There has always been a lot of discussion and numerous articles
have been written about what animals would be included in
a list of “The Top Ten Hunting Trophies in the World.” Alaska's
big Brown Bear is almost always included on that list.
This is truly an outstanding big game animal and is a formidable
adversary. He inhabits a land that is shrouded in mystery.
Some of the world's worst weather conditions are frequently
endured on the Alaska Peninsula and around Kodiak
Island. This is a huge land with volcanoes, large runs
of spawning Salmon, Whales and Walrus cruising along the shoreline,
and a few native villages sparsely spread along the coast.
As a result, this land is difficult to access which makes
it more challenging to provide a first class hunting operation.
The Brown Bear's senses are keen. He has an outstanding sense
of smell and will often leave an area that has human scent.
He is also a nocturnal animal that prefers to sleep most of
the day and travel about at night. His strength and agility
is legendary. It's quite a sight to watch him climb up and
over a fifteen foot vertical rock wall. If surprised or wounded
he can quickly become the most dangerous creature that you
will ever face in your lifetime.
In the Spring the Brown Bear generally come out of hibernation
during April and May. They lounge about their dens for a few
days and then come down out of the snow looking for food and
the boars hoping to participate in the annual breeding season.
The weather can be miserable so bring top quality rain gear
that is designed to withstand strong winds and keep the rain
out. Ankle fitting hip boots are a must and can be purchased
in Anchorage if you have enough time to shop. The general
method of hunting is to spend the daylight hours glassing
the beaches and slopes and watching for a worthy trophy class
Bear. Some hunters prefer to walk a short distance up to a
vantage point to see more of the country and glass for a big
boar. Not much walking is done because the goal is to keep
human scent to a minimum. Once a good Bear is located the
stalk is planned and executed. More likely than not the stalk
will require that you intercept the bear as he travels down
The Fall hunt is conducted in October and more time will
be spent hunting near the streams and rivers while the salmon
are still spawning. You will generally hunt along salmon streams
or in areas that the Bears frequent as they travel from one
favorite fishing hole to another. The weather can be worse
in the Fall, with the temperatures getting colder each day.
It is generally in the worst of the wind and rain that you
will find the huge Brown Bear out feeding. They seem to be
impervious to foul weather. However, guides and hunters are
not so bring warm clothes that dry easily and dress in layers
so you can add and take away clothes as needed.
Whether you hunt in the Spring or the Fall you are hunting
in country that has consistently produced some monster Bears.
If you truly want an opportunity to take a 10 foot Brown Bear
you should plan to hunt on the Alaska Peninsula for a trophy
that is highly ranked among the top trophies in the world.
Alaska Peninsula Brown Bear Hunt
Point of Departure: Port Moller, Alaska
Fall - 2011, 10 Days, Beginning October 1
Spring - 2010, 10 Days, May 10 through May 25
Icy Bay Brown Bear Hunt
Point of Departure: Yakutat, Alaska
Fall - 10 Days, September thru November
Spring - 10 Days, May
Brown Bear Vessel Based Hunt
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