Headed out of Valdez with a few goals in mind. Run the new boat motor, hopefully find a couple bears for the kids, pick up a few shrimp, meet up with some friends and enjoy. The new motor and jet combo was a great improvement over the previous motor and all was well. The weather was crappy with fog and rain and the water was a little rougher than desired but we made decent time. Had to plow through some ice fields but made it to our starting point for hunting and dropped the shrimp pots and started looking.
As the tide went out late at night I put my brother and his grand son out on the flats for a late evening hunt. It wasn't long before the shots rang out and he had his first bear - off to a good start. First shot put the bear down and it rolled into the creek - another shot to keep it still - great start to a 12 year olds big game hunting. It wasn't a big bear but the hide was nice and as it turned out it was the only one we got a shot at.
Good friend Seaulater rolled in about the time we started gutting the bear and set the anchor for the night. We hung the bear knowing the crisp temperatures would cool the meat in the few hours before we could get the boat to it in the day light and high tide. Short nights sleep and time to skin the bear - Seaulater was kind enough to offer his massive bow for the task at hand. While 1/2 the crew tackled that job my daughter and I pulled the shrimp pots looking for dinner.