Hunting Report 6688

Hunter Information
Hunter Name:Bruce Shackleford
Contact Information:4601 Mountain View Rd., Benton, AR 72019 , ; Phone: 501-765-9009 Email: bruceshackleford@aristotle.net
Hunting Experience:Have hunted WTD for over 45 yrs; Hunts booked with outfitters include Yukon moose, elk, caribou, mule deer, pronghorn. I was successful on all game hunted. I have also bagged many Rio Grande turkey, blackbuck and axis deer in Texas.
Physical Condition:Fair for being 56.
Date and Time of Hunt
Weapon Used:Rifle
How Hunt Was Conducted:
Date of Hunt:04/23/2008 to 05/05/2008
Place of Hunt:Alaska - United States - 13
Hunting Area:Admiralty Island
Outfitter, Guide and Booking Agent Details
Outfitter (or safari company):Southeast Alaska Guiding ; PO Box 240266 Douglas,AK 99824 ; Phone: 907-209-2109 Email: info@seaguiding.com Website: www.seaguiding.com
Personal Guide (if any):Hans Baertle
Booking Agent (if any):Hunters Elite ; PO Box 81224 Billings,MT 59108 ; Phone: 406-951-1064 Email: okhughes@bresnan.net
Trip Arrangements (if self-guided):
License Required:
Game Description
Major Game Animals Taken:Bear, Brown
Game Sought But Not Taken:Bear, Brown
Game Conditions Comments:We saw over 60 bears during 12 days of hunting and this was early in the season with bears still coming out of hibernation.
Service Ratings
Quality of Outfit:ExcellentGuide/PH Ability:Excellent
Condition of Camp:ExcellentCondition of Equipment:Excellent
Quality of Food:ExcellentTrophy Care:Excellent
Name of Airline:American AirlinesAirline ServicePoor
Airline Comments:The airlines are now a real mess. Coming home, I flew from Juneau to Seattle, then Seattle to DFW. At DFW, I got off the plane and went to the monitor to learn that my flight to Little Rock had been cancelled. It was 9 pm CST and I had been up since 4 am AK Time. My only option to get home would be on the following day. I had to get a room in Ft. Worth, fly to Texarkana the next day, then rent a car and drive for 2 hours to get home.
Costs
Hunting Fees:Amount:$14500.00
Trophy Fees:Amount:$0.00
Permits/Licenses:Amount:$550.00
Commercial Airfares:Amount:$0.00
Charter Airfares:Amount:$0.00
Other Costs:Tip to Hans $1,000 - he more than earned it.Amount:$1000.00
Total:$16050.00
Summary Remarks
Problems of Hunt:Absolutely none. Spending two weeks on a boat with others could be trying if the personalities do not mesh. I enjoyed Hans' company very much. The other guide, Mike Shaw, is an incredibly nice guy, who is very knowledgeable and helpful. The other hunter, an awesome guy, was Joe Citro from Pennsylvania. We all got along very well and had the best of times together.
Highlights of Hunt:On one occasion, we were wading to the skiff as it began getting dark and my guide suddenly stopped behind me. I looked up to see a brown bear watching us from about 40 yards! It did not know what to make of us. It then came at us, romping like a playful puppy. It was not a charge, but the bear was just curious. It was very exciting to experience this. Of course, the moment of success was one huge adrenalin rush. We spotted my bear from an island and got in the skiff to go to shore downwind for the stalk. As we were motoring to shore, I used small bungie cords to strap my camcorder to my 338 WM. Hans watched me, saying, I have guided all kinds of hunters, but now I have seen it all! At the moment of truth, the Sony Handycam did an incredible job.It withstood the shock of four shots from the 338 WM without losing focus.As we crawled over large boulders, we were suddenly on top of the bear and found ourselves facing him at 32 yards!!I was lucky enough to get incredible footage of the moment of truth when I got this large animal.It will be on You Tube.Search videos for Shackleford hunt.I am also putting a clip on seaguiding.com.By the last day, Day 12,the other hunter had problems with his rifle as his bolt would jam.I gave him my 338 WM since I was tagged out and he got his bear on the last day!!
Equipment Recommendations:We were out all day glassing from a skiff, or setting up on an island or point and watching the shoreline. Good optics will be very useful. I took both binoculars and a spotting scope and I am glad I did. It is kind of a hassle traveling with a spotting scope but you can see so much better with the scope than binoculars alone. Good hip boots and rain gear are vital. We waded through various creeks and when getting in and out of the skiff. There were also periods of rain for several days at a time. My Helly Hansen rain gear was awesome and kept me dry. You need to be prepared for spending hours in windy rainy weather. I took a Sealine Dry Bag to keep things dry while in the skiff. In my day pack, I kept my camera and camcorder in 2 gal zip-lok bags to keep them dry, During my hunt, the highest of highs were around 50 degrees, and the lows in the 30s. We had several days of beautiful bluebird sunny skies.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend?Yes
Why?It more than met my expectations. It is an incredible feeling the first time you get out of the skiff to stalk a brown bear and be on their turf. We also saw many bald eagles, whales, sea lions. I was very fortunate to have the greatest guide who more than lived up to what he had advertised on his website.
Important Notes
Notified Outfitter?N/ANotified Personal Guide?N/ANotified Booking Agent?N/A
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, booking_agent or guide?N/A
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought?
Additional Hunter Comments and/or Outfitter/Booking Agent Rebuttals