Hunter Gives Rohrer Bear Camp A Thumbs Up for Alaska Brown Hunting


Published: July - 2013

In report 9144, subscriber Todd Witmer tells us about a brown bear hunt on Kodiak Island with Rohrer Bear Camp (907-486-5835; rrohrer@alaska.net), Master Guide Dick Rohrer, personal guide Allen Huling. "Dick was originally from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania where I'm from and has a local following. He went to Alaska as a missionary and is 100 percent honest. Because I booked my hunt very late, the only opening still available was at a spike camp on an interior lake. Dick told me ahead of time that I was not going to see many bears and that it would take patience and persistence to kill. I got my bear on day 10 of a 14-day hunt.

"The mountains surrounding Spiridon Lake are excellent denning country, but you see fewer bears overall. Regardless of that the success rate at this lake has been 100 percent for the past five years during the spring. We had a very cold spring, which delayed bear sightings, but I was able to harvest a very beautiful nine-foot, three-inch bear with a perfect coat of long hair. The skull measures 26 5/16 inches. The hunting was tedious, 90 percent boredom, glassing huge expanses of mountainsides day after day from a handful of viewpoints. You will walk through a lot of knee-deep water and mud to get to the viewing point and stalk your bear, so bring waders.

"It was tough to sit and glass all day, but you never knew when a bear would suddenly present itself. We saw six bears in total, only the one shooter over nine feet, but that was all we needed.

"The camp was comfortable enough. My guide and I shared a 10x10 tent, and he cooked good meals. I wanted a hunt that was a little rough around the edges, a little more of an adventure; I knew exactly what I was getting when I chose to book this hunt.

"I would not hesitate to hunt with the Rohrer family again, but would try hunting from the base........(continued)

 
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