Want to experience a special kind of bear hunting trip in the heart of incredible scenery, with secluded fishing off the outer coast of the Kenai Peninsula? Check out this unique hunting experience.
These black bear hunts offer the unique advantage of being conducted off a floating mobile base camp. By using a 50ft. vessel to base their hunts this outfitter can hunt new areas daily. An added advantage is the world class bottom fishing for halibut, ling cod and rock fish, along with the occasional salmon.
Starting on Mondays in May and early June 5 day/4 night hunts originating out of Homer, Alaska are offered. It is recommened that you arrive in Homer Sunday as the vessel departs Homer early Monday morning for the outercoast of the Kenai Peninsula. This rarely seen area of the Peninsula borders the Kenai Fjords National Park and has the same spectacular scenery as the park. Shortly after leaving Homer, stretches of shoreline can be glassed for bears. Spring bears are concentrated below the snow line and come down to the beach to eat the early vegetation and low tide debris. The 18-20 hours of daylight allows for plenty of fantastic midday fishing and morning and evening bear hunting. The most effective bear hunting is done by cruising the beach in skiffs in the evening and glassing the side hills for bear; once sighted a stalk can be planned. Most bears are taken at or near the beach, keeping packing and climbing to a minimum. This is the most effective way to hunt these bears, which average just over 6ft. squared and have incredible hides. It just doesn't get any better.
The 50ft vessel handles six clients comfortably in a spacious and warm environment. However, they limit the number of bear hunters to four with a fisherman or two riding along. This is a Coast Guard inspected vessel licensed for 34 passengers. Amenities include a hot shower, diesel furnace, TV/VCR with large selection of movies, and 110V power on board. Meals are all first class. Don't plan to lose weight on this trip! Your trip includes 5 days and 4 nights lodging on the boat, all meals, fishing gear and bait, skiff transportation, and fish cleaning. Hunters are required to take care of the cape and meat themselves. Non-hunters, children, and photographers may be accommodated at a negoisted rate. Tags and licenses are available on board. The possession limit is 4 on halibut and more rock fish than you'll want to keep. Fish can be caught and released until your arms cramp and you can keep the four halibut that will fill your freezer to the desired level. Fish processing and shipping is available in Homer, vacuum packing being the preferred method of most. You return to Homer Friday evening and you should plan on staying the night in Homer to allow for bear hide sealing and fish freezing, etc. Fish boxes can be taken as luggage on your return to reality. Many of the clients choose to add a day of salt water salmon fishing to thier trip just to cover all of the bases, the salmon fishing is traditionally great at this time.
This trip is worth the money for the sightseeing alone! Add in world class fishing and bear hunting and you have a trip that is an incredible value.
North Gulf Coast
This outfitter is based out of Cordova, which is on the eastern side of Prince William Sound on the North Gulf Coast of Alaska. The country is spectacular with a mixture of ocean, tidal flats, glaciers and rugged, towering mountains. They offer fully guided hunts for brown bear, black bear, mountain goat, dall sheep, and moose and drop off hunts for spring and fall black bear and fall blacktail deer. Most of these combination hunts for more than one trophy. The salmon fishing is excellent on the fall bear hunts, and charters for halibut and other fish are available out of Cordova. They have enjoyed 100% success on mountain goats over the last 4 years and 70% on brown bears. This includes archery hunters as well. They use an air charter service to get them into remote hunting areas where they are very familiar with the country and the game. All guides are extremely competent and hard working, and this will be apparent during your hunt. The hunts are strictly fair chase, and references from past clients will be furnished upon request. The service is the best available, and the prices are very competitive.