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Old April 15, 2009, 09:54 AM   #1
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Well Here We Go... Wish Me Luck...

Well the day has finally arrived gentlemen!!! Bear season officially opens today!!! Too bad I have to work and I won't be able to go until this weekend, not to mention the fact that we still have a good bit of snow on the ground and nobody has seen any bears out and about, but hey; it's just the option of being able to go that I'm getting excited about!!! This will be my first year to hunt a Kodiak Brownie, and I cannot wait...

Wish me luck fellas, I'll need it... 30 days left in the season, the countdown starts now...
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Old April 15, 2009, 09:58 AM   #2
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Good luck and we expect pictures of a bear!
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Old April 15, 2009, 10:02 AM   #3
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You lucky guy! What is your weapon of choice for this hunt? Have a great hunt and I wish you the best of luck.
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Old April 15, 2009, 10:21 AM   #4
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Smack a big one
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Old April 15, 2009, 10:33 AM   #5
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The kodiak bear is on my list to hunt after seeing a video on versus good luck and hopefully you bring home a yogi
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Old April 15, 2009, 12:36 PM   #6
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Thanks guys, I appreciate the good wishes. You bet I'll post pics if I get one...


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You lucky guy! What is your weapon of choice for this hunt? Have a great hunt and I wish you the best of luck.
My hunting buddy will use his Savage .300 Win Mag, I'll be using my Browning BAR MkII Safari in .30/06 Springfield loaded with 220gr SP's. I might wind up borrowing a .45/70 Guide Gun, but we'll see...
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Old April 15, 2009, 12:53 PM   #7
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I wish you the best of luck. Post pictures if you get one.
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Old April 15, 2009, 01:06 PM   #8
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God be with you, to keep you safe & guide your bullet true
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Old April 15, 2009, 01:09 PM   #9
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Work, instead bear hunting. I don't know, I think I would have been feeling ill(cough,cough) "Skin this bear greenhorn, and I'll fetch you another"
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Old April 15, 2009, 10:15 PM   #10
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I bet they'll be out & about real soon. A guy I know that does skulls & bones got a blackie in the other day. Good luck.
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Old April 15, 2009, 10:36 PM   #11
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I suspect they'll be out in force in a couple of weeks... All this late snow has pushed their hibernation clocks back a bit... Sure do hope it warms up a little soon... Kinda tired of snow/rain/sleet/ice in April... Seems like spring came a little earlier last year... I guess that's proof that global warming isn't all it's cracked up to be...
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Old April 16, 2009, 10:25 AM   #12
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Is that the season for the island? I thought the season opened a week or two ago in other parts of the state. I have a friend in Sitka and he mentioned it.

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Old April 16, 2009, 04:08 PM   #13
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Make sure you save the big one for me. Maybe next years season when I am up there you can show me where he is!!
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Old April 16, 2009, 04:21 PM   #14
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Make sure you save the big one for me. Maybe next years season when I am up there you can show me where he is!!
Hopefully he (his hide anyway) will be stretched out in the middle of my living room floor...
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Old April 16, 2009, 08:51 PM   #15
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ohh there out their...some MAY be hybernating still but some are certinaly out and about cause there hungry!!
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Old April 24, 2009, 03:17 PM   #16
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Update:

1. Go-to bear gun is now a Weatherby Vanguard Deluxe in .300 Wby Mag shooting 220gr RNSP's... It's shooting right at 1/2 MOA at 150yd zero.

2. Found where a decent one (9-10') is making his rounds... Maybe I'll get lucky tomorrow...
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Old April 24, 2009, 08:10 PM   #17
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"Hopefully he (his hide anyway) will be stretched out in the middle of my living room floor..."

My ex-FIL had a buddy who'd gotten a nice black bear. Did the rug thing. His bird dog loved it.

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Old April 24, 2009, 10:16 PM   #18
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Hi JPCoasties, whan you have time..

care to comment on suitability for using 7mmMAg (&bullet type) for bear??
Thanks.


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Old April 24, 2009, 11:38 PM   #19
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Art, my first wife really loved the Brownie rug in front of the fireplace.

OOPS! the thread is deviating, time to get back on course.
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Old April 25, 2009, 12:21 AM   #20
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my first wife really loved the Brownie rug in front of the fireplace.
If you think that was high-quality, try a polar bear rug.

Ah, yes. True luxury.

Too bad we had to sell it. My grandfather left more debts than assets after a few decades of hunting around the globe and some of the trophies had to be auctioned off.

Still have the skull, though...



Good luck JG!
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Old April 25, 2009, 01:59 AM   #21
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care to comment on suitability for using 7mmMAg (&bullet type) for bear??
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Great for black bear, good for lower 48 brown bear, decent for Kodiak coastal brown bear... If you're going to be dealing with the recoil of a 7mm Mag, step up to a .300 or .338 Win Mag, negligible difference in recoil in most rifles...

As far as bullet type... The heaviest you can find... Velocity isn't as much of a concern, penetration is paramount though... Heavier bullet = more penetration... I'd go with Barnes 175gr TSX FB and find a loading that my rifle likes and cycles without problem... I wouldn't mind the Barnes 160gr MRX BT, except the heaviest available at this time is 160gr... The TSX FB offers a sectional density that surpasses that of a 200gr .30 cal of the same bullet type...
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Old April 26, 2009, 09:03 PM   #22
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JGCoastie...

Tango Yankee!
Stepped up to 7mmMag after having doubts about my .308W using 165SPBT over 42.7 gr 748. Good for whitetails (Michigan) but unsure about Washington critters, and hopefully Alaska.
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