We didn’t believe it at first because everyone knows the biggest brown bears come from Kodiak Island…right? Wrong!
Where do the Biggest Brown Bears Come From?
It may come as a surprise that the Alaskan Peninsula produces the biggest brown bears in the world.
Most people are under that misconception, but the truth is this; Thousands of years ago the Alaskan Peninsula and Kodiak Island were connected by one large sheet of ice. The “Kodiak” brown bears actually traveled from the Alaskan Peninsula to Kodiak Island. Eventually the sheet of ice melted leaving the bears on the island stranded. Now brown bears and grizzly bears are the same species, they are defined as one or the other by an invisible line in the sand. The brown bears on the Alaskan Peninsula and Kodiak Island are bigger because they both feed primarily on salmon which is a high protein diet, while grizzlies feed mainly on rodents and small game.
Here are some stats:
- Eight of the ten largest Alaska brown bears entered into the Boone & Crockett Record books between 2007-2017 were from the Alaskan Peninsula, the other 2 from Kodiak Island. In fact, the new Pope and Young world record was just taken on the peninsula.
- Of the 256 brown bears entered into the books during that span:
- 50% were from the Alaskan Peninsula
- 35% from Kodiak Island
- 15% from everywhere else
Based on those stats, it seems clear to us that hunting your brown bear on the Peninsula is the way to go for the biggest brown bears!
Not only are most of the big bears coming from that area in recent years, but the price is substantially less than hunts on Kodiak Island (where you also have to draw a tag).
Our Brown Bear Hunts on the Alaskan Peninsula
In the last ten years, we haven’t taken a bear that squared under nine feet on this hunt.
Every year we end up with two or three that are around ten feet and on that is either pushing or over 11 feet. Our largest bear squared 11’3” and the next year 11’2″. The craziest thing about this hunt is the price… save thousands over a hunt on Kodiak!
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