Brown Bear Hunt in Alaska
Brown Bear Hunt in Alaska
Alaska has the biggest bears in the world. They can range from 750 to 1,55o pounds, squaring over 10 feet!
Alaska is THE place when it comes to big brown bears….and it has so many options. So what kind of brown bear hunting in Alaska do you want to do?
Why you should consider brown bear hunting in Alaska:
Kodiak Bear Hunt
Ten Foot Brown Bears! You can also do the “KODIAK SLAM” (Brown Bear, Mountain Goat and Sitka Blacktail Combo)
Hunt huge brown bears on Kodiak Island
You’ll land in the head of a bay, so hunters will start out sheltered from much of Kodiak Island’s harsh weather. This keeps seas relatively calm for the boat ride out to one of the many hunting locations available. With two separate valleys to hunt, the guides have ample options to set hunter’s up so they have the best opportunity of harvesting the brown bear they’re after. Transport is not even a factor sometimes as camp is located in the “hibernation corridor”. It is not uncommon to glass up bears from camp.
Hunters will return to camp every night where they can enjoy the comfort of their own 16’x28′ heated cabin with a shower and a real bed. A hot “home cooking” style supper will be provided each night and hot breakfast is available every morning (along with other options for those who prefer a lighter start).
Due to the limited hunting; 10′+ brown bears live in this area.
The odds of seeing bears on these brown bear hunts on Kodiak Island are as close to 100% as possible and the outfitter ups the odds by taking hunters out during the most productive time of the open season. Harvest rates have been very good as well due to tags being extremely limited, non-residents are required to hunt with a certified guide and the nearest guide operates far from this area.
In the Fall, you can make it a combo hunt.
- Limited hunting pressure in the region; only 5 spring tags and 3 fall tags.
- 30 years of guiding with a very high success rate
- Spring hunts are located in the bears’ “hibernation route”.
- Fall hunts are around the salmon streams.
- “3 hots and a cot”…A bed actually…return nightly to a heated cabin with bed, shower and hot meals provided.
- These are draw tags…we can help you get put in for the draw on time.
- Spring hunt application period is Nov 1 – Dec 15.
- Fall hunt application period is May 1 – May 31.
- Hunt: KG1, or AIGS2
Alaska Peninsula Brown Bear Hunts
The Alaska Peninsula rivals, and may even be better than Kodiak Island for HUGE brown bears.
Alternating Spring and Fall Brown Bear Hunts on the Alaska Peninsula.
The Alaska Peninsula near Cold Bay, Alaska is one of our premier brown bear hunting areas. It is only hunted on even numbered years during the spring, and is hands down the best location for trophy sized brown bears in Alaska. This region is good, if not better than Kodiak Island for huge coastal brown bears.
Spring Brown Bear Hunts on the Alaska Peninsula
Last spring one of our hunters took a giant brown bear that squared over 11′ and multiple 10+ footers are taken yearly. In 2016 we had another hunter take a bear that squared 11′ 2″ with a 30.6″ skull.
- May 10-31 (only on even numbered years)
- Most spring brown bears will square over 10′!
- Hunting is from spike camps accessed by a Super Cub with large tundra tires. You will be hunting near the Bering Sea where bears will be searching for carcasses as the bears emerge from their dens.
- Hunt: AA3, AIGS2
Fall Brown Bear Hunts on the Alaska Peninsula
If you would prefer to hunt in the fall, and are truly after a 10′ brown bear, you want to consider this hunt. You will be spot-and-stalk or stand hunting primarily in the low country along the salmon fishing streams and rivers which will be full of returning sockeye and silver salmon. The bears will be feeding on the fish to gain weight needed for hibernation.
If you want to hunt out of a Historic Alaska hunting and fishing lodge, and have the opportunity at a ten footer, then you have that option during the fall brown bear hunts. This is a good hunt for hunters with physical limitations, such as wheelchair or mobility issues.
- October 1-21 (only on odd numbered years)
- The goal on this hunt is a bear over 9′, but they can get up to and over 10’5″ if you get lucky. *each year we take at least one bear from this area that will qualify for SCI and B&C.
- Hunt: AA3, AIGS2
Vessel Based Brown Bear Hunts in Alaska
Hunt brown bears along the coast from a live-aboard luxury yacht. Very unique vessel based hunt along the rugged coast out of Valdez, Alaska.
Hunt Brown Bears from a Yacht
This unique vessel based brown bear hunt in Alaska takes place along the rugged coast out of Valdez, Alaska where you will hunt trophy brown bears along the coast from a liveaboard luxury yacht.
- Hunting will be done from skiffs and/or the live-aboard vessel and you will stalk once a good boar has been spotted.
- Success rates on brown bears for this outfitter have been 100% every year.
- Trophy quality is very good – This area (Unit 6) has been a consistent producer of trophy brown bears squaring 8.5′ – 9.5′, with a fair number of 10’+ bears available.
- Spring hunts are conducted in May, and focus on active bears roaming the beach that have just come out of hibernation.
- Fall hunting is conducted in mid October, and focus on brown bears that are concentrated along active salmon streams.
- Accommodations depend on the island being hunted, the hunt is either vessel based or conducted out of a remote cabin.
- License and tags are over the counter.
Baited Brown Bear Hunt
This is a baited combo hunt for brown bears AND black bears.
Nearly 100% success for two bears! Take and additional two black bears on a trophy fee.
The ability to hunt brown bear over bait has recently been allowed Alaska and is turning out to be quite the treat! This outfitter says that the brown bears in many cases have taken over their black bear baits, making the brown bears somewhat of a nuisance… a welcomed nuisance however.
With near 100% for this combo hunt you can get the best of both worlds with black bears in all different color phases, and brown bears with chocolate to almost a white colored fur. The schedule is also what sets this hunt aside. Wake up late as you will be hunting almost until midnight most nights. After you wake up enjoy some sockeye salmon fishing before you hit the stands for the rest of the day.
- Black bear AND brown bear hunt in Alaska over bait.
- Success rates for brown bears are almost 100% with most hunters getting opportunities.
- Success for black bear hunting is 100%!
- Brown bears can square up to 9 feet, with skulls that measure 26 inches. However, 7 to 8 foot bears are average.
- Hunts are for 10 days, with the 11th day saved for travel out of the cabin.
- Enjoy fishing for sockeye salmon during the day.
- Hunt: AOU3
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!
When I had the opportunity to hunt with this outfitter, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew that BC had great black bears, great food and beautiful scenery. I took this hunt as a shakedown to prepare myself and test run all my gear for a grizzly hunt in Alaska this fall. The price was exceptional and after talking with my booking agent and the guide, it just felt right.