NUMBER 1 BROWN BEAR BOAT HUNT 100 PERCENT PAST 5 YEARS
This may very well be the highest success brown bear boat hunt with the best price in Alaska. This outfitter targets 8 1/2 foot boars or larger and consistently kills 9 foot or better bears in southeast Alaska.
Spring of 2016 produced 4 brownies for 4 hunters, 3 squared out at 9 foot and one went 8 foot 10 inches. Fall of 2016 was 2 for 2, a 9 foot 4 inch and one over 8 1/2 foot.
Spring of 2015 went 5 for 5, 9 foot 10 inches, 2 over 9 foot, one 9 footer and an 8 1/2. Fall was 2 for 2. One bear was tagged and collared and turned out to be 38 years old and squared 9 feet and the other bear went 8 1/2.
2014, 2013, 2012 seasons were 100 percent.
As you can see this hunt is pretty remarkable and they usually have a camera person on board to video your hunt.
10 day 1×1 brown bear boat hunt is $19,500 spring or fall. He normally takes two hunters April 27 to May 8, two hunters May 8 to 19 and one hunter May 21 to June 1. Fall hunts he takes two hunters September 15 to 26.
Accommodations are a nice 50 foot boat pulling along two 18 foot skiffs with 40 hp motors to access the shoreline. He normally conducts hunts off the coast of Admiralty and across Chatham Strait off the mainland coast. Charter flights out of Juneau to or from the boat run about $300 per hunter. 2017 has one fall opening. 2018 openings are available for the first two spring spots and both fall spots. Hunt BR907.
ALASKA PENINSULA BROWNIES 2016 – 13 FOR 14 KILLS
5 BOOK BEARS 7 OVER 10 FOOT STAY UNTIL YOU KILL
Spring of 2016 was nothing short of fabulous! 14 hunters killed 13 brownies and 7 squared over an honest 10 foot! Best skull was just shy of 30 inches and largest went 10 foot 8 inches. The unsuccessful hunter left after his buddy tagged out.
2015 fall season on the Peninsula was a very tough hunt for about all the outfitters. This out t faired a little better than most, but still only took 5 bears for 12 hunters. One book bear was taken that squared 10 foot 4 inches with a skull measurement of 28 11/16 inches. Salmon were everywhere and it spread the bears out too much.
Spring of 2014 was another great year for this outfit when their hunters scored on 11 bears with 4 going over 10 foot and 2 should make Boone and Crockett record book. Two brothers typically book each spring looking only for record book bears and neither scored, although one passed on a 10 footer due to a couple rubs. One hunter just didn’t get an opportunity at a good bear.
This Alaska Peninsula hunt in Unit 9 takes place near Sand Point on the southern side of the peninsula, one of the top brown bear trophy areas. The out tter has done tremendous past years mainly due to having exclusive rights to prime native land with 3 major bays and rivers, including over 30 miles of coastline.
Spring hunts are conducted on even numbered years like 2016 and next will be in 2018, from May 10 to 31. Fall hunts are on odd years like 2017 and then 2019, from October 1 to 21. 2017 fall season and 2018 spring are currently at $24,000. Rates are for the entire season, stay until you kill, and most hunters are successful in 7 to 9 days. A packer can be hired for $200 per day.
Hunts can be conducted out of base camp with the use of 4 wheelers or jet boats, but mainly this is a spike camp operation. Round trip ights from Anchorage to Sand Point run about $1,000 and the ight from Sand Point to base camp is included in the price. At press time there were 2017 fall and 2018 spring openings. Hunt BR781. BR781 Hunt Photos.
$14,500 ALASKA BROWN BEAR SPRING OR FALL
2016 – 12 HUNTERS 9 BROWNIES 2015 – 14 HUNTERS 12 BROWNIES
Spring of 2016 went well with all 4 hunters tagging bears. Two just over 8 feet and two right at 8. Fall season there were 8 hunters and 5 killed including a super monster for interior brownie that squared 9 foot 7 inches and had a 27 3/4 skull.
2015 spring produced 2 brownies for 2 hunters. Fall season had a total of 12 hunters and they put 11 bears in the salt, including a Boone and Crockett book bear. Most hunters were tagged out in 3 days.
This outfitter has a superb lodge that even has a steam bath along the Hoholitna River about 75 miles northwest of Lake Clark. Five nice log cabins are used for accommodations. 7 day hunts typically run 90 percent success for both spring and fall. These brown bears average 8 to 9 foot. 10 day hunts are only $14,500 spring or fall. Spring hunts are April 14 to 22 and 22 to May 1. Snowmobiles are used on the spring hunts to access den areas and catch boars coming out of hibernation. Fall hunts start August 20 and nish September 25. They are spent glassing blueberry hillsides or checking moose kills. They utilize jet boats and quads in the fall. This hunt can be combined with moose and this would include 12 hunting days.
Hunters fly from Anchorage to Port Alsworth for $500 round trip and then the outfitter will charter you into camp at his expense. Openings are available for 2017 spring and fall. Hunt BRSF781. BRSF781 Hunt Photos.
ALASKA BROWN BEAR BOAT HUNT SPRING OR FALL REDUCED TO ONLY $17,000 FOR 10 DAYS
2016 was a tough year for a lot of brown bear outfitters in southeastern Alaska. Due to an early spring the bears were rubbed extensively causing hunters to pass. The fall salmon run was extremely poor in many areas causing the boars to head back up into the hills early leaving the sows and cubs at the river mouths. This out tter dropped his prices due to the poor success of 2016 and a slow economy.
Spring of 2016 produced 2 boars for 4 hunters. HCU hunter, Mike Hallam, took a nice 8 1/2 bear with a few rubs and another hunter killed a monster boar with a 26 inch skull. One unsuccessful hunter passed on rubbed bears and the other hunter just could not physically get around. The fall hunt wasn’t any better with one hunter tagging a sow and the other hunter hurting his knee and at age 70 just couldn’t get up the streams far enough to find a boar.
In the spring of 2015, over the course of 3 hunts, all 4 hunters took home boars ranging in size from 8 1/2 foot to over 9 foot. He didn’t run any fall hunts and instead did some moose hunting for himself. This seasoned out tter has been running brown bear boat hunts in southeast Alaska for over 30 years.
Spring hunts are typically April 24 to May 5 for one or two hunters, May 5 to 16 for two hunters, May 21 to June 1 for one hunter and black bear can be added on the last hunt if time allows. Spring hunts are normally conducted by cruising Admiralty or Chichagof Island shoreline until a bear is sighted and then approaching the shoreline by skiff ahead of the bear to intercept him. At times you and your guide may take a small skiff into the more remote bays glassing for feeding bears.
Fall hunt is September 14 to 25 and or 21 to October 1. Fall hunts are typically for one hunter per hunt. This hunt will require more walking possibly up salmon streams looking for feeding bears. Normally the first fall hunt takes place on the mainland shoreline, while the second hunt is on the western edge of Chichagof Island.
.In the past this has been a very high success hunt priced at $20,000 for 10 days, but due to a tough 2016 season and slow bookings he has reduced the price. Accommodations and base camp will be on his 48 foot yacht. Hunters y into Juneau and charter a oat plane to the yacht for $300 round trip. Non- hunters are priced at $3,000. At press time he has 3 spring openings. One on the first hunt April 24 to May 5 and two spots on the second hunt May 5 to 16. He also has one fall opening for September 14 to 26 of 2017. These 2017 hunts are reduced to only $17,000. Hunt BR209. BR209 Hunt Photos.
ALASKA SPRING GRIZZLY SMALL PERSONAL OUTFITTER/GUIDE $10,800 1X1 8 DAYS
HCU has worked with this outfitter for 15 years with great success on fall caribou/grizzly hunts and spring brown bear hunts. He no longer runs his spring brown bear hunt and still continues the fall grizzly and caribou hunts. Now he will offer a spring grizzly hunt in the same area out of Tok. Price will be $10,800 guided 1×1 or $8,500 guided 2×1 and this will include the charter flight priced at about $1,900 per person. He has taken over 10 grizzlies in this area on fall hunts and has glassed many more. The main method of hunting will be looking for boars covering country during the spring breeding season and also watching the caribou calving grounds. The caribou have shown a tremendous comeback in this area and they have seen as many as 5,000 on his fall hunts. Calving takes place mostly late May and early June, but the cows will start to congregate in this area earlier.
Hunts will be 10 days, including a day for arrival and departure plus 8 hunting days. Weather may determine exact starting dates. He wants to take everything into consideration to improve odds of success. This small out tter also does the guiding and he is planning on only taking one spring hunt per year. Hunt GR64.