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.
Alaska’s grizzly bear populations are at all time high, and our hunters have had a success rate of over 90% with average hide squaring over 8 feet.
Why you should consider Alaskan grizzly bear hunting:
Grizzly Bear Hunting in Alaska Unit 19
This is probably the best grizzly bear hunt we know of for BIG bears, and a good combo in the fall.
Alaskan Grizzly Bear Hunt in Unit 19
If you’re looking to hunt a trophy grizzly bear, this is THE HUNT for you.
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.
- Trips: BAKO1, SRL3
Arctic Grizzly Hunt
Arctic Grizzly Bears in this region typically range from 6.5 to a little over 9 feet. You can also add a caribou for a trophy fee.
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.
- Trips: AA2
Excellent trip. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. I had a great time. This hunt isn’t physically demanding, but you need to be prepared to sit on stands for a long time. Aaron was very nice, knowledgeable, and always willing to help. It was a really good hunt, and I wouldn’t mind going back.
The brown bear hunt was quite an adventure all of the guides were very helpful and hardworking. They made it a great and successful experience.
The Outfitter was a wonderful to work with and met all of our needs. They have wonderful guides and I was able to get a beer on the next to the last day of our trip. We were very comfortable and they took very good care of us… And we had great fishing after the brown bear hunt for halibut.
Within 15 minutes of me pulling the trigger word had got out and there were about 10 Croatian locals arrived at the hunt site to congratulate me and salute the hunt. The evening was filled with toasts and fun with people I had never met all taking part in the celebration. I’ve never seen anything like it, and was amazed at the spirit of the locals. My Eurasian brown bear was taken care of by my guide carefully and I left for my next hunt the next day.
All in all I had a great time. It was a great bear hunting experience with a great outfitter, guide, pilot, and of course many, many thanks to Outdoors International for your time and effort to make this awesome spring brown bear hunt possible.
We went on a spot and stalk black bear hunt in northern BC. The outfitter, his wife Lana and their team of guides set up a great camp for us. Lana’s cooking was top notch and she created great meals daily. There is a lot of downtime in camp which we spent shooting arrows, working out at “Primitive CrossFit”, napping and building friendships with the other guys in camp (7 total).
In my opinion all aspects of my hunt were met or exceeded, and I would definitely recommend this outfitter to other bear hunters using either bows or rifles. My plan will be to return when possible.
Great black bear hunt, great guides, great service! It turns out that we were bear hunting western Washington during the driest hottest summer on record. We saw a 50’F change in temperature in the 5 days that we were hunting. Luckily 2 days of the 5 turned into the perfect days to get a bear. No guide has the ability to predict the weather patterns especially something as extreme as what we encountered. However, my hunting partner and I still got the Job done!