An Alaska grizzly bear hunt is typically high on most hunters bucket list, and we work with the best outfitters in Alaska. On most of our grizzly bear hunts, our hunters are harvesting bears between 7.5ft to 8.5 feet. This is due to a very high bear population, top-notch professional guides, not to mention good camp gear and food. In fact, since 2005 our hunters have consistently taken bears that qualify for SCI, with many making the Boone and Crockett records. The all time #1 SCI grizzly was taken by one of our Premier Outfitters!
- We offer Lodge-Based, Fly-in Basecamp and Backpack style Grizzly Bear Hunts.
- Record Book Potential – Our outfitters have a track record for producing some of the largest Boone and Crockett grizzly bears in Alaska.
- Spring and Fall Hunts are Available.
On an Alaska grizzly bear hunt, you’ll covering ground glassing from ridge tops for a trophy boar. You’ll be spending long days on the glass and be prepared to work hard when the time comes!
A spring Alaska grizzly bear hunt is April through june
Alaska’s grizzly bear populations are at all time high in much of the state and hunter success has been amazing. For past five years, 90+% of our hunters have been successful on mature boars squaring over 8 feet. We’ve even had a few hunters take Alaska interior grizzlies over 9 feet! The majority of bear qualify for SCI, and we’ve taken many Boone and Crockett grizzlies as well. Some of the best areas are right on the imaginary border between brown bears and grizzlies, but the bears are classified as “grizzly bears” by SCI. Boone and Crockett considers a good portion of them grizzlies as well. In some areas you can do a grizzly, brown bear combo hunt.
Spring is the breeding season for grizzly bears.
Expect to wake up around 10:00 AM and hunt until approximately 2:00 AM in the morning. There is more daylight in the May-June timeframe than we know what to do with. By concentrating on those “peak hours”, you’ll have a better chance of catching a mature bear out in the open. The goal is to catch a cruising boar traveling the ridges or a breeding pair. The long open ridge tops allows us to glass boars that push sows to the top from afar. Once a good boar is spotted, you and your guide can usually seal the deal, even if it takes a few days.
On the fall Alaska grizzly bear hunt, you’ll start hunting early and glass until around 10:00 PM. Bears will be on salmon streams and feeding on blueberries out on the tundra! In some areas you may need to be flown to a certain camp but expect to do lots of walking.
Once a good bear is spotted, a stalk is made to within 50 to 150 yards. Hunts take place in rolling hills (alpine) areas with elevations between 500′ and 2,000′. Although not difficult, hunters should be comfortable with hiking two to five miles a day in hilly country.
Our Arctic grizzly bear hunts in Alaska are exceptional fly-in, remote, spot-and-stalk Arctic grizzly bear hunting trips.
Your days will be spent glassing mountain sides for bears feeding on blueberries, roaming the tundra, feeding on a recent moose or caribou carcass, or fishing for late run salmon in rivers. The grizzly bears in this region have a wide color variation, with light blonde being the predominant color. Bears in this area typically range from 6.5 to a little over 9 feet.
An average male grizzly weighs about six hundred to seven hundred and fifty pounds but occasionally a monster comes along with weights of twelve hundred to fifteen hundred pounds and standing nine and a half feet tall. In recent years, we had two bears taken who were over nine feet. One came in a nine feet one inch and the other nine feet two inches. To put things in perspective, they were big bears!
Arctic Grizzly Bear Hunting Unit 23 in the Alaska Brooks Range is incredible!
The oldest known wild inland grizzly came from Alaska’s Brooks Range and lived to be 34 years of age. The Brooks Range is a huge mountain range in the far north of Alaska. It spans about 700 miles across northern Alaska and reaches into Canada’s Yukon Territories. It is home to a great number of Arctic grizzly bears. Not convinced? Ask us to send you more photos from this hunt.
Part of the reason for these bigger bears is availability of food sources.
There have been some great salmon runs in the last 10-15 years. The season has also been warmer longer during that time frame, which is great for cub survival. Thirty years ago you would commonly see a sow with one cub. Nowadays it is not uncommon to see a sow with three to four cubs.
This is a spot-and-stalk hunt.
On most hunts, you will rise early and typically glass from camp, eat a hot breakfast, and then hike to a high spot to glass all day or until you find a good stalkable animal. It will be stalking from there. After you tag your animal and take field photos, it is caped, quartered and butchered for packing to spot suitable for aircraft pick-up.
OPTION TO ADD A CARIBOU TO YOUR ARCTIC GRIZZLY BEAR HUNTING TRIP
The great thing about Arctic grizzly bear hunting in the Brooks Range is that you can add a caribou for a trophy fee if you see a good one. And seeing a good one is not an uncommon thing in this area. Good caribou hunts are getting harder and harder to come by. So, if you’d like to hunt Arctic grizzly bears and caribou in one trip, this just might be the hunt for you. Contact us to book today!
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