A Positive Hunt Report On Alaska Brown Bear With Kelly Vrem


Published: December - 2010

Carl Molander has good things to say about his Alaska brown bear hunt with Kelly Vrem. You'll recall Molander's report in the June issue on a brown bear/black bear hunt he did in Alaska last August with outfitter Tom Krueger of Alaskan Trackers. Molander did not take a bear on that hunt and was unhappy with the number and quality of bears he saw. His latest report is on a spring hunt this past May with Kelly Vrem. Molander says he failed to take a bear again but has good things to say about his experience and Vrem's operation. He writes, "We had the coldest, wettest spring that either Kelly or my guide Sam Madrid had seen since the 70s.

"We had rain, snow, sleet and winds up to 75 mph, which kept us in our tent for two days. In spite of it all, we saw bears every day: a sow in the process of driving her cub off, mating bears, a sow running downhill and suddenly rolling, and all sorts of antics! We made a long stalk on a big boar only to have him pull the disappearing act. We saw bears despite the weather.

"I have the very highest regard for both my guide Sam Madrid and my outfitter Kelly Vrem. Madrid is the most ambitious, knowledgeable guide you will ever want to meet. No sooner was he out of bed than he was checking the beaches and hills. It was also the last thing he would do at the end of the day. You would think his binoculars were glued to his face. Late the evening of the day we flew in, Madrid walked over to the beach to do some last-minute checking, and there was a BIG bear laying and watching our tent. Madrid got me, and we watched him. Eventually he got up and strolled over the creek and out of sight. In Alaska you cannot hunt until the following day after flying, and we were about four hours short of the wait time. It was still a good way to start off........(continued)

 
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