I know this is early, and maybe a bit presumptuous, but does anyone have any suggestions about where one might be able to hunt a black bear from the road system in the interior or on the Kenai? The deal is that I spent about 3 weeks in Alaska in 2006 on a DIY caribou hunt/business trip/vacation. My buddy and I traveled as far south from Anchorage as Soldotna and as far north as just past Livengood (we were headed to Manley Hot Springs but got worried about the rental car), and then back down the Richardson Hwy.
That all said I’ve now talked my wife into a week’s vacation this upcoming Labor Day week. We will start in Anchorage then a day down on the Kenai, then north to Fairbanks and then back to Anchorage, perhaps via Tok. We are going to try a bit of fishing, my wife loves to fish, and I was planning on bringing my 870 20 ga. grouse gun. A lot of ground to cover, but if we stopped for a bit I’ve also considered bringing my new .308 Kimber Montana should a chance at blackie present itself. Now the question is – where is a place that a chance encounter might have the highest odds? Not concerned with the biggest bear on the planet, but I’ll not shoot any little ones either. And I would mind hiking off the road a bit if required. Any thoughts or suggests would be appreciated – also regarding any good roadside fishing spots.
Thanks much – my trip is still almost 4 months away, but the airplane tickets are in the bag and I’m already getting excited to be back in “the great land”.