Pursuing Kodiak Brown Bear is the ultimate North America’s hunting adventure! Kodiak bears are a unique subspecies of the brown or grizzly bear (Ursus arctos middendorffi). They live exclusively on the islands in the Kodiak Archipelago and have been isolated from other bears for about 12,000 years. There are about 3,500 Kodiak Brown bears on Kodiak Island.
Kodiak Brown bear hunts take place in the Spring and Fall each year by clients who were selected by limited draw permits.
Spring Kodiak Brown Bear hunts, April 1 - May 15: Hunts are conducted when bears emerge from hibernation and move to areas where the first sprouts of vegetation occur on south facing mountain and hillsides. Boars are searching for sows during the spring mating season and start pairing-up. Weather is unpredictable, with temperatures ranging from 30 degrees to 55 degrees Fahrenheit. It is common to spot- and-stalk a Kodiak Brown bear above the snow level, which can start at 1,000 foot level. These hunts are backpack style hunts, we glass for bears from advantage points along river corridors and hill-side ridges. Hunts are spot-and-stalk for your trophy Brown bear. Spring hunts have long daylight hours (17 hours) for glassing and hunting. The country is very wide open and your able to glass for long distances and spot the trophy Brown bear you're after.
Fall Kodiak Brown Bear hunts, Oct 25 - Nov 30: We primarily hunt river corridors where bears are feeding on the last runs of spawning salmon. In October, bears transition off the river corridors at the end of salmon runs and move to adjacent mountain-sides to feed on berry patches before hibernation. Weather is cooler from 30 degrees to 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Hunters should plan on doing a lot of glassing from strategic locations along river corridors, with some backpack style hikes across braided rivers and corridor river ridges. These hunts are spot-and-stalk for your trophy Brown bear.
We stage our Brown bear hunts out of our wilderness cabin. This is an extreme, backpack, expedition style hunt where big, mature, Kodiak bears are the goal and typically the outcome. Backpacking from lightweight spike camps with food and sleeping bags, allow the hunter to access unspoiled areas and hunting time is maximized. This is a huge advantage when it comes to hunting these old boars as they are most active late in the day. Most Brown bears taken are 9 + feet with some 10 footers. We can assist clients in processing limited draw permit applications (November 1 - December 16) from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) website, https://www.adfg.alaska.gov. Our Kodiak Brown bear hunt areas are: DB103 (Fall draw permits) and DB133 (Spring draw permits) in Ugak Bay or Kiliuda Bay. Clients may take one bear every four regulatory years by permit. Also, clients may upgrade to Sitka Black-tailed deer during fall hunts.
$25,000. Fully guided (1X1), 15-day hunt.
Secondary specie trophy fees:
Sitka Black-tailed Deer trophy fee (fall hunts only): $2,500.
Spring Hunts: April 1 - May 15 each year. Hunt schedule: April 16 - 30.
Fall Hunts: October 25 - November 30 each year. Hunt schedule: October 25 - November 8.
Professional guide service (1X1), accommodations (wilderness cabin and spike camps), all meals and beverages, use of equipment, transportation in the field, and trophy field preparation.
What to bring:
See Planner tab, suggested gear list. Reminder, leave rifle hard case and travel clothes bag with air transporter. Packing: recommend hunters pack personal gear in multiple small waterproof bags for easy transport on small air charter float planes.
Arrival/departure point is Kodiak Airport, Alaska, where you will be met at the airport. Clients are responsible for commercial airline travel to/from Kodiak and air charter service to/from base camp. We suggest you arrive 1-2 days prior to your hunt commencing, to purchase Alaska hunting license, Brown/Grizzly bear tag, check-in with Kodiak ADF&G office, pick-up any additional hunting gear or personal items you may need. We assist clients in coordinating air charter service to/from base camp. Air charter fees are determined by type of float plane/aircraft (Cessna 206, Bush Hawk, DeHavilland Beaver) and length of flight. Air charter flights have passenger and weight restrictions. You may not hunt on the same-day-airborne. For departure schedule, recommend 1-2 days in Kodiak to check-in with ADF&G office, official bear sealing, taxidermy trophy care or expediting trophy from Kodiak to taxidermist of your choice. We recommend purchasing airline tickets with flexible change policies in the event of inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances that may affect your commercial airline travel.
Alaska Hunting License, Locking-tags, Draw Permits, and Harvest Tickets:
Purchase Alaska hunting license and locking-tags online at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) website. For Nonresident clients, Alaska hunting license: $160 (U.S. nonresident) and Brown/Grizzly Bear tag: $1,000, and Deer tags: $300 per tag. For Nonresident Alien clients, Alaska hunting license: $630, Brown/Grizzly Bear tag: $1,300, and Deer tags: $400 per tag. Draw permit is required for hunting Kodiak Brown Bear and harvest tickets are required for deer.
Hunt does not include: Before and after hunt expenses, commercial airfare, air charter fees, license and tags, hotels, expediting trophy, taxidermy trophy care, shipping, and gratuity.
Travel Insurance. We highly recommend all our clients purchase travel insurance with trip cancellation, as well as a Global Rescue Membership for medical advisory and evacuation. For guidance on these travel protection services and to enroll, contact Justin Walker at Global Rescue at phone: 1-435-680-2566 or 1-617-210-8110 or via email: Jwalker@globalrescue.com or email@example.com or visit https://globalrescue.com/mikeodinsalaskaadventures/ or you should use another reputable provider.
Conditions: Mike Odin’s Alaska Adventures, LLC hunts are conducted on a fair chase basis in accordance with the State of Alaska Hunting regulations and Guiding regulations. All clients are required to sign a Guide-Outfitter Contract within 90 days after we receive your initial deposit, or before services are provided. Agreement provides specifics of your hunt as required by Alaska state law. For further clarification, we have posted our Payment and Cancellation Policy on our website. A State of Alaska Guide/Outfitter Hunt Record will be completed and signed by all our clients prior to the start of each hunt. Mike Odin’s Alaska Adventures, LLC requires all clients and guests to review and sign a Participation Release Form prior to start of activities. This agreement includes a release of liability, waiver of claims, assumption of risk, and loss payment. Also, we request clients and guests to complete our Guest Information Form to identify an emergency contact and to notify us of any medical situations or special medications that you may be taking that could be helpful in case of an emergency.
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