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Posted: June 02 2017 at 8:48pm | IP Logged Quote M700

I still have to download from my compact camera, but these are some of the better photos of my trip from my cell phone and from my Olympus camera. I hope you enjoy:

I decided to drive up. That's a long way... About 2200 miles to Fairbanks from my home. The drive up and back was an event in itself, and as you folks are more interested in hunting than driving, I'll focus on the hunt - but I must say - my best wildlife photos were taken during the drive.

The Jeep. A Jeep or other 4wd is NOT necessary. I'd have been more comfortable in my wife's Ford Explorer. Or a Toyota Camry.


Specialized clothing, including heavy duty arctic boots is required...   


Actually, those old, beat up Teva sandals were just for camp wear. Good boots are necessary.

Scenery along the way is incredible. I could post dozens of photos of snow-capped mountains, and gorgeous lakes, but you get the idea:


Moose shed:


Canadian Beavers:


Good looking black bear. We got along just fine:


Bison!


Caribou:


Eagle - I didn't see many of these on this trip. The rivers were flowing at flood stage with runoff and many of the lakes were still frozen, so fishing wasn't good yet:


Yukon Grizzly near lake Kluane. I had no Canadian bear tag, nor a Canadian guide, so he was off limits. Interestingly we'd been hiking the same shoreline on intersecting courses... I got to my Jeep before we bumped into each other.




Our camp in the arctic, well north of Fairbanks:


The sun never actually set while we were in the arctic:




We often hear of the "spot and stalk" hunt. Spotting is sitting or standing behind binoculars or a spotting scope for hours on end. This is part of a stalk:


Eventually my hunt came to a successful conclusion, at much shorter range than I anticipated:


Regards, Guy
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Posted: June 02 2017 at 8:55pm | IP Logged Quote M700

For you handloaders, I decided to use a rifle very familiar to me, my .30-06 Rem 700 CDL with the old 2-7x Redfield scope.

I did bump up to 200 grain Nosler Partitions at a tad over 2600 fps via H4350.

Considered the .375, but the guide/outfitter was certain that the .30-06 with good bullets was plenty for bear, and asked that I bring the lighter of the two rifles. He said he'd be very appreciative of the .375 if we were hunting the larger coastal brown bear, or on Kodiak.

I'm humbled and grateful for my bear. He's a true arctic grizzly, taken well into the arctic, far from salmon streams. He squared a tad over 8 feet, which is significant in the world of arctic grizzlies, though smallish in comparison to the giant brown bears which often go 9 - 10 feet, or even more.

I'm so glad that I made this opportunity.

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Posted: June 02 2017 at 9:14pm | IP Logged Quote STCM(SW)

What a great trip!

Nice going Guy!

So that old Redfield did the trick.

More pictures to come then?

BTW, Enhanced DL or passport in an out of Canada?

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Posted: June 02 2017 at 9:25pm | IP Logged Quote M700

I used my passport. My wife has an enhanced driver's license and it works fine when we drive into British Columbia for wine tasting or a weekend.

The old Redfield did just fine... It's a good scope. I'd practiced a lot on 6x at 200 and 300 yards... But everything happened while it was on 2x at 40 yards or less!

Ya, I've got more photos. Lots of them. But that's all for now.

Thank you, Guy
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Posted: June 03 2017 at 4:51am | IP Logged Quote Rex

Beautiful, Guy. Thanks for sharing.
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Posted: June 03 2017 at 5:22am | IP Logged Quote Buffalogun

Way to go Guy! Alaska is a place I'd like to go one day.


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Posted: June 03 2017 at 5:35am | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

Congratulations on the hunt of a lifetime. The good ol' .30-06 still gets it done.

I drove the Alcan highway twice in the 90s when I was stationed in Anchorage. I really don't like to travel much anymore, but wouldn't mind taking that road trip again someday.

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Posted: June 04 2017 at 5:38pm | IP Logged Quote KinleyWater

Wow. Just wow. Looking forward to the other photos.

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Posted: June 04 2017 at 8:31pm | IP Logged Quote USA Joe

Great adventure Thanks for sharing! Stay safe Joe

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Posted: June 13 2017 at 8:32pm | IP Logged Quote Yeti

Very cool hunt! Thanks for the write up!

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Posted: June 14 2017 at 5:58pm | IP Logged Quote M700

Guys - if you can't swing the hunt, believe me, I understand! This took a huge bite out of my retirement savings.

But... Consider the trip at least.

Take your favorite fishing pole. Get a couple of non resident licenses to cover British Columbia, Yukon, and Alaska.

Toss some camping gear in your rig, and go! :)

It's not like the old days when a 4x4 "Road Warrior" style rig was necessary. You can drive this in your Toyota Camry, or your beater K-Car if it's still running!

If you can foot the fuel bill, and feed yourself, you can do this. YOU can see Alaska, The Yukon, British Columbia!

Hunt with your camera. I'm thrilled to get the photos I got. I'll probably end up selling the grizzly hide and wolf hide anyway, just keeping the skulls and the photos. I've got nowhere for those hides to be displayed.

Think about it. Alaska is yours, go and see. Enjoy!

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Posted: June 14 2017 at 6:02pm | IP Logged Quote KinleyWater

Did K-Cars ever run?

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Posted: June 15 2017 at 7:57pm | IP Logged Quote Yeti

KinleyWater wrote:
Did K-Cars ever run?


Sort of but the better question is how fast could the S car go?

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Yeti wrote:
KinleyWater wrote:
Did K-Cars ever run?


Sort of but the better question is how fast could the S car go?
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Posted: June 16 2017 at 6:00am | IP Logged Quote M700

Oh, if you go, remember that Canada is a sovereign nation, with laws of it's own, and no U.S. Constitution to protect you!

Seems many Americans get themselves in trouble at the border by not being organized, trying to bring in handguns, trying to bring in other firearms without paperwork ready, and trying to bring in marijuana.

The Canadian border guards don't care that it's legal in Colorado or Washington or wherever - you're entering Canada! And if you really want some, it's not that hard to come by in British Columbia anyway. Though I'd hate to go to jail in a foreign country...

It's their country. All twelve Canadians...

Respecting their laws goes a long way.

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Posted: June 16 2017 at 12:35pm | IP Logged Quote Rex

Guy, that's good advice and if you try to cross the Canadian border with a little drinking anywhere on your record it could cost you an extra $200 for a few days in their country. Experience from a neighbor, not me.
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Posted: June 16 2017 at 1:28pm | IP Logged Quote KinleyWater

Yeti wrote:
KinleyWater wrote:
Did K-Cars ever run?


Sort of but the better question is how fast could the S car go?




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