Where to hunt Kamchatka Brown Bear
True to its name, Kamchatka brown bear is to be found in Kamchatka – a large, and nearly isolated peninsula on the Pacific coast of Russia. Volcanic activity, hot springs and the ocean create a unique environment that attracts thousands of tourists to Kamchatka, not only for hunting, but for salmon fishing, bird and bear viewing, etc. This is a place nobody ever regretted visiting.
A Kamchatka bear hunt starts at just under $10,000 and may go up to $15,000. Combination snow sheep and bear hunts go for about twice as much. A big chunk of the price of this hunt is transportation to remote wilderness, and so group offers, for 4 or 5 hunters and perhaps observers, are the best value – with luck and good choice of partners your cut of the price may be well under $8,000.
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The biggest question for Kamchatka bear hunting is whether to go in spring or in the fall. There are marked difference in season length, hunting methods, and opportunities to combine bear hunting with other outdoor pursuits. Let our blog post walk you through the main features of each season so that you can make the right choice.24 Mar 2017 Kamchatka bear hunt: spring or fall?
When to hunt Kamchatka Brown Bear?
There are two main seasons for bear hunting in Kamchatka: in the spring, and in the fall. The spring season runs from April 15 to May 15, when the bears leave their dens and are feeding actively to make up for the time they spent in dens. The fall season is from August 20 to September 30, and is centered on salmon rivers, where the bears come to feed for the hibernation.
Almost all Kamchatka brown bear hunting is done by spot-and-stalk. In the spring season a bit of tracking may be added in, as in most cases there are large areas still covered by snow. Hunters usually scout the area on snowmobiles, and after they locate a suitable bear, they approach and stalk it on foot. In the autumn, the hunting is mostly typical salmon river bear hunt, with the hunters going slowly along the valley, looking for bears that are gorging on the fist. Kamchatka bear hunting is dangerous game hunting, and the hunter must carry an appropriate weapon. A .300 magnum firing a stout, heavy bullet is the recommended minimum, especially for bear + snow sheep combination hunts.
Why hunt Kamchatka Brown Bear? All hunts (13)
Warmed by volcanoes, and blessed with abundance of food, from salmon rivers to dwarf pine cones, Kamchatka is home to some of the biggest bears in the world, surpassing most areas of mainland Alaska and Canada, and second only to Kodiak (and that maybe). Most bear hunting in Kamchatka takes place on wide open spaces, with good concentration of bears, allowing the hunter and the guide to select and target the best trophy animals. The bear population in Kamchatka is healthy and growing (in fact, it has boomed since trophy hunting opened in 1990s, presumably due to decrease in infanticide), and money from trophy hunters support depressed economics of remote rural communities. Great hunting in a unique place at affordable rates – what else can one ask for?
Kamchatka bear Spring hunt / Asacha area Russia
The spring season is from April 25 - May 25. At this time there is usually snow; and you will easily see the tracks of many trophy bears. The hunting is based on a 1 x 1 guide to client ratio which allows for an intimate and intense experience. You and your guide will glass for active bears in the morning and evening. During the day the animals lie in the sun on rocks and snow-free areas. The first week, after the bears come out of the den, they are less active and stay near their den; often returning into it for a rest. Transportation to your hunting area is by snow mobile. Once you have arrived at your hunting area you will hunt on foot, skis or snowshoes. When a bear is found and its size determined, you and your guide will plan the stalk.
Trip duration: 9 days
Hunting season: 25 Apr 2020 25 May 2020
Kamchatka bear Fall hunt / Asacha area Russia
The bears move to the rivers depending n the dates of the influx of spawning salmon, crop capacity of berries and cedar nuts. On the spawning creeks hunting takes place mostly during the dark from blinds. The older, smarter and larger the bear, the later he will come to the spawning grounds. We recommend having night-vision optics and sighting in your rifle at 100 yards. It is also recommended you bring warms clothes, a wind breaker, and good rain gear. Hip boots are necessary for both fall and spring hunting. If the crop of the cedar nuts is good the bears prefer this hearty food stock. At this time your hunting will be conducted in the morning and evening, by watching you will find a trophy moving along the trails in the cedar brush. By day our bears sleep deep in the cedars. This is exciting bear hunting, but it is a good idea not to follow your trophy into the brush! If the bears are In the berry-fields, you will see a number of animals simultaneously and can choose your trophy.
Trip duration: 9 days
Hunting season: 25 Aug 2020 15 Nov 2020
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