Where to hunt Grizzly
Grizzly, strictly speaking, is only a common name for the brown bears that historically existed in North America from the Great Plains and everywhere else, with the exception of the Pacific Coast of Alaska, where the bears are called brown bears. Genetic studies confirm, however, that it is the same species. Habitat loss and conflicts with humans have dramatically reduced the grizzly range, but the numbers are slowly recovering, and grizzly hunts in the Lower 48 are widely discussed. Until they become a reality, though, the only two areas in North America where you can legally go grizzly hunting are Alaska and Yukon.
The grizzly hunts take place in limited and difficult to access areas of Alaska and Canada. No wonder they command premium prices. A grizzly hunt with a reputable and well-equipped outfitter will start at about $12,000 and run all the way to $20,000. Combine a grizzly hunt with a caribou or mountain sheep hunt for better overall value.
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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. Let’s have a look at some of the arguments for and against grizzly hunting in the Lower 48.24 May 2018 Wyoming’s Grizzly Season: The Why’s and Why-Not’s
When to hunt Grizzly?
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. In addition, less dense vegetation makes it easier to locate a bear and estimate its size.
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People invented many ways of bear hunting: over bait, with dogs, on dens, etc. But in the USA and Canada the most common way of grizzly hunting is spot and stalk. This may be more complicated than a typical brown bear hunts, because grizzlies are seldom found on salmon rivers. Grizzly hunting is dangerous game hunting, so be sure you’re packing an adequate rifle and load combination, and listen to your guide well.
Why hunt Grizzly?
Grizzly bear, whatever the genetics says, is noticeably different from the rest of the brown bear populations in both looks (characteristic “grizzled” hair) and behavior. All brown bears combine predation and foraging for plant food in their diet, but grizzlies are less vegetarian and more carnivorous than the average bear. This influences their attitude: grizzlies are some of the most aggressive bears in the world - no wonder early American explorers christened them Ursus horribilis - and grizzly hunting is probably the only true dangerous game hunting available in North America. Bear hunting is a highly emotional business, and It is the primal emotions that make hunters go find bears, not the prospect of a big rug or entry in the trophy book.
Grizzly Combo Hunt 1 on 1 Wk 3 - 4 United States
This a special hunt for the serious predator hunter. With a four Bear limit, you will not get bored! We set out to harvest a Grizzly,Black Bear, Cinnamon and a Chocolate on this 14 day hunting expedition. Hunt with a friend or family member. With a high density of color phase black bears your chances of harvesting a cinnamon bear are extremely high. We conduct these hunts over bait and it is legal to harvest a grizzly bear over a black bear bait in our area as well as hunt same day airborne for the purposes of bear baiting. This is truly a mixed bag bear extravaganza for the extreme bear collector. We take pride in our wide selection of quality hunts. All of our hunts are filled with breath taking scenery and adventure. There is no need to rough it. Stay in a nice quiet peaceful cabin along a river in breath taking interior Alaska during your hunt. Consider scheduling a few extra days to go on a deep sea fishing charter in Valdez, AK, or catch the May days airshow and fly in!
Trip duration: 14 days
Hunting season: 22 May 2021 4 Jun 2021
Fall Grizzly Hunt 2021 United States
Fall Hunts: August 10-16, 17-23 and 24-30 This time of year Grizzlies are often found high on the alpine ridges, gorging on the last bits of berries from the summer, and this hunt can be easily combined with a Caribou hunt. A float hunt is also a great option this time of year, as our area contains creeks with Salmon runs (rare for interior Alaska), which brings bears to the water’s edge, and also helps to grow large Grizzlies. Camps are flown in using our company owned light aircraft on tundra tires or floats, and are located on high ridges or in locations with good vantage points, and hunting styles include backpacking, and stationary spot and stalk. Success rate on this hunt is 80% with sizes ranging from 6.5-8.5 ft square. A true interior Grizzly bear is a very different animal from its coastal cousins, and is a trophy to be coveted!
Trip duration: 7 days
Hunting season: 10 Aug 2021 30 Aug 2021
10 Day Grizzly/Caribou Combo on 1x1 '20 United States
The 10 day Grizzly/Caribou hunt will be booked as a medium difficulty backpack hunt on 1x1. We will plan on being in areas of less exposure to weather. Spike camp will be carried by the client and guide, usually on a through-hike (not coming out the same way they went in). The clients will need to be in top physical and mental shape. In the Arctic, one guarantee is by mid-September the mountain creeks have begun to freeze (if not already), storms have became more violent and higher elevation air strips are threatened by snow. Temperatures are generally in the 20 to 45 degree range. Along with the storms comes poor visibility, high river crossings and delayed travel. These times are mentally challenging for most hunters. Good Kavik Camp communication and high quality gear while in Spike Camp allows us to be patient and comfortable while waiting for better weather. During the later hunts, there are definitely fewer people out and about resulting in less traffic in the main valleys. Also animals seem to start moving out of high elevation areas that they have been in most of the summer and travel into transition areas lower down in elevation. Our packs will be approximately 60 lbs each. This will allow the guide to carry additional 100 lbs of game meat out and the hunter with 50 lbs of cape and horns. Air support will be utilized for pick up on a braided gravel bar of at least 500 ft. with a good approach. Hunting License and tags not included in above prices. Our company sells tags but you can also purchase at http://www.adfg.alaska.gov. For an additional fee of $3000 you can request your own packer to aid with your entire hunt. We have full time butcher to cut, grind and vacuum seal your game. Additional species on a trophy fee basis while on the hunt.
Trip duration: 10 days
Hunting season: 28 Aug 2020 6 Sep 2020
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