Unguided Alaska Bear Hunting
“On a Budget”
Hunting in Alaska is a bucket list item for many sportsmen. Unfortunately, the price tags that go along with the hunt of a lifetime are often too steep to climb. If you want to have a unique and affordable destination hunt, with breathtaking scenery and high success rates; than keep on reading.
Kenai Peninsula, Alaska black bear hunts are often under-rated in many hunting circles. I think it’s because of the style by which most folks hunt black bears. Baiting bears is fine for harvesting game, and boating spring coastlines can be fun. However, AOA focuses efforts during the peak of the autumn berry season when bears are foraging above treeline. Most brown bears are still down low eating salmon so the black bear can wander all day long and graze. Crowberries, salmonberries, blueberries, and cranberries keep bears active and out in the open. These alpine meadows, high mountain lakes, and berry covered hill sides, provide hunters with perfect, spot and stalk opportunities from August thru September.
What are the best places to hunt black bears in Alaska?
I think most would agree, southeast AK has the highest population of trophy black bears. With low populations of coastal brown bears, these apex predators can gorge on salmon and forage without worry of a mauling from their larger and more powerful cousins. With that said, there are also a lot of nice bears on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula as well. Floatplane drop camps from Kenai can quickly get hunters into incredible, high-alpine bear country. Southeast hunts will be double the price of a central Alaskan hunt. Even though Kenai Peninsula black bears have to compete with brown bears, they still have large populations and many units have a 3-bear limit per hunter. AOA offers affordable, unguided black bear hunts in Alaska, set in some of the most beautiful locations.
What is the success rate for DIY black bear hunts?
These unguided Alaskan bear hunts have high success rates, with groups often taking multiple bears. Because of this, these DIY Alaskan hunts are great for small or larger groups. There are few places where a group of 4 hunters can tag out in a 7 day hunt. This is one of those places! Average success rate is in the high 80’s.
How do you hunt black bears in Alaska?
Although baiting black bears in the spring is legal, most sportsmen planning a DIY Alaskan adventure, would rather engage in a more dynamic hunt. Most hunters either cruise coastlines from zodiaks in April-May, or hunt above treeline in the fall (August-September). Hunting bears above treeline is sometimes more work, but the payoff of hunting in such amazing locations, far outweighs the stiff hamstrings. Plan on spending a lot of time glassing hillsides. We hunt with our eyes, a lot more than our legs! Basecamps are set up on mountain lakes so you wont have to climb the entire mountain each day. Once bears are spotted, plan your stalk down wind and enjoy one of the best hunts in Alaska. Long shots of over 300 yards are not uncommon so spend some time at the range before you come!
Call us today and book your hunt of the decade! Group rates are available and can make this the most affordable, DIY hunt in the entire state. Everything is included: float plane transport, full camp, all meals, and a full comms package including an Iridium satellite phone. It’s time for an adventure!
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