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    Default BRWNBR 2018 season

    Well, almost that time again. Spring bear starting up in late April and moving on thru to about thanksgiving. Iíve got about 16 hunts on the schedule this year. Iíll post photos and updates here after each hunt, good or bad. This is a unadultered look at how my season is going. Being transparent and honest with people is my main goal and what I strive for. By keeping a running thread on my season folks can look back over the years and see how things have been going. This is one of those things that can go either way, a poor weather season could hamper success, or we could have a fantastic season. Either way, follow along and go on a ride with me!!
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    Default Shooting full term cubs for subsistence food

    I have been told by Fish, and Game, and by the Alaska Troopers, to ask a big game guides to clarify, and validate shooting a cub brown/grizzly with it's mother.
    The regulations are vague in that the cub must be of the same size, and proportions of the mother to shoot it.
    The situation I have is that the cubs are in their second year, but still with mom, 3 of them! I am not trophy hunting, but substance hunting these bears.
    It is hard to tell who is mom, but knowing makes it obvious, would you shoot one of the cubs out of the family, or mom, for the freezer, and would it be a legal ethical way of harvest from your point of view.
    Thank you, Ken

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    I have never shot a sow with cubs/sub adult bears. Although it is legal if the ďcubĒ is in its third year of life. If there are multiple bears together and one moves slower and has a more mature face profile I would tend to lean toward that one being the oldest bear. If I needed the food,
    I would shoot the bear with the most meat on it. I doubt cub is much ďtastierĒ than a sow depending on what you do with it.
    As far as ethics go..... I donít shoot cow moose with calves, but thatís a bit different as they only are with
    Mom one winter. Bear cubs on their third year should be just fine. Iím not gonna say itís ethical or not. If your the one pulling the trigger thatís up to you.

    The troopers told you to ask a guide?!
    Where around anchorage are you Subsistance hunting at?

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    I am living in Unit 13, been in 11@12 also been in these parts for over 40 years. These bears eat good cause they don't get into fish. call em berry bears, last male wouldn't touch nothing but cranberries. With all the recent hype about saving the animals and trees, i did not want to stir the pot anymore than necessary. Fish and Game officers told me to check with big game guides as whether to shoot a full term cub with mom, but that doesn't mean I wont get ticketed. So having verification, and input from you guys, I can keep my freezer full of the best pork ya will ever eat. I look at the cubs track compare it to mom, and the others, all about the same size, although there is a big difference in weight that is not noticeable. So If there about the same size, not being a trophy then i will continue to harvest only for my needs.

    Fish and Game is allowing the harvest of cows, and unborn calves, by leaving the season open year round, do not know why they even bother to close it for mating at this point. Talk about unethical. Need to go back to the old ways, hunt a few months before rut, and close it for the season, they done killed all the wolves out to stop stressing the herd, now it do not produce any calves because it is so stressed...

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    If fish and game says itís a 3 year old bear thereís nothing the troopers can do. Itís no longer considered a cub and is a legal animal.
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    Getting warmed up. Bear baits are going out next week to begin their soak prior to the first baited hunt in late May. Gear is getting packed for this first trip to the mountians as well.

    This year we will be serving all bread products from a locally made bread maker. Rolls, hamburger buns, hot dog buns and sandwhich bread will all be homemade (not a store. A home!) !!! Ohh mercy....
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