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    Default Southeast Alaska Black Bear Hunt

    I had the opportunity to get a away for a few days to hunt down in southeast Alaska. We had a great time catching Dungeoness crabs and chasing blackies.

    I really enjoyed the opportunity to just sit on tidal flats in the evening, instead of climbing mountains in the fall for blueberry bears.

    I shot this bear at 645 p.m. after he wondered out in search of fresh grass. I stalked through the woods for about a 100 yards to get a closer shot. I set up in the woods, steadied my rifle on my pack, and slowly pulled the trigger to hear...click (I forgot to chamber a round). The bear immediately looked straight at me, even though he was still 150 yards away. He started to move back towards cover and I quickly, but quietly jacked a shell into the chamber. I waited until he stopped again to look back ,placed the crosshairs on him and doubled lunged him. He only ran about 10 yards & curled up under a tree.

    The bear measures 7' from paw to paw and 6'2" from nose to tail, making him about 6'7". Definitely my best bear & he has a great coat. The skull measured under 20".

    I spent the rest of the time cutting him up and on Friday night on made about 30 pounds of the 150 pounds of boned out meat into summer sausage. I took it to a party and people couldn't believe it was black bear. Black Bear gets a bad rap in my opinion. I'd eat a black bear steak any day.

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    Nice looking bear. In the photo it appears to be a Win Model 70; what cartridge/bullet combo did you use?

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    Default 7MM

    I was using a 7MM with 150 grain corelokt bullets. It did the trick. Good shot placement was key.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Irish View Post
    Good shot placement was key.
    You're exactly right--shot placement is the key. Congrats again.

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    Default Great looking bear

    Great job--congrats on the bear--looks like it will make a fantastic rug.

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    Default Nice Bear

    Nice Bear, Where in SE were you?

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    Cool. If you don't mind me asking, what did the F&G skull measurement come out to?

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    Thumbs up Nice...

    Awesome bear, and nice camos...look like King's to me...I love their patterns personally...I used the desert pattern religiously back in AZ. Even up high hunting elk and mule deer at 9000'+ it worked great. Congrats again!!!

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    Skull measurement was 19 1/16

    Yes, that is Kings outdoor shirt. IT's been great. I used it on my sheep, goat and bear hunts. Dry's out quickly and comfortable to wear.

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    I like the black snout on it! Good goin'!

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    I like the black snout on it!
    I agree. I have always liked how that looks for some reason. Nice bear, Irish!

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    Default snout

    I did a fall hunt on POW in 2007 and both my partner and I shot boars with black snouts.

    It may be a strong regional variant.

    I'd like to see a glacial bear myself. Grin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bighorse View Post
    I did a fall hunt on POW in 2007 and both my partner and I shot boars with black snouts.

    It may be a strong regional variant.
    Noted....thanks!

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    Default Nice Bear!

    Good looking animal - congrats and thanks for sharing the story!
    At least when you heard "click" you were not facing a charging Brown!

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    Got to love it when a plan comes together. Congrats on a nice bear. You are making my mouth water, only one week left before my daughter and I head up to try our hand at an alaskan blackie. I hope that she gets a chance at one as nice as yours..

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