Vessel Based Black Bear Hunts in Alaska
This black bear hunt will be guided two on one with a max of 4 clients on the boat. Two 20’ skifs per boat with two hunters in each. Spot and Stalk and this is a decent archery hunt because of ambush possibilities on coast cruisers and bears fishing for salmon. Bears will be spotted from the boat and then clients will be dropped to sneak in. The main boat can move to other areas easily during the hunt. Fall is the better archery option.
A unique black bear hunt in some of the most incredible landscapes in the world, the coastal mountains of Prince William Sound.
- 2:1, fully guided Alaska black bear hunt.
- Fall hunts take place in September.
- Spring hunts are in late May through early June.
- 7 day hunt, but you will lose a morning going in and evening coming out, so it is really 6 1/2 days of hunting.
- Success rates are 95%.
- Average 6 foot bears, very few push 7 feet.
- You can combo with Salmon fishing, Sitka blacktail and waterfowl hunting such as; Harlequin, Scoters, Oldsquaw, Mergansers, & Goldeneye in the Fall! You will be fishing for rockfish and shrimping.
*We also offer an unguided black bear option.
- 1:1 professionally guided
- Airport pickup
- Trophy preparation
- Transportation during hunt
- Vessel hunts: sleeping arrangements are bunk style, shower on board.
- Mountain/Fly-in hunts: Sleeping in small tents
- Food (Lots of fresh seafood that you catch yourself)
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- Transportation to and from Valdez, Alaska
- License and tags
- APHA Hunter Preservation Fund Fee
- Hotel stay prior or after hunt (if necessary)
- Taxidermy (final fleshing, salting, tanning or shipping of trophy)
- Shipping of meat and trophy
- Additional trophy fees
- Personal gear
- Trip Insurance
- Gratuities for Staff
Lodging and Accommodations
You will stay on “Castaways”, a 53’ live-aboard and is the ultimate hunting platform for Prince William Sound.
Enjoy being in remote bays surrounded by wildlife and having a dry, warm basecamp for your hunts. Castaway’s can sleep 6 hunters comfortably in its 3 private staterooms, along with having 2 full heads.
With a full modern kitchen, you will also enjoy some amazing meals while on your hunts, from fresh seafood from the waters of PWS including spot prawns, halibut and Copper River red salmon to steaks on the barbeque. When you get up from a long night of hunting you can expect a full hunter’s breakfast from home fries, eggs and bacon to pancakes and sausage.
In the living area there is plenty of seating to hang out and relax along with a 32’ flat screen TV for watching movies on those days the weather delays hunting. The whole boat boasts granite counter tops and tables, along with leather couches to hang out in.
Castaway’s also has a 12.5KW diesel generator below deck allowing us to power a small city if needed. This allows us to have an amazing heating system onboard and you can expect 70 degree inside temperatures after those long wet days of hunting. On top of that in the back “drying room” we have 2 chest freezers to freeze your trophy hides and meat, boot dryers, and hanging racks for all your clothes.
The best seat on the boat on a sunny day is the front outside couch where you can enjoy some of the most amazing scenery in the world as we cruise out to the hunting spot.
Arrival will be in Valdez (VDZ) the day before and after the hunt days.
- Hunters are welcome to overnight on the boat but many stay in a local hotel so they can get a good shower before and after the hunt.
- Final trophy prep and expediting can be arranged with Dave Winney of Frontier Taxidermy in Valdez (907-835-5341).
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Typical Guided Hunt in Alaska
The following list is just a generic list that will suffice for most guided Alaska hunts.
*The gear list is an important subject matter and does require personal contact with the outfitter prior to departing from your home for Alaska.
- Good sleeping bag and sleeping pad (most outfitters will provide this)
- Hip boots or Waders (ask your outfitter which you should bring)
- Flashlight and/or headlamp
- Water bottle (with filter)
- Insect repellent (100% deet) (may not be needed on late hunts)
- Stocking hat and gloves
- Top quality rain gear
- Camp shoes
- Insulated leather boots
- 1 pair insulated hunting pants
- 1 pair top and bottom insulated underwear, med-heavy weight (DO NOT BRING COTTON)
- 2-3 hunting shirts
- Heavyweight wool socks (1 pair for each day)
- Heavy coat with Gore-Tex
- Personal toiletry items
- Handheld GPS unit (outfitter may have one in camp)
- Batteries for any electrical device. Keep your batteries in something warm (like a wool sock) while you are in the field. Cold will drain them.
REMINDER: EACH HUNTER IS TYPICALLY LIMITED TO 70 LBS. OF GEAR (does not usually include the weight of your rifle)