Kodiak Brown Bear Hunts on Afognak Island
There aren’t many hunts like this one!
To be able to hunt Kodiak brown bears from a lodge is a rare experience that few get to enjoy.
Afognak Island has a high population of brown bears and your guides know every nook and cranny.
- You’ll be hunting North Afognak Island, near Kodiak Island.
- Our hunters have had a 90% success rate on this Alaska bear hunt on Afognak Island.
- Archery hunters also enjoy high success on this hunt.
- Add a Sitka blacktail to your bear hunt.
- Spring and Fall dates are available.
- This is a draw hunt, and you must apply in November. We can help.
If you you don’t like the idea of hiking to a high spot and glassing all day for bears, don’t worry.
You’ll be cruising the shores with a boat. Their warm, comfortable cabin-cruisers are an amazing way to explore the shores of Afognak Island in search of a giant boar. You’ll spot tons of wildlife and even assorted marine-mammals.
- 10 Day Hunt
- 1:1 Fully Guided
- Cabin-based Lodging and Modern Amenities
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Lodging and Accommodations
There are three rustic, hand-hewn log guest-cabins that are very comfortably furnished.
- Each cushy guest-cabin has an ample living-room, 2 bedrooms (each with a queen & twin-size bed), a modern bathroom with hot running water and constant electricity.
- Reliable satellite TV, phone, FAX, and wireless-Internet services are also available for guest use.
- Also, a sauna is a welcome option at days end. Your hosts did all the construction from scratch.
- A rifle-range is available for sighting-in your rifle.
Hearty Meals are served family-style in the main lodge, with some lunches either aboard the cabin-cruisers or custom-prepared for your backpack.
Fast, comfortable cabin-cruisers, with accompanying smaller boats, are perfect for our Kodiak Islands environment and are greatly appreciated by both the rugged hunter and those who aren’t as rugged as they once were.
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Let's start planning your hunt!
When you’re ready to start planning your hunting trip, just contact us or fill out the form on this page. Be sure to let us know exactly what kind of trip you have in mind, and we’ll do our best to help you find the perfect outfitter and get it booked.
All you really need to bring on this hunt is your weapon of choice, extra clothes, quality optics, personal items and a good attitude.
But, if you’re interested, here’s a gear list for a “typical” brown bear hunt:
Grizzly or Brown Bear Hunt
When packing your gear in your backpack, compartmentalize your gear in dry bags. Keeping your gear dry is extremely important.
- Stocking hat and gloves
- Top quality rain gear (top and bottom). This is a must!
- 1 pair insulated hunting pants
- 1 pair top and bottom insulated underwear, med-heavy weight (DO NOT BRING COTTON)
- 2-3 hunting shirts
- Heavyweight wool socks (1 pair for each day)
- Heavy coat with Gore-Tex
- Camp shoes
- Insulated leather boots
- Hip boots/Waders (for crossing creeks or dealing with rain) These are a must!
- Personal toiletry items and required personal medications.
- Hunting License and guide/ client contract stored in a waterproof holder.
- Spotting Scope with Tripod
- Framed Backpack
- Flashlight and/or headlamp
- Camera with extra batteries
- Water bottle (with filter)
- Insect repellent (100% Deet)
- Batteries for any electrical device. Keep your batteries in something warm (like a wool sock) while you are in the field. Cold will drain them.
The best calibers for brown bear hunting are at a minimum 30.06 Springfield. Larger is better.
Take 20 to 40 rounds of good ammo – Make sure if you are hunting bear to utilize rounds like Swift A-Frames, Barnes Triple Shocks, Nosler Partitions, Buffalo Bore or Federal Trophy Bonded Bear claws, softcore bullets like most Berger’s do not do enough damage to the bear for an effective kill. NO BALLISTIC TIPS!
Bowhunting Gear for Brown Bear Hunting
Bring a half dozen arrows at least and while hunting bears make sure you are comfortable shooting your bow at 65# draw or higher as these bears have thick fur, muscle, fat, flesh and bone.
- Alaska requires 50 pounds peak draw weight.
- The arrow needs to be at least 20 inches in overall length, with broadhead, and at least 300 grains in total weight.
- Broadheads need to be heavy duty and the bigger the better. Fixed heads seem to work better on bears than mechanicals. The larger the diameter cutting surface on broadheads is important too.
- Shot placement is vital on bears no matter if you are shooting it with a firearm or archery tackle.
- All hunters that wish to hunt with a bow must pass an Archery proficiency test, in either Alaska or another state.
- You can also carry both a bow and firearm at the same time in Alaska.
Bring 10 to 20 rounds (preferably sabots over any type of roundball) 50 caliber or larger.
- Use the heaviest grain loads possible matched with high grade traditional powder or Pyrodex to get the highest weight/velocity ratio your muzzleloader can shoot accurately.
- Muzzleloader Hunters must pass a Muzzleloader proficiency test in either Alaska or another state.