Western Arctic Spring Grizzly Bear Hunt
Grizzly Bear season in the North Western Arctic commences April 15th.
The hides of these beautiful bears are the thickest and most luxurious in the world
As a rule of thumb, the prime time is from April 20th to May 8th. During
this time, conditions are usually the best. We offer two consecutive hunts
but dates are subject to change depending on weather and snow conditions.
The first hunt dates are April 15th thru April 24th, the second hunt
commences April 26th thru May 5th or thereabouts. Both hunts are excellent!
Openings are limited as we generally have 3 hunters per hunt. All hunts are
conducted one guide per hunter.
Since we alternate Spring seasons between the Arctic and the Alaska
Peninsula, this hunt will not be offered again after Spring 2011 until
Spring 2013. Please note: ADF&G manages Bear seasons on the Alaska Peninsula
by staggering the seasons instead of going to a registration or
drawing permit system. In addition, we have implemented our own management
system in the Arctic to insure good quality Bear hunting for generations to
The hunts are based from trappers’ cabins or Arctic Oven tents with wood stoves. Accommodations are basic but comfortable with plenty of good hot food. Transportation out in the field is done by ski plane, snowmobile and snowshoes. All hunts are fair chase and strictly legal.
This is a very unique hunt and one can expect to see some incredible scenery as well as witness nature in its rawest form. Have you ever seen bears on a kill? or a wolf in the wild? or had a lynx cross a path in front of you? Wolverines are sometimes seen; pound for pound, they are the toughest animal in all of North America. Ptarmigan abound in the area and we often awake in the early hours to their distinct clucking. The season is open until April 30 and the fowl is good fare. Additionally, when time allows, we fish through the ice for Sheefish, the largest member of the whitefish family, also known as the “Tarpon of The North”!
The Inupiat Eskimo village of Kotzebue is the point of outfitting. Alaska Airlines services the second largest Eskimo village in Alaska three times each day by Boeing 737 service. Either Dave Leonard or one of his representatives will meet you at the airport. The charter flight out to the base camp and return to Kotzebue is in addition to the hunt price.
All bear hides are professionally skinned, fleshed, salted and dried. Mountain Monarchs will help prepare your trophy (s) for travel. Unless otherwise arranged, Northland Arts Taxidermy of Anchorage will be used as the shipping agent out of Alaska. The hide and skull must be sealed by an ADF&G Representative before it is shipped out of Alaska. Tom Jesiolowski, Northland Arts (907 243 8049), can take care of this procedure before drying and finishing up your hide for travel. Additionally, he is an excellent taxidermist. Tom should be paid directly for his services as expeditor and taxidermist. Kenny Jones (Skull & Bones 907 260 6592) does a great job using the beetle method on bear skulls. All shipping is billed from Kotzebue to Anchorage at client’s expense. We can provide you with the names of some professional taxidermists if you do not have one who is familiar with life like mounts of bears.
Be sure and read the recommended gear list for Spring Western Arctic Hunts. Bringing the right gear will ensure that you are comfortable and get the most out of your trip. Springtime in the Arctic is a very special experience and, we not only invite you to come join us, we recommend that each and every dedicated hunter comes to experience this at least once in a lifetime. For it is truly a lifetime experience. Think Bear tracks. Big Ones!
SPRING ARCTIC GRIZZLY HUNTS
Recommended Gear List
|Rifle**(Heavier Caliber)with adjustable sling
|Ammo (2 boxes) and bullet band
||Pac Boots (removable) & extra liners
|Soft Gun Case / sm gun cleaning kit
||Long Underwear (medium & heavy)
||Wool Socks (heavyweight)
|Camera(s) with Extra Digital Card
||Camp Shoes (slip on type)
|Binoculars (8x or 10x)
||Shirts (Wool or Chamois)
|Lens Cleaner (anti-fog)
||Wool Pants (loose fitting)
||Wind Pants or Bibs (insulated)
||Polar Fleece (jacket & pants)
|Spare Glasses or Contacts
||Insulated Parka (hooded)
||Cap (Fur or insulated with ear flaps)
||Stocking Cap (ski mask)
||Gloves & (liners)
|Towel & Washcloth
||Hand warmers (disposable type)
|Reading Material (2 books)
||Flash light (small)
|License & Tags & Bear Permit
||Large Day Pack
|Sun Block & Lip Balm
||Medium Duffle Bags **
|Satellite phone (optional)
It is strongly recommended that you purchase a changeable airline ticket. Arctic weather is highly unpredictable at this time of year.
Your gear should not exceed 100 lbs and should be packed in soft duffle bags. Upon reaching Kotzebue we ask that you repack your gear into a medium duffle bag and your day pack in order to assist us in the easier loading of the small high performance bush planes we utilize in the Arctic Regions. Extra gear may be stored in Kotzebue.
We highly recommend the heavier belted magnum calibers in a bolt action with a minimum bullet weight of 250 grains. The .338 Winchester Mag, .375 H&H Mag or the .416 Remington Mag are all well suited for our type of shooting situations.
Be sure and remove grease and oil from your action and bolt assembly!!!
Check all screws for tightness. If you handload check to be sure all cartridges will chamber and eject properly.
I provide good quality sleeping bags, sleeping pads, and snow shoes, shot guns
and fishing equipment. This assists you in packing lighter.
If you wish to consume liquor it is recommended you bring your favorite adult beverage.
We just ask that you do so responsibly.