Rifle Season in the Great Bear Wilderness

The general rifle season in the wilderness opens in October and we hunt for brow tined bulls only. The bugling season is usually over by this time so we concentrate on watching feeding areas such as slide paths and meadows. Early snow also help in tracking the bulls, which are beginning to leave their cows, returning to solitary life. If the animals are not moving, conducting drives through cover areas is often effective. As the season progresses, snow blankets the available feed in the high country and the game start to move to lower locals. These late season hunts are often very productive.