Kim Frederick, Spring Brown Bear Hunt Report
I’m always amazed the way the weather plays the biggest part of any hunt! This year, Alaska was inundated with a huge amount of snow and because of that, a late spring that just didn’t want to give up. Because of those conditions, we decided to select the second spring brown bear hunt on the Alaska peninsula offered by our outfitter. It turned out to be a wise decision.
Upon arriving at base camp for my spring brown bear hunt, we visited with the previous hunter. He had just experienced ten days of rain, snow, sleet and wind. He was soaking wet and discouraged that he had not even seen a brown bear because of the nasty spring weather. On his way into the plane he graciously expressed lots of luck to us as we began to unload our gear and get ready for our spring brown bear hunt.
Later that evening we got a little glassing in as the weather had began to lift a little, and we spotted the first bear of the hunt! He looked pretty nice, but not quite what we were looking for. My guide estimated that he was around 8ft. The next three days the weather settled back in again with rain, snow and wind. We still hunted hard, hiking up several streams and canyons looking for tracks and sign. With almost half of my hunt over, I was starting to get nervous when the weather cleared, we started spotting a brown bear every evening. R-E-L-I-E-F…
Finally we spotted a shooter bear! He looked to be just over 9ft with a great big head on him. We made the stalk and got within about 100 yards…. we waited awhile for him to present a shot, and when he finally turned broadside, a log jam was in the way and the old boy stepped into the willows. We were forced to back off off, hoping that he would reappear before it got to dark but it never happened. Two days later we spotted another large bear. I got a shot and hit him a little low, so we had to track him for a good part of the day. Later that afternoon we finally jumped him for a finishing shot. After looking closely at the video, we determined that it was the same big brown bear we had almost gotten the previous day!
All in all I had a great time. It was a great experience with a great outfitter, guide, pilot, and of course many, many thanks to Outdoors International for your time and effort to make this awesome spring brown bear hunt possible…