Alaska Hunting Trip
14 May - 24 May 2006
Various Info and Plans
Southcentral Alaska - Anchorage, Seward, Talkeetna, Kenai (annual precipitation 15.9 inches)
Ok, Ok, It's Hammer Time.....
I just found out today, Saturday April 22nd, from Walter who got back home to Homer Alaska last night (4/21/2006) (after being out of country for 2 months) that he can't get his boat ready for a bear hunting trip - Bummer. I had been trying to get this trip planned with Walter for the last 9 months. But wait! all is not lost, he can easily arrange for a plane drop off with tent and supplies out in bear country. All this during prime time mid May bear season!
Whoa! Whoa! Whoa!
Wait a minute now, a what? A Plane drop off? Out in the middle of no where?
Holy Shitake mushroom!
UPDATE - 6/21/06 We made it back!!!
The Maui Boys couldn't make it. So me and George had a go at it on our own...wow what a trip!!!!
So where is no where? The Kenai Peninsula......
Ok, Ok, I get on the phone to contact my hunting buddies Brian and Big B in Maui, Hawaii and let them know the trip is on.
Mike W. (aka The Old Goat) - Baltimore, MD. - IN...what do you expect I'm trying to put this together.
Brian E. (aka Da Man) - Maui, Hawaii - IN....single no wife issues, just the restaurant
Brian C. (aka Big B) - Maui, Hawaii - OUT some lame excuse about getting divorced, I thought hunting is the reason for divorcing
Captain Jeff (aka TBD during the trip) - Maui, Hawaii 80% in
George K. (aka TBD during the trip) - Baltimore, MD - IN ...He's got the wife's ok, can he talk his boss into it? YES!!!
So now we have 3 yes and 1 maybe = 4 "gringos" who have never hunted Alaska
UPDATE 6/21/06 - The Maui boys couldn't make it, just me and George!
We were looking forward to a bear hunt from the comfort of a LARGE SAFE boat to 4 "gringos" in a panic with 2 weeks to prepare for being dropped off in the outback of Alaska for 5 days.
Oh, did I mention this area is also inhabited by Brown/Grizzly Bears!
No worries, just a small minor detail....Holy Shitake mushroom! (update 6/21/06---no Grizzly bears in this area...thank goodness)
So what the hecht do I need to go hunting Black bear in Alaska?
No worries I have 3 weeks to plan and prepare....wait, 3 weeks! I need 3 months!!!! (update on 4/27 Sh.. 2 weeks to go)
Here is the trip planning for The Old Goat, Da Man and anybody else we can drag along.
Plan your hunt workbook
The beginnings of a Supply List (in progress)
The beginnings of an Equipment List (in progress)
Anchorage Sporting Goods Stores
How to skin a Black bear
Black Bear Facts
First Aid Kit (in progress)
Daylight in Alaska with Sunrise and sunset for May
Alaska Hunting Regulations (big 13Mb file)
First Aid and survival skills
Let’s say that you are shooting a rifle that sends a pointed 150- to 250-grain bullet down range at between 2600 and 3000 feet per second velocity. This example would include a 7mm Magnum with 175-grain bullet, a .308 with 180-grain bullet, a .30-06 with 180-grain bullet, a .300 Winchester Magnum® with 180-grain bullet, or a .338 Winchester Magnum® with 225- or 250-grain bullet. All of these are popular choices with Alaskan hunters. You have sighted in this rifle to hit between 2˝ to 3 inches high at 100 yards. Based on the above information can you answer the following questions?
1. If you place the crosshairs on a target at 200 yards, will your bullet strike above or below the point of aim? How far?
2. If you place the crosshairs on a target at 300 yards, will your bullet strike above or below the point of aim? How far?
3. If the wind is blowing from your right at 10 m.p.h. (a very light breeze) and the target is 200 yards away, how far from the point of aim will your bullet strike?
4. If the wind is blowing from your left at 20 m.p.h. and the target is 300 yards away, how far from the point of aim will your bullet strike?
If you knew the answers to all the questions above, you are either a ballistics trivia nut or a very experienced, practiced marksman. If you knew the answers to these questions by experience on the range, then you will be comfortable taking most shots out to 250 to 300 yards when the wind is calm and you have a solid rest.
If you didn’t know the answer to all the questions, especially the questions about wind drift, you should spend more time at the range and limit yourself to shots of 200 yards or less.