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Bow hunt Brown Bear?

Personally, I like to believe that I would have made the same decision Chuck did under the circumstances. Realisticly, I dont think I'd had the nerves to pull it off.

Location: East Central British Columbia
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Bow hunt Brown Bear?

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Location: Juneau,Alaska
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brown bear

SEALASKAhunter,
Are you still considering moving north . You'd be real close to your brown bear country for bow hunting. I hunt Admiralty Island annually for deer we usually start down by sitka and work are way back to Juneau on two crab boats a family affair. So we end up hunting all ABC islands Admiralty also known as kootznowoo " the fortress of the bear" Baranof and chichagof. All have good populations of brown bear. I've hunted Yakutat quite a bit and there are a lot of good size bears there also along with good moose hunting and great stream fishing and duck hunting in the fall as it's right on the flyway. You might consider renting a forest service cabin near Yakutat like the Atalio river cabin or the dangerous river cabin but you need to put in pretty early to get one and then you still have to get lucky to get the time you want. Yakutat is still one wild place a sportsmens paradise.

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Bow hunt Brown Bear?

Yakutat would be my first choise. I have heard the bear are not as big there but that does not matter to me. Any brown bear would be a trophy for me, the reason I want to hunt this area is for the chance to see a glacier bear. Some one brought one into the local taxidermist shop and he had a couple pictures of the rug. It was a beautiful bear. Do you happen to know if this is a special draw to hunt these bear or do they fall under the black bear tag? I know you are only allowed one every two years or something like that. Any info? It would be great to be able to bag a brownie and a glacier bear on the same hunt. I know I am asking for the imposable, but if you don't try you will never succed.

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Location: Juneau,Alaska
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glacier Bear

SEALASKAhunter,
They have those around here and on up to Yakutat. But you usually have to put your time in unless you get lucky. They both won't most likely be in the same area. Brown and glacier bear that is. In the fall you could Brown bear, Glacier Bear, moose. Goat. and Your on the fly way for ducks. The streams will have silver salmon in them also. It can be a bit much as I've done the moose,ducks, and steelhead at the same time and all went well until we started getting moose then the fun was over. A while back I was hunting the atalio river area and one day there was coast guard helicopters, planes and just a lot of activity behind us up on the mountains. Found out later that a young guy goat hunting with his father fell off and never survived. That area remind me of the pictures I've seen of africa's savanna's on the forelands which is the flats going from the base of the mountains out to the Pacific ocean. It's quite spectacular country.

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Bow hunt Brown Bear?

I saw an episode of the Tred Barta show where he killed a brown or grizzly bear (forget which exactly) with a long bow and wooden arrows. So, it definitely can be done.

Saw some other show where the archer, using a compound bow, arrowed one who then charged at him. He screamed don't shoot, but the guide didn't listen and shot it.

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cvc,
That was probably a wise choice on the guides part as he's responsible for his client and has to go in the bush to finish off a wounded bear. I suppose it would be a bitter pill for the client but better than waiting for the bear to get a hold of youl

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Bow hunt Brown Bear?

I know of another brown bear archer.
70lb bow with 600+gr arrow and muzzy 4 blade. Shot at 30 yds. with no back up. Bear dropped at the shot.

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Location: Kodiak, AK
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Bow hunt Brown Bear?

I just helped a friend skin the skull out of an 8 footer last week that he shot with his bow here on the island. Not a huge bear by Kodiak standards but it had a great hide and he took it spot and stalk with a bow. He's been chasing them for 5 or 6 years with his bow and drew back on 2 others but wasn't offered a good shot. Actually he drew back on a 9 footer a couple years ago that caught the movement and woofed at him a couple times before it swapped ends and took off. Basically with a bow you don't shoot a bear that knows your there unless you want problems.

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Bow hunt Brown Bear?

Any one else planning to bow hunt brownies? I just booked this hunt but will have to wait until fall of '09 Something I've wanted to do since taking a ten footer on Kodiak with a rifle some years ago. It's going to be a long wait.

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