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2021 Alaska Black Bear DIY hunt.

Hey guys. New to forum. Pretty new to hunting in general. Had my best friend take me Elk hunting in CO a couple years back and got hooked. Since then I have been to CO four times, WV bear hunting a few times. This year I got the turkey bug bad and spent week in TN and most of our season walking WNF. No Bird..... but learnt a lot. Now back to what this post is really about.

This fall I am heading to AK on a solo DIY black bear hunt. I am flying to Anchorage and driving down to Soldotna. From there I am flying into the Field. I am hunting the Kenai Mountain Range in unit 15b For berry munching bears. Be there for 6 days. Got me two black bear tags.

Will be my first rifle hunt. I have my 300 win mag. Shot it a few times. Not nearly enough. But I am having a ammo issue. Been working hard on gear list. Would love any input from anyone here who has been to AK about anything that maybe you wouldn’t have read about but discovered you really wish you would’ve had. I am currently searching several forums for people who have done this trip to get some details about weather. The thing that scares me the most. Lol.

Anyways I am glad to be aboard. Look forward to sharing stories from here and afar.
 

giles

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I've killed a few in that same area. Best tasting bear you'll ever have! 300 win mag was also my weapon of choice. Start working out now and take it serious.
 
I've killed a few in that same area. Best tasting bear you'll ever have! 300 win mag was also my weapon of choice. Start working out now and take it serious.
I have been. Logging a lot of miles. But I usually do for elk season anyways. What’s your take on the weather up there that time of year?
 
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giles

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I have been. Logging a lot of miles. But I usually do for elk season anyways. What’s your take on the weather up there that time of year?
Fall is very short...September it could be 70 or 7. I would put money on it that you will see snow and also have some time in a Tee shirt.
 

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Pleasantville...is that by Baltimore? I helped rebuild a power line over that way a couple of years ago. There's a couple of members close to that. They also shoot the trads.
 

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Whats the Elevations in that part of Alaska compared to Colorado? I could google both of them but I'm not lazy, that thin air makes you short of breath quick.
 
Pleasantville...is that by Baltimore? I helped rebuild a power line over that way a couple of years ago. There's a couple of members close to that. They also shoot the trads.
I actually live just between the two. I tried the trad thing. Got nothing but a nagging tendinitis issue from it. Sticking to my compound unfortunately.
 

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Whats the Elevations in that part of Alaska compared to Colorado? I could google both of them but I'm not lazy, that thin air makes you short of breath quick.
You can hunt alot of the area he is in at very low altitude. Alaskan mountains are different. They start at the water.
 

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I actually live just between the two. I tried the trad thing. Got nothing but a nagging tendinitis issue from it. Sticking to my compound unfortunately.
Gotcha. That little diner by the car company has some pretty good fish!
 
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I have been to Alaska a couple times,a buddy and I bowhunted in Cordova for black bears and were successful on both trips. Some big black bears up there.. Nothing like stalking and shooting one at 15 yards with a bow. Make sure ya have some good waders to cross the streams. Welcome to the forum and good luck.
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I actually live just between the two. I tried the trad thing. Got nothing but a nagging tendinitis issue from it. Sticking to my compound unfortunately.
I grew up in Baltimore. Currently 20 minutes from Pleasantville (Heath). Welcome to the forum. Lots of Great Fellers 'round here!
 
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Been awhile since I posted this but I just got back. Hunt was just plain great. Got into field one day late and then the two of us tagged out in 2.5 days and got picked up three days early. Kinda sucked to not spend as much time up in field as we woulda liked but how could you ever complain about filling tags. I got two black bear and buddy got one. It was a lot more taxing on body than I was ready for. I brought home about 170lbs of meat. Have enough memories to last awhile. I will defiantly go back at some point.
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