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    Default Looking for black bears..

    I've been trying to find a good black bear for about a month now in the Anchorage/Palmer area. I have been out in the Knik river area and found a lot of good sign but haven't seen any yet. I would like to get all the way back to the wolf point/metal creek area but do not have an atv so it is too far of a hike for a day hunt. Is there any other areas around here that are still accessible where anyone has seen black bears?

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    Check out Hope, plenty of blackies there and you can hunt/glass right off the road....
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    Thanks I'm checking it out now. I appreciate your help.

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    No prob, actually there are some good bear hunting locations off the Seward Highway, worth a drive atleast. There probably pretty high up this time of the year tho, it'd be quite a hike.

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    I can see 3 Black Bears and 1 Brown Bear from Downtown Sunrise, Alaska. (Sunrise is Mile 7.3 to mile 8.3 Hope Road) Bear watched at 3:PM today Sat. Oct. 9'th 2010 Just medium size bears all.

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    Yeah I definitely think I am going to try out the Hope Rd. I haven't had much luck anywhere else so that is where I am planning on going next. Thanks a lot for your help, I'll let you know how my hunt goes, heading out on Monday.

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    Try Eklutna lake. It's archery only, but last Wednesday i saw 15 nice black bears on the hillsides on the far end of the lake. Mountain bike back there and hike up after whichever one you want.

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    gijoe
    You may want to look at 14c black bears and the other Hope road post read through all of these pretty carefully. I wouldnt want to be walking up the side of a mountain in the conditions that are upon us now and mother nature's pms sky rockets. Also unless I scouted or researched the area pretty good I just wouldn't want to up "try" it.

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    I am not one to just go walking off into a new area without scouting it out first and learning as much as I can about the place first. I have to start somewhere though, but I'm not going to just go out and walk my way into a situation that I can't get out of. Thanks for the info though, I'm sure that a lot of people do actually do that and end up in a bad way.

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    agreed with rob. Eklutna has pope and young bear up there. Me and a buddy were there lookin for sheep. tried on a blackie that pushed 7 feet. Its a real tough hike, we went for the weekend, and it was grueling but worth it. had a sal n 2 cubs at 40 yards too

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    HuntAK59,
    Do you need to have the archery certification course to bow hunt out there or not? I haven't had a chance to take the course yet, but I looked in the reg book and it just says bow and arrow only, it doesn't specify if you need the certification for that area.

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    You need to be IBEP certified for Eklutna, and all archery only hunts I believe.
    Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.

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    That's what I thought but I couldn't find anything for sure in the reg book.

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    Trouthead is correct, for all archery only hunts you need to have the IBEP cert, all others you do not.

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    Yeah. But it would be worth it to get it. If you have your cert from another state it will Xfer

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