Lost a Finger, Found a Brown Bear

I wasn’t a ton of help because of my finger. That bothered me, but forced me to get good video.

I went on a brown bear hunt on the Alaska Peninsula with one of our clients to vet a new outfitter. It was just days after chopping off the end of my finger…. with a lawnmower. But that’s a different story.

Hunting the Alaska Peninsula

Brown bear hunting in Alaska on the Peninsula switches from a spring to a fall hunt every other year.

  • Even numbered years are spring brown bear hunts and take place May 10-25.
  • Odd number years are the fall brown bear hunts which take place October 1-20.

We would be hunting in May.

It was a tough, ten day grind of glassing from the exact same spot all day, every day… but on the tenth day they got it done on a monster bear.

Watch the Video

Walking up to this giant was a humbling experience. Photos and videos just don’t do it any justice.

Photos from the hunt:

If you want to go on a brown bear hunt, be prepared to do a lot of glassing. It is an exercise in patience, but so worth it when you finally spot the one.
If you want to go on a brown bear hunt, be prepared to do a lot of glassing. It is an exercise in patience, but so worth it when you finally spot the one.

 

Notice the finger? I cut it off 3 days before I left for the hunt. I was kind of miserable to say the least, but I wasn't gonna let that stop me. (Duct tape rocks!) Keeping that sucker clean was a challenge.
Notice the finger? I cut it off 3 days before I left for the hunt. I was kind of miserable to say the least, but I wasn’t gonna let that stop me. (Duct tape rocks!) Keeping that sucker clean was a challenge.

 

The scenery wasn't bad...I spent A LOT of time looking at this view... a lot.
The scenery wasn’t bad…I spent A LOT of time looking at this view… a lot.

 

 Tundra intrigued me.... but it limits your mobility (as I would come to learn in spades on a later DIY caribou hunt). I didn't realize that tundra consisted of multiple species. And it's beautiful if you look closely. Walking through it... well, that sucks.
Tundra intrigued me…. but it limits your mobility (as I would come to learn in spades on a later DIY caribou hunt). I didn’t realize that tundra consisted of multiple species. And it’s beautiful if you look closely. Walking through it… well, that sucks.

 

I thought we would be staying in tents, but we stayed in this hunting shack along the creek. I didn't complain, I've spent plenty of time in tents before.
I thought we would be staying in tents, but we stayed in this hunting shack along the creek. I didn’t complain, I’ve spent plenty of time in tents before.

 

Lots of stories on that door.
Lots of stories on that door.

 

Stories of past hunts were written everywhere. It was cool.
Stories of past hunts were written everywhere. It was cool.
I try to keep a journal on every hunt I go on.
I try to keep a journal on every hunt I go on.

 

Bruce layin’ down the Thunder on a monster brown bear digging for beavers in a dam.
Bruce layin’ down the Thunder on a monster brown bear digging for beavers in a dam.

 

We found the bear evicting… and eating the beavers.
We found the bear evicting… and eating the beavers.

 

Just over TEN FEET! Awesome bear! What an adrenaline rush!
Just over TEN FEET! Awesome bear! What an adrenaline rush!

 

This did the job.
This did the job.

 

I wasn’t a ton of help because of my finger. That bothered me, but forced me to get good video.
I wasn’t a ton of help because of my finger. That bothered me, but forced me to get good video.

 

The bullet held together pretty well.
The bullet held together pretty well.

 

Wow. That’s all I have to say about that.
Wow. That’s all I have to say about that.

 

Cory comparing feet with a brown bear.
Cory comparing feet with a brown bear.

 

27+” skull
27+” skull

 

I recommend a 338 for brown bears. The 338 is a perfect rifle for everything in Alaska. Good bonded bullets such as Nozlers, Swift or Barnes are the best.”
I recommend a 338 for brown bears. The 338 is a perfect rifle for everything in Alaska. Good bonded bullets such as Nozlers, Swift or Barnes are the best.” What a cool experience. Next time it’s my turn.

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