I have been hunting Alaska since 1998 and guiding there since 2006. My May 1998 trip was for a Brown Bear hunt on the Alaskan Peninsula that I picked up just two weeks before the season as a cancellation. On this hunt, I saw 52 Brown Bears and killed a 9'3" Brown Bear with a skull that qualified for the B&C Awards Book. I returned several more times for a 38.5" Dall's Sheep, 7'4" Black Bear and a Wolf. I have taken my family to SE Alaska twice for Black Bear. My son's, Cody and AJ, have both taken Black Bears with Cody's going 7'2." Most of my Alaskan hunts have been in the spring because it is hard for me to get away in the fall due to all the outfitting/guiding I do in Colorado.
I hold an Assistant Guide license in Alaska and I have guided Brown Bear hunts for four different Registered Guides (Alaska's name for an Outfitter). The Alaskan Peninsula is open for Brown Bear hunting every other spring (even years - 2016, 2018, etc..). It is closed for the odd years in the spring. Hunters fly to Anchorage and the next morning they take a charter flight of about 500 miles to the base camp out on the Peninsula. From the base camp, hunters and guides are flown out to spike camps by Super Cub aircraft. Spike camps consist of either two 10x10 Bomb Shelter tents or a small cabin. The Registered Guide I work for has a huge, exclusive national wildlife refuge area permit that straddles the Aleutian Mountain Range on both sides of the Peninsula. I guide in two different remote bays on the Pacific side and I take two hunters each spring I am there. We glass up 6 to 12 bears a day and large 9' and 10' bears are seen regularly. There is no problem getting a 9' or better bear if you are patient. The minimum score for a Brown Bear to make the B&C Awards Book is 26" and the All-Time Record Book minimum is 28." The best bear I have guided had a 29"+ skull. Bears with 26" and 27" skulls are common on the Peninsula. The hunting is done by climbing up on a knob and glassing 360 degrees all day for either feeding or rutting male. Once a mature boar with a good hide is located within reasonable range, a stalk is initiated to get the bear. Bears have incredible noses so you don't hunt bears by doing lots of hiking and stinking up the country. You do short hikes to glassing knobs and then spend your time glassing for long periods of time. The scenery is spectacular so you rarely get bored.
On the odd year springs, I guide for Brown Bears in SE Alaska on the ABC Islands (Admiralty, Baranof, and Chichagof) for two different Registered Guides. These are comfortable boat based hunts and skiffs are used each day to move around the bays while glassing the beaches for Brown Bears that come to the beach from the dense forest for the new-growth grass that grows along the beaches. The salmon are not available yet so the bears are hungry and also in the rut after the hibernation period ends. While there are rare exceptions, SE Alaska Brown Bears are usually a bit smaller than the Peninsula and Kodiak Brown Bears. In SE Alaska, an 8.5' Brown Bear is a nice one and bears measuring 9' or a bit bigger are killed but are less common. These hunts are a great option for hunters that want a nice bed and a hot shower every night. It is also a hunt that you can invite your wife/family to share.
Black Bears can be hunted on Kuiu Island and Kupreanof Islands, just across the channel from the ABC Islands. Strangely, there are no Black Bears on the ABC Islands and no Brown Bears on the Black Bear islands. Both species do overlap on the mainland but not on the islands. Wolves are also found on the Black Bear islands and the mainland. It is common to see Humpback Whales, Orca and lots of Seals. Fishing and Wolf hunting can be done during the mornings because the bears are usually only seen in the evenings from approximately 3:00PM to 11:00PM.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are interested in booking an Alaskan bear hunt or a hunt for any other species in Alaska. I know of lots of opportunities and several Alaskan Registered Guides have hunted with me in Colorado. Your hunt won't cost you a dime more if I book it.
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