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  1. #1
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    Default Where to Begin n What to Begin With?????

    I live in San Antonio, have one hell of a side job where I get to fly for free (Delta) I am also blessed w a job that I have quite a bit of time off (firefighter/medic). I guess I’m starting to sound spoiled but I’m also lucky/blessed to have an aunt n uncle that live near Kenia. My uncle is a preacher/firefighter/ n salmon boat Cpt. He owns n runs his own salmon netting boat which he docks in Holmer.
    I have hunted all my life (literally, shot my first buck at 5); Texas, Colorado, Arizona, Montana, n a bit in North Cacalacky when I was in the Corps. I love adventure n the experience as well as the game meat afterwards.
    I have never been to Alaska!!! N I can feel her calling in my bones!!!
    My uncle isn’t much of a big game hunter but is willing to go w and we can also use/stay on his boat for “extended excursions”
    I hunt w either rifle or bow but prefer archery.
    What would y’all suggest as a starter adventure? I eventually want to do a coastal brown w a bow, would love to go after moose, caribou, n of course sheep.
    My mother really wants to go for black bear. I’ve gotten blacks but think it would e a hoot to see my mother get one; she gets excited over a whitetail doe.
    Money is as always an issue. But I; n my family, have the airfare and family there in our favor. Also I get 95% off of cargo shipping on delta.
    Any advice would be much appreciated and if any of y’all r ever in the San Antonio area hit me up n I could turn u on to some good hog hunting on my family n friend’s land

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    To hunt sheep, goats and brown bears you must be a resident, or be the 2nd degree kindred. Your uncle doesn't qualify.

    The other animals do not have restrictions.

    Spring black bears off a boat, or deer on kodiak off a boat would be a good place to start. Alaska is nearly always a miserably fun adventure. Any hunt based off a boat will likely be very wet and rainy.

    Good luck!
    "No Kuiu here"

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    I have looked into that n my uncle does have some friends that are registered guides who would go w if n when I go for one of the others, so would be good to go for the others.
    I was thinking about doing the black bear w my mother n uncle which we could parlay into some fishing/crabbing/prawns.
    My uncle usually gets a bear every year for food but he doesn’t really go “hard core” for a big one; which I appreciate and completely understand, he is after chow for him n my aunt.
    Any advice on books or references as far as trophy quality near the Holmer area, that I can start my research on?
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    His boat
    Thnx for the advice, n luv ur accounts of ur sheep hunts, always great reading

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    Looks like quite an opportunity. Semper fi

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    Man, your uncle must be well connected to have guide freinds who will guide you. Go for the sheep first!
    "No Kuiu here"

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    We’re firefighters, we all have side jobs, need something done or a hand w something, one of us can either do it or knows someone who can!!!

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    Better question your uncle's friends (the guides) before you go. Know that you'll be asking them to give up a significant part of their income to "accompany" you on a sheep, goat or bear hunt. You'll still have to sign a contract with the guide friend to hunt the guide restricted animals.
    Your idea of a boat based black bear hunt is a good idea. It can be based out of Homer and there are LOTS of blackies to be found in that area. As Bambistew mentioned, a Kodiak deer hunt is also an excellent idea. Both could easily be done in the (roughly) same time frame also during a 2 week period.

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