Saturday, May 13
Homer, AK Weather Partly sunny and turning warmer. Winds from the NNE at 4 mph. High: 58° F RealFeel®: 60° F
Homer, AK Weather Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy. Winds from the ESE at 4 mph. Low: 39° F RealFeel: 41° F
Sunday, May 14
Homer, AK Weather Turning colder with rain. Winds from the NNE at 3 mph. High: 50° F RealFeel: 52° F
Homer, AK Weather Sunday Night: Cold with snow, rain mixed in early. Winds from the SE at 13 mph. Low: 31° F RealFeel: 16° F
Monday, May 15
Homer, AK Weather A mix of snow and rain in the morning followed by periods of rain in the afternoon. Winds from the SE at 14 mph. High: 48° F RealFeel: 42° F
Homer, AK Weather Monday Night: Cold with snow, rain mixed in early. Winds from the E at 8 mph. Low: 30° F RealFeel: 25° F
Tuesday, May 16
Homer, AK Weather A mix of snow and rain in the morning followed by periods of rain in the afternoon. Winds from the ESE at 9 mph. High: 48° F RealFeel: 40° F
Homer, AK Weather Tuesday Night: Very cold with periods of snow; rain mixed in early. Winds from the ENE at 12 mph. Low: 30° F RealFeel: 20° F
Wednesday, May 17
Homer, AK Weather Rain and snow becoming all rain. Winds from the E at 14 mph. High: 48° F RealFeel: 38° F
Homer, AK Weather Wednesday Night: Snow, rain mixed in early. Winds from the SE at 18 mph. Low: 32° F RealFeel: 16° F

 

Mike's

Alaska Hunting Trip

14 May - 24 May 2006

Various Info and Plans

 

 

 

Southcentral Alaska - Anchorage, Seward, Talkeetna, Kenai (annual precipitation 15.9 inches)

Temperature shown in Fahrenheit Hi Low Daylight
May 54 39 17 hours
June 61 47 19 hours
July 65 51 18 hours
August 63 49 15 hours
September 55 41 13 hours

 

 

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!

Yeeeeha!

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......

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.

Hunting Party

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

Bear Safety

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

Where Will The Bullet Go?

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?

Answer:
At these velocities the bullets will strike on the crosshairs (the point of aim) or 1 to 3 inches above the crosshairs.

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?

Answer:
The bullet will strike 4 to 10 inches below the crosshairs.

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?

Answer:
The bullet will strike 4 to 6 inches to the left of the point of aim.

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?

Answer:
The bullet will strike 10 to 14 inches to the right of the point of aim.

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.

 

 

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