Brown bear hunting

Big Bears Of Barney Creek

Big Bears Of Barney Creek

As hunters we all have our favorite spots where we have taken some of our biggest or best trophies.  Some just call it their secret spot while others may call it “the honey hole” or by some other name.  Guides have their favorites also and in AAA’s early days our “honey hole” for big brown bears was Barney Creek, a small alder filled valley with a southern exposure in our Cold Bay area.  The valley was almost four miles long but we never killed or stalked a bear in the last mile of it.  We did take quite a few bears on the north entrance to the valley.  It was mainly a breeding or hook-up valley.  We only hunted it in the spring and during eight springs, we harvested eleven bears over 9’ with seven of those over 10’ and one 11 footer.  We also know of a King Cove resident who took his brother to this valley and they harvested two bears over 10’during that same time period.  Now that’s what I call a “honey hole.”