Man, after years of dreaming (and trying) of getting a black bear I was going to make 2006 my year.
Spring, I set up bait, I get one little blackie in at first ( never saw it, just tracks and hair) then brownie moved in. Bummer, I dont really have the time to set up another bait. I pack it up and hunt off anothers buddies station, where the blackies have been in thick. unfortunately the 2 times I hunted it they did not come in. My buddy was out in the road one time making a cell call and said he saw a big one coming that way, but he spooked it.
Im moose hunting and see a bear, I decide to take it. Somehow I missed the shot.
I plan to fly out of homer for a four day trip to emerald lake where my dad remembers seeing lots of big bears. Weather prevents flying for 1 and a half days. First day there I see about 15 bears. Problem is they are above the GOATS! I have no idea what they wanted up in the cliffs ( I was glassing them from fields of blueberries) Last day I drag my poor dad up 3000 vertical, alder covered feet after a bear only to have the wind shift bad and spook the bear.
Went to hope and didnt see any bears. spotted one at 5 pm up high while driving the highway at 5pm. he too was way up there but we try to make it anyway. we got to where he used to be but now he had grazed up another thousand yards and most of it through a bad tangle of alders. Darkness was comming in a half hour so we bagged it.
Just got back form the rl460 hunt in crow creek pass. Hiked in (from girdwood) almost to camp creek, but it was obvious that from a time standpoint (weekend) that we would not make it back in time. We didnt see one bear, but saw a nice bull, goats and sheep.
Most people seem to think of black bears as easy, oppurtunity critters, and I guess sometimes they are. but they can be one of the most challenging things to hunt also. I have done some very rigourous and at times scary climbing to get one.
I guess Ill have to wait until next year to get one.