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Hunt the biggest carnivore on land

The brown bear hunts are in the Kodiak road system or in Afognak Island. Base camp is The Bear Hunter with its amenities while the actual hunting is conducted from the skiff Avon in which we’ll range for miles in the bays and rivers. The Spring hunts are mostly conducted by glassing the shoreline where the bears come out to eat the first grass of Spring from a vantage point in the bays and estuaries. Their coats are at their best this time of the year. In the Fall, we hunt in the afternoon and evening along the salmon creeks where the bears are concentrated. The Fall hunts are usually easier than Spring hunts.

The bear’s coats and not as long as in the spring but their hair is still long and glossy. Weather is one of the most important factors in a successful hunt. A two or three-day blow could keep us in the boat. Or, we could have nothing but sunny, mild days, making hunting a pleasure.

Brown bears average about 8 to 8 ½ feet. This is measuring from nose-to-tail and from front claws to back claws, no 2X4 up the bear’s nose so that he measures over 9 feet. The skulls are between 24 and 27-inches. On occasion, we might take one that is larger, approaching 9 ½ feet and the 28-inch skull that will make Boone & Crockett.

We do two hunts in April and May and one hunt starting on October 25. We are not limited to just bear. From August first I outfit deer, elk, and guide silver salmon trips in Afognak Island. The cost is $450 per person per day with 2 to 4 hunters or fishermen which includes all meals. Please see 'Schedule' for more information.

The prizes taken by some of our friends and fellow travellers:

Dave Manson
Dave Manson Precision Reamers
Producer of fine tools for gunmakers


Hamilton Bowen
Bowen Classic Arms Corporation
Renowned pistolsmith and avid hunter

Gary Strasser
Northwoods Adventures
Agent for fine hunting expeditions


Bart Skelton
Journalist, author & hunter



I have been in Alaska over 38 years hunting and fishing every chance I get. My biggest thrill is getting customers close to the bears or hooked to the fish.
- Joe Polanco
"The Bear Hunter"