Brown Bear Hunts
Unit 16 Baited hunt. Nonresident can take 2nd bear for $5,000 trophy fee.
Nonresident can take up to 3 Black Bear on $2,000 Trophy Fee.
May 10 – June 15
Unit #17 & #16 has a real liberal season for Brown Bear. The Alaska Department of Fish & Game office has exhausted just about every avenue trying to promote Brown Bear hunting here. They are now offering an earlier season opener that starts August 20th and does not close until the following spring on May 31st to coincide with the moose calving season. Along with this nonresidents can also shoot 2 Brown Bear and up to 3 Black Bear on their hunt. The bears that live along the Susitna River(unit #16) and Nushagak River(unit #17) specifically big boars are moose killers. There is no denying the fact that they enjoy the salmon season and benefit greatly from it, as short as it is. However, it is the moose that make up the bulk of their diet along with grasses, berries and beaver.
As a client when you book an Alaska brown bear hunt with me you can expect to be hunting at least two different areas that we have found big bears in, greatly stacking the odds for your success. It makes all the work that you as the hunter will be putting in a lot easier when you know that you are not just trying to get a bear but rather a large bear. Knowing that we have already found you a big bear in two or more locations before you even arrive is a huge bonus.
It is hard to contain the excitement when you have found a moose kill in a big boar’s area, knowing full well that now it is just a matter of time before he shows up and offers you the chance of a life time to take one of God’s awesome super predators at close range.
I access the fall and spring hunts with jet boats and hunt the hills that run along the river along with the back creeks. All five species of salmon spawn in this area so there is allot of opportunity in finding bears along the river or up in the hills were they feed on berries. Early spring hunts are done in this same area and I access it using snow machines. These hunts are reasonably priced because I just don’t have the overhead that other outfitters have, it certainly doesn’t have anything to do with the size of bears that I am taking as we have taken many huge bears out of this area. Primary means of transportation on the early hunt is with snow machines. (see Bear Facts for more info.)
Unit 17 along with Unit 16 has the most liberal season for hunting brown bear in fact now there is a 2 bear limit for nonresidents. Along with that the fall season opens 20 days earlier and stays open 5 days longer in the spring to coincide with the moose calving season. The spring hunts are conducted in Unit 16 along the Susitna River drainage. This is a huge forested region that the brown and black bears have flourished in for years all five species of Salmon spawn up the rivers that flow through out the Unit. The primary means for hunting these bears is baiting as spot and stalk is ineffective due to the terrain. We can use tree stands along with ground blinds to hunt over these bait stations ensuring a better opportunity for a lethal shot. This is a great hunt for serious Archery hunters or clients that have trouble walking long distances.