My good buddy joined me on a Kodiak brown bear hunt on Frazer Lake from April 16-29. It's been a really late spring with few bear sightings out there. We saw 10 bears in 12 days of hunting which is far fewer than normal and far fewer than we hoped and expected to see. Four of the bears were stalkable but I was after Mr. big. We had wind, rain, and snow 11 of the 14 days and therefore could not always see the Mt. tops which is where basically all the bears were.
One bear remained in the same spot for 7 days, one for 3 days, and two for 2 days. They just weren't moving. It was amazing to see where the bears hide. They were all above the alder line way up in the snow and often in rocky out croppings.
I was holding out for a 9 foot plus boar, of which we only saw one. He came over the ridge top into our valley and the wind was wrong. I made a "Hell Mary" attempt to beat the wind and failed as expected. He had a 8 1/4 inch front pad. We found him 2 days later in some seriously steep, rugged, rocky outcroppings. Clearly, he knew where the safe hiding spots were! I got to within 245 yards of where he was holed up in the rocks but had no shot opportunity. I could not get any closer due to the steep terrain and snow - I had surpassed my comfort level. The next day he was spotted at the top of this same rugged Mt. I made a galliant 2 1/2 hr climb/effort up the back side of the Mt to come in from behind - more uncomfortable sidehilling on snow covered slopes and rotten snow. The wind switched AND he changed locations during my stalk. I met him on the ridge top at 150 yds, he noticed I hadn't bathed in quite some time and proceeded to show me his big A__! My buddy watched him come barreling down the Mt and then he casually walked out of the valley never to be seen again.
On the last day of the hunt, I went for the small bear that we had seen and walked by for the previous 7 days. It was a dink 3 yr old but has a beautiful hide. I guess this means I will have to go back again someday for my 9 to 10 foot, there could be worse things!