I have been researching this a long time, my first bear hunt, first AK hunt, first boat hunt & first time boating myself on the ocean where there are big tide shifts.
So I have some questions, some I know but want to confirm others I need ideas!
We will have a 16' boat and a truck and are hunting the last week of May from the Staney Forest service cabin on the West side of the island, it is a little north of Craig and Klawock.
1. What is the best plan to locate bears, boat looking for them or boat to a vantage point and sit tight and glass? Or is boating around looking for sign, then stopping and glassing best? In other words get to know and area vs moving looking for bears constantly.
2. I want to bring my hide home with me, but I am not sure that is possible. If I choose to do this how can I? How big of a cooler is needed? How can I get it frozen folded before it spoils?
3. What meat am I not required to salvage (I read regs but want to be sure I hear from others first hand)?
4. Any suggestions to DIY fishing - is it possible, what to bring etc.
5. More tips to identify a mature bear and how to spot good hair.
6. Where to look for bears, besides obvious tidal flats and green areas. I hear sunny days are best?
7. Boating tips I might not have already.
8. How in the world can I get around without busting a prop? Continously look over the bow for them? Seems like sooner or later we will bust a prop.
9. How far from shore do you boat when looking for bears? How far can you typically see bears from a boat? What do you do when you see a bear from a boat - continue on, or cut engine, circle back and go to first hidden place (out of sight of the bear) and stalk. Basically how tolerant can I expect the bears to be of a boat.
10. How much luck have you had in the morning and midday?
11. Any ideas for some scenic areas to see and get pics?
12. Any ideas for whale watching?
13. How can we get help if we have problems on the water? Like a motor breaking.
14. Any idea how far from Craig I can get cell phone reception?
15. What places are there on the west side of POW to launch a boat?
16. How fast can I reasonably expect to travel in a 16' boat with a 18hp motor - 10mph?