Just returned from a couple of days chasing bears with the bow. Hunted around my cabin- near where I shot my moose- see pics in photo gallery. Only hunted on Saturday, saw 11 different bears from the ground. Got 30 yards from two- both appeared to be 3 year olds- one maybe went 7', didn't draw- but got some great video- they were sure something was there but didn't have our wind so there was a lot of head shaking and grunting. Also got 40 yards from an 8' shooter but was quartering towards us so he didn't present a great shooting opportunity. He eventually grew agitated, stood up to check out what he thought was there, and then ran off. No real urgency to kill one with the bow, it is just neat to get close to these incredible animals...now for the bad news.
Here are the numbers of bears v. moose that I saw from the air around our cabin in 13E this weekend-
27 Brown bears (classified now as being south of the AK range)
8 Black bears
5 Moose- 1 bull, 4 cows
are we missing some animals from the air? of course! Is there a gross amount of predators v. prey...you do the math.