Brown – Grizzly – Polar Bear


This Alaska Peninsula hunt is on the southeastern side of the peninsula, one of the top brown bear trophy areas. The outfitter’s success on large boars past years is mainly due to having exclusive rights to prime native land with 3 major bays and rivers, including over 30 miles of coastline.

2022 Peninsula spring season ended with 11 hunters tagging 8 brownies, 2 hunters passed on bears and 1 had to leave early. Best bear went 10’3”, 2 at 10’, 4 at 9’6” and a 9 footer.

2021 was allowed a spring and fall season due to 2020 spring closure. 2021 spring, they went 8 for 10 and killed some over the magical 10 foot. One 82 year old passed wanting a 10 footer and another hunter went home empty.

2021 fall finished 7 for 9, including some real nice boars. Nasty Alaska weather appeared to be on steroids, tough fall.

Spring hunts are normally conducted on even numbered years like 2024 and then in 2026, from May 10 to 31, but a 2021 spring hunt was allowed since 2020 season was cancelled. Fall hunts are on odd years like 2023 and then 2025, from October 1 to 21. Spring and fall hunts are $26,000. 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 flights from Anchorage to Sand Point run about $1,000 and the flight from Sand Point to base camp is included in the price.

Hunt BR781.  BR781 Hunt Photos.


$28,000 10 HUNTING DAYS  

Here is a highly successful southeast Alaska outfitter with over 30 years of experience that is not high profile like most of his competitors. He is not into doing sport shows or taking TV personalities and he does not shoot sows or small boars.

2022 spring first hunt was tough as his 2 hunters hit and lost a good bear and the other hunter passed on bears. Second hunt killed 2 boars including a great 9 and a half footer with tremendous hair.

2022 fall hunters postponed until 2023.

2021 spring was kind of crazy in that about 80 percent of the bears rubbed very quickly after coming out of hibernation. This was consistent throughout the southeast, whereas many bears were spotted but few had quality hides. His first hunt had two buddies, one was a taxidermist, and both only wanted boars with quality hair. They saw plenty of bears but not what they were looking for, so they went home empty. Second hunt HCU’s Cliff Graham and Bob Altemus killed two boars between 8 and 9 feet. They saw over 50 boars, but hides were a problem, and many were passed including about a 9 1/2 footer. Third hunt produced a real nice boar with a good hide for his only hunter.

2021 fall hunt started off fine with a solid 8 1/2 footer in the salt on day 3, but then the weather turned extremely sour and the other hunter passed then went home empty. Probably the first fall hunter to not score on a good boar in over 10 years.

2020 spring season was closed due to Covid.

2020 fall season he had a father/son for brown bear, and they tagged a 9 1/2 plus boar and a solid 8 1/2 footer.

10 day 1×1 brown bear boat hunt is $28,000 spring or fall. He plans on taking two hunters April 29 to May 9 and two hunters May 10 to 20. Fall hunts he normally takes two hunters September 15 to 26.

Accommodations are a 50 foot hunting vessel pulling along two 18 foot skiffs with 40hp motors to access the shoreline. He normally conducts hunts off the coast of Admiralty and across Chatham Strait off the mainland coast. Spring charter flights out of Juneau to or from the boat run about $300 per hunter. Fall hunts typically do not require a charter flight. At press time he had one opening on the second and arguably the best spring hunt for 2023. HCU’s Cliff Graham has hunted with this outfitter.  Hunt BR907.



This may be the least expensive Alaska brown bear hunt with a very experienced quality outfitter. He has an isolated lodge that even has a steam bath along the Hoholitna River about 75 airmiles northwest of Lake Clark. Five nice log cabins are used for accommodations. 10 day hunts typically run 80 percent success for both spring and fall bears averaging 8 to 8 1/2 foot, similar to southeast Alaska bears.

2022 spring went 2 for 2 on boars, a 9 footer and a 8 and a half. Fall mid-August started real well with about all 8 hunters tagging bears and another 4 were taken in September including some combination hunters. 2 moose/bear combo guys killed moose but were unsuccessful on brown bears.

2021 spring went 5 for 6 on the snowmobile hunt, best boar went a whopping 9 foot 4 inches. Fall finished 8 for 9, including a huge 9 foot 7 inch bruin.

2020 spring was closed due to the Corona virus pandemic. Fall season he hosted a couple moose/brown bear combos along with straight bear hunters. Fall success was very good with 8 brownies being taken and the largest bear squared at 9 foot 4 inches.

10 day hunts are only $16,500 spring or fall. Spring hunts are April 14 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 finish September 25. They are spent glassing blueberry hillsides or checking moose kills. They utilize jet boats and quads in the fall. This brown bear hunt can be combined with moose for $30,000 and would be mid to late September.

Hunters fly from Anchorage to Port Alsworth for $500 round trip and then the outfitter will charter you into camp at his expense.  Hunt BRSF781.  BRSF781 Hunt Photos.


$28,000 1X1 10 DAYS

This outfitter runs a small very hands-on operation. He normally guides his hunters personally and he has 2 very competent guides that come along to help or guide a second hunter. Most of his hunts take place off his 45 foot boat cruising the mainland shoreline. He had only been taking one hunter on his spring hunt and in the last 3 years all 3 hunters tagged boars, 2 at 9 foot and an 8 foot 4 inch bear with a really thick coat.

2023 he will start taking 2 spring hunters, one May 4 to 15 and the second hunt May 18 to 31 both priced at $28,000 for a 10 day hunt and black bear is available on the second hunt with a trophy fee of $4,000. 2023 spring is booked full, but 2024 is available for both spring hunts and two buddies or father/son can do this hunt and pick the dates.

2023 fall hunt September 15 to 26 on the mainland is available at $28,000.

Hunters fly into Juneau, and either are picked up or take a chartered seaplane to the boat for approximately $300. Hunt BR838.


$21,500 7 DAYS 1X1

This longtime Alaska outfitter/bush pilot acquired the first outfitting/guiding non-residents permit in the Noatak National Preserve for arctic grizzly in 2019, a large area located northeast out of Kotzebue. He will continue to run his high success grizzly hunt in country located adjacent to the Preserve, but this just gives him a much larger area.

2022 fall season produced 18 grizzlies for 19 hunters, the unsuccessful hunter passed. Most bears were 7 to 8 foot with the largest going 8’3”.

2021 fall hunt produced 23 grizzlies for 25 bear hunters, despite being the worst weather he has seen in the past 20 years. Most of the bears squared between 8 and 8 1/2 foot, with the largest skull measuring 26 1/2 inches.

2020 fall he had 15 serious grizzly hunters tag 13 bears, one crippled and one hunter had no good opportunities.

7 day grizzly hunts guided 1×1 will be $21,500 running from late August into early September. Grizzly tags are sold over the counter.

Hunters fly from Anchorage to Kotzebue for about $500 roundtrip, where they are met by the outfitter and flown to camp.  Hunt GR247.