- Dec 10, 2014
Curious if any Alaskans on here could share some knowledge. Just some quick background on me... just moved to Fairbanks from WA state and been a die hard hunter for the past 10 years, but def a novice when it comes to bear hunting. I will be limited to 4 day weekends throughout the spring and summer to hunt. I'm not interested in baiting, just spot and stalk. I've been looking around Cantwell (east of the hwy) and the Denali Hwy, as well as areas to the east and west of Fairbanks (white mtns, etc). So first question, are there decent black bear populations in these areas? Second, what do I look for as far as terrain? I'm used to a lot of glassing from knobs and such, but not exactly sure what to focus in on (chutes, south/north slopes, etc?). Do I focus in on bigger mountains or the lower hills? I brought my snowmobile and atv up, but I mainly use those to get to a spot to hike in. My goal is to see some great scenery, be away from people, and maybe get lucky and see a bear. I appreciate any tips thrown my way and thanks for your time!