"This is a great trip to bring your spouses/families on. Besides bears and wolves, it is not uncommon to see humpback and killer whales, dolphins, sea lions, harbor seals, bald eagles, sea otters, moose and Sitka blacktail deer. The big boat is very comfortable with a 3/4 bath, staterooms, dining area, galley, laundry all the comforts of home. The meals are great, and crab and shrimp pots can be put out for fresh seafood.
"Adams hunts black bears both spring and fall, but as an outfitter myself, I can't hunt in the fall, so spring is my only choice. Usually, Adams' second black bear hunt is better than the first hunt of the season, but it was an early spring in Southeast Alaska this year, so the grass was poppin' on the beaches and the bears were already out heavy when we hunted.
"The actual hunting is from two skiffs aboard the Surveyor. They are used for glassing the beaches for bears and going ashore for the stalk. Adams is very professional, and his hunters usually take only large, mature boars. He does not push hunters into shooting smaller bears or rubbed bears just to fill a tag, like some other guides. In the fall, these bears eat salmon, so they grow big and have the awesome hides Alaska is known for when they come out of the den in the spring.
"As for our hunt, let me tell you that the only thing better than getting a seven-foot-four-inch black bear with a great hide and a 20-8/16-inch skull is video-taping your 13-year-old son........(continued)