Where to hunt Brown Bear
Brown bear, a.k.a. grizzly (genetic studies confirm it is the same species) historically occupied all temperate climate zones in Europe, Asia and America. Habitat loss and conflicts with humans have dramatically reduced its range. With the future of grizzly hunts in the Lower 48 still uncertain, the only two areas in North America that offer brown bear hunting are Alaska and Yukon. Russia is the prime alternative for an American who is looking for affordable bear hunting opportunities. Other countries where brown bear season is open include Estonia and Croatia.
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The brown bear is the largest land predator on Earth and are quite often a little ill-tempered. These European brown bears are no exception to that. Check out this trail camera footage from one of BookYourHunt's outfitters in Russia!
The most affordable brown bear hunts are to be found in Russia. Actually, the prices are so low that many people find them suspicious - you can fit the price for a brown bear hunt, travel exclusive, in the European part of Russia in $2,000 (read the blog story that explains how it’s possible). Prices grow along with average trophy size as you move eastward, and are just over 10,000 for the legendary Kamchatka bruins. The prime trophies and well-equipped outfitters for brown bears in the USA (Alaska), especially on the famous Kodiak island, and Canada (Yukon) command premium prices as well.
Tags, Licenses and Rules
Bears are not endangered in the areas where hunting is legal, nevertheless, hunting is strictly regulated to make sure populations remain healthy. Brown bear hunting in Alaska and Yukon does not require tag draw, but non-residents must be accompanied by a licensed guide. Hunting female bears with cubs is universally banned; trophy hunting discriminates against harvest of females anyway, because male bears are significantly bigger and most females don’t reach the size that will satisfy a trophy hunter.11 May 2017 From Europe to Kamchatka: Seven Options for Bear Hunting in Russia
When to hunt Brown Bear?
There are two main seasons for bear hunting: in spring, after the bruins leave their dens, and in the fall, before the denning time. The former runs in March to May, the latter - August to October. Both seasons are similar, in that bears feed actively, in order to accumulate enough fat for the denning, or to compensate for calorie loss during winter sleep, and concentrate around preferred food sources such as salmon runs. In addition, less dense vegetation makes it easier to locate a bear and estimate its size. But different feeding strategies employed by the bruins call for different hunting methods.
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In the USA and Canada the most common way of hunting brown bear is spot and stalk, especially on salmon runs when bears feed on the fish. The same way is practiced on the other side of the Pacific, in Kamchatka. In Europe most bears are hunted over bait. Russia offers the widest variety of hunting methods, including hunting with laika dogs (the hunters stalk the bear while dogs keep it at bay), hunting from improvised high seats placed where bears plunder oat fields, and hunting bear raised from its den (no, one doesn’t kill a sleeping bear in the den).
Why hunt Brown Bear?
Since the dawn of times, bears and humans were two similar, intelligent and omnivorous species that competed for the same environment and food sources. No wonder the idea of bear hunting still makes people very emotional, on both sides of the hunting debate. It is these primal emotions that make hunters go find bears, not the prospect of a big rug or entry in the trophy book. This said, bear meat (where it is not infected with trichinosis) is a delicacy. Brown bear hunting is dangerous game hunting, so be sure you’re packing an adequate rifle and load combination, and listen to your guide well.
'21 Alaska Brown Bear Spring Hunt United States
We hunt bears in unit 17 and 19 from our camp in western Alaska. The bears in unit 17 are considered brown bears and the bears in unit 19 are considered grizzly bears by SCI. Bears in these areas average around 8-8.5 feet square. There are many drainages that have salmon runs in our area, so the bears have plenty to eat. Bear season for us starts Aug 20 th and runs until October 1st in the fall and April 20th to may 5th in the spring. During the fall the bears will be found on the creeks fishing for salmon or on the hillsides feeding in the numerous berry patches. The fall hunts will take place out of tented camps located in prime areas near food sources. The spring bear hunts take place form our cabin that is located in prime denning areas. Hunts will be spot and stalk with snow machines, we will be able to cover many miles during a day glassing many different drainages looking for bear deans and moose kills. Western Alaska is home to our Titnuk Camp, located in the Nushagak Hills the camp sits on a ridge that separates the Nushagak drainage and the Kuskokwim drainage. Our hunting area here is over 1500 square miles and contains some of the best brown bear habitat in the area. We take 5 spring brown bear hunters and 10 hunters in the fall. Our average bear from this area averages 8ft square and has a 24in skull. Bear Hunt Season Dates April 25-May 4th Aug 20-30 Sept 1-10 Sept 10-20 Sept 20-30
Trip duration: 10 days
Hunting season: 20 Apr 2021 5 May 2021
Boat Based Fall Brown Bear 2021 United States
You will be hunting the Famous ABC Islands (Admiralty, Baranof, and Chicagof) for huge Brown Bears. We have hunts available in both spring and fall every year. Our hunts take place from one of our Yachts that serve as base camp. From there you access the hunting areas in smaller 16 -18 ft boats or “Skiffs. Fall Brown Bear hunting in southeast Alaska takes place along one of numerous streams where salmon spawn, during the months of September and October. Hunts are based from one of our custom vessels, with hunters venturing forth one-on-one to a separate hunting location each day; returning to a warm, dry boat and a hot meal each evening. Skiffs launched from the “base camp” vessel are used to access river estuaries, then hunts are a walk then sit style up the salmon streams in the beautiful old growth rainforest. This hunt offers the unique experience of being in some of the most magical environments on earth. Hunters are expected to be able to walk upwards of 2 miles in Chest waders over slick moss covered rocks, logs, trees and uneven ground. The Brown Bear we work to harvest square from 9ft to 10ft+ with skull size ranging from 23 - 28 inch. Our Black Bear square from 7ft to 8 1/2ft+ with skulls ranging from 17 - 22 inch. Brown Bear hunts are 10 days of hunting. Combination Brown Bear and Black Bear hunts in the fall are available on select dates and is added on at $8,000. Please inquire for available dates!
Trip duration: 10 days
Hunting season: 15 Sep 2021 5 Oct 2021
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