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Hunt Alaska's Brooks Range for grizzly bears

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Hunt GB4905

Hunt Price
Grizzly Click here for updated price
Grizzly/moose combo Click here for updated price
Grizzly/caribou combo Click here for updated price
Grizzly/moose/caribou Click here for updated price
Hunter success Trophy size
Fall: About 90% over past 15 years.

Spring: The 2007 season will be outfitter's first; he said snow should make bear hunting easier for spotting and tracking.

Toklat bears are typically 6 1/2 to 7 1/2 foot square. Some salmon-eating bears are 9 foot or more.
Licenses Lodging/meals
Bear tags in this zone are limited by the state and sold through a permit lottery. Click here for details. Professional quonset-style tundra tents, meals are cooked by the guides or a cook, depending on the number of hunters in the main camp
Travel Area
The outfitter or a representative meets you in Kotzebue. The air charter from there to camp is included in the hunt price. Hunting is by foot, but 4WD ATVs are provided to access prime hunting areas in the fall and snow machine in the winter A valley in the Brooks Range, northern Alaska, bush plane access only. The valley has a wide creek bed that mostly dries up in the fall, creating a roadway for travel by ATV. Salmon, char and grayling live in the creek; during spawring runs the bears are often seen in the creek bed.
Season Notes
Spring hunts are 10 days starting April 20 or 7 days starting May 1 or 8. Fall hunts are seven days for bear or 10 days for combo hunts with moose or caribou. When comparing this bear hunt to others, note that this one includes the air charters to and from the main camp. Also, it's much less expensive to fly to Kotzebue than most northern Canadian destinations.

This outfitter offers spring and fall grizzly hunts in an area that is well-known for producing a high hunter success rate. There are several reasons for this. For one thing, tags are limited; both residents and non-residents must draw permits in a computer lottery. However, sometimes non-resident permits are left over after the drawing.

The area supports one of the healthiest caribou herds in the world along with a healthy moose population. The valley that the outfitter hunts is home to spawning runs of Arctic char, salmon and grayling, which draw the bears out of the surrounding mountains and holds them in the area.

Some of the bears grow to 9 foot square or more, and the bigger bears usually look like brown bears. One customer has killed a Boone and Crockett bear on two trips. The area supports a good interior Toklat type grizzly population, too, and those bears are typically 6 1/2 to 7 1/2 foot square. I hunted the area for moose and caribou and arrived in camp just as two bear hunters were leaving. They each had shot a bear early in their hunt. I was not hunting bear but could have shot a gorgeous blond grizzly at a range of about 50 yards. Hunters should be in fairly good shape; it's not an extremely physical hunt such as those in southern British Columbia, but you should be able to snowshoe in the spring or hike mild to moderate hillsides in the fall. I've booked for this outfit almost since I began booking hunts in 1986.

The outfitter's son-in-law took this picture.