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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 9926 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: September 11, 2014 to September 22, 2014
Place of Hunt: United States - Alaska
Hunt Area: Yakutat


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Gary Gray; Alsek River Lodge. P.O. Box 304; Yakutat; AK; 99689; Tel. 907-784-3451; Fax: 907-784-3151; Email: alsekriverlodge@yahoo.com; Web http://www.alsekriverlodge.com
Personal Guide (if any): Don Kann
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Bear, Brown - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 9ft. (black in color)
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Excellent area. I shot the dbear on the 4th day of a 10 day hunt.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Excellent Condition of Equipment: Excellent
Quality of Food: Excellent Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: Alaska Airlines Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: Very pleased


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $14500
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: 505 plus 35 wolf Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $900
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Tips Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: None
Highlights of Hunt: Bears every day, some days all day long. Bears at 10 feet and closer.
Equipment Recommendations: Rubber rain gear.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? A great hunting experience with lots of excitement. Bears coming up to check you out.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Jeff Belongia
Contact Information: Tel. 414-379-6074 - E-mail: jbelongia@hsemuni.com
Hunting Experience: AK 14 times, Africa 48 times, 119 international hunts.
Physical Condition: Pretty good, gym 4 days a week, never ill.


IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
Notified Outfitter? Notified Personal Guide? Notified Booking Agent?
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, outfitter or guide?
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought?


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL
Having taken an exceptional inland grizzly in April of 2002 with Ray Atkins, I had considered that I may have used up my grizzly "horse shoe." Grizzly bears are of course North America's apex predator and can be dangerous to one's health. Having fished Alaska's Inside Passage on three occasions and spotting a number of bears feeding in the salmon-choked rivers I thought a fall hunt for these magnificent animals would provide some excitement. I contacted Gary Gray of Alsek River Lodge and send a deposit nearly two years in advance. Yes I did say Lodge! I have done the tent thing in Alaska six other times and I can tell you it is overrated. The idea of a hot shower and real food along with a real mattress under me at night was a huge selling point. Ok, I am getting real soft as I age, no arguments there. Usually getting remote means higher success with the apex predators, but dont be fooled you will not drive to the lodge. THERE WILL BE BEARS! Gary is headquartered out of Yakutat, AK which is about 198 miles north of Juneau. The lodge is a 45 mile plane ride southeast on the Alsek. Yukatat receives on average of 135 inches of precipitation a year. Most of it is rain, so having a warm heated "drying room" for gear at the end of the day is a godsend. My 10 day hunt began on September 12th and I shot the 33rd different bear I saw on day 4. The routine was to get up at 4am, climb on the quad and ride 45 minutes to an hour to one of the the salmon spawning rivers. Once there we dropped down into the river and waded to the shallow areas that the bears were feeding in. Please trust my judgement when I tell you to avoid "walking" the alder choked banks of the river. We would locate a grassy point or "spot" and sit. Often times we would intercept bears feeding in the river quite close, so it was easy for a novice like me to determine whether we had chosen a good place to view bears from. On four separate occassions I had bears feed or walk to within 4 to 6 yards of my position. Yes boys and girls, 12 feet, maybe a bit closer. This is not a physically demanding hunt but it will test your nerves. On day two while sitting on a sand bar along the Pacific Ocean and watching bears feed at the mouth of the river an adult female I estimated at 650 pounds caught my scent. She walked directly toward me and stood no more than 3 gun lengths to my right checking me out. I was not flattered. I must tell you my pulse quickened rapidly and I was happy that I had remembered my blood pressure medication. She stood there for a few long moments before deciding not to eat me. Holding a .338 Win Mag with 225 grain Swift A-Frame bullets loaded to 2850 fps did nothing to slow my pulse. I was pointing in her direction but knew she could bite me before she died. It pleased me not to have to use one of my bullets and my tag on her. I was also happy that she decided not to rearrange my profile. Our meals were salmon, leg of lamb, ribs, and alder smoked grilled chicken by Gary that was excellent, halibut and great salads and sides.



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