Alaska has been called the last frontier for good reason, being one of the most beautiful, yet wild places in the world; Alaska is truly one of the last great hunting destinations. For our boat based brown bear hunting, we are hunting the Tongass National Forest by Priority Use Permit issued by the USDA Forest Service. This area is jointly managed by the State of Alaska and the USDA Forest Service to insure all users a quality wilderness experience, and a high level of success in the field. To this end only a very few permits are issued to hunting companies. The Tongass National Forest, the nation’s largest national forest, covers most of Southeast Alaska, surrounding the famous Inside Passage. It offers unique chances to view eagles, bears, spawning salmon, and the breath-taking vistas of “wild” Alaska.
Bear hunting is typically most productive in the late afternoons and evenings. Mornings are usually spent on “nature walks” (guide lingo for scouting various tidal flats and headlands for sign of bear use); Other activities include digging clams, crabbing, or fishing. The guide/hunter relationship is one-on-one (one hunter, one guide) unless both parties have agreed upon other arrangements, i.e. a husband and wife, or father and son, that wish to hunt together. Outboard powered skiffs are used to transport guides and hunters to and from the beach. Spring bear hunts are typically a “spot and stalk” affair; this is not as physically demanding of a hunt and is a good choice for older hunters. Fall hunts, on the other hand, can at times be physically taxing, and being in fairly good shape is an asset. Rarely do we find it necessary to do any sort of climbing during the course of either our spring or fall hunts. The brown bear population in Southeast Alaska is doing very well. We have documented sightings of over 100 bears on a single 10-day hunt!
The cool, rainy climate grows a variety of plants, from the tiny “June flowers” coloring the muskegs and alpine meadows in summer, to the huge conifers on the surrounding hillsides. The temperate rain forest of the panhandle of Alaska is widely known for its lush vegetation. Conifers, cone-bearing trees, such as hemlock, and spruce, seem to be everywhere. In reality, they cover a little over half of southeast Alaska. Western hemlock (70 percent) and Sitka spruce (20 percent) are the most abundant. Western red cedar, yellow-cedar, mountain hemlock, and shore pine make up most of the rest. Like a soggy blanket draped over the landscape, muskeg, or peat bog, covers more than 10 percent of southeast Alaska. It provides a surprisingly fragile home for an abundance of plants that thrive in the wet, acidic soil. During the summer, the flowers on many of them add a carpet of soft color to the muted greens and browns typical of muskeg.
For the Spring season, we hunt during the months of April and May. Our Fall hunt is in September and are 10 days in length. Our coastal bear hunts usually book up a couple of seasons in advance.
Our area has one of the highest densities of brown bears on the planet. Our hunters should have the opportunity to harvest a bear in the 8 ft plus class with our average 8-½ ft plus. With that being said, our hunters have opportunities at bears in the 9 ft class each year. We have chosen this area of others because of the high success rate it offers our clients.
All of our hunting packages are based from the 48-foot “Icy Lady”, a very comfortable vessel with all the amenities of home. Good fellowship, good food, a comfortable bed, and a warm place to dry wet gear make for a good hunt. You will find all of this on board the “Icy Lady”.
Our hunters will fly to Juneau (usually via Alaska Airlines) and then travel by small plane to Hoonah, Tenakee, or Pelican. These are regularly scheduled flights, and hunters are eligible to hunt the day of their arrival.
The typical climate in South East Alaska can be summed up with two words: cold and wet. Hunters should be prepared for the constant wet weather conditions. We provide our clients a detailed packing list to assure they are prepared for their adventure.
10-day brown bear hunt $12,500. During certain weeks a black bear can be added on for $3,500 once the brown bear is harvested. * price is subject to change.