I may get the chance to come up to Anchorage in the end of July for a work trip and I was thinking of bringing the black bear tag that I didn't fill this spring. I was mainly planning on fishing since I only have two days to work with, but I figured I would keep my rifle close and the tag in my pocket just in case. I know bear meat is not the best when they are on fish, but I was wondering if it is totally inedable or if it's just not the best. Would it make good hamburger? If not, how would it work as sausage?
If I don't end up fishing I may take a quick hike up the lost lake trail for some sightseeing. Would there be any berries in the last week of july? Will the bears all still be down low on the fish or is it worth bringing the rifle?