For many people, the Rosenbruch name is synonymous with high-end hunts for high-quality animals in Southeast Alaska. This reputation is due in large measure to Jimmie C. Rosenbruch - the elder Rosenbruch who has guided in Southeast Alaska for many years. However, what many people don't realize, I believe, is that Jimmie's son, "Bud" Rosenbruch also guides in Southeast Alaska in essentially the same areas as where his father has been guiding for many years and offers hunts for black bear, Sitka black-tail deer, mountain goat and wolf. And, what I found to be most appealing, is that Bud offers these hunts at nearly half the cost his father's hunts sell for. This offers the "average" hunter the opportunity to pursue great trophies in stunning country for a very reasonable price. Although I have never hunted with Jimmie Rosenbruch, it appears to me that the only real difference between the trips offered by Bud and his father, Jimmie, is the boat that is used during the hunt. Bud's boat is not as large or elegant as his father's but offers perfectly comfortable accommodations that I think the typical hunter would be completely satisfied with.
My hunting partner and I booked this trip as a 2x1 black bear hunt with the opportunity to fish and go crabbing when not hunting. If time and success with black bears allowed, we planned to also hunt for Sitka black-tail deer.
On the first evening of the hunt, we had the opportunity to take a 7'5" black bear just minutes after arriving at the salmon stream we were hunting. My hunting partner and I had some miscommunication that resulted in neither of us taking the shot at the bear and it disappeared in the brush before we could get our acts together. In the end, both of us took nice, representative bears. It is obvious larger bears were in the area (such as the one we failed to take the first evening) but we seemed to be one step behind them. Before we arrived for the hunt, one bear was seen that was estimated to be in the 8'0" range. As far as Bud is aware, that bear was not taken during the hunting season and I hope to return to try for it again. My hunting partner was able to take his bear fairly early in the hunt but I just couldn't connect with mine early enough in the hunt to allow time for us to move to the deer hunting area and spend a few days hunting Sitka black-tail deer. Instead, we finished out the trip by watching whales, fishing for salmon and halibut and catching crabs in the pots.
Bud is a great guy to hunt with and works hard to make the trip a success. He took exceptional care of our bear trophies and made us feel as if we were part of his family. Hunting with Bud, I truly felt like I was hunting with a good friend rather than it being a guide/client relationship. l have enjoyed hunting with Bud enough that my eleven year old son and I also hunted Sitka black-tail deer with him in November of this year (The report for that hunt will follow.) and I have a mountain goat hunt booked for myself in the fall of 2014. Although I haven't actually booked another black bear hunt with him yet, I am trying to make plans to hunt spring black bear with Bud sometime in the near future.
I would highly recommend a hunt with Bud Rosenbruch as a way for the "average" hunter to experience the same great sights and animals offered by those more expensive hunts that the typical hunter just can't afford.