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.May 24, 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.
Hunting methods All hunting methods (7)
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? All hunts (20)
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.
Moose, Caribou, Grizzly & Black Bear '20 United States
We had some fantastic moose seasons lately in the Alaska Range. We killed a 70" whopper and many others in the 60s. Other hunters took grizzlies or other animals while on their moose hunt. Trophies are 50'+; Our moose can be combined with sheep, black bear, grizzly bear, caribou, wolf, or wolverine.
Trip duration: 12 days
Hunting season: 1 September 2020 30 September 2020
Spring Grizzly/ Black bear combo hunt United States
This 7 day all inclusive cabin based hunt takes place on the edge of the 13 million acre Wrangell-St.Elias National Park & Preserve, near the Copper River, famous for it’s huge run of sockeye salmon. Due to thick brush and rugged landscape we generally hunt over bait which allows for better shot placement and more time to judge the size and quality of your trophy bear. You can expect some long days in the stand but your patience will be rewarded with the opportunity to watch multiple bears and a chance to harvest the trophy of a lifetime. ATV's are used to access the the area. If you do not have any experience operating an ATV we will teach you some basic operating skills before going into the field. After the hunt you can spend your time fishing in the area's many lakes, sightseeing, exploring, or just relaxing at the bunkhouse. Outfitter will take possession of any black bear meat that is required to be salvaged unless prior arrangements have been made. Contact the Outfitter for more details.
Trip duration: 7 days
Hunting season: 13 May 2020 15 June 2020
8 Day Two Caribou/Grizzly Hunt 2x1 United States
The 8 day two Caribou/Grizzly hunt will be booked as a medium difficulty backpack hunt on 2x1. 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. The indicated price is for two hunters.
Trip duration: 8 days
Hunting season: 20 August 2019 27 August 2019
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