A Recommendation For An Alaska Bear, Moose and Dall Sheep Hunt


Published: June - 2008

I recently visited with Tony Lee of Westwind Guide Service, who has been a registered Master Guide for over a dozen years and an outfitter in Alaska for over 30 years. Lee is also a very experienced pilot with over 35 years of flying time under his belt. In fact, I first met this outfitter over two decades ago when he flew into another outfitter's camp where I was hunting. I bought him a cup of coffee, and found out that he outfitted in the Mulchatna area, which was famous at that time for producing big caribou. I booked with him and the next fall killed a monster bull that still ranks near the top of the record book. Unfortunately, with the Mulchatna herd's well documented decline, Lee has suspended hunting caribou in that area until the herd rebounds.

With caribou on hold, Lee is specializing in bear hunting, although he outfits for a few other species too. Lee offers hunts for grizzly/brown bear, as well as tundra grizzly, sometimes also called mountain grizzly. These tundra grizzlies are considered by many sportsmen as the most handsome bear in Alaska. They are found inland, away from the coast, where there is less access to salmon streams, and they are thus smaller than coastal brown bears. Lee hunts tundra grizzly in GMU 13 out of his Bear Creek camp north of Anchorage. This area is considered a predator control area by Alaska game officials, so there is no closed season. Lee schedules these hunts during early June. The price this year is $10,000 for 1 x 1 hunting and $7,500 for 2 x 1.

Lee's spring grizzly/brown bear hunts in GMUs 17B and 19B (located northeast of Dillingham and covering some 15,000 square miles) are based out of his Shotgun Camp. During the spring, Lee hunts out of spike camps near traditional den areas. Hunting primarily involves spotting and stalking wandering bears. Sometimes bears are hunted by traveling on a snow machine from a main tent camp to glassing points. From there you can count on hiking, sometimes in deep snow. To........(continued)

 
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