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.