Dateline: A Roundup of 2016 Alaska Coastal Brown Bear Hunt Experiences


Published: July - 2016

With the spring 2016 bear season in Alaska concluded, we have six subscriber reports that cover a range of options for coastal brown bear hunts: reports from Todd Glowka and Bruce Mabrey on the Katmai Preserve, Dwight Van Brunt on an Alaska Peninsula hunt, Fred Drasner and James Scull on Kodiak Island, and Jay Wolfenden on a yacht-based Baranof Island hunt.

Back in February we updated readers on the two operations in the Katmai Preserve (see Article 3712), and shared a subscriber report from a hunt with Don Willis' Alaska's Extreme Hunting (253-740-3201) in the Moraine Guide Area. Alaska's Extreme Hunting had a very successful first season in the Katmai, and this year's spring bear hunt went equally well.

In Report 10543, Todd Glowka says that he and girlfriend Kelly Gray hunted the Moraine Guide Area in May with Willis and guide Sky Smith. Gray took what will qualify as a Boone & Crockett bear.

"I saw over 30 individual bears during the five days it took for both of us to take a trophy," writes Glowka. "My girlfriend harvested a 28-5/16 bear (green) squaring over 10 feet, and I took a nine-foot-plus bear with a 26-9/16 skull.

"Don and his team make this operation exceptional. They are extremely well-organized and very eager to get clients on large bears. We found the guides and assistant guides personable, honest and extremely hardworking.

"Moraine Creek is a top bear area. Willis plans to limit the number of hunters he takes into the concession each season to maintain the harvest of old, mature bears. Each hunting party saw multiple trophy bears in addition to moose, caribou and wolf. The hiking is not very strenuous, with small foothills covering most of the hunting area. Minimal trees allow for the spotting of bears for miles in all directions. If you've ever been on a non-productive brown bear hunt and want a better bet, I strongly recommend this hunt."

Glowka told us more about his........(continued)

 
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