Alaska Bear Guides was formerly called Southeast Alaska Guide Service, not to be confused with Southeast Alaska Guiding. Visentin's personal guide on this hunt was Scott Limmer, whose Comanche Wilderness Outfitters is well represented in our database. As an interesting note, during his hunt, Visentin says one of Newman's clients took the 100th brown bear kill personally guided by Newman.
"This was a comfortable hunt. My 70-year-old hunting partner Ralph Scotino and I wanted a brown bear hunt, but we didn't want to sleep in tents in the rain," says Visentin. With the ship as base camp, we came back each day to a hot shower and a warm, dry cabin. We hunted mostly in the afternoons and evenings by cruising in 18-foot boats to spot bears feeding along the beaches. When we saw a bear that looked interesting, we would stalk closer, but most of the time we left the bears undisturbed. The guides were very picky and only focused on mature males.
"About 85 percent of Newman's hunters take bears. All four hunters on board got a shot at an 8½-foot bear or better, though one guy wasn't able to recover his wounded bear. Once you get off the beaches, the cover is incredibly thick and you can lose a bear easily. My partner shot his bear on the first day. His total stalk was about 50 yards. I was the last to tag out. By that time I'd stalked six bears. Five weren't good enough to shoot, one was, but I declined a running shot. Fortunately, we found that same bear a few hours later, and I was able to get the shot after a long crawl on hands and knees.
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