Alaskan Grizzly Bear Hunting
Alaskan Grizzly Bear Hunting
When a hunter thinks of hunting in Alaska, grizzly bears are usually the first species that comes to mind.
Why you should consider Alaskan grizzly bear hunting:
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Grizzly Bear Hunting in Alaska Unit 19
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.
Hunters should be prepared for 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.
Spring and Fall Grizzly Hunts
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.
Our outfitter took the WORLD RECORD GRIZZLY BEAR 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.
- All trips are 1:1, with one hunter per spike camp unless the hunt was booked as 2:1.
- Archery friendly outfitter.
Alaska Arctic Grizzly/ Caribou Combo Hunt
Book the Arctic grizzly hunt, and 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.
Unit 23 in the Brooks Range
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 2017 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. Bring something with some punch power, as these are one of the toughest animals in North America. *Grizzly tags in this area are issued on a permit basis.
- 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.
- This outfitter does offer an unguided caribou hunt, but going guided is a much easier option.
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Russ my miracle worker put together the ultimate grizzly bear hunt for me. The guide I had, Rick took it from there, and helped me fulfill a lifelong dream. Russ and Rick tag teamed this so perfect, I couldn’t think of a better hunt ever!
Incredible trip! Lots of opportunity for big bears. Outfitter was very encouraging of bowhunters.
We had a wonderful trip beginning with the guide picking us up at the Powell River airport. We made a short trip to the dock and took the boat to the base camp about 45 minutes across the inlets. The first day was very eventful with sighting two black bears and stalking both. The first was a good bear but “not large enough for the first day”.
As we began to leave Johnny spotted a very large bear on the beach about a mile away. After two stalks we were within 31 yards and I took my shot. Although not perfect the hit was good enough allow us to get another arrow in to the bear. It was 7:30 in the evening and we skinned and loaded the bear in the boat and back to camp late that evening. The cook had a great meal waiting for us and the entire camp wanted to hear the story. The rest of the week was spent sightseeing British Columbia, fishing, crabbing and picking up oysters for dinner.
By the way, My wife loved the trip and would recommend it to any lady who wants to see what their husband does on these hunts.
I don’t think I have ever laughed as hard as I did that week. They are down-to-earth people and an absolute blast to be around! I would recommend this FAIR CHASE hunt to anybody! The bear hunting was excellent. We saw double figures in bears each day we were hunting, with several opportunities on stalks each day.
This is an archery hunters dream to go on this hunt. I shot THREE bears in one night. One brown and two black bears. I then shot a third black bear on the last night.
I wanted you all to know what an extraordinary trip I felt it was! Thank you all for everything! It was awesome and couldn’t have been better! I wanted you all to know what an extraordinary trip I felt it was! Thank you all for everything! It was awesome and couldn’t have been better!