PMG6 – Vessel Based Brown Bear Hunts in Alaska with Pacific Mountain Guides
Vessel Based Brown Bear Hunts in Alaska
A Very Unique, Vessel-Based Brown Bear Hunt in Alaska's Prince William Sound
Spot and stalk along the coast from a live-aboard vessel. 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.
- Spring Hunt (May)
- License and tags are over-the counter – General brown bear tag and licenses can be bought online and should be done before the hunt.
- Success rate is 100% and trophy quality is high – This area has been a consistent producer of trophy Alaska brown bears squaring
- 8.5′ – 9.5′, with a fair number of 10′+ bears available.
Combo with fishing, shrimping and sight seeing. Coastal black bear or Sitka blacktail deer can be added in the fall, but it
- needs to be prearranged.
- This can be an “easy” hunt, but you will have more options for success if you’re in shape and can cover uneven terrain.
- Transportation and accommodations are either on our live-aboard vessels or a comfortable fly-in beach camp.
- The vessel is a 53’ live-aboard with 3 private staterooms that can comfortably sleep 6 hunters. Along with having 2 full heads and a full modern kitchen (this is the ultimate hunting platform).
- With a full modern kitchen on-board, you will enjoy some amazing meals, from fresh seafood from the waters of PWS including spot prawns, halibut and Copper River red salmon to steaks on the barbecue. 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.
- 1×1 Guide
- 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)
- Trip Insurance
- 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 (see prices below)
- Personal gear
*Prices subject to change without notice, so lock your price in with a deposit asap.
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 & expediting can be arranged with Dave Winney of Frontier Taxidermy in Valdez (907-835-5341).
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Suggested Gear List for a Guided Hunt in Alaska
*The gear list is an important subject matter and does require personal contact with the outfitter prior to departing from your home for Alaska.
The following list is just a generic list that will suffice for most guided Alaska hunts.
- 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)