Alaska Brown Bear and Grizzly Hunts

 

The great Alaska Brown Bear is certainly one of the most sought after experiences in the hunting world, and the noble creatures are one of my favorite animals as an outfitter. Nothing quite stirs my heart and soul like the sight of a brown bear in the Alaska wilderness, and after our initial early season caribou hunts, brown bear becomes our primary focus for numerous reasons.

The Brown Bears naturally grow big. We have taken many 10 foot plus bears over the year with many skulls over 28 plus. We hunt Brown Bears April through May and September through October. Area permits each hunter to harvest one Brown each regulatory year, which does not count against the harvest of one (l) Brown every (4) years, like in other parts of Alaska.

Interior Grizzly Bears

We conduct hunts for interior Grizzly Bears two different times of the year. Spring hunts start in mid April and go through mid May. Bears are just emerging out of their dens, and are in relatively open country for snow tracking and spot and stalk hunting. This time of year still can be a little chilly, so an extra layer of clothes will be required at times. Our fall hunts are spot and stalk in areas with good berry crops, salmon streams, and Moose hunting areas. Our success rate in recent years has been about 75 to 80 percent, with most of the bears measuring between 7 1/2′ to 8 ‘.

Single species Grizzly hunts are 14 hunting days with a travel day on each end. The cost of this hunt is 2012 is $16,000 (USD). Round trip transportation from

Anchorage to base camp and return, or license and tag fees are not included.

BEAR CAMP – Kodiak, Alaska

Located just on the south end of Kodiak Island in game management area 8 near Olga Bay, lies some of the most prime brown bear habitat on Kodiak Island. It is also rich in salmon streams, and offers a high density of brown bear, as well as the highest concentration of Sitka black bear tail deer on all of Kodiak Island.

How to get there: From the East Coast to Anchorage via Northwest Airlines, for the Midwest and West Coast to Anchorage via American Airlines or Alaskan Airlines from Anchorage to Kodiak Island via ERS or Alaskan Airlines. I will book you air taxi for Kodiak City.
Services Furnished

Upon arrival at Base Camp: sleeping accommodations, all camp equipment,

snowshoes, and food and airplane transportation. Licensed guide for each hunter, field care and arrangements for shipment of all trophies from Base an

d hotel arrangements.

GEAR LIST For Spring Bear

Clothing:

  • 1 pair rain gear; I prefer stretchable PVC  type rain gear. Helly Hansen Impertech is what most of us personally wear. The key here is, easy to dry, and don’t worry about the noise. If you have Gore-Tex you are absolutely confident in then go for it, but nothing stops rain like pvc.
  • 2 pair of fleece, or synthetic pants-avoid heavyweight style (I use Cabalas’ Legacy Fleece and the Wind shear option is preferred in the Spring)
  • 1 down jacket or similar synthetic (essentially a good mid-weight warm layer) Avoid heavy winter style coats.
  • 1 fleece jacket, or pullover-mid weight (Cabalas’ Legacy Fleece or Microtex)
  • 2 thermal shirts, Duofold, Thermax are very good-midweight, or lighter; in my opinion they a simply the best.
  • 1-2 thermal bottoms, (Duofold midweight has two layers of material, 1 layer wool, and 1 of 100% thermax) you should be prepared for temps in the mid 50’s to mid teens with plenty of wind.
  • 3-5 top quality hiking socks, Thorlo’s Mountaineering sock are the best I have found to date. Cost around $17 per pair, but worth it. These are getting more difficult to find and they are fairly bulky for warmer weather or close fitting boots, so I am usually using Thorlo’s Coolmax Light Hiker. Do not, I repeat, do not skimp on socks, or try unfamiliar types for your hunt, buy the best and wear them before the hunt.
  • 1 pair of camp shoes-preferably something lightweight and hunting boots should be of the hiking, mountaineering type. I generally do not recommend anything from hunting outlet stores that pass average work boots off for “hunting boots.” Camouflage doesn’t make a boot tough! My personal recommendation is something by La Sportiva, Scarpa, Lowa, Asolo, or Koflach. I am currently using the La Sportiva Trango S EVO GTX for sheep hunting and for spring bear. Bulky boots do not handle or perform well with snowshoes and there is always a good chance of being on snowshoes.
  • Snowshoes: We have Cabela’s Guide Model Snowshoes available to our clients, but if anyone wants something a step above I use and recommend the MSR Denali EVO with the optional tailpieces. They can be found at www.Campmor.com.
  • Backpacks: I am currently using the Mystery Ranch G 7000 that is made in Montana. Capacities for all packs should be 6,000 cu. in. or more. External frames with similar capacities can be used If necessary. Apart from the Mystery Ranch I would look to Dana Designs and Gregory.
  • 1 large pack cover-waterproof Sleeping bag – Currently I am using the Mont-Bell Super Stretch #2, which is a 25º bag and probably not warm enough for some folks. I use the extra long model and it weighs in at 1 lb. 15oz. and of course it is down. Most people will probably prefer a 0º to 15º bag. The Mont-Bell UltraLong Super Stretch #0 is rated at 0º and weighs in a wonderful 3 lb. 1 oz., while the #1 in the same product line is rated at 15º and weighs in at 2 lb. 7 oz. Long bags are recommended if you are 6’ or taller. Synthetic bags rated between 0º to 20º degrees are fine as well, but a bag weighing 5 lb. is simply not the way to go. Please spend the money and keep your bag under 3.5 lb.
  • Therma-rest self inflating pads are great, and I use the Pro-Lite 4. If full length pads are used they should be the models no wider than 20”s
  • 1 hat, and fleece facemask or similar.
  • Gloves-wool, or any waterproof glove is good, although neoprene tends to sweat, and gets clammy. Outdoor Research Crocodile Gaiters for spring hunts come in handy when snowshoeing, few other brands compare.

Miscellaneous Gear:

  • Knives-avoid overweight Rambo knives. Small capping type knives are preferred.
  • Gun oil and maintenance tools. Critical tools to dismantle rifle in the field may save the day. Minimal weight is the key.
  • GSI Outdoors Lexan® 32 oz. Fairshare Mug and additional small cup for coffee, etc.
  • Nalgene water bottles, at least 1, 32 ounce bottle
  • Spoon
  • Washcloth, towel-lightweight, soap, toothpaste and toothbrush, razor if you are so inclined.
  • Packaged moist towelettes (baby wipes) are great for freshening up. Small bottle of shampoo, etc.
  • Flashlight-small LED headlamp, or similar. Headlamps are certainly preferred. I use a Petzl Myo XP LED.
  • First aid-prescriptions, ibuprofen, gel blister pads.
  • MSR Mini-Works – Water purifiers are recommended if you have concerns about giardia and the State of Alaska recommends their use in all waterways. Binoculars-8×40 minimum, but 10×42, or 10×50 are best, higher grade glasses permit longer viewing with less eye strain, which brings better results in the long run-don’t skimp if you are purchasing for the first time.
  • Spotting scope is optional, but recommended if you are going to constantly want to look through your guide’s scope.
  • Laser rangefinder is optional, as guides pack one.
  • Rifles and cartridges should be discussed prior to the hunter’s arrival. 20 rounds of Ammo should be sufficient, but 30 is not too much.
  • Length of nylon rope has many uses.
  • Emergency space blanket, -Thermo-Lite® Emergency Bivy Sack by Adventure Medical Please do not bring the small aluminum foil type that fit in a shirt pocket  Camp Time Roll-up Pack Stool® or REI Trail Chair or similar. Invaluable when glassing for hours.
  • Sunglasses, Sun block

Weight:

  • Individuals need to keep their gear at 50 pounds max, excluding rifle, due to load constrictions on chartered flights.
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Alaska Salt Water and Fresh Water Fishing`

Non Resident License $50.00
Resident Fishing License $25.00

List of Gear for a Fishing Trip

What Jim Fejes Hunting and Fishing Provides:

  • Comfortable lodging, including bed linen and towels
  • All meals
  • Soft drinks
  • Transportation between the air strip and the lodge
  • Transportation from the lodge to the fishing grounds
  • Experienced Fishing Guide
  • Fish cleaning, freezing and boxing
  • Spinning gear ( If you fly fish, you must bring your own equipment )
  • Hot tub & Sauna!
  • Most importantly, some of the best fishing in Alaska!

What You Should Bring:

As you probably already know, weather in Alaska is unpredictable. No matter   what time of year you come, weather can be unseasonably hot, cold, wet or dry! So prepare for the unexpected. Dressing in layers is imperative for comfort. That way you can add layers or take them off as necessary. With that in mind, here are some suggestions:

  • A good rain suit
  • Polar fleece pullover or hooded sweatshirt
  • Medium weight jacket
  • One undershirt for each day
  • 3 shirts of varying weights that can likely be worn several times
  • One cotton turtle neck shirt
  • 3 pairs of pants
  • 1-2 pair of long underwear
  • One pair of socks for every day plus a couple of spares2-3 pairs of boot socks if needed
  • A variety of gloves, (ex. neoprene, cotton, polar fleece)
  • One waterproof day pack, which you can also use for a carry-on for the flight. You can find them at Cabalas’ as well as other sporting goods stores.
  • One pair of waders or hip boots
  • Camp shoes – some sort of slip on short boots or moccasins that are easily put on and taken off are handy.
  • One warm hat
  • One baseball cap or similar

Alaskan Style Saltwater Fishing 

When most of us think about fishing for salmon in Alaska, we usually picture ourselves standing beside a river or a remote mountain stream. The fact of the matter is some of the best fishing that is available for this particular type of fish is done in the ocean, not while standing on land. Let me introduce you to salt water salmon fishing in Alaska, one of the most exciting and enjoyable types of fishing that you will ever do in your life.

Most type of salmon will spend the majority of their life in salt water. As a matter of fact, once they enter the salt water they will only return in order to breed and most of them will die once they do this. Sometimes, it is necessary for you to go after the salmon where they tend to live the majority of the time. This is in the open water, either in the ocean or in some of the bays and inlets that are all across Alaska.

A good example of salt water salmon fishing in Alaska is the silver salmon. This particular type of fish is a bright silver whenever it is in the ocean, where it spends the majority of its life. Whenever they begin to run, they enter into the harbors by the thousands and they can be seen jumping almost constantly at the peak of the run. It is even possible for anglers that are on the shore to catch this particular fish whenever they are migrating into the bay.

If you would like to have the best opportunity to catch some great salmon in the ocean, one of the best things that you can do is to hire a charter. Whenever you’re fishing for silver salmon at sea, you need to either be trolling or using downriggers in order to have the best opportunity to catch the fish. It is not difficult to have a bad day out on the ocean in Alaska if you decide to go out on your own. Not only can you end up having a day where you don’t catch any fish, the seas can be unpredictable at times. By hiring a charter that understands this particular fish and where to catch them, you will almost guarantee yourself a great day at sea.

Salt water salmon fishing can be done at any time of the year but it is best done whenever the salmon are running. Many people that go to Alaska on fishing trips whenever the salmon are running spend a little bit of time inland fishing in the Rivers and streams and then charter a boat for a day or two in order to catch some salmon in salt water as well. The best time for you to do this is anywhere from late June until around the beginning of September. Plan your trip around these days and make sure that you have a guide waiting for you and you will have a great salt water salmon fishing vacation.

Just for the Halibut
Although there certainly is a lot of trophy fishing that can take place in the interior Alaska in some of the rivers and streams as well as the lakes, if you really want to catch some trophy fish you may need to head out into the ocean. One of the fish that is only to be caught in the northern Pacific and northern Atlantic oceans is the halibut. Although this particular fish averages about 25 to 30 pounds, it is possible to catch halibut that are up to 600 pounds in weight. Halibut fishing in Alaska is going to provide you with some of the most memorable and enjoyable days out on the water that you could ever spend.

The halibut is generally regarded as being one of the staple food fish for most of the world. It even derives its name from two separate words which stand for holy flatfish. The reason it is thought that it acquired this name is because many individuals eat this fish on what they consider to be holy days. Considering the fact that this fish is one of the larger ones that inhabit this part of the world’s oceans, it really tends to eat anything that it once including any fish that are smaller than itself.

If you plan on doing some halibut fishing in Alaska, it is a very good idea that you hire a guide service in order to take you out. There are several reasons why this is a good idea but the most important one is that they are going to have the equipment that is necessary in order for you to be able to land the fish of this size. Considering the fact that you have a two day limit of halibut in Alaska, you can end up with anywhere from around 50 pounds worth of fish up to 1000 pounds or more if you have an excellent day out on the water. Some of the larger halibut that are caught, however, only tend to run about 300 pounds but it is still enough to fill your freezer rather quickly.

Some people that go fishing in Alaska and do so for a lot of different species while they are on their trip. After all, going to Alaska is not like going around the corner to your local fishing hole. If you’re going to make the trip this far, make sure that you get the most out of it and try some fresh water and land fishing along with taking a day or two out on a charter boat in order to do some halibut fishing. One thing is for certain, come prepared for an excellent day out on the water whenever the halibut are running.

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