Our Brown bear hunt that was schedualed for spring 2009 has now been moved up to 5 weeks from today.
We will be hunting with Barnof expeditions (Jim Boyce)
It should be a wild time. this is our first hunt to Alaska and a long time dream for both Dad and myself.
Though the time line has shortened and it has left me scrambling to get equipment and permits.
I am haveing a VERY tough time finding good rubber boots. Jim suggests Knee high with a Air Bob sole. Then I have a problem with huge calves and super wide feet.
I am not sure on rain gear yet either. After reading this forum I have come to the decsion that nothing works that is both breathable and waterprof. I was out shopping today and came acroos a nice rubber jacket (Carhart) I was thinking of takeing that in my Day pack and putting it on if we are just sitting or on the boat. Any hiking will be done in my regualr hunting jacket. I have had this jacket out Salmon fishing and only seems to leak around the seams and only when it is really comming down.
There is a possibility that I will not get my Form 6 (I am Canadian) Any thoughts on useing the guides guns? He says he has good equipment and we are welcome to use it. He wants dad to use his 300 WM and wants me on a 375. I know its not the ideal sittuation, but I think I can make it work. I was thinking about getting a extra few boxes of shells and just banging them off the day we arrive by plane. Between here and ther, I was just going to get out as much as possible with my 300 RUM.
The fitness program started within 4 hours of Jim calling and asking us to move our date. At present it is one mile a day with a goal of under 15 minutes, followed by a light pack then a heavey pack and finaly doing some hills the last week. Its been a long winter and my first night (Saturday) it took close to 30 minutes. Tonight I was down to 20 minutes (Sunday)
I didnt feel sore this Am, but I could feel it last night.
I will be in Sitka for a whole day. Can anyone recomend any thing good to go see? Any great charachter restaurants? Good Hotel?
What would you expect the fishing to be like around Sitka at that time of year? I would expected it to be slow, but is it even worth trying? How about Steel head? Are they running at that time of year?
Wow so many things to do and so little time
Anyone have a suggestion on a video Camera? How do you find the cameras are effected by the salt water? Any sense in bringing my Nikon D70? If I wreak that I might as well stay in Alaska and not come home.
Thanks for any help guys