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Bjorne Lou Tsar
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When Paige ask me to help her with her Kodiak brown bear hunt I was all over it! I LOVE hunting bears! They had seen on AlaskaOutdoors.com that I live in her unit so she and her husband contacted me for info. I invited them down from their Anchorage home to stay here and I would help them all I could. They were on their own for the first few days since I had to work. Saturday it rained and blew so bad the bears just holed up and nothing moved. It was miserable. It rained off and on all day today but the wind was calm. Anything but wind is perfect bear weather. We jumped in the boat and headed for a lagoon that I knew had bears. The first bear we spotted was walking along the shore. We beached the boat and tried to head him off. Somehow he melted into the old growth and disappeared. They were really excited because this was the first brown bear they had ever seen. He was a pretty good bear too.
Next I took them to a grassy tidal flats. Right away I saw a herd of elk. They seemed nervous. I told Paige that something wasn't right. I'm positive they hadn't spotted us and the wind was in our favor. Suddenly a bear came charging out of a pile of logs and began chasing the elk. Paige said she wasn't comfortable with a 250 yard shot so we sat and watched them for more than fifteen minutes as the bear relentlessly chased these elk around in circles. I've never seen anything like it. He just wouldn't give up! Soon the elk lined up and headed towards us. It couldn't have been more perfect. The whole herd passed 75 yards in front of us with the bear hot on their tails. He stopped for one brief moment and Paige's 300WSM barked. The bear went straight to the ground. A second later, Jeremy's 375 H&H went off with an insurance shot. She made a perfect shoulder shot and dropped him on the spot. I was relieved. I HATE tracking wounded grizzly bears.
It was a great day.

The bear's down. We're just watching it to make sure.


It taped out at exactly 8 foot with no stretching the hide. By the time I had it skinned and in the boat it was getting dark. Boats on the ocean at night is a big no-no in this country. I called my contact on the radio and we hauled butt back across Izhut to Kitoi Bay.


I can't wait for the next chance to hunt bears!!!
 

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Wow, way to go!

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Awesome, great story and pics.8)
 

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That is what it is all about helping out and the enjoyment of hunting.

I feel like I need to move to Alaska for a year and declare residency just so that I can hunt one of those brutes on the cheap.
 

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Bjorne Lou Tsar
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NICE!

... and yet another feather of badassery in your hat good man! 8)
Remember McDonald Lagoon where you, Jared and I went through that narrow channel back to the big open bay? There was a crap load of ducks back there too. It was in the clearcut off to the left of the mouth of that bay.
 

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Guess what was showed at the killsite today. Yup, another bear had already claimed the carcass and dragged it down closer to the beach. This one was a beautiful chocolate brown typical of this area. Man, if I knew of someone with another bear tag I'd be off on another adventure!

 

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That is great longbow! I doubt they will ever forget that hunt. I'm sure I'm not the only only one who has been dreaming of a coastal brown bear hunt for years.
 

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Remember McDonald Lagoon where you, Jared and I went through that narrow channel back to the big open bay? There was a crap load of ducks back there too. It was in the clearcut off to the left of the mouth of that bay.
Yep I do... GREAT looking area all around there. If I remember correctly, that is the same area we narrowly missed that :shock:HUGE:shock: silver fox also. Then again, maybe not lol... there was so much cool stuff going on all around us while I was there its kind of running together now. ;-) GOOD times my friend, good GOOD times.

~ Again, congrats on another successful adventure!
 

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Guess what was showed at the killsite today. Yup, another bear had already claimed the carcass and dragged it down closer to the beach. This one was a beautiful chocolate brown typical of this area. Man, if I knew of someone with another bear tag I'd be off on another adventure!

Another solid 8 footer?
 

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Good looking bears! Congrats on the hunt! How does one go about hunting bears up there? Do you have to draw or is it over the counter? How does it work for out of state hunters? I have always been curios.
 

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Good looking bears! Congrats on the hunt! How does one go about hunting bears up there? Baiting for brown bear is illegal in Alaska except on the Kenai. In the spring we mostly glass the lower clear cuts down where the grass greens up first. Early in the spring we hit the beaches where they look for kelp, washed up dead things and crabs. In the fall, we keep a sharp eye on the salmon streams. In either season we watch for any dead carrion. You have to find them fast because they'll have the place cleaned up in a day or two. Do you have to draw or is it over the counter? It's a draw in most areas but they do have a few registration hunts where you can buy a tag over the counter and hunt until the quota in that area is filled. How does it work for out of state hunters? It's nearly a 100% draw but nonresidents have to hire a guide. That can be expensive. I have always been curios.
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Longbow, thanks for the info. My son and I are going to look into this here in the near future.
 
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