This is my first post here and was hoping for a little help. Long story short is I ended up with enough airline credits to come to Alaska. Thought about flying in to Anchorage or Kenai, rent a SUV and do some sight seeing and bear hunt for 5 or 6 days. I've done a search here and gathered some information but still have a few questions. I'm 55 years old and hunted my whole life but have zero experience in Alaska. I'm in reasonable health and a little short on money.
Is it better to fly in to Anchorage or Kenai for this type of hunt? My plans are to find some spots where I can hike a mile or so off the road and glass. Without giving away your honey holes, can someone give me an idea where to look? Is the 3rd week of September a good time to try this? What town is the best place to stay?
The way I'm reading the regs, the meat doesn't have to be carried out in the fall. Is this right? When a bear tag is purchased, do you also buy a seal for the hide? If luck came my way, would like to have the skull bleached and the hide tanned up there and then shipped. Would also like to have a bear rug but can't afford it right now. Can the hide be tanned for a future rug? What are the important measurements to give to a future taxidermist? Iíve caped elk and deer so donít think a bear would be a problem.
Sorry for all the questions. Any help would be greatly appreciated.