by Fred Sweisthal
This day began like all the other days on this hunt, with the anticipation of hunting big Alaskan brown bears. After waking up, we would check the wind direction each day to see if the conditions were good for hunting. On this day, the wind direction was ideal, as it would blow out of the mountains, down the valley and carry our scent out to the Pacific Ocean. The temperature was 40 degrees and not raining. Perfect. We ate breakfast and got dressed in our waders for the day since we had rivers and marshy areas to cross on our hike to the back of the valley.