If you're interested in Alaska brown / grizzly hunting, you're looking in the right place. The biggest bears killed in Alaska (not including Kodiak) come from this region and we have a proven track record of personalized, first class trophy hunts. Honest sizes range between 8'-9½' with skulls that vary from 24”-28”+. Our historical success is 85%-100%, depending on the year and weather. Plus, we have the fairest price structure in the hunting industry. We take a maximum of 8 hunters per season and are committed to providing each client with excellent service. Call us and then call our references. I'm confident we can provide you with a great quality bear hunt. See you in camp!
Where We Hunt
Our brown / grizzly bear hunting trips are conducted in Unit 19 and 17 in western Alaska and Unit 13 north of Anchorage. These areas are home to some of the largest population of brown bears and the most liberal hunting season and bag limit of anywhere in the state. The season is open for over 8 months, which offers us almost 3 months of prime opportunities in unit 19 and 17. We hunt brownies every spring and fall, with an annual bag limit of one per year. In unit 13 there is no closed season on brown bears, large populations of 8-81/2 bears.
Our spring brown / grizzly bear hunts start early. We begin our season during the first week of April and end the first week in May. Unit 13 is June 1-10 If a single species brown bear hunt is your focus, we recommend spring. Spring hides are prime. Expect your trophy to have a full, dense coat, long, thick hair and heavy sharp claws. The two main methods we use in spring include staying overnight in a main tent camp and traveling daily by snow machine, or flying out to a remote spike camp located near a den. Each method is productive.
Brown vs. grizzly?
We've all heard these names sometimes used synonymously for the same animal. What is the difference between a “brownie” and an “grizzly”, if any?
It is widely accepted in the guiding industry that brown bears live along the coastal regions, within 100 miles of the shoreline. Grizzlies live in the interior regions of the state, or north of the 62nd parallel. Brown bear and grizzly are genetically the same animal. Brown bears grow physically larger, primarily because they live in a milder climate and eat high protein salmon all summer!
No doubt there is some bear-stretching that goes on in Alaska every season. The record keeping clubs only measure the skull for this reason. Our clients are consistently harvesting brown / grizzlies in the honest
8'-9½ ‘+ range, with skulls in the 24”-28”+ range. We have taken many record book brownies. A true 8½‘ brown bear could easily have a B&C skull and could weigh anywhere from 500 to well over 1,000 lbs --- truly a giant!
We're committed to providing top quality trophy hunts with personal service to each client. We take 8 bear hunters per season, total. If you're not successful, we're not successful. We'd like to have EVERY hunter take a huge trophy. However, the reality of it is this is fair chase hunting for wild, free-ranging animals and no one can guarantee success. Whether you choose a fall brown or grizzly bear hunt, I'm confident we can provide you with a great quality Alaska hunting experience.
Please feel free to write or call us (907) 373-2047 and let us know what we can do on this end to help you plan and prepare for your trip.
Recommended gear for spring bear hunting
Personal gear and clothing
- Quality rain gear – Coats & pants. (very water resistant or waterproof)
- Insulated snow boots / waterproof hiking boots
- 2-3 complete changes of warm clothes ( It's best to have warm layers than to have just 1 heavy coat)
- Heavy winter parka & pants or bibs (Should be water resistant and comfortable in deep snow)
- Insulated & water resistant hat or cap
- 2 pairs of insulated & water resistant gloves – 2 insulated & water resistant and 1 light weight pair
- 7-10 pairs of good quality wool socks and 2 pair thermal underwear
- Confortable light weight camp shoes and a pair of sweat pants – Clothes to relax in back at camp
- Synthetic filled sleeping bag – good to -15ºF (Anything except down! All down bags get WET!)
- Small back pack or day pack with enough room for the following items: Binoculars/spotting scope, knife, gloves, rain gear, water bottle, lunch and snacks, small flashlight, camera, film and extra batteries, box of ammo, gun oil, personal toiletries and medicine. Try to keep this pack light weight and comfortable to carry everyday….about 10-20 pounds.
- Sunscreen, sun glasses & chap stick (The sun reflecting off the snow is very bright and can cause severe sunburn)
- Hunting rifle & 2-3 boxes of ammo – Most shots are less than 200 yards. Your “kill zone” is the size of a paper plate.
During the spring bear hunts we'll be in snow every day. Temperatures may vary from +60ºF to -10ºF with a 60% chance of rain or snow.
To make yourself as comfortable as possible bring clothes made of wool, polypropylene, hollofill, thinsulate or other materials with similar features - no down!
Plane will fly directly from Port Alsworth to our main camp. To ensure aircraft safety, there is gear weight restriction of 70 lbs per person (plus gun). All your gear should be in a soft sided duffel bag (no hard luggage, sides or bottom). The waterproof-type are real nice if you have them.