Preparations: I have dreamed of hunting brown b ear in Alaska since I was in elementary school in the 1970s. In early 2009, I finally hired guide Dennis of Alaska True Adventures (http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/member.php/2998-AlaskaTrueAdventure) to guide me on a brown bear hunt. We originally planned to go in September 2009, but we had to move it too this September. It was to be an eleven-day hunt from September 6-17.
I spent many hours talking with Dennis, who was very helpful in answering my nearly-infinite questions. I worked out almost daily to stay/get in shape.
I decided to use my Weatherby DGR in .375 Wby and spent many hours from April to August shooting it and getting comfortable with it.
I shot about 240 rounds through it during six or seven range sessions. I had it sighted in perfectly, and surprisingly managed to get to where I did not flinch with it. I know this because in late August I once forgot that I had not yet chambered a round and fired on an empty chamber and stayed on the bullseye. I spent hours refining my list of gear and, then finally, sorting, packing, and shipping it (about 82 lbs of stuff).