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.
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.
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.
Lots of stories on that door.
Stories of past hunts were written everywhere. It was cool.
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.
We found the bear evicting… and eating the beavers.
Just over TEN FEET! Awesome bear! What an adrenaline rush!
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.
The bullet held together pretty well.
Wow. That’s all I have to say about that.
Cory comparing feet with a brown bear.
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. Are you interested in booking a hunt like this?
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