and your chances go way up.

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