The largest bear this outfit has ever produced was taken by one of the hunters in camp with me. The bruin was a monster that should rank in the top 10 B & C if the hunter has it officially scored after the drying period. It green-scored 27 5/16 inches and squared just over 10 feet.
How is it possible to get so many big grizzlies? To start with, the outfitter says the population of grizzlies in his area simply has superb genetics, and there are summer and fall runs of salmon in their range. Additionally, this is a very remote and vast area, requiring the use of a bush plane. The outfitter flies hunters himself and has kept his spots secret, so resident Alaskans haven't learned about them and the hunting pressure has stayed low. Finally, the outfitter only takes four to six bears a year.
This hunt is with Rick Townsend of Grizzly Expeditions. I booked it through Dave Mason of Adventures In The Wild. Mason has represented Townsend for 18 years and works closely with him. The hunt takes place in western Alaska and is based from the small town of Aniak, which is about 300 miles west of Anchorage. Aniak itself lies within B & C's boundaries for brown bears, but the hunting takes place above the 62nd parallel, which is considered grizzly country by Boone & Crockett. The area they hunt is well over 100 miles in from the........(continued)