We took a ton of great bears in interior Alaska this spring, including two that will make the Pope and Young record book. See the highlights of my season here.
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For quite a few years now, spring black bear hunting in interior Alaska has been a Freel family affair. This season proved to be one of the best yet, as the woods seemed to be loaded with bears. Right off the bat, my dad and I both took Pope & Young record book black bears, both with traditional bows. I was also able to help my younger sister and my cousin’s son take their first black bears.
Things started off quickly, but soon turned frustrating as grizzlies moved down from the mountains and overran our bait stations. We did get some pretty cool trail cam pictures though, and one of the grizzlies is quite a brute, pushing 9 feet. With the season coming to a close, and the grocery bill running out of control, we pulled our baits yesterday. But overall this has been one of the most exciting bear seasons I’ve had in a long time.
The following photos highlight my 2011 spring bear hunt.