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Re: HFT_AK Journal 2020 -21 [Re: HFT AK] #7254280
04/29/21 12:33 AM
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Looks like fun! Geese are coming back, but it might be a few days/weeks before the river breaks here.

Re: HFT_AK Journal 2020 -21 [Re: HFT AK] #7254297
04/29/21 02:54 AM
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Wasilla AK
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I got a pair hanging around my little pond smile The past few days have seen alot of geese headed north. The ducks down here are in full mating cycle, I got three pairs nesting around that little pond smile

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Re: HFT_AK Journal 2020 -21 [Re: HFT AK] #7254485
04/29/21 10:34 AM
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That big fatty filled the 330!

Re: HFT_AK Journal 2020 -21 [Re: HFT AK] #7263368
05/13/21 03:08 AM
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Well I did a float trip that I had been wanting to do for some time. Not as productive as I had hoped but it was still an adventure smile

Gotta have a supportive spouse that is willing to drop you off early in the morning and run 20 miles to pick you up smile She actually figured out to to back a trailer up this time around smile

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Took this young stud along with me, showed him some new country and I think he had a good time smile

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We had some pretty good weather on this trip. Today there were hundreds of geese flying north.

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Found this big boy laying along the bank. Always hate seeing dead moose after break up.

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We ran all coni's on this run. The first section of river we hit there was alot of old sign but nothing produced. I think they either got trapped out or froze out. From the look of things along the river ice out did a pretty good number on the banks. We ended up catching 11, no toads all young ones.

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Got one more run I want to make if I can convince my buddy to go smile Be safe out there!

Re: HFT_AK Journal 2020 -21 [Re: HFT AK] #7263695
05/13/21 04:01 PM
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Good to see you out and about still catching fur!

Re: HFT_AK Journal 2020 -21 [Re: HFT AK] #7263811
05/13/21 07:41 PM
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Wasilla AK
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Thanks Rob. Still got a few more I need to get, have a agreement with a guy that is tanning a few bear hides for me smile Got my bait station in for yogi and fishing should is just around the corner smile On a side note...... I got a pair of cranes that are calling my pond home smile

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Re: HFT_AK Journal 2020 -21 [Re: HFT AK] #7263823
05/13/21 08:04 PM
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Nice work on the beaver! Now for the skinning. I am curious. Why do you float rather than boat? Sometimes I just want to go for a canoe ride rather than motor around.

Keep us posted on the trapping and bear baiting.

Re: HFT_AK Journal 2020 -21 [Re: HFT AK] #7263847
05/13/21 08:59 PM
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Wasilla AK
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bfisch, the river I ran is small and skinny. You can run it with a jet when the water is high, but when it is low your not making it. With a canoe I can go from one landing to another approx 42 river miles. The big rivers boat only smile and right now I am waiting on a part for my motor, the recoil spring broke. In the past me and a buddy would run hard and stack up the beaver, 40 plus on a three day run.

Re: HFT_AK Journal 2020 -21 [Re: HFT AK] #7263934
05/14/21 12:36 AM
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Good for you! That is more beaver than I would want to put up (the 40 or the 11).

Re: HFT_AK Journal 2020 -21 [Re: HFT AK] #7263937
05/14/21 12:42 AM
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Wasilla AK
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Hahaha smile The guy I deal with only wants them fleshed out, saves me from boarding them smile He takes them and drops them right into his tanning solution.

Re: HFT_AK Journal 2020 -21 [Re: HFT AK] #7264784
05/15/21 09:30 AM
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Great pics HFT,Nice job on the beaver.
I also like to barter whenever possible.

Re: HFT_AK Journal 2020 -21 [Re: HFT AK] #7300177
07/05/21 09:39 PM
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Well it has been a spell since I posted last. My plans for chasing beaver kinda got squashed, had some medical stuff pop up that took a little time. Been chasing bears but the only ones that have been coming in have been brownies. They will be nice and fat when the season opens next month. Got to spend a little time with Ted down in Valdez and up at his fish wheel smile Other then that just been taking care of things here at the house and making plans for a few hunts. Hope everyone is having a good summer!

Re: HFT_AK Journal 2020 -21 [Re: HFT AK] #7300212
07/05/21 10:29 PM
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Originally Posted by HFT AK
Well it has been a spell since I posted last. My plans for chasing beaver kinda got squashed, had some medical stuff pop up that took a little time. Been chasing bears but the only ones that have been coming in have been brownies. They will be nice and fat when the season opens next month. Got to spend a little time with Ted down in Valdez and up at his fish wheel smile Other then that just been taking care of things here at the house and making plans for a few hunts. Hope everyone is having a good summer!



Stay healthy. I need you in October! Maybe September too. I got a bone to pick with Hank...

Re: HFT_AK Journal 2020 -21 [Re: HFT AK] #7300249
07/06/21 01:09 AM
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Wasilla AK
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You whinned about the goat I can just hear it when we get a moose! smile

Re: HFT_AK Journal 2020 -21 [Re: HFT AK] #7300779
07/06/21 06:09 PM
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Thanks for the update! I was wondering about your bear hunting.

Re: HFT_AK Journal 2020 -21 [Re: HFT AK] #7301958
07/08/21 02:01 PM
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bfisch alot of this......

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We cut blackie track the beginning of the season and have not seen any since. Blue berries are starting to come in so hopefully they will show up running real low on my bear burger smile

Re: HFT_AK Journal 2020 -21 [Re: HFT AK] #7302037
07/08/21 05:22 PM
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Sounds like a tough season. Hopefully your fall hunt goes better.
Can you hunt grizzlies where you are?

Re: HFT_AK Journal 2020 -21 [Re: HFT AK] #7302089
07/08/21 06:52 PM
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Yep, season opens back up the 10th of Aug.

Re: HFT_AK Journal 2020 -21 [Re: HFT AK] #7398632
11/06/21 11:18 PM
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Well I got a A for effort when it comes to chasing the bears this year. For the life of me I couldn't get on one, always next year smile I did hit it pretty hard for moose though. Went up to TOK and hunted with Ted, helped him get one opening day. Spent a lot of time out with my buddies Crucible6 and Cory around here, then took another buddy out the last week to my moose camp and he connected on the last day on a nice 53 incher.

I passed on three different bulls. The one I couldn't 100 percent say he was over 50 and of course he was a 2x2 on the brow tines. One looked like a spike but he wouldn't budge from behind a willow for me to get a better look and when he did move it was with a quickness. The third one, well I might have screwed that on up. I had just walked back into camp. It had started raining and the wind had kicked up pretty good. It had blown the tarp off the tent. So as I was standing there fixing it I looked up river and there stood a moose looking at me! I grabbed the gun and ran over to a tree for a rest got it in the crosshairs as it started walking across. It was about 200 yards away and when I first looked I thought it was a cow. Then I saw that it had a button! I grunted and he stopped and looked at me. When he turned his head sure enough on the left side he had a spike! I decided that if he kept going I'd pop him on the far bank, if he turned around I wouldn't have a shot and he would walk. Well you can guess what happened smile

A few months ago Wolverine Hunter asked me to go on a Brown Bear hunt with him after he picked up one of those coveted Kodiak Brown Bear tags.
I never been there so I figured what the heck sounds like a great adventure and I get to shoot blacktail deer to 🙂 Well I bit off more then I could chew!
I have hunted brownies for a few years now and have taken a few. I thought I had a pretty good understanding of how they operated their habits and such. Make no mistake I respect those animals and the power that they have. I totally never realized their aggressive nature though especially when they are really hungry!
I met up with him and his son in Anchorage, flew to Kodiak, then hopped on a Beaver ( float plane ) that flew us to the head waters of a bay. It is pretty country there! Huge mountain ranges, snow capped, and tidal flats that were covered in grass.

The amount of ducks and geese we saw made me kick myself in the butt for not taking a shogun along! We got camp set up the first evening there, the second day it poured so we hung out at camp till the following day.
The next day we started scouting to find a good spot to glass and look for bears. We headed up one river drainage and there were bear track all over! Seemed like alot of 6-7 footers based on the size of the track.
From there we cut across the tidal flat. The amount of sign we saw was like none I had ever seen! Fish heads all over the bank as we followed streams that drained into the bay.

Once we crossed the flats we continued up another river drainage. There was a knob on the map that looked like it would be a good place to glass from. As we approached the knob I spotted a nice blacktail walking down the river! We held up and when it was 70 yds away I harvested it. It had dropped right beside a big log which was perfect for placing the meat keeping it outta the sand and getting it ready to be packed out.
When I started the butchering process WH and his son decided to go up the knob and look around. It was a good over watch of were I was at and honestly I had no fear of a bear coming around in broad day light after I had shot. That was a huge mistake on my part!

I had laid all the meat out on the log, the back straps, the quarters, and one side of ribs. I was working on getting the last rib section off when I heard a whistle. I looked up at the knob and seen WH and his son both pointing down river. I didnt know what they were pointing at. A deer, a bear? Well I figured I better hurry up and finish what I was doing.
From WH's point of view.... They saw the bear about a quarter mile down river chasing the zombie salmon. (spawned out and dying salmon). When all of a sudden it lifted its head and put its nose into the wind. Once it caught wind of the deer it went into a dead run following the smell! It ran directly below them headed towards me when they shouted at me the second time!

When I heard the shout I looked up the knob and all I could see was a big bear coming at me full tilt! The first words and thoughts were OH S***!! I dropped my knife, grabbed my day pack and gun and started running away from the deer. My thoughts were the bear had seen the deer and that it would go directly to it.
Well I was dead wrong. It went past the deer and kept coming right at me. It is a pretty scary feeling when you see an animal full of blood lust bearing down on you. The look on that bears face, the huffing it was making I knew it wasn't going to stop.

It was at that split second I knew I had to strand my ground or get balled up by this bear. I stopped and started yelling at it and at 40 yards it got its one and only warning shot. It feels pretty humbling when your standing there facing a 800 lbs plus bear with a little .223.
Well the warning shot worked. The bear stopped dead in its track realizing I wasn't a deer, turned and ran right over to the deer that I had laid out like a chef! It grabbed the carcass and made a bee line into the brush. I made a bee line down river from that dang bear 🙂

WH said he had a bead on the bear and that if it had gone another 10 yds he would have shot. The season didn't open till the next day and I am glad he didn't shoot it then. Long story short the bear got my deer, and 3 knives.

The next day we went back to that same location and guess what was there, yeah the same bear 🙂 We were down wind and were able to get within a hundred yards of it. We waited for about a half hour until the bear gave WH a a good shot and he harvested the bear.
Now after what happened the day prior we decided that 2 of us would work on skinning the bear and one would keep watch. Sure enough WH's son was standing on that log scanning the river when out walked another bear! It made a bee line for us!

We all grabbed our guns and stood about 10 feet apart and started yelling and waving at that bear! At 60 yds it decided that there were to many of us and that we weren't giving up the chow so he lingered for about 20 minutes before he moved on. I am grateful and appreciative that WH's son stood watch and spotted that joker when he did. If it wouldn't have been for him that bear would have literally popped out 20 yds behind us due to the brush.
WH and his boy went back two days later to see if anything had messed with the carcass and sure enough about a 9 footer had dragged it up into the alder thickets and buried it!
We tried to hunt for deer the remainder of the trip but the thought of having another negative encounter kinda hindered that 🙂

Still got 2 hunts that are on the table, one for Montague for deer, and one up on the Taylor when the bou come in, in numbers.
Did a little beaver trapping, picked up a couple for bait.
I am all set for trapping season, traps are waxed and dyed, snares all set up and ready to go, and I have been collecting as much bait as I can. Now all I need is some freaking cold weather and snow!!!

Headed out in the am to do a little scouting. Be safe out there guys!

Re: HFT_AK Journal 2020 -21 [Re: HFT AK] #7398642
11/06/21 11:45 PM
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What a trip! Glad you all made it back safely!


I love the smell of burning spruce---I love the sound of a spring time goose---I love the feel of 40 below---from my trapline I will never go!
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