Alaskan Coastal Brown Bear
Hunt Dates: May 10-25; October 1-20
Hunt Location: The Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge and the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge
We provide hunts on the The Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge near Aniakchak National Preserve and also on the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge on the southern tip of the Alaska Peninsula by reference to another outfitter. These National Refuges were created in part to protect these bear populations and waterfowl in the area, and provide some of the finest hunting opportunities in the world. We are the only outfitters allowed to provide guided hunts on these lands.
The Alaskan Peninsula is almost without any tree growth, except for the hardy Alder groves and occasional thickets of willow. The valley bottoms tend to be wet and covered with wild grasses. It is common to have wind and rain storms in this region during our hunts, due to the close proximity of the Bering Sea and North Pacific oceans.
About the Hunt:
You will need to arrive in King Salmon or Cold Bay by commercial flight, after which you will fly will by smaller aircraft to the hunting area. Walking and glassing are the primary means for hunting and stalking from day to day. It is important to note that these hunts oftentimes require patience and careful thought to your movements, since these bears are very sensetive to smell and will oftentimes react to your trail days afterward. When the wind is at your back, you will rarely see a bear in front of you. They are very intelligent and, contrary to myth, have decent eyesight. Add to this the power and endurence of these bears, you soon realize that you are hunting one of the most magnificent creatures on the planet.
In springtime, the bears are emerging from their dens on surrounding hillsides, with male boars emerging first. Hunting consists of selecting suitable places to sit and glassing hillsides and valleys, watching for trophy bears. During this time of the year, bears have a beautiful heavy coat from their long winter hibernation.
In fall, bears are feeding daily on the spawning salmon, recently arrived form saltwater. In the evening, bears come down from the surrounding mountains to the steambeds and head back up the hillsides in the early morning, so the largest and often wisest bears are often taken at first or last light.
Portions of the Alaska Peninsula have remarkable bear populations due to a very successful mangement strategy that allows for limited season lengths on alternating years and conservative harvest levels through Federal guiding concessions. We hunt in the Fall on odd years (2017, 2019, etc.) and our spring hunts are on even years (2018, 2020, etc.)
I have heard it said that the Izembek Refuge may have the highest bear density in the world. On one evening alone I watched 60 bears come down to the river for the evening meal in a 3-mile by 5-mile long valley! This was exceptional however, and it is most normal along the length of the Alaska Peninsula to typically see from 10 to 25 bears on a hunt.
It is also possible to hunt waterfowl on the Fall hunts.
Costs: Please see the price list for hunt cost
P.O. Box 646
Telephone/Fax (907) 479-7535