I have been reading these threads like crazy. I am about to make my bait barrel for this hunting season. I have a few good ideas on what to use for bait from talking to a few people and reading your posts on here. My only thing I am lacking is a area to hunt. I live in the Eagle River area and would like a area close by. I can travel if need but but would like to keep the cost down so I can keep my kitchen pass for say. I grew up in montana and I am very good in the woods and have never lost any game that I have shot. I am not looking for a hand out of where you hunt by GPS... there is enougf wilderness for us all and I dont want to encrouch on your spots. I am just looking for a area where I have a decent chance. I did complete my baiting class. Any info would be great. BTW I think I am going to build my bait station with a bear keg due to it is small and I can pack it in and out with some ease.
Anyone every make bear jerky out of the blacks they have harvested? What is the best way to process them? If I am lucky I plan to harvest one with my bow, one with my new 460v and a rifle as well...
How far is the standard distance from the bait station for your tree stand? I was thinking 30 to 35 yeards for bow maybe a little bit more for rifle?
Thanks again for all the great info you have all posted on this site. I think that this site has the most "alaska" experence and knoledge that any other I have found.