When a hunter thinks of Alaska grizzly bear hunting, they usually get pretty excited. Alaska’s grizzly bear populations are at all time high and OUTDOORS INTERNATIONAL hunters have had a success rate of over 90% with average hides squaring over eight feet.
Alaska Grizzly Bear Hunting
- You’ll need an Alaska hunting license and grizzly tags are over-the-counter.
- Both spring and fall grizzly hunts are available in Alaska.
- High success rates.
- Trophy bears are the norm.
- Grizzly hunts in Alaska can be a combo hunt with caribou, moose, black bear and/ or wolf depending on where you’re hunting.
Inland Grizzly Bear Hunting in Alaska
If you’re looking to hunt a trophy grizzly bear, this is THE HUNT for you, and it makes a good combo in the fall.
Alaska’s grizzly bear populations are at all time high in Alaska’s Game Management 19, and hunter success for past five years has been 90% with average hide squaring over 8 feet. Alaska interior grizzly hunting can produce bears that go 9 feet and, but can get up to 10 feet. The majority of bear qualify for SCI, and many Boone and Crockett grizzlies as well. They are right on the imaginary border between brown bears and grizzlies, and the bears in this unit are classified as “grizzly bears” by SCI, and B&C considers a good portion of them grizzlies as well. They are just slightly smaller than the brown bears that inhabit the coastal areas of Alaska.
The SCI World Record Grizzly Bear was taken on this hunt just a few years ago.
- Fall Hunts – The fall grizzly bear hunt takes place in September and October. In the fall, hunters have the option of making it a combo hunt for grizzly, trophy moose, caribou, and or black bear.
- Spring Hunts – The spring hunt can produce HUGE bears that are just coming out of hibernation.
- Success rate over the years stands at about 90%. Our hunters on this hunt have consistently taken grizzlies with hides that will square 8 feet, with skulls between 23 and 26 inches. It is not uncommon for bears to get to square 9 feet and over.
- Guided 1:1 – One hunter per spike camp, unless you requested to book it as 2:1.
- If you’re a bowhunter, this is an archery friendly outfitter who is a bowhunter himself.
- Contact us if you’re interested in this amazing hunt.
This is an exciting, spot-and-stalk hunt with a good chance of success.
This grizzly hunt is in a very remote area of Alaska, and a great option for hunters wanting to hunt interior grizzlies. In some areas you may need to be flown to a certain camp but expect to do lots of walking. You can expect to rise early and glass from camp, eat a hot breakfast, and then hike to a “lookout” where they will glass. 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.
Do you want to hunt in the spring or the fall?
In the spring, grizzly bears are just emerging from their dens, typically in fairly open country. In the fall they are out on the hillsides in areas with good berries, and salmon fishing streams.
Bowhunters are welcome!
Your guide will has spent countless hours in the Alaskan bush, guiding all sorts of people. They enjoy getting close, making this a great hunt for a bowhunter, and rifle shots are seldom over 100 yards.
We’d love to help you book this hunt. It’s absolutely fantastic!
Alaska Arctic Grizzly Bear Hunt
The great thing about booking this grizzly hunt in the Brooks Range is that you can add a caribou for a trophy fee if you see a good one.
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. These are spot and stalk hunts, and days will be spent glassing mountain sides for caribou, or bears feeding on blueberries, roaming the tundra, feeding on a recent moose or caribou carcass, or fishing for late run salmon in rivers.
These hunts are conducted north of the Arctic Circle in the fall season.
- Fall Hunt – Hunting season is August through September.
- Success rates are high.
- This location has produced many trophy sized grizzly bears and some record book caribou over the years as well as wolves.
- It is also a great location for someone who cannot get around well.
- Grizzly tags in this area are issued on a permit basis.
- Contact us if you’re interested in this hunt.
Unit 23 in the Brooks Range has lots of bears!
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 grizzly bears.
We have high success rates for these bears, with many of them coming in at seven to eight feet or more.
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. 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. 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.
If grizzlies are on your bucket list, this is a great hunt to go on.