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Old February 9th, 2006, 06:12 PM
Mountain Gal Mountain Gal is offline
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Default Best time of day to see bear?

We want to take the Remote Bush Exploration & Brown Bear Search
excursion in Icy Strait Point. You can pick a time from 8 in the morning until noon to start. Is early morning better than late morning?
Anyone know?
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Old February 9th, 2006, 06:15 PM
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If it is a warm, sunny day, earlier is usually better. If looking for bears feeding in the intertidal, low tide is better.
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Old February 10th, 2006, 09:19 AM
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It appears you are looking at a ship excursion??? These are limiting in Hoonah. They use school buses and you only have access at the platforms.

I went independent last year. Did some great hiking, berry picking and walked up the side of a stream for bear viewing. Just 4 of us. Yes the guide was armed, but far superior experience compared to on and off a bus at fixed locations.


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The great benefit of dealing direct with the vender is to inquire of their recommended timing.
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Old February 10th, 2006, 11:15 AM
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This looks a lot like a question and answer that was on the Cruisemates board!!! BQ, so what time did you go out on your private tour and did he recommend that as the best time to go or just most convenient? Thanks.
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Old February 10th, 2006, 02:11 PM
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Almost always at low tide. Fish run upstream at high tide. Too high for bears to fish. Low tide leaves most of the fish in shallow exposed waters. If your tour is well upstream from the mouth of creek than it varies. I've usually seem more activity in the afternoons and evenings. The exception being that some of the sub-adult bears will try to feed in the mornings when they usually don't have as much competition from the adults. No hard and fast rules.
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Old February 11th, 2006, 08:52 AM
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This looks a lot like a question and answer that was on the Cruisemates board!!! BQ, so what time did you go out on your private tour and did he recommend that as the best time to go or just most convenient? Thanks.

Yes the same, copied. I went out in the afternoon, the streams were way outside of the significant tidal changes and at least a couple miles in.
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