An estimated 100,000 black bears (Ursus americanus) inhabit Alaska. Statewide, the annual harvest increased steadily between 2003 and 2007, from about 2,500 to 3,250 bears making hunting black bear in Alaska very popular.
Black Bear Hunting in Alaska
- Alaska has tons of black bears.
- Good trophy quality if you hunt in the right areas.
- You can choose to spot-and-stalk or hunt over bait.
- Plush, vessel-based black bear hunts are available on a limited basis.
- Good combo options for moose, caribou, grizzly bear, brown bear, mountain goat, and Sitka blacktail deer. Mix and match your primary species depending on your needs and the area you’re hunting. We have a number of combo options in Alaska for black bear, grizzly bear, brown bear, moose, caribou, Dall sheep and mountain goat. Note that we need to customize your hunt and build it around your primary species.
- Alaska has a few cast-and-blast bear hunts where you can combo your bear with some of that legendary Alaska fishing.
When hunting black bear in Alaska, color phases can vary from jet black to white.
Black is most common, but brown or cinnamon color phase black bears are sometimes seen in Southcentral Alaska and on the southeastern mainland. Cinnamon-colored black bears are also common in Alaska’s Interior. Some bluish-colored bears called glacier bears may be found in the Yakutat area and in other parts of Southeast Alaska.
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