While Straw didn't take a Siberian brown bear, some of his companions did.
By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor
Subscriber G. Straw reports on an unusual brown bear hunt this past June on Russia's Okhotsk Coast with Matt Guedes of Journey Hunts (970-986-0730; www.journeyhunts.com
) and Sergey Khromykh's Sergey Outfitters. The hunt takes place along a bay where herring eggs wash up on the shoreline, attracting bears. Straw encountered unusual hunting conditions and did not shoot a bear, but he still gives "straight A's" to the outfitting, organization, and overall hunting experience, saying, "Guedes and Khromykh were outstanding guides and facilitators on this hunt." Guedes accompanied the group of hunters to Russia.
In Report 10934
, Straw writes, "While I didn't get a bear, anyone who wants to try for a Siberian brown bear and have an incredible experience in Russia should consider this seven-day hunt, which provides the chance to take two bears at a value price.
"On the way to camp, a storm in Okhotsk kept us grounded in Khabarovsk, so we lost a day of hunting. The next day we flew to Okhotsk in a prop plane and spent the night on cots in what was once the Russian American Whaling Company headquarters. It was a very old building (the 'outhouse' was a hole in the floor) but also warm and dry with a walk-in safe for guns. The next morning we met all of our guides and were transported with our gear to the docking area, where we loaded a boat and headed north in the Sea of Okhotsk for the next seven hours. In a very large bay (perhaps eight miles across), we offloaded from a rolling ship onto rolling Zodiacs about a half mile from the beach. The guides did a great job, with nothing lost....