My buddy and I returned from Montague Saturday from chasing deer and bear on the island. We stayed at the Beach River cabin and hunted from there for 8 days. We saw two deer (does) and killed one. We went to stalk doe #2 and my buddy threw out his lower back excitedly swinging his pack (with deer and gear in it) on his back, so we headed back to the cabin. Didn't see any deer after our second day of hunting. We extensively hiked the logging roads and glassed the meadows and threw out a few calls, even though its early.
For a place "infested" with brown bears (according to the Cordova state bio and Chugach Ranger) we saw nary a one. We hiked Beach River for a few miles looking for bears and didn't see hardly any sign, just some old tracks.
We learned a lot on this trip as it was our first time hunting blacktails, but not our last. Regardless of the lack of game we hunted hard and had a great time together, played a few hands of cribbage, and drank a bunch of beer! Whoever had the cabin previously left a few of Milwaukee's Best (oxy-moron?) on the table-along with a bunch of other stuff. BTW, the cabin was a utter dump when we arrived. My buddy spent his sick day (bad back) cleaning up the inside of the cabin. We also picked up the litter around the outside, we never had a chance to burn all the outside garbage though.
The flight home was spooky. Snow/rain/wind/low clouds. Tim from Natron didn't pick us up as his plane and building took a hit from a runaway home-built on the Soldotna strip (see Friday, Oct. 23's Peninsula Clarion http://www.peninsulaclarion.com/stor...07413709.shtml ).
Thanks to everyone who gave advice on skinning and salting bear hides in the meat care forum too, and to the guys who pm'd me about the same topic. It was a pleasure dealing with the Chugach Native Corporation and forum member DPhillips (Chugach land guy) was expeditious in his email exchanges and answers regarding trespass permits. I was really hoping to get my first brown bear on this trip. My brown skinning days will apparently come at a later date!