Is anyone still interested? With the wife going to Italy next April, next spring is out and depending on draws I may not be able to swing next fall. But, what about starting to plan for '04 with moving them back to '05 as a backup????
'Gunner- Did you drive or fly? I'd like to drive so as to see more country and if I go in the fall, help get home the blacktails. I have been in touch with a local who's said he'd help if need be. Did you guys rent a USFS cabin or go tent style?
Ovis- Depending on what I draw this spring, I may be interested in this fall as well. I'll keep that option open, if I'm welcome.
'Gunner- Thanks for the pics. The local has helped make some of those bare areas. I'm not sure which town he's in, but could find out. I wouldn't mind flying if there would be a way I could get the blacktail meat back cheaper than it cost Moosie for the caribou!
So, right now, I'm leaning toward this fall if I don't draw and definitely the following fall.
Are you kidding me EG? I can't comment from experience, but from the information that is available all fingers point to Kodiak as being the best place on earth for Sitka Blacktail. Problem is POW is much easier to get to with the rig, plus I can hunt bear there without acquiring a permit. I like the fact I can go for a mixed bag.
1ptr- you are more than welcome to join me if I go this fall. However, I will not know for sure if I can do it for some time yet. But like Gunner said, this is a hunt that can be thrown together pretty quick like...that is another advantage to hunting POW.
Johnnie- Haven't forgot the pointers. If I go, I plan to take enough time off to hunt for both species, both high and low. I followed Pat's hunt with you on the Bowsite, so I know the rain was havic on you guys this year. Would it be reasonable to say due to the rain there were probably fewer bears taken this year and next years population would be looking good? maybe more of the larger bears too?
Would it be reasonable to say due to the rain there were probably fewer bears taken this year and next years population would be looking good?
Not necessarily. The kill seems to be growing at least by 10% a year no mater what the weather. Skip says when they bring a head and hide in with one hand in a small grocery sack "you got a nice apartment size Bear there!!!!!"
Many small Bears taken this fall.
maybe more of the larger bears too?
Thats the good thing about POW is that the Jumbo Bears are there. Also the Jumbo bucks. During fall hunts like this last you have to get smarter than the Bear. I called in Howie's with a deer call. It wasen't a booner but a good'un any way.
And for Pat's hunt the had writing was on the wall. We cut our losses and licked our wounds. a rifle hunter would have been a different story ........MAYBE
And remember Kodiak kills over 10,000 (hunter kills) per season to get less B&C book bucks than POW does with 2,500 hunter kills per year.
As always, thanks for the info. You bring up a good point about Kodiak and POW. I guess you could consider POW as quality as opposed to Kodaik for quantity. I've always wanted to go to Kodiak...something about the scenery. I've hunted conditions like POW, and it is some tough hunting once you start having to climb.
Maybe one reason I am not so flexible is because I have the Peninsula on my mind. BUT you know, a good back-up plan might be hunting POW for blackies this spring if I can't recruit someone to go along with me to King Salmon. When are you bringing those adoption forms over?