Hi everyone, I had posted this in another thread and a few members suggested making one for it separately. We took a terrific 10'6" bear from Kodiak this season, at mid-mountain in the alpine.
He was up by some waterfalls when we spotted him from our glassing position on the shoreline, along a small point. Funny thing was we couldn't make his size as he was only showing his head, which would pop up for a few moments as he was circling - looked more like a bedding activity. We spotted him about 12:30 and looked him over, having noticed the day prior the bears were fairly localized from 12-3 or so. We decided to make the climb and see how he looked when closer. The rain came in and we got up there to the first knoll, set up and made a few calls. He was way more bear than we originally thought, and was beyond another knoll and coming towards us.
We moved to the next knoll, about 100 feet up from our first position, and set up with a few calls and excellent visibility over the next few depressions where we had spotted him. The rain increased, I found a dry piece of paper and dried my optics, looking for movement. He had made his way Up and Behind us, and was coming in. Still about 100 feet above where we were at, but had made our movement and was coming in. A lumbering beast, he toggled around quickly and positioned himself to get a better look/scent line at us. The winds were changing, but we were in a favorable position. I had turned around and set up next to a small alder, which doubled as an ideal point as the angle was too steep for my small pack. He gave the ideal side profile, for a moment in time, and then was dispatched with a well placed first shot. Time froze like it does when you're in the moment, and he tumbled forward down a 150 foot ravine into the alders. It was a lifeless cartwheel tumble, there was no fight left in him.
When we got over there, he was all bunched up, so we gave him a little push and he rolled down into the position on the photo below. He squared at 10'6", with a 27.5" skull, all green measurements, and a very big body. My guide was Curtis Byrd, and I'd go out hunting with him anytime, he is excellent. We also took a nice 4pt buck, but the bear was the real deal on this trip, it is an amazing place.