I did it! Finally scored on my first Alaskan big game animal and what a way to do it! I spent only 3 days at the cabin and had numerous run in's and close encounters with some incredible bears. At one point I was on the bank of a small salmon stream and had 4 adult bears fighting less than 40 yards away for a spot in the creek and two cubs up a tree. This went on for almost an hour. There were bears roaring just through some willows from me but I couldnt see any of them clearly. Several times they charged straight at me after being ran off by the sow, but I just couldnt get a shot due to the thick willows and brush. It started to get a little intense and I backed out of there finaly to hunt another day. The third day I sat at the mouth of the creek on a rise and after 4 hours I found this guy coming out of the willows and into the Talkeetna river to fish. He caught one before I could get into a good solid position and headed back into the brush and by the time he came out a second time I was able to range him at 40.5 yards and with less than half of his body sticking out of the river. I drilled him right through both lungs. All the practice for my Elmendorf moose tag paid off! He only ran 30 yards into the thick brush, but we went to get him about a half hour later and he was still breathing. When we got there we found a sow and three cubs in there heading our direction. I yelled to try and spook her away but that was the wrong thing to do! She stood up for a split second, pinpointed me and charged to within about 10 yards. I was about to fire a shot into the ground when she turned around and headed off. Then I went back and found my bear again and dispatched him with the .44. He wasnt moving but continued to gasp a little. By far the most intense hunt I have ever done! I think my body is still trying to get the adrenaline levels back in check!