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    Default bear question

    hey guys I was wondering if yall could chime in and inform me as to when the bear start to pack things up for the winter and head for their dens...any input would be appreciated

    if the area you're hunting matters...I'm in the Fairbanks area

    thanks guys,

    Richie

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    Default Winter Lethargy

    The sows with cubs are already entering the dens, but a few boars (particularily brownies) may remain out until mid-November. Since it's not true hibernation, they can arouse at any time for brief periods.

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    should start sleeping about now
    I choose to fly fish, not because its easy, but because its hard.

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    When food gets scarce.

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    Default Cazador's got it

    From what I have seen- most sows and cubs are denning right now. However, boars (especially brownies) will remain out for a couple more weeks. Went flying on Tuesday and saw a number of boars, some of which were digging in, some weren't- saw no sows/cubs.

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    Saw 1 Sow with what looked to be this spring's cubs up high yesterday in the hatchers pass area. Was very warm and sunny. They were on the sunny side in the rocks moving very slow. It looked like they were turning rocks for whatever reason. Also cut a very large track in the snow lower in the trees, but it looked to be a couple of days old.

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    Default great info

    thanks guys I appreciate it

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    Default Black Bear Hunting in October

    We had a Black Bear sow and twin 2 year old on our deck over the last weekend, knocked down a flower pot. i heard a big splash in the Kenai. I went in to get my flashlight and saw the bears walking the shoreline of an island facing our house.

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    Oct. 29th at 4:53 PM.
    "...just because we didn't agree with you doesn't mean we didn't have good discussion. It just means you missed it." -JMG-

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoggyMountain View Post
    Oct. 29th at 4:53 PM.
    Soggy: I'm not sure you allowed for the darkness in Fairbanks..., were you thinking Juneau?

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    Nope... I factored in the darkness, daylight savings time, and the last three leap years.

    Juneau bears go to bed on the first day after November 14th that it stops raining.... which is sometimes January 3rd.
    "...just because we didn't agree with you doesn't mean we didn't have good discussion. It just means you missed it." -JMG-

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    You got it, Ketchikanites typically leave out the "factor". lol

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