BRHC conducts its Brown Bear hunts on the eastern shores of Kodiak Island. The island known world wide for its trophy potential. A short 40 minutes flight will put you in the heart of brown bear country. Miles of jagged shoreline and alder-cloaked hillsides will beckon you from the float plane.
Hunts take place from a heated-tent style base camp complete with home style meals and personal 1×1 guide service. Glassing throughout the day is the best way to locate these bears in their habitat. The longer daylight and receding snowline of spring make for fantastic brown bear hunting conditions. During fall hunts the bears move less and feed more. Heavily gorged on the salmon from the local stream they spend large parts of the day sleeping on the hillsides. Spring hunts are conducted in late April and early May, fall hunts start October 25th and run into mid November.
Bears average around the 8.5 foot mark but can reach sizes well over 10 feet. Our fall hunter for 2007 secured himself a 10’6” boar, with an estimated live weight of 1500 pounds! We strongly encourage hunters to not settle for smaller bears, we aim for 9′ or better bears and believe that with patience that bear can be found!
“My Sitka Blacktail deer hunt turned into a hunt of a lifetime as Jake talked me into applying for a brown bear tag as well. Remarkably I drew the tag. Through great determination and Jake’s willingness to go the extra mile, all tags were filled for that hunt. The following year we decided to chase grizzly bears together which was a very easy decision to make seeing as how I got used to Jake’s ability to provide gourmet meals off his one burner stove. Jake’s equipment is top-of-the-line, his knowledge of the area and quarry is outstanding and his ability to make things happen is unheard of. So Jake’s abilities did not let down my expectations for the grizzly bear hunt. Again another tag filled. During my time Grizzly hunting with Jake, he talked me into applying for my mountain goat tag. Remarkably I drew that tag on the first attempt as well. That Outdoor Adventure coming up has high expectations as well.” -Troy W.
Being a drawing hunt ensures that limited numbers of hunters will be in the field, ensuring quality hunts and some high caliber bears! Be sure to prepare well in advance when planning a Kodiak brown bear hunt, since the drawings are held 6 months before season begins, hunters to need be prepared to enter the drawing well in advance.
There is up to a 60 percent success rate on drawing tags for these hunts! For spring hunts the drawing tags place in November. Fall hunt drawing is held in April. The application process is simple and can be handled almost entirely by BRHC. Please contact Jake for information and details on the drawing process.
Hunters must fly to Kodiak Alaska where Jake will meet them and accompany them into the field. Kodiak is serviced by Alaska Airlines and ERA Aviation with several flights daily.
Included in the price of the hunt is the air charter to and from camp, food, fuel, trophy prep, tents, cots and guide service. Hunters are responsible for any overnight lodging in Kodiak due to weather delays or flight arrival/departure times, hunting license ($85) and brown bear tag ($500) as well as personal gear and sleeping bag.
Hunt Price $25,000.00
“I was fortunate enough to draw a brown bear permit in the first year of applying in Jakes’ area. Jake had high hopes that we would do really well. As you can see from the pictures his and my hopes turned into reality and we took this monster bear. I can’t say enough positive things about Jakes’ ability as a guide as well as him being an overall great guy to spend time with on a hunt. If you are looking to hunt big game in Alaska you won’t do any better then booking with Black River Hunting Camps.” John Pomazi