A friend has taken three black bears (in a predator control area) so far this spring, and it is still April. Bear Hunting in Alaska is about the only hunting season open in the spring so we all look forward to it as our first Alaska hunting trip after the long winter.

Prince of Wales blackie

And the meat is pretty good for the most part. Just depends on what it was eating last fall. Mountain bears are the best. Or course fish bears are the worst.

Hides are the best the earliest you can get them, so dont’ wait if you are interested. I don’t need any more hides, but I do like the meat. My freezer still had a good supply of black bear meat from last spring so I may not go this year. It’s good to get out though, so I might tag along with a friend just to enjoy the camping atmosphere. The best part of many hunts for me.