Alaska Brown Bear Hunt 10649
This Brown Bear hunt takes place on Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge lands where this outfitter has sole guide use area. There are only 3 permitted hunters every spring and 3 hunters every fall. Most of the bears that are harvested are in the 9 to 9 ½ foot range, and there is certainly good possibilities to find bears that are 10 foot or better. Kodiak Island has consistently produced some of the largest Brown Bears on earth, with skull sizes that are at the very top of Boone and Crocket Record Books. The Island supports very healthy populations of these amazing animals. Hunting Brown Bear is certainly the pinnacle of North American Hunting, and one of the premier big game species in world.
This Kodiak Brown Bear hunts, like ALL the hunts out of this location, are completely fair chase. Hunting brown bear is all spot and stalk. The brown bear season on Kodiak Island takes place every spring April 15 – 29 and every fall October 25 – November 8. The hunt is 15 hunting days – the full duration of your permit. Having a full 15 days to hunt allows you to be very selective with the bear you can harvest, going after the oldest age class largest boars.Hunts are guided with 1 guide and 1 hunter, often times 2 guides and 1 hunter.
Your hunt begins with you arrive into Kodiak. You will be met at the airport, taken to get your Brown Bear Permit and any other paper work you need. You are then brought to one of the sporting goods stores to purchase any other gear you need. Usually, you stay the night in Kodiak at a local hotel and fly to camp the next day. Once in camp you will be oriented and you will be paired up with a guide, and often a second guide as well. Located only 100 yards or so from the sea, the main camp consists of traditional Kodiak style double walled tents, a Weatherport tent, all of which have propane heat, generated electricity, and comfortable bunks. This camp is very comfortable and served with top notch food, much of it fresh caught from the sea!
Our sizable hunt area is accessed using a 42 foot Delta Seine boat and fast 18 foot Boston Whaler skiffs. Each morning you get up early, eat a nice breakfast and utilize the boat and/or skiffs to hunt the various bays of the area. Hunting is also superb just a short walk from the main camp, and generally that spot is utilized to hunt as well. Often times you will see bears from the boats as you cruise to the various bays, and if the situation is right, you are able to put to shore and do a stalk. More frequently the boat goes ashore in one of the bays and you then climb up on a hill or other high observation point and glass for bears for the day
Once the correct bear is located, a stalk is planned or if the situation is right, wait to ambush him. Large male bears are extremely intelligent and can be very difficult to get close to. They have an amazing sense of smell, good eyes and good hearing. There are many variables that go into planning a successful stalk and patience is key to making it work out. Like all hunts, bear hunting especially takes great patience and a willingness to work hard in all weather. The hunter must be willing to spend countless hours scouring the countryside with his guide in difficult weather conditions.
At night you come back to the main camp, usually arriving after dark to eat a good meal and rest up for the next day. There is also the option to deploy satellite spike camps in the different bays or valleys, camping in comfortable 4 man Bombshelter tents and VE-25’s. This can offer a huge advantage over just using the boat, especially if you know there is a large bear in an area, or if you want to access other parts of the area that do not lend themselves to boat access. It gives additional options, and along with using the boats, helps give you the best chance at taking a bear. The spike camps are very comfortable and you eat very well.