Alaska Black Bear Hunt

Alaska Black Bear Hunting Guides and Outfitters

Looking for a great hunting experience? Hunting black bear in Alaska might be just the ticket! Alaska’s rugged terrain and vast expanses provide the perfect habitat for these majestic animals, making it an ideal destination for adventure seeking hunters. But, what does it take to plan the ultimate black bear hunt in Alaska?

BLACK BEAR HUNTING GUIDES & OUTFITTERS

Outdoors International can help you find a great bear hunting trip with a vetted outfitter that fits your expectations.

The hunt you book needs to be in an area and/or with an outfitter that would satisfy your trophy quality expectations, while also fitting your physical condition level and your budget. That’s what our service is all about. Let is know if you’d like to schedule a consultation.

Outdoors International

Discover why thousands of people have trusted Outdoors International to help plan their hunt.

Outdoors International has a team of hand-selected hunting experts to help you book your next hunt. Our job it is to help you in researching, booking and planning a great hunting trip with one of our amazing outfitter partners around the world.

My hunt was absolutely top notch.

The outfitter is a fantastic man and incredibly hard working and knowledgeable, there is no doubt he will do everything within his power to make peoples hunts successful and enjoyable. I plan to do it again with him next year for sure.

Wade Zuver

Our hunt was excellent.

We saw bucks every day along with all other sorts of wildlife. Mountain goats, bears, and foxes were common sights. Fishing and crabbing was special bonus. The food was excellent, the crew was amazing. Outdoors International did a great job of finding exactly what we were looking for.

Jesse Neveau

What an amazing experience!

The hunting lodge was out of this world!, Rooms, food and the scenery were all A+. Our guide was exceptional and had us on Shiras moose all five days. We saw over 30 total with at least 10 bulls. They had a plan for everything including taxidermy and game processing.

Kayla Redmon

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Hunting Black Bear in Alaska

From hunting regulations and licensing requirements to the best gear to bring and how to track down the perfect spot, this ultimate guide covers everything you need to know about hunting black bear in  Alaska. Whether you’re a seasoned hunter or a beginner, we’ve got you covered with expert tips and recommendations to help you make the most of your experience.

Get ready to embark on an exhilarating journey into the wilderness and discover the thrills of black bear hunting in Alaska. Let’s dive in and start planning your dream hunt today!

Understanding black bear behavior and habitat

Before hunting black bear  in Alaska, it’s important to understand the behavior and habitat of these animals. Black bears are primarily found in forested areas, and they are opportunistic feeders, meaning they will eat almost anything. Their diet consists of berries, nuts, insects, fish, and small mammals.

Black bears are most active during the spring and summer months when food sources are abundant. During the fall and winter, they become less active and will often den up for the winter. For hunters, this means that the best time to hunt black bears is during the spring season.

When hunting black bears, it’s important to consider their behavior and movements. Black bears are typically solitary animals, but they may congregate in areas with abundant food sources, such as berry patches or salmon streams. They are also most active during the early morning and late afternoon, so it’s important to plan your hunt accordingly.

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.

Obtaining the necessary permits and licenses for hunting black bear in Alaska

Before hunting in Alaska, you’ll need to obtain the necessary permits and licenses. To hunt black bears in Alaska, hunters must have a valid Alaska hunting license and a black bear harvest tag.

Hunters should also be aware of the regulations and restrictions regarding black bear hunting in Alaska. For example, hunters are not allowed to use bait (in most units) or hounds to hunt black bears, and it is illegal to shoot a sow with cubs. It’s important to familiarize yourself with the regulations and restrictions before planning your hunt to ensure that you are hunting legally and ethically.

Choosing the right hunting gear and equipment

Choosing the right hunting gear and equipment is crucial if you’re planning on hunting black bear in Alaska. The right gear can make the difference between a successful hunt and a frustrating one. Here are some essential items that every black bear hunter should bring with them:

  • A rifle that you can shoot well and have dialed in. A .30-06 or .300 Winchester Magnum are popular choices. A good quality scope is also important.
  • At least one box of quality ammunition.
  • Good quality binoculars, and possibly a spotting scope.
  • Hunting knife
  • A backpack to carry gear and supplies.
  • Warm clothing and rain gear. It is most likely going to rain on you while hunting black bear in Alaska.
  • Bear spray could be a good idea.

Planning your hunting trip: Selecting the right time and location for hunting black bear in Alaska.

Selecting the right time and location for your black bear hunting trip in Alaska is crucial. As mentioned earlier, the best time to hunt black bears is during the spring and early summer months when they are most active. Hunters should also consider the location where they will be hunting. Look for areas with abundant food sources, such as berry patches or salmon streams.

Hunters should also consider the terrain and weather conditions when planning their hunt. Alaska’s rugged terrain can be challenging, so it’s important to be physically fit and prepared for the conditions. Weather conditions can also impact hunting success, so hunters should be prepared for rain, wind, and other weather conditions.

Hiring a professional guide or going on a self-guided hunt

When planning on hunting black bear in Alaska, hunters must decide whether to hire a professional guide or go on a self-guided hunt. Hiring a professional guide is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, and can be beneficial for hunters who are unfamiliar with the area, or for those who want a more guided experience. Professional bear hunting guides can provide valuable insight into the best hunting spots and can also help with tracking and scouting techniques.

However, hiring a professional guide can also be expensive, and some hunters prefer the challenge of going on a self-guided black bear hunt. Self-guided hunts require more preparation and research, but they can also be more rewarding for hunters who want to test their skills and knowledge.

ALASKA GUIDES & OUTFITTERS

Outdoors International can help you go hunting black bear in Alaska with a vetted outfitter that fits your expectations.

The hunt you book needs to be in an area and/or with an outfitter that would satisfy your trophy quality expectations, while also fitting your physical condition level and your budget. That’s what our service is all about. Let is know if you’d like to schedule a consultation.

Outdoors International

Discover why thousands of people have trusted Outdoors International to help plan their hunt.

Outdoors International has a team of hand-selected hunting experts to help you book your next hunt. Our job it is to help you in researching, booking and planning a great hunting trip with one of our amazing outfitter partners around the world.

My hunt was absolutely top notch.

The outfitter is a fantastic man and incredibly hard working and knowledgeable, there is no doubt he will do everything within his power to make peoples hunts successful and enjoyable. I plan to do it again with him next year for sure.

Wade Zuver

Our hunt was excellent.

We saw bucks every day along with all other sorts of wildlife. Mountain goats, bears, and foxes were common sights. Fishing and crabbing was special bonus. The food was excellent, the crew was amazing. Outdoors International did a great job of finding exactly what we were looking for.

Jesse Neveau

What an amazing experience!

The hunting lodge was out of this world!, Rooms, food and the scenery were all A+. Our guide was exceptional and had us on Shiras moose all five days. We saw over 30 total with at least 10 bulls. They had a plan for everything including taxidermy and game processing.

Kayla Redmon

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Russ Meyer hunting bears in Alaska with his recurve.

WHEN YOU’RE READY TO GO BLACK BEAR HUNTING IN ALASKA, BOOK WITH OUTDOORS INTERNATIONAL

Here are a few Outdoors International black bear hunting clients from over the years.

You can find many more in our gallery and hunt reports.

Let is know when you’re ready to schedule a consultation.

Outdoors International can help you up your bear hunting odds to as high as they can possibly be.

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