Well i guess the words out...so heres the skinny.
did over 1000 miles these past two weeks up north of the denali hwy with alpine creek lodge (great place, great people, good times) looking for grizz. i cut two sets of tracks, one really nice bear that headed south into the timber, never to be seen again.
the second up in the mtns, we pushed him with the snowmachines one day on accident and thats how we found him, he climbed the mtn and hide in the rocks. next day we headed back in (30 miles), found the den and he had returned to it and was goofin' off.
we hiked on snowshoes and our old snogo trail for 2.5 miles so we didn't spook him again, got within 270 yards, crusty loud snow and brush. Client dropped him with his .416, he rolled right over the den and died 20 yards below it.
he squared out at 8.5 foot, not sure on the skull, hair was incredible, looked like he'd been out a couple days at the most. only den we saw, only bear we saw.
Thought the view was pretty cool, so i snapped a quick pic while Dan the lucky hunter was snappin' some himself!
SNOW CONDITIONS..everyones asking..the last three days its melted ALOT, alot of overflow, standing water, creeks are open and snow level has dropped probably at least a good foot or more in two days.
down low near the road its getting super brushy, but not enough ground for a ATV, but the snows getting punchy for the machines. if you do head out, i'd have a mt machine with some horsey power, a 550f or tunrda ain't gonna make it. i was on a 600 with a long track and had to break trail for the tundra we had. but that in creates some over heating issues with snow conditions in the morning after a freeze, hard trail and a bad crust on the snow..
the next two weeks are gonna be funky, but also gonna be a good time for start looking for more bears.
mt machine, some brush bustin', maybe some water skipping an glassing...get back into the valleys into the better snow and watch for avalanches, they have started back in there. its beautiful place..had a riot.
no wolf tracks anywhere...