Pygmy, I'm the one on the left side of the bear kneeling down.
We tied the paws over a log and carried it out on our shoulders. one guy had a bum knee so he went ahead with the ax to clear what ever he could for us and the other 2 helped lift it over the deadfalls.
John, we were on the river road (or the old alcan, whatever its called). I shot it near porcupine creek. thats where we seen all the sign.
I'm sure you seen the cabin (about 2 miles from the river), thats where we stay.
Yeah bears were slow to show themselves this year, even a couple of the locals (that hunt with us) were kinda baffled over this spring. Alot of griz tracks along the porcipine coming off the tanana but they were hauling ass up the porky, I guess heading for the 40mile for some nice juicy calves or something.
Know where you were. I have land at the end of river road (and it is a section of the old alcan) and I live near the start of it. There are alot of bear both grizz & blacks along the porcupine. Surprised that you didn't see wolf as there are a bunch of them also. I'm going up to the start of the porcupine this afternoon taking my young grandsons with me.
I didn't see any bear saturday but also didn't expect to that time of day that I went and with the boys tagging along sort of tough to be quiet. But my buddy has been hitting the area around the head waters almost every night as he has some baits up there. He has been getting lots of action but is being real picky about pulling the trigger as he is trophy hunting rather then meat hunting.
Chaser, his head isnt as big as what it looks. it ended up being 17 7/8" (or 17 14/16" depending on how you want to look at it). for this being a spring bear, I have never seen such a fat bear.
He still had fat around his heart and his innerds. alot of fat under his hide. funny part was that his stomach and intestines were totally empty. he ate good last fall thats for sure.
John, if some one wacks a big ole griz in that area let me know. I seen this fuggers tracks and they were big. He was coming up from the tanana walking along the road and heading into the woods right there were its sand after heading west from the porky (coming from the bridge).