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    Default When do the the blackie bears come out?

    In general, what is the earliest a guy could expect to catch up with a black bear on a spot and stalk hunt within a few hours of Anchorage? My parents are looking to come up and visit, and my mom thinks April works better for them then May. I informed her there is really nothing to do in April, but my sister lives up here also and she just wants to come and visit. I, however, being a person of great logic, figure that if they are coming up, I might as well salvage a bear hunt out of the deal for my dad. I have spent five summers on the Kenai Peninsula and one fall on Kodiak, and have been in Anchorage this time around since last May, so I have never been here for the spring thaw. With all that in mind, what are peoples' thoughts on the earliest a guy could get a couple days of hunting in, and where (in general, of course) might be a good place to start. Like I said, I have spent most of my time on the Kenai, but anywhere between Soldotna and the Denali Highway would be in range. Any info would be appreciated.

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    I've seen bears on the mountain sides along Turnagain Arm in mid-April. Hunt the snow-free areas that are open, and you may just get lucky. Study the maps closely, though, as the difference between open and closed areas can be just over a ridge or around a corner.

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    Thanks Brian, anybody else have any more ideas?

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    you could go across the inlet to unit 16b and follow a brown bear around in april until it digs out a black bear....then shoot them both....
    "early to bed, early to rise, fish like hell, and make up lies"

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharksinthesalsa View Post
    you could go across the inlet to unit 16b and follow a brown bear around in april until it digs out a black bear....then shoot them both....
    Good plan!

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    Saw a fresh Brownie track a couple of weeks ago out by the Skwentna Flats. Also a pack of five Wolves East of the Yenlos the same weekend. Surprisingly, a few Moose east & south of the Yenlos too. Want to guess what the Wolves were loping along after? Got 'em to burn off a few calories before the inevitable meal though.
    These Chinooks keep up and we'll see a few of these Brownies up & down for the next month or so. Especially in the Yentna drainage, seems to me the salmon return wasn't what it was the year before. We might have a few hungry bears waking for a snack.

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    The people out at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center told me that the warm weather had already woken up a number of black bears and that the browns were getting up too. That was a couple of weeks ago. I'd expect an early season this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tananaBrian View Post
    The people out at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center told me that the warm weather had already woken up a number of black bears and that the browns were getting up too. That was a couple of weeks ago. I'd expect an early season this year.

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    Saw a black bear three weeks ago next to Knik Elementary.

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    when winter is over

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alasken View Post
    What and where is the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center?
    It used to be called "Big Game Alaska" - located across the street from the road to Portage Glacier and Whittier at the end of Turnagain Arm.

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