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Alaska Brown Bear Hunting


Brown Bear Hunting Alaska

When Alaska Brown Bear Hunting with Alaska Elite Outfitters in the Bristol Bay area we will utilize a variety of different hunting methods to harvest Alaska Brown Bears.  For example, Brown Bears love scavenging on winter kill moose and caribou carcasses in the Springtime after ice-out. As a result of this, it is an excellent opportunity for hunting them over winter kill moose & caribou.  In addition to this, our May Brown Bear hunting packages coincide with the Alaska Moose calving season.  

Brown Bears can be found out looking for their favorite meal at any time of the day during the spring hunt. In addition to hunting moose carcasses, spot & stalk hunting, floating the river where they travel, we also utilize several calling methods to bring big bears in close.  In the Springtime, Bears are fresh out of the den and hungry.  We also utilize vantage points for spot and stalk hunts as these bears more from denning areas to the river drainage.

Hunting by jet boat, we travel up and down the river corridors and, as a result of this, cover a vast area.  By doing this, we increase our chances of running across bears themselves, moose carcasses, or where the bears are feeding & hunting moose calves and beaver along the banks.

Brown Bear Hunts in Bristol Bay

Alaska Brown Bear hunts are conducted in Southwest Alaska in the Game Management Unit 17 near Bristol Bay. The southern part of this area starts at the Bristol Bay shoreline and runs north to the Kill buck Mountains. The eastern border of this area is the famous Mulchatna River Watershed.  Then runs west, taking in the Nushagak River drainages and Nushagak Hills. This area is about 170 miles long by 90 miles wide, roughly 15,000 square miles. The areas we hunt feature lake and river systems in which 4-5 million salmon spawn annually, which is one of the largest concentrations of wild salmon spawning anywhere in the world! As hunters know, you’ll have concentrations of Brown Bears when you have concentrated levels of salmon.    

Coastal Brown Bears

We have a substantial population of Coastal Brown Bears with the most liberal hunting season and bag limit anywhere in Alaska. Our bear hunting season is open for over nine months per year.  As a result of this, it offers us four months (April, May, Aug & Sept.) of prime bear hunting opportunity. We hunt brown bears in the spring and fall every year with a limit of 2 bears per year.  Boars range from 7-1/2′ to 10′ square, with skulls ranging from 20″ – 29″+ and are at their heaviest during the fall season.   

Alaska Brown Bears vs. Alaska Grizzly Bears

Grizzly Bears are not the same as Coastal Brown Bears. Grizzly Bears are smaller due to being located more in the state’s interior, where they feed primarily on rodents and berries instead of Salmon. Interior Grizzly Bears also hibernate for more extended periods as opposed to the coastal counterparts.  Because there is such a difference in diet, big Grizzly Bear males rarely reach 600 lbs, whereas Coastal browns can reach 1200+lbs.

Kodiak Brown Bears vs. Coastal Brown Bears

Coastal Brown Bears and Kodiak Brown Bears are also larger and feed extensively on Salmon, and males can reach weights that exceed 1200 lbs. The difference between the Kodiak Brown Bear and Coastal Brown Bear is the Kodiak Brown Bear lives on Kodiak Island and is technically a subspecies of the brown bear.

Brown Bear Color Phases

Rubbed bear hides are something you don’t have to worry about in Southwest Alaska is very special because, in the last 18 years, we have never had a rubbed bear hide.  Spring or Fall, the bear coats in our area are magnificent with no signs of bear hide damage. In addition to this, our region has all four color phases of Brown Bears (dark brown), (blonde), (chocolate) & (blonde w/choc legs).

Alaska Brown Bear Hunting Success 

Our historical success is 75%-80%, depending on the year and weather. We take a limited number of hunters and are committed to providing each client with excellent service and, above all, a high success rate on large Alaskan Brown Bears.




6 Day/5 Night, fully guided, King  Salmon fishing trip – $3,000 per person.
Dates between: June 15th -July 5th

6 Day/5 Night, fully guided, Silver Salmon fishing trip – $3,000 per person.
Dates between: July 25th – Aug 20th

2021 Fall Brown Bear hunt Aug 20-30th $20,000 per person.

2021 Spring Brown Bear hunt $20,000 per person.

   2021 Moose/Brown Bear Combo Hunts 2 Left @ $35,000 per person

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