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    2014 Hunting/Fishing Thread

    I saw a request to start a 2014 Hunting thread, and since it is August 2014 sure made sense to me. So,…here we go. Thought I would add fishing, as a number of the great photos in the 2013 Hunting thread were of fishing.

    Jim Woolington
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    Silver salmon fishing on the Nushagak River this August 2014:
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    Maybe I'll get lucky and have something to post , flying my plane to Alaska to hunt in about 10 days.
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    Stone Sheep hunt with son-in-law his first sheep hunt and he gets a book ramClick image for larger version. 

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    Life is Good - so is sheep huntin!!!!

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    Fantastic rams. Thanks for posting.
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    Wow those are some fine rams, great fishin pic too!

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    My son and I on the right with our fishing partners when we go north to fish. Third week of August 2014.
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    Grayling on Beaver Creek.
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    I was hunting blue berries... and all my pack board would hold(Volume wise) was 18.4 Lbs.. not bad for 2 1/2 hours picking need to go back for another load...




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    Mike, Looks like an outstanding harvest. Did you see any large critters in the area, there hungry too?

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    It's not the fishing most you all do, but this is where the 'drifter' part of my username comes from.
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    Rams above the clouds, knee deep in blueberries and salmon. Damn what a life you guys have. Envious
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    Did 8800 miles from MN to AK and places in between the past few weeks. Took very few photos due to burnout. Fished and berry picked and saw 33 bears but not a single moose. Very odd. This is my 5th drive up the highway. Will not do it again. Despite the pleasure of my "new to me" used Dodge Cummins that never missed a beat, the traffic took the fun out of what I remembered as a scenic drive. Commercial vehicle traffic from Minot through the Battlefords and Lloydminister up into Edmonton and then Grande Prairie to Ft. Nelson a single long convoy of semis. Maybe I hit it at a bad time but saw 2 fatal accidents and numerous others. Being at the top of your game required to not get involved in the carnage. The economy is booming. Pass a piss test and you are making serious coin $$. Glad to see the oil and gas boom but I will fly commercial and rent next go around. Had about 5 hours construction delays each way. Short window to fix roads but the pressure has increased to the point that I look forward to gravel roads vs. the pavement breaks.



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ID:	16907Some small halibut 24 rockfish and a lingcod I brought up with a rockfish. It had the rockfish half way in its mouth never hocked just gaffed.

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    Scout Sorry that was the company I work for. And yes we have a short 6 month season to get done things done normally working 7-12's some are double shifting.

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    The construction on the Parks at Wasilla if you were there wasn't anything. East of Tok a little bit happening. South of Dawson City and North of Ft. Nelson were the snags. Hope you have a long fall to finish what was started.
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    I saw the chicken sign in your picture we have a job there. Up and down the parks north end of wasilla by mp120 and Healy maybe one more. Unfortunately we've lost 140 mil in town so I'm only working part time 60-70hrs a week. They'll get it done it might be a 2 year job I've been on runway jobs at international getting 50mil done in 6 months. Those you don't go over on its a 50k a day fine for going over on those.

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    They were chip sealing the McCarthy road. Couldn't believe that one. Maybe out 15-20 miles this year. Not sure I would be for it had I a vote
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    From what I saw on the news most of the people there didn't want it. Most people would be shocked how many millions of dollars is wasted on these jobs. The engineers get paid to design it then get paid to fix there mistakes. The contractors get paid to do it wrong then get paid time and materials to fix it. We did a runway in a small village since it was federally funded it had to meet faa standards with lighting and all. Instead of improving 5-10 runways making them safer for the same money only one gets done.

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ID:	16912A bull the brother in-law got last week up by Eureka. Some of the other in-laws got another moose and a couple caribou. A good start so far this season now I just need to find time to go.

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    King Salmon fish camp 2014
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    Turkey season opened September 1st and rifles are legal in the fall now. So I got out my favorite small game rifle - the .17 HM2, the long rifle version .17.

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    I was by myself and couldn't figure out how to do a selfie.

    Same rifle with a plump rock chuck earlier in the year. They're real pests when they start living around buildings.

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    "Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything." Wyatt Earp

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    Spinner, I presume you shot this Turkey in Montana. Question how many can a resident hunter take during the Fall season?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riverking View Post
    Spinner, I presume you shot this Turkey in Montana. Question how many can a resident hunter take during the Fall season?

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    Two. Two that is if you haven't already shot one in the spring. And only one can be a Tom. We have a growing turkey population and the harvest is becoming more liberal. This is the first year for a fall rifle season in our area.

    The regs are different on the east side of the mountains and I'm not up on changes there - if any.
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    My fall exercise program has started. Jack and I walked 6 miles for 3 flushes. Only got one for the first outing but one was just enough. A beautiful heavy mature bird. Ruffed Grouse in gravy poured on fresh garden potatoes was supper.



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    From Scout88305's Post #12: "Rams above the clouds, knee deep in blueberries and salmon. Damn what a life you guys have. Envious."

    Man,…you haven't got a lot to complain about. Plus, you have Jack to take care of you. Ruffed grouse and gravy on new potatoes,…yumm.

    First duck hunt of this year, near Nushagak Bay:
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    What kinda ducks are those? Not many bugs on that pretty Cub. Bugs must of took a hit with cold wx.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scout88305 View Post
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    What kinda ducks are those? Not many bugs on that pretty Cub. Bugs must of took a hit with cold wx.
    They're mostly pintails, a couple scaup, and one widgeon. This time of the year, they're mostly just "brown ducks". With all the young birds, it's still pretty difficult to tell the male and female pintails apart from any distance. We saw a couple mallards and one flight of teal, but didn't get a chance at any. Two tundra swans were flying by just before we got the decoys out. I think they would have come in if we had been set up. There's a registration hunt here in Game Management Unit 17, with a season bag limit of 3 swans.

    The rain has pretty much kept the bugs washed off the plane. We haven't had any cold weather yet, just lots of wind and rain. We were out moose hunting, but heard a storm was coming. Flew back in to town just in time to sit out a blow, then got out for a day of duck hunting during a break in the weather.

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    I hunted what I call the Packard Homestead today. I researched an emblem on one of the 4 car bodies at this old boondocks location and the folks must of had a thing for Packards. There is a hunting shack miles from here with a cool old chrome bumper that says Packard in red nailed above the door. I now know where it came from. No idea how they lived and made it back here with 2 wheel drive cars as it's a bitch even now with a 4 wheeler and a pair of Xtra Tuffs's. Looking at the old tub style washing machine as I swatted mosquito's makes one realize how tough people had to be back in the day. Been hot and buggy for late Sept here. Bird numbers a little low but that's just the cycle of life. Jack got up a beautiful old brown phase and it was meant to be. Ended up with two in the vest and left some for seed. Hoping for a cool down for the dogs sake.

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    Nice Nothern Pike at Cree Lake in Northern Saskatchewan. Terrific Flyin location!
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    45" ?? Looks like a nice day there
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    Here are some pictures from my recent trip to the Goodnews River in Alaska




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    Had some success calling bulls in MT recently. Now it's on to some bird hunts!

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    very impressive Kyle congrats!
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    Worked until 4 and then drove like a banshee for an hour to get to a place I call the "Buck Bedroom". A light rain had stopped around 3 and the sun came out. Forecast tomorrow is 40 mph winds and temps dropping into the 30's so I figured the Grouse would be feeding. I hunted until dark and found myself 1 hour from the truck. Walked in the moonlight with wolves howling off in the distance. Jack and I put up a dozen birds and were blessed with three. This remote area is silly with fresh buck sign. Hockey puck sized tracks.















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    Can anyone recommend a guide for a black bear hunt next spring. I want to take my son on one in ak for his senior trip.

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    Duckhunter,
    Where do you live? While it's not required that a nonresident be accompanied by a registered big game guide to hunt black bear in Alaska, someone not familiar with the hunt area would probably be a lot more successful if they hired a guide. However, before contracting with a guide, you might want to give some thought to where you want to hunt, and what kind of a black bear hunt you want to do.

    In southeastern Alaska and Prince William Sound, black bear hunters often stay on charter boats, and cruise the shoreline in small boats looking for bears at low tide. On a couple of the islands in southeastern Alaska, there are extensive roads systems to hunt from. In south-central and Interior Alaska, black bears are often hunted from stands over bait. Or you can drive the road system and glass the hillsides looking for bears eating fresh green grass.

    I would suggest that before locking in on a contract with a guide, to call the regional offices of the Alaska Dept of Fish and Game in Douglas, Anchorage, Palmer, and Fairbanks and ask them about hunting season dates, different areas, bear populations, etc. Also, hunting in some areas might be by drawing or registration permit, or open to general hunting. Those phone numbers can be found in the Dept.'s web site. ( http://hunt.alaska.gov ) That might give you a better idea of where you would like to go, and what kind of bear hunt you want to have.

    A list of registered hunting guides and what areas they are licensed to guide in can be obtained from the Alaska Dept. of Commerce, Community & Economic Development, Division of Corporate, Business & Professional Licensing. (http://commerce.state.ak.us/occ/apps/ODStart.cfm ). If you do decide to use a registered guide, I would highly recommend checking this list to make sure they are properly licensed and actually registered to hunt in the area you decide to go.

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    A few photos from summer/fall 2014:

    Grayling, lake trout, and char from the same place in Wood/Tikchik State Park (north of Dillingham).Click image for larger version. 

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    After a morning of subsistence fishing for salmon on the lower Wood River (sockeye, chum, and kings)
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    A lot of my salmon ends up like this, canned.
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    A day trip to Brooks River Falls in Katmai NP to watch bears and tourists.
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    Cousins from Indiana came up this summer. Their first trip to Alaska, first float plane rides, and first silver salmon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by duckhunter10 View Post
    Can anyone recommend a guide for a black bear hunt next spring. I want to take my son on one in ak for his senior trip.
    Jim has given you some really good advice. In addition, bear in mind (pun intended) that the size of black bears varies greatly, depending on the region of the state you hunt. For example, the southeast black bears tend to be pretty large, while the interior black bears tend to run quite a bit smaller, but there are lots of them, and there are some fairly large bears even there. Also, as Jim pointed out, what kind of hunting you're up for and what kind of habitat and country you'd like to see/hunt in will determine where you might want to go.

    There are good guides, some great guides and a few bad guides, so doing some research will definitely pay off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by duckhunter10 View Post
    Can anyone recommend a guide for a black bear hunt next spring. I want to take my son on one in ak for his senior trip.
    Sam Dalin. I've hunted with him as have some of my former clients (back when I ran a hunting and fishing booking agency). He runs a top notch operation, you and your son will have a blast.
    http://www.dalincharters.com
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