Alaskan Peninsula Brown Bear & Moose

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Brown Bear Hunts

brownbear.jpgThe population of Brown Bears on the Alaska Peninsula is at an all time high. With an abundant supply of salmon, berries, moose, caribou, ground squirrels and carrion the refuge provideexcellent habitat for numerous brown bears.

The refuge supports one of the highest concentrations of brown bear in Alaska. According to Becharof National Wildlife Refuge staff, Becharof and Alaska Peninsula N.W.R. combined are thought to be home to as many as 3000 of these magnificent animals. Bears range from mountaintops to seacoast. We are right next to Becharof. Depending on weather conditions and food supply, bears usually leave their dens in April/May and return in October/November. Some bears will den much later, or not at all, if adequate food sources are available.

alaskabrownbear.jpgOur outfitters hunting concessions span the entire width of the Alaska Peninsula, from Bristol Bay on the west to the Pacific Ocean on the East. One of the best areas is the Island Arm of Becharof Lake. It provides most of the spawning and rearing habitat for sockeye and Coho salmon within the Becharof drainage. Consequently, it host one of the highest density of brown bears feeding on spawning salmon that occurs in Becharof Refuge and the Ugashik area. The other area borders Shelikof Strait on the ''Pacific side'' of the Alaska Peninsula. This is tremendous bear habitat and he has have harvested many bears over 10' from all three areas.

Outfitter employs one guide per hunter. The guides love to hunt bears! They average over 12 years guiding experience, some have worked for 20 years. The bears average over 9 feet, with success rates over 90%. The bear season alternates between fall and spring on odd years (2009,11) he hunts in the fall and on even years (2010,12) in the spring. After every spring season the Alaska Peninsula ''rests'' for 18 months until the next fall season!

Date

Species

Price

September 17-25

Moose

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Oct. 1-10

Brown Bear

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Oct. 11-21

Brown Bear

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September 17-25

Moose

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May 10-17

Brown Bear

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May 18-25

Brown Bear

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Oct. 1-10

Brown Bear

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Oct. 11-21

Brown Bear

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The open dates listed above are based on 1 guide per client. Special arrangements can be made for people wanting to hunt together with the same guide. Two clients are the maximum we will take per guide.

Alaskan Moose

alaskamoose.jpgThe Alaska Peninsula has one of the best opportunities to harvest moose in the state. The real difference about hunting the peninsula for Moose is what the Moose don't have - timber! They can run but they can't hide. Eventually they will show themselves in a Willow thicket or pop out of an Alder patch! Our outfitter knows where they live; he has been doing this since 17 years of age.

He averages over 60 inches for the bulls he harvests. In some years he averages 68+. Since 1983 his average success on moose hunts is over 95%. The odds are high you will be successful. He usually takes no more than four Moose hunters per season. This number has worked well for him, and every year he "pockets" a number of bulls for the next year's hunting season.

Unit 9E has had the longest implemented minimum size antler restriction in the state. The state set a minimum of 50 inches or 3 brow tine restrictions back in the late 70's. Now most of the state has followed suit. The Alaska Peninsula has had and still does have some of finest wildlife biologists in the State of Alaska. When combined with great habitat, mild winters and with minimum snow coverage helps maintain a healthy population.

Moose and bear hunting season do not overlap in unit 9E, but wolf hunting does, and we encourage all of our hunters to purchase a wolf tag when hunting moose or bears.

The outfitter prides himself on taking excellent care of the moose meat and cape. He will turn the ears, split the lips and bell, remove all of the cartilage from the nose and salt the cape at least 3 times before he delivers it to King Salmon. From there he usually ships it to D&C Expediters for them to look it over, shake out the salt and prepare the hide and antlers to ship anywhere in the world.

Obviously, there is a lot of meat that is involved with a moose - on average over 600 lbs. It all comes out of the field on the backs of your guide or packers. He has waxed fish boxes at the lodge that he can pack for you to take home. Usually most hunters only try and take back one box of meat.

The rest of the meat does not go to waste. He has a  have a couple of villages on the coast that look forward every September to some extra meat. It is his priority to make sure that all of the meat delivered to the villages, as well as your home, is clean and fresh.

The Lodge

The Lodge is located in the Becharof Ugashik Lake Region of Alaska, USA. The area is the spawning grounds for all species of salmon and millions of salmon each year crowd the lakes and streams. This abundance of food helps to support one of the most dense Brown Bear populations in the state. alaskalodge.jpg The Alaska Peninsula supports a wide range of wildlife including the Northern Peninsula Caribou herd and moose averaging 60 inch racks. Wolf and wolverine are also in the area along with waterfowl and Willow Ptarmigan.

The main lodge is where you will eat, relax and reflect on the days events. The lodge offers a beautiful view of our lake, and the Aleutian Mountains. The guest cabin, a duplex built in 2006, has two private bedrooms and two front rooms that have bunk beds and a small common area. Both sides include a private bathroom with shower and flushing toilet.  Lodge sleeps two couples and up to 6 single guests. Two of the rooms are private with queen beds; the front portion of the cabin has bunk beds along with table and chairs. There is also a freezer for preserving your trophy or any salmon you wish to take home. You’re welcome to bring your video camera, and he has a flat screen TV at the lodge for watching the day's activities. You will fly out and stay with the guide, knowing the best rivers and/or lakes with the best fishing. Daily lunches are shore style, once during your stay we will grill your fresh catch over an open fire! After lunch you'll either continue fishing or fly to a new location. After a long afternoon you will fly back to the Lodge for a delicious family style dinner. He has a great variety of fishing locations, beautiful scenery and the ability to customize your daily activities.

Spike camps consist of Hanson Weather Ports. Smaller portable tents are also used permitting us to relocate in a matter of hours. Three 4X4 pickups and one Jeep are used for hunting in any conditions for Caribou and Willow Ptarmigan. A Piper Super Cub, a Cessna 180 on floats and a Cessna 182 are also employed in hunting big game.

About the outfitter

My wife, Linda, and I were both born and raised in southcentral Alaska. We have raised our 3 children in Chugiak, Alaska. alaskaoutfitter.jpgI have been independently guiding hunters since I graduated from Chugiak High School in 1978. Since the 1970's, The lodge is where I honed my skills as a guide. I earned my registered guide license and purchased the lodge in 1983. I have been a licensed Master Guide for over 10 years.

My mother, Eunice, has been with me since I purchased the lodge. She is the camp cook. I brought her down the first year (1983) to get me out of a jam and she has been with me every year since. Mom does such a great job cooking that I think most of my repeat clientele come back for the awesome job she does! Eunice is coming back for the fall season and will turn 79 in August!

I have a tremendous guide staff who help make my life much easier. Many of my guides not only have their assistant guide license but also their registered guide license. They all love to hunt and it shows in their enthusiasm for success. Many of my guides have been with me for over 10 years.

Where the outfitter is located

The lodge is unique in the fact that it is located on an old oil exploration road system. Back in the 1950s, oil companies walked caterpillar tractors across the tundra and built a 4,700 foot airstrip. They then flew the rest of their equipment in to build a network of roads. This road system is only accessible by air and is not connected to any town or village.

The terrain on the peninsula is mainly tundra with numerous lakes and streams. The eastern side of the peninsula is laced with volcanic mountains forming the Alaska Peninsula Range. The Lodge takes in the island arm of Becharof Lake. Its breathtaking scenery combined with plentiful fish and game make it a sportsman's paradise.

Following jet service from Anchorage to King Salmon you will take a charter flight 55 miles south over the Naknek, King Salmon and Egegik Rivers. Also, you will be flying over the second largest lake in Alaska, Becharof Lake, which is just 15 miles from our facility.

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