Spring Brown Bear Hunts with Alaska Remote Guide Service
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Any serious and physically fit hunter looking for a truly memorable experience with an excellent chance to get a big bear, is going to find this hunt hard to beat in caliber and price! I have been doing these spring brown bear hunts since 1987.
Our “EARLY BIRD” BROWN BEAR hunts offer the “ultimate” in North America hunting. These hunts start as early as late March, run through May, and are an excellent way to “crawl out of hibernation and jump into spring!” These hunts are my best bet for big boars with prime hides, but they aren’t easy!
We hunt in GMU 16B in a 600 plus square mile “sole use” guide concession in Denali Preserve, where you won’t be competing with other guided hunters. My concession was recently expanded to include prime denning areas that have been off limits to guided non residents since 1988!
We target large males just as they are emerging from their dens, and while their hides are prime. Early spring snow depths accommodate excellent access by a Super Cub on skis, to areas that are hard to reach otherwise. Tracks help a great deal in determining a bear’s size and location and make it easier to retrieve wounded animals. Also bears are hungry and killing a moose (or several) seems to be first on their agenda.Spring Bear Hunt
We’ve been hunting spring brown bears in this area since 1987 and do consistently well on large males in the 8’1/2’ to 9’ range with most skull sizes of 24 inches and up. Our largest was 9’ 10” with a 27 & 7/16ths skull. We keep a detailed account of where and when bears and/or concentrated activity (feeding, tracks, trails, diggings, or dens) are seen. This extra effort is worth it to help you get your bear!
Alaska spring brown bear seasons do not start until May in most other units. By this time the snow is gone, access is more difficult, and vegetation has started to green, making bears harder to see. Bears have been out of hibernation for some time and hides are often “rubbed.” We can’t control the weather but effort will be 100%+ !
NEW – Brown bear season in most of my concession runs from August 10th through June 15th with a 2 bear per regulatory year limit!
PRICES AND SPECIFICS
We operate from tent camps strategically placed in prime denning areas that provide miles of good glassing in all directions. The guide ratio is 1 X 1 plus and we usually conduct a maximum of two hunts at a time. I have 6000 plus hours of bush flying in Alaska. I own and operate a bush equipped Super Cub on skis and do most of the flying and support work for the hunts myself. We use the Super Cub to scout other areas and to set up on dens and moose kills. PLUS means that in addition to flying, I often assist with guiding as well and that I actively participate in the hunt. Also, if one hunter gets done early, we often double team the remaining hunter. We do what it takes to get the job done right!
DATES: We conduct 2 – 4 Early Bird Brown Bear hunts per year and mostly during the month of April. Clients should try to arrive a day or two early and leave a day or two later than actual trip dates. When possible, we try to get clients that achieve early success, out early if they wish.
PRICE: 12 day 1 X 1 Spring Brown Bear Hunts (length includes in and out days) = $16,000.00
This price includes air charter fees between Anchorage and base camp that usually cost $1000.00 or more with most other outfitters! It also includes most of your basic expenses between Anchorage and the field, to include: necessary ground transportation to pick up and return you to Anchorage, food, lodging and trophy care in the field.
NOT INCLUDED: Round trip transportation of you and your gear, game and trophies between your home and Anchorage, lodging in Anchorage and/or Wasilla prior to and after your hunt, taxidermy, guide tips, licenses and tags (non-resident hunting license = $160.00, brown/grizzly tag = $1000.00, black bear tag = $450.00 – see “License and Tag Fees” link for complete information), or a 2 yr. membership in the Non Resident Hunter Preservation Fund ($150.00) http://www.alaskaprohunter.org/hpf.html. We will gladly assist you in making arrangements and reservations, and can sell you the tags ourselves.
NOTE: A person who has been airborne may not take or assist in taking big game until after 3:00 a.m. following the day in which the flight occurred.
2ND BROWN BEAR OPTION: Most of my concession has a two brown bear per regulatory year bag limit. If you are interested in hunting for a 2nd brown bear, contact me and we’ll try to work something out on a modified trophy fee basis.
INCIDENTAL SPECIES: Black Bear, wolf and wolverine can be hunted on an incidental basis contingent upon open seasons. “Incidental” means that we don’t move to or specifically hunt for them, but if we run across one and can take it without messing up your brown bear hunt, you can. You must purchase any necessary tags in advance. We charge $1000.00 trophy fee for an incidental black bear, and there is no additional charge for an incidental wolf or wolverine. Wolf tags aren’t required by non residents in my concession area. A black bear tag will work for either black bear or wolverine.
OFF SEASON HUNTS: Because the season in my area is now open year round, if regular seasons won’t work for you, we can also offer special hunt dates in May, June or late July & early August. Check with me if this interests you.