Alaska Bush Adventures
We are a small family owned business that operates in a very remote and secluded area of Western Alaska. We have two main base camps each located in upper mountain river drainages which are accessible only by a Dehavillan Beaver bush plane with extended range fuel tanks on floats. Our closest camp is a 2.5 hour flight and the other is a 3 hour flight out from Anchorage.
We are one of the few Alaskan guide outfitters that offer as much specialized equipment for the Clients hunting transportation in the Alaskan terrain. Most Guide operations only use Super Cubs and hunt out of spike camps by foot. We offer Super Cub fly outs to spike camps as well, but also utilize 8-wheel drive Argos and 14' Jon Boats with 40 h.p. Motors powered by Jet drive for hunting. The Bear density in our area is high therefore provides us with liberal season limits of two Brown/Grizzly Bear and up to five Black Bear a year.
From 1990 to 2004 Alaska's Predator Control Program was put on hold statewide. This resulted in a proliferation of Wolves by some calculations, of up to 4 times the average number which provides a healthy and stable eco system for wildlife. During this time the prey quarry of Wolves, such as the Moose, Caribou, Beavers, River Otters, Squirrels, Ptarmigan, Grouse and many more species took a huge hit and over all their numbers dropped dramatically throughout much of the State. Fortunately for both big and small game along with the hunter, the Intensive Predator Control Program allowing once again a way to control the poplulation of Wolves by private pilots through permits was once again sanctioned and launched by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game starting in 2004. The plan was to increase Moose and Caribou populations and therefore improve the harvest throughout the state. At that time, the Alaska Board of Game approved three to start with and two of those were within the Central Kuskokwim River area of Game Management Unit 19. Fortunately for us, our Guided and Unguided hunts also take place in GMU 19. Since then a handful more of these Predator Programs have been established throughout Alaska. Due to the restoration of the Predator Management Program in our hunting areas, Moose survival is now much superior to numerous other regions within the State where the Predator Management Program has not been reestablished. We have witnessed and observed a remarkable and well-adjusted growth of Wildlife overall, as well as a healthy increase in numbers of Moose. When and where this program has been implemented, it continues to deliver additional stable and balanced Ungulate population growth. Fortunately, we are again able to appreciate the sound benefits of these sensible and effective types of Game Management agendas which afford a respectable stability for all wildlife species and deliver some great Moose hunting to boot.
Alaska Bush Adventures specializes in Brown Bear Hunting, Black Bear Hunting, Wolf and Wolverine.
Guided & Unguided Fully Outfitted Caribou Hunting & Moose Hunting.
About this trip
Guided River Jet Boat & 8 Wheel Drive Argo ATV Vehicle Hunts 1X1 2X1 # Days
1 Brown Bear or 1 Grizzly Bear, Wolf & Fishing $15,500 $12,500 10
(second Brown Bear may be harvested for a $3500 trophy fee. Call for more information)
Round Trip Airfare from Anchorage to hunting camp and back: $1500.
WHATS INCLUDED IN THE COST OF THE HUNT
Logistical support and consultation before and after the hunt, including:
• Information on how, when and where to purchase your hunting license and tags
• Arrangement of charters and flights to and from main camp
• Shipping your trophies to the expediter in Anchorage or advice on how to take care of the trophy yourself.
The point of outfitting begins in our main camp. A fully outfitted and well stocked camp, professional licensed guide, and trophy care while in the field.
Additional costs you can expect:
• Non Resident Big Game Tags & Hunting License
• Round Trip Airfare from Anchorage to hunting camp and back: $1,450.00
• Hotel Rooms in Anchorage
• Freight/Shipping expenses to get your Antlers, Capes & Meat from Anchorage, Alaska to your final destination.
It is not uncommon to see numerous bears in a single day during August and September. The population of Alaskan Brown Bear and Alaska Grizzly Bears are large enough in our guide use area that the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has changed the regulations to allow two of these bears every regulatory year instead of the normal one bear every four regulatory years.
Farther inland, the interior Grizzly Bear is somewhat smaller than the coastal Brown Bear. Probably this has to do with the richer food source available to the coastal Bears that feed on the abundant Alaskan Salmon runs. The bears in our guide areas can weigh between 500 and 1000 pounds. These bears are outstanding trophies in any one's book. They feed on the King Salmon, Silver Salmon and Sockeye Salmon runs in the rivers and streams during late July and August. During mid August and early September they start to supplement their diet with wild Blue Berries and highly nutritious Ground Squirrels that are found in abundance in the upper alpine mountainsides and meadows. The color of the bears can vary considerably with the Alaska Brown Bear and Alaska Grizzly Bears. They can range in color from dark chocolate to a very blond. As a rule, the darker the bear the larger they are.
SECURING YOUR LICENSE AND TAGS
Nonresident and Nonresident Alien hunters must buy the appropriate metal locking tag before hunting a big game animal. Immediately after the kill, the tag must be affixed & locked on the animal. The tag must remain on the animal until the animal is prepared for storage, exported, or consumed. For animals such as bear, in units where the meat is not required to be salvaged, tags must be locked on the hide.
For our Guided clients we will sell you your license and tags once you arrive in hunting camp. Additional tags are available at our camp should you wish to take another animal during your hunt. Big Game Tags are not to be confused with Harvest Tickets which are required when hunting for Moose & Caribou. They are free & available at the Alaska Department of Fish & Game.
DO GUIDES RECEIVE GRATUITIES
Of course, it's entirely up to you as the Client, whether or not you wish to leave a tip for your Guide. Our Guides work hard to insure you have a successful and enjoyable hunt. Each person values another person's service differently and a generous tip for a hard working guide is always appreciated and the standard in the hunting industry. While each person must determine what amount to give, a 8-12% of the hunt cost is the Industry standard & will be greatly appreciated.