Alaskan Northwest Adventures Gets Thumbs-Up For Grizzly Bear Hunts


Published: February - 2010

Ted Priem couldn't be more pleased with his Alaska grizzly bear hunt this past September with Tom Gray of Alaskan Northwest Adventures. On his first day of hunting, Priem took a nine-foot barren-ground grizzly with a skull measuring 26 3/16 inches. "Tom Gray is the only outfitter I know of who schedules a grizzly hunt for only one week. Even with only one day of hunting we saw five different bears, one of which happened to be a great trophy," says Priem.

Gray's name should be familiar to long-time subscribers. We published a story in 2007 (See Article ID 1929) that outlined the basics of his operation and followed up with a positive subscriber report by Dave Baxter (See Report ID 6660) in July 2008. These two reports caught Priem's attention, and he contacted Gray about a hunt but never "pulled the trigger" until a planned hunt to Tanzania last September fell through at the last minute. "I'd already done all my homework on Gray," says Priem. "I'd checked all his references and knew I was going to hunt with him. When my Africa hunt fell through, I called Gray. He happened to have a cancellation for his last week of the season, so it worked out well for everyone. Because of the cancellation, I got a reduced price, which offset the last-minute airfares."

Priem says he flew via commercial airlines to Nome, where Gray picked him up and drove him to a village about 75 miles east of Nome. They used jet boats to access Gray's fishing camp about 40 minutes from the village. "I stayed in a cabin at Gray's fishing camp with good food cooked by his wife, BJ, and hunted from there using a jet boat and ATVs. How comfortable is that compared to a tent out on the tundra?! This is a neat setup."

While Gray sometimes conducts his fall hunts along the Niukluk and Fish Rivers using the jet boats from his fishing camp, Priem said this time they used the jet boats only to get them to ATVs,........(continued)

 
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