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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.
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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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    First hunt is done
    Saw four grizzly, two dens open while we were there, coyotes, foxes, sheep,moose and lots of clouds wind and snow!
    One grizzly would have been dodging bullets had he dropped off the mountain he was playing on, but he wouldnít do it.
    This amazing black male wolf decided to walk by camp on the first morning however.
    Great trip, great client.


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    That wolf is fantastic! I know it may not have been what your client was after, but I'd way rather take a black wolf than a grizzly. Very cool!

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    He understood how rare that gift of the wolf was! He loves it and his trip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BRWNBR View Post
    He understood how rare that gift of the wolf was! He loves it and his trip.
    That's the right kind of person to hunt with, for sure!

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    Second trip is wrapped up. Saw three Grizz, 8 wolves with two dead caribou from the air,
    Wolverine multiple times, Fox and hundreds of caribou. Had over 5í of snow in places. It better melt quick or this caribou calves are gonna have a rough spring! Was 19 degrees at 3000í last night at midnight when we snowshoes this 8í grizz the three miles back to the tent!



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    Trip number three is behind me! Flew out with a great guy from WI, works in a ER. Man I was sure hoping my skill set came in more handy that his did on this trip! Things went smoothly. Bear tracks each day on the mountains, saw a sow with triplets then this beauty of a boar working his way toward us. We drop off our look out and went out to greet him. And greet him we did. 30-378 gave a firm handshake. He squared out at 8í4Ē. Neat part was he had shotgun pellets in the top of his neck, been there a longggg time it looked like. Great bear, great company and a great trip!



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    Boar and a dead cub. More details later....


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    Got the first of three baited bear hunts finished up. On the drive out we found this boat on top of a freshly killed six
    Month old cub. One major puncture wound to the spine.
    The grizz hadnít hit any baits yet, saw plenty of tracks but this slow spring just have things either behind schedule of off kilter some how. We did manage this boar black bear the last night at 20 yards off a bait. Perfect hair, squared out at 6í6Ē.


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    Baited hunts number 2 is wrapped up. Grizzly activity has been slim this year so far. We have seen some increase in activity but otherwise is been almost nill.
    A couple nights into it a grizzly came into the bait, in the process of getting ready for the shot the clients gun jammed a dented shell into the chamber and wouldnít fully load. In the commotion to fix it he bear looked over our way and walked off. Uhg. No more activity until 120am the final night. A grizzly moved into the bait, sniffed the bait, trees, ground and walked off. Uhg. Again.



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    Well the baits never picked up this spring. Was the worst baiting year I have had yet. I did have an individual find my baits then go camp less than 200 yards from them for the weekend and check them everyday for me, which pretty much shut them down for the next week.
    So changes have been made. New sites selected in different areas over a 30 mile range. Next years will be a new year. Statewide baiting was slow this year, the late June baiting was picking up for folks and that was the week I had folks camping by my baits. Needless to say it was a disappointing month.
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    Headed back out the door this coming week. Start of the busy busy season! Typically this is a great time frame, time will tell. Berries are starting to ripen up and a few fish are floating up the rivers. Will be taking my second oldest son with me on this trip. His first time helping out on guides hunt. Figure itís time for him to see what dad does to put food on the table and a roof over their heads. Up till know they just hear the stories and highlights. I think this will be a reality check. Lol
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    Finished up the hunt. We saw ten grizzly, ten black bears, three moose in the Boone and crocket class, couple dozen cow caribou. But none of the grizzly where within striking distance. Frustrating but overall good turn out in the grizz department. Alaskaís a big big world out there. Client had a great trip and was disappointed as we all were to not be able to tag a bear but was thrilled with his overall experience.


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    Have a sheep hunt or two coming up?

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    Yup got a couple. Off to the mountians on the 9th.
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