Lost a Finger and Found a Brown Bear

by Cory Glauner

Last spring (2012), Cory went on a 10-day Alaska brown bear hunt on the Alaska Peninsula with his client, Bruce Templeton.


Brown bear hunting on the Alaska Peninsula switches from a Spring to a Fall hunt every other year. Even numbered years are spring brown bear hunts and take place May 10-25. Odd number years are the fall brown bear hunts which take place October 1-20.

Glassing

If you want to go on a brown bear hunt, be prepared to do a lot of glassing. It is an exercise in patience, but so worth it when you finally spot the one.

Cory-and-Kryptek

Notice the finger? I cut it off 3 days before I left for the hunt. I was kind of miserable to say the least, but I wasn’t gonna let that stop me. (Duct tape rocks!)

Lots-of-country-to-glass

I spent A LOT of time looking at this view… a lot.

Beautiful-scenery

The scenery wasn’t bad…

Desolate-country

Tundra intrigued me.

Tundra-is-beautiful

I didn’t realize that tundra consisted of multiple species. And it’s beautiful if you look closely. Walking through it… well, that sucks.

Cory-Glauner

The weather couldn’t make up it’s mind. It was cold, hot, windy, calm, rainy…. glad I had my Kryptek Gear.

Here is a gear list that I put together from my hunt.

Staying-out-of-the-sun

I realize that this picture makes it look like I’m cold… but I’m just trying to stay out of the sun.

Got-Hunts

The next day I was sure to bring my hat…. but the sun didn’t shine that day. Figures…

Hunting-Shack

I thought we would be staying in tents, but we stayed in this hunting shack along the creek. I didn’t complain, I’ve spent plenty of time in tents before.

Alaska-hunting-stories

Stories of past hunts were written everywhere. It was cool.

Stories

Cory-with-his-hunting-diary

I try to keep a journal on every hunt I go on.

Bruce-shooting-the-bear

Bruce layin’ down the Thunder on a monster brown bear.

The-beaver-dam-the-bear-was-destroying

We found the bear evicting… and eating the beavers.

Cory-Bruce-and-a-Brown-Bear

Just over TEN FEET! Awesome bear!

Bear-gun

This did the job.

Finger-got-cut-off

I wasn’t a ton of help because of my finger. That bothered me, but forced me to get good video.

Bullet-expansion

The bullet held together pretty well.

Cory-and-the-bar

Wow. That’s all I have to say about that.

Bigfoot

Bigfeet

Big-ole-skull

27+” skull

Packing-out-the-skull

What a cool experience. Next time it’s my turn!

Learn more about this hunt here.

 

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