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Thanks alex I did talk to the

Thanks alex I did talk to the bio he said maybe take a look at hatcher pass? he also said glennallen might not be a bad idea ? could you recomend a place to stay between palmer and glennallen for a resonable price?

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There really arn't many

There really arn't many choices between here and Glennallen. I wouldn't firm up any plans beyond getting here and a rig to drive till later, the weather is so different across the area, anything can happpen,one area can lose the snow early while another will hold on much later, it could make a big difference which area you hunt. Our weather here broke yesterday, we were above 32 for a little while and are above that today. This after three weeks straight of below zero to +5 at night and highs in the low teens to about 20 daytime.If this keeps up for a week or so I'm sure there will be some bears up and moving.Just keep checking the temps and if you can the snow conditions,this could melt or we could still get feet of snow.You might keep an eye on the area aroud Denali state park ,that area is usually late to open up and I've seen some big bears there.

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Black bear

Charlie , we went about 30 mi north fo Talkeetna last weekend ,the snow was about 6 in over knee high. We only covered a little over a mile of the valley where we could see above the tree line all around, we saw no tracks of any kind, we found 4 winter killed moose, and there had been no bears feeding on any of them.

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Did you get to go on your

Did you get to go on your bear hunt?

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Hi Alex I appreicate all your help me and my daughter did go to canada and hunt with slipp brothers she got a 173# bear mine was smaller but we had a good time we drove up it was a great trip the bear was good but its not all about the bear you know what I mean.Without people like you I could have wasted alot of time and money.I know now would be a good time to be up there. But with our small time window do to school and small cash canada worked out good.Maybe after her school is payed for I see dall sheep in my dreams someday any info on that ? Again thanks so much for your help please keep in touch ak will always be where I long to go...Charlie

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Glag to hear you had your

Glag to hear you had your hunt , even better ,some success. Family time is the best and with a teen , well appreciate every moment.

 If your looking at a sheep here remember, Dall sheep, Mt Goat, and Grizz require nonres having a guide. Big bucks, sorry nothing I can do about that.But if your serious start very early, the best areas are all draw hunts with low odds.Good luck with any furure hunts and I'll be here willing to answer what ever I can.

Again Congrats on the bear hunt.

Alex

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Thanks Alex I am going to pm you with some sheep guides to see if you know them.

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spring bear again.

Hey Alex dont know what I am going to be able to afford this year but would still like to come up there and get some of those blackies. I dont think we ever did come up with the best place to stay or hunt I would like to continue that conversation if you and everone else dont mind helping? Still thinking about pow since this will be the last spring for over the counter tags but the thought of takeing more than one bear sounds real good. based on the feedback from last year sounds like june would be a better time?

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Charlie ,it's been20 + years

Charlie ,it's been20 + years since I was on POW.We were on a friends boat,it was the end of April and I saw 11 bears in three days,only two would have been shooters IMO,but I was there in support not really hunting.But the state is big and the weather changes from area to area,big time.This year a friend and I went to his cabin to check for early spring bears, the last week of April the snow was thigh deep and turned to mush by 10 am every day. We saw what looked like a bear had been out about a mile and a half away, but were betting it was a griz,and didn't hike up to check, there were several winter killed moose in the area ,but nothing but coyotes & foxes working them.Several years ago we were there the first of June, we saw lots of bears both blacks and griz but about half were rubbed some.So if your thinking of POW I'd say late April early May.If your looking this area [South central] I would think most years May proably around the middle.This June we were back on a work weekend the second week in June and saw only Griz the blacks had already moved back up the mts.

Alex

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