I'm only 25 days away from my first trip out for bear this year. Not my first time to hunt bears mind you but the first for 2001. I'll be heading for Alaska to look for king sized black bear. I'll have to ask DS if he thinks I should pack a ropeI'm also planning on a little trip to Canada in late May. Unless finances take a huge up-turn I won't be able to make my annual hunt in western Montana this spring, but I might just slip out there this fall. I'm going crazy waiting for this bear hunting to get started. Moosie didn't help any with his baiting post. I got Bear Fever big time! So, who else is going? Where are you going and when? Tell me I'm not the only one going insane with anticipation.