Well, i don't usually write stories in here and this ones complex but i'll try to dumb it down a bit so it makes some sense.
Most of you know i'm a guide, and i had a client with a brown bear tag down the east side of kodiak this fall.
The airtaxi i flew with had me scheduled the day the drawing results came out (they've flown me before and know where my camp is as well) well a little while before i fly down, another resident hunter and guide(buddy) call the air taxi and tell them they'd like to go out and hunt the same tag area but want to stay out of jakes "area", don't want to step on any toes. Very thoughtfull of them, the air taxi tells them they need to go where I am and just work things out. Keep in mind this is the smallest bay in the drawing area, less than one mile of beach, one tiny salmon stream all enclosed in private property that i have exclusive rights to. To top it all off, they fly in and camp 600 yards from the stream 2 full days before season opens.
Well, my hunter and i show up an there we sit, .5 miles apart staring at each other and one tiny little stream, that the bears have all but abandoned since there's been scent running up and down it for two days already. Long story short, they shoot a nine foot four bear on the secon day on its way to the creek right at dark, we watch thru the binos. Three days go by, we see lots of sows and cubs up high and one little bear, the weathers not good so the other hunter/guide dont' fly out. finally a plane buzzes the bay and leaves, thinking something may be wrong we hike over to the other camp to make sure things are ok.
Introductions are made and my hunter and the other guide actually have a hunt booked together next season and they we all knew this prior to this hunt. Turns out for three days the other two guys sat in their camp and watched three legal bears around us, twice within 300 yards, but due to the high grass we coudlnt' see them from our location and a big bear that they had seen all three days in a row up the valley behind our camp, again, out of sight from our location. When i asked why they never thought to come share any of this info with us, since they already felt they were stepping on my toes and the toes of his future client, his(the guide buddy) replies that he decided it was best to keep his scent in one location...WHAT?! They are less than 700 yards(flat grass terrian) from where we were glassing and woulda took less than 10 min to come tell us theres a bear over the hill behind you.
Finally they flew out, the day they left we headed up over the valley wall to look for deer and saw the big bear they had seen, went up and were able to nail him in his bed. He squared ten foot six and was huge. But as my client stated, he woulda been happy with the 8'er they never mentioned to us.
I'm pretty fried about the whole deal, the lack of respect, the lack of caring that they dropped in knowing full well thats right where i'd be hunting, they even mentioned my name to the air taxi, goosed at the air taxi for telling them to go there and even more goosed at them for letting the air taxi talk them into it! Its not that i want the world to myself, but the least another hunter could do, that encroaches like this would be to help out, hey lets work some signals up since we're stuck here..or a hey theres a bear right over the hill 10 mintues ago...or we've seen a big one up there a couple days in a row. If i hadn't have gone over to make sure things were ok, we'd have never heard about the bear we got, the bears we missed or any of it.
So in closing, help each other out in the field, be sports about it all. you see hunters and you see game they might be able to get to, or your tagged out, help out. If we can't help each other in the field, how are we ever gonna help each other anywhere else?! You see a plane fly by and the hunters that are suppose to be on it, don't show, go take a look, have the other hunters back a little. Go a long way to making us hunters look just a little less selfish in the long run.
same pics as the photo thread but still neat to see.