4 Days Solo Tenting on Island Chunky of Whale Bones & Grizzly Bears
Luke here at the oor boys YouTube channel and for the next four days I'm all alone in the wilderness of Alaska I'm coming face to face with giant grizzly bears hunting for my food collecting washed up whalebones and exploring a remote island in the Gulf of Alaska.
oh right well there goes my ride yeah I'm not going to see him for 4 days I am on a remote island on the edge of the Gulf of Alaska at the very top of the Pacific Ocean if you were to go that.
Direction as far as you can go the next land you would hit is Antarctica well tonight I'm going to be staying in this off-grid dry cabin and it's maintained by the National Forest Service and they have these cabins all over the Wilderness of Alaska many of them you can only reach by plane or boat.
And these cabins are in some of the coolest places in Alaska so we got the bear prooof lock look at this we got a bed got a table chairs yeah there's a wood stove that looks like like that's a heating oil stove got some utensils some books and things some puzzles and uh oh looks there's a loft.
Here it's a nice big sleeping space up here in the Attic if you come here in the winter time this will be the warmest place to sleep tell you what this is going to do very nicely but the sun's setting I got to get unpacked quick this is pretty perfect but there is one thing I'm a little anxious about water.
I'm not sure where we're going to get our water from oh there we go see this trash can it's underneath the drain spout there's a little screen here so this is a rain catch so I'm going to drink out of a trash can that's why I brought my filter okay just hang up the dirty water and the gravity feeds it through the filter.
Down the hose and into my water bottle it filters about a liter every 2 minutes it's pretty fast brought my old shotgun and I brought my rifle we're geared up for just about anything we can legally shoot I brought along my liquid fuel.
Stove I love this thing it runs off of almost any type of fuel including un Leed and Diesel getting a little cold in here let's uh let's get a fire started well you know now that I'm settled in I'm starting to get a little hungry and.
Uh I think a little dessert before bed might be in order it's a marry and berry pie I actually put this in my checked bag and to cover it in a little tin foil let it sit right there should warm up in a few minutes I'm pretty excited to eat that pie but it's got to last me the whole trip so I got to pce myself oh check it out I found a.
Replacement for my lost nighte found one used on eBay there we go some marry and berry pie still is putting out the heat keeping my bum warm this is a good way to start out the trip well guys it's late I'm going to bed I've got an early start tomorrow I will see you guys in the.
Morning well good morning it's a little bit cold in here but the fire is warming the cabin up pretty quick and I'm going to start making some breakfast smoked pork gel bacon here smoked pork jow bacon eggs and toast all.
Righty no that is so good that's good all right I think it's time to go explore the island now I've never hunted for deer before and I've never hunted on this island before but my understanding is that the deer tend to stay away from the.
Beaches in the summertime when the weather's good and then as it gets cold they get forced down off the mountains and come down well it's still pretty nice so my guess is I've got to go hiking up there you go that's Blacktail deer poop I can smell rotting salmon which.
Means this is be country there's a salmon there's a salmon there's a salmon there's the salmon come from the ocean into these rivers to spawn and as soon as they spawn they die of old age so there's just dead salmon everywhere smells like a rotten Fish Market you see all these salmon pulled up onto the bank that.
Means something's been eating them look at this this is all piles of dead salmon and look at this this right here is a bear print this is the rear paw of a bear anytime you have salmon like this there will be Bears this Trail I'm walking on could easily be a Bear Trail there it is these are bear prints right.
Here look at a size comparison to my hand see each of his toes right there his claws that's his hind leg that's his front leg generally speaking for each inch across on the front pad is how tall the bear is it's a very average Siz grizzly bear right there it's probably four 5T tall a big grizzly bear will be over 10 ft tall and that's measured from.
Nose to tip of tail look there's some salmon right in there you can see there're just all those little white spots are dead rotting salmon and there's a couple live ones right there the Salmon's body is actually rot before they die and so you can see that live salmon right there has mold all over his tail check it out guys.
There's a grizzly bear right there it's right there in the bushes I don't think he knows I'm here yet I'm downwind from him grizzly bears are actually in season right now and this gun would take him down but what am I going to do with the dead grizzly bear well I'm just going to go back this way seems to be a little side trail that.
Goes up this hill can see this faint Trail kind of running like this is a game Trail probably for deer so we're going to go and walk along this game Trail and see if we can't find anything that's a deer poop look at that that looks like the skull of a baby.
Bear that's crazy every once in a while I pop out on one of these little clearings and I just stop and wait and listen that looks pretty fresh to me that's the beach head of the river we were at where we saw the bear I've got a pretty good view up here but.
I haven't seen any signs of life it is the middle of the day and that's the worst time to see animals so I think I might start working my way back to the cabin and maybe I'll see something on the way back coming up over this Ridge and I spooked something I think it was a bedding deer in the middle middle of the.
Day like this they kind of hunker down and digest their food from the morning I looked up just in time to see a bunch of branches moving and that was about it well made it back I hiked for about 5 and 1/2 hours climbed about 12200 ft in elevation and did about 5 miles I'm going to grab my fishing rod and we're going to see about.
Doing some fishing rumor has it that there's a river 1 mile east of here that has cutthroat trout and salmon in it so I think I'm going to hike over there and take a peek at it oh there's some more bear poop it's a lot of bear poop on this Trail random piece of plastic with tooth holes in it some bear gave it a taste bears are a.
Little bit like babies they like to put things in their mouths when they don't know what it is oh look at this oh looks like something ate a raven right there there you go that's the mountain I climbed this morning oh look at these bear prints that is a large coyote print and.
That's an average bear print hey check this out this is the vertebrae of a whale right here is that crazy it's another chunk of a whalebone look there's like a teeth marks in it right there look at that another big piece of whale bone woo That's Heavy looks like deer bones to.
Me see some ducks up ahead I think I uh might have to get dinner they're starting to get in range when you can see the color on their head getting ready to fly I got one oh there we go got a nice fat duck now I want to see if we can spot any Tru or salmon in.
Here just saw a fish jump in the water up there oh there's a few salmon that's a pink salmon right there that's what that is see the bottom of the creek is just covered in Bear prints there's a couple spawned out pink salmon but that's about it look at that it's a sand dollar whoa.
Oh thing weighs like 15 lbs the rib bone of a whale look at this man that looks like a piece of the skull or maybe a pelvis that is so cool I'm going to use my Garmin in reach to text Becca and have her Google the federal regulations for whalebones if I can keep this I'm totally bringing it.
Back I'll figure a way to get into my bags oh made it got to clean that duck but don't want to do that by the cabin that'll attract grizzly bears for sure all right oh this weather is so nice it it's been such a cold wet summer I got snowed on last week a lot well I've been using my inre to text.
My wife and I found a little something about finding whalebones apparently in Alaska whenever you find whale carcasses or whale bones you're supposed to report it to a biologist here in the state well tomorrow Becca's going to go ahead and call the biologist and tell her what I found and uh we're going to see what I get to do with the whale.
Bones all right we got ourselves a feast here we got roasted duck breast lingen Berry Jam Pinta pork gels fried onions.
Fonded potatoes and gravy I don't know I'm pretty happy with this I think this looks pretty good this duck with a little lingen Berry sauce and gravy is good I that's the best wild duck I've ever had how would worked out really well tell you what it is late I am very sore and I am very full of food I am going to go to bed and I will see you in.
The morning good morning looks like the first thing I got to do today is do some dishes before I left on this trip my brother gave me a jar of home homade rhubarb syrup so I've got a little bit of that in this jar and I'm going to put that on.
My pancakes it is pretty amazing oh that was good well I'm going to make another attempt at trying to find a deer I definitely think that near the top of the mountain was better I saw more deer sign up there for sure I mean look at this.
Trail it's all deer tracks oh my legs in butter asleep well it's a little past lunchtime and I'm getting hungry so I'm going to hike down the mountain about 2 miles back to the cabin there's a deer I'm tired well I'm hungry I think it's time for some.
Lunch just eating a little snack while I make sandwiches grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup that's just hard to beat this is such a great cabin I mean.
Look at that view that's pretty well guys I had an interesting development over lunch turns out if you find any whalebones you're supposed to report it to a biologist here in Alaska and Becca did and the biologist wants me to go ahead and photograph all the bones I found and send her to the GPS locations and some of the more intact pieces I'm.
Going to bring back to Anchorage apparently whether or not you can keep the bones or not depends on what species of whale it is so since I'm much better at finding whale bones than I am at finding deer I figure I'm going to go do some beach combing and I'm going to go document all the whale bones I can find.
And I'm going to go out of limb and say that's a deer skeleton there's a eagle feather right there look here's another one oh look at that so much of this Driftwood looks like bone it tricks me half the time that hadn't me fooled like a bunch of buoys look here's some.
Deer prints some little snip prints and bear prints oh check this out look at this it's like the lower jaw of a dog dolphin or a whale look at the size of that tooth right there that is so cool oh look at this it's a vertebrae disc right there.
There's no way these are coming off from the same animal that jaw and tooth was way too small for those vertebrae oh look at this there's another one right there look at that look at at the size of that Barnacle the skull of some animal oh look at this look at that two of them right.
There I mean look at how big those are that's a big animal it's a really big animal oh check it out there's a Croc bone right there well I've walked as far as I can go this direction without getting my feet wet time to turn around and head back the other.
Direction check this out look at that this is just one small bone in a whale's back look at the size of these things oh look at that I don't know what that is but it's fresh those look like those belong to a.
Deer look at that that's a shark egg right there you can see where the little shark pup hatched out oh there's a school of salmon right there in the river oh man this is gorgeous check it out this is bull Kil it's an enormous piece of seaweed and it's.
Edible you can pickle these little rings of kelp and they're really good salty and crunchy but the best thing to do with bul kelp is pretend you're Indiana Jones I remember doing that as a kid smacking myself in the face so hard I'm going to hurt myself oh that's.
Fun I remember when I was young me and my brother found some buold kelp and started whipping each other with it still can't believe all these whale bones washed up on one Beach and they're obviously from different whales too I'm going to try the best I can to pack these up and get these back to Anchorage.
And uh we'll see what the biologist has to say you it's getting late I'm going to make a little dinner honestly that tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwich was so good I'm going to do that again been looking forward to this oh that was good it is a beautiful day and there is.
A beautiful beach out here I think I need to make a bonfire oh good morning oh it's cozy in my bag but I've got so much I need to do this morning turn on my lights got a couple rechargeable bicycle lights I use them as flood lighting whenever I'm out.
Camping so I can film I've been using the same battery for 4 days all right let's go get some water let's see all right got a nice little breakfast here got some pork gell bacon got some hot MUSC.
Cereal some hot chocolate and an apple oh my goodness I am full well uh I've got to go use the little boys room all right must say this is one of the prettier ouses I've ever been in I'm uh I'm going to turn this off now oh can't believe how dark it still is it's almost 8:00 and there's just.
Barely light in the sky this time of year the days get shorter very quickly we lose almost 15 minutes of daylight every single day and the further north you go in Alaska the more extreme it gets if you're above the Arctic Circle there's days in the wintertime where the Sun never Rises.
Tell you what this has been an awesome place to Camp I would love to come back here with the whole family but I've got to figure out some way to get these bones into my check bags that's going to be interesting I got my bags checked in I'm waiting at my terminal my flight should be here any moment.
Now so hard to see from the moment well since getting home I began the process of registering these whalebones with a federal agency called Noah I'm waiting to hear back from them.
To find out what species of whale these might belong to and whether or not I get to keep the bones unfortunately I don't know how long the process is going to take so I'm going to go ahead and end the video now and once I hear back from them I'll post the results on The Outdoor Boys Facebook page but hopefully you guys enjoyed this video and you want.
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