Definitely, my favorite part of checking out the Forums is reading the long posts on hunts, pretty inspiring and fun to go along, so here's my shot at doing my part here, get ready, long story, lots of pics, we had a great time.
So my spring Black Bear hopes seem to be fading into busyness and breakdowns, weather delays and all. As May becomes a memory, thinking I may have lost out on the "Tasty Spring Bear,"
But No, rather I am encouraged by several Forum members, "It's not too late" Thanks guys, I needed to hear that right then. Also, it's June, so I get a chance to bring my 8yr old son along as school is out and he is now free to go anywhere Dad goes!
We stop by the fish plant and take on ice for both increased stability and our own cooler/meat hanging locker, planning for success.
This is Keegan down in the area we hope to hang Black Bear at 35F for the duration of the hunt and return. We're primarily Meat Hunters so we're pretty big on this end of the deal.
We head out for area 15, South Kenai Peninsula eyeing that "Two Bear Limit and No Closed Season". Finally, June 17th, we get a weather break and toss the lines departing Kodiak for Homer on Nice Forecast, well SW15 for the day and coming up to 20 that night. That's only "kinda nice" for a 38ft boat needing to cross the Barren Islands area.
It starts out real nice, the benefits of our own boat paid for by comm fishing, and a diesel engine throttled down to be cool on fuel, brings the entire hunt to a reality expense wise and is pretty comfy as well. Even comes with DVD laptop and "Man, how many times have you watched Big Red One now anyway?" Cruising easy there's lots of time to kill.
We barely squeeze through the weather window though and as is common the Barren Islands current mania throw some twists on us and even though we had the tides/currents all planned out it was tough on the boy for the last stretch, SW turned to become SE weather and we were running in the ditch for several hours, middle of the night as Keeg is leaning into the sink removing his dinner I hear, "this is the worst day of my life." That's not easy on Dad believe me, I toss fuel economy out the window and throttle way up and get it over with as quick as possible. Those Barrens cannot be respected enough is all I can say about that. What a Crazy Area!
We pull into Homer and sleep deeply in the harbor, after a day of boat biz we spend a day taking my sister and three kids chasing halibut, we enticed them to drive down for fresh halibut and they arrived shortly with our new Mad River Canoe on top of the car. Yahoo, had it ordered through REI and shipped to Anch, just had to figure out how to get it to the boat. What a deal, next day they drove north with 78lbs of Fresh Filets in the cooler and we depart with the new "Shore Recon Rig" tied down on top of the boat. Lets Go Hunting Bear !!
That evening we pull into Chrome Bay, drop the anchor in weather like this, AAAAWWWWWwwwwwwww