The grizzly bear is the same species of bear as the brown bear, but the name grizzly is taken from it’s “grizzled” fur – gray hairs mixed into the brown. They’ve also been called “silvertip bears.”
Above the Arctic Circle where we hunt the Grizzly’s – an adult male Alaska grizzly bear can get up to 1500 pounds and stand 8-10 feet tall. They are considerably smaller than the brown bear that are hunted in lower Alaska, but still provide that “fear factor” when you see one in the field and remain a sought after trophy for many of our hunters.
While scientists and the Department of Fish and Game consider the grizzly and the brown bear to be the same species, here in Northwest Arctic Alaska we consider the bears in the GMU 23 to be grizzlies, and those on the Alaska Peninsula to be brown bears. Ram Aviation flies into both of those areas, as well as many others.
Few adventures can match the thrill of the pursuit of Alaska grizzly bear hunting in the wilderness. The combination of fear and excitement make the big bear hunt one of the more memorable experiences of any hunter’s lifetime. In Alaska, hunters from out-of-state are required to hire the services of an experienced and trustworthy outfitter.
Grizzly bears are located inland and are actually the same species at the larger, coastal brown bear. The coastal bear, also known as the Kodiak bear, can be enormous, weighing in excess of 1200 pounds while the grizzly rarely tops out over 800 pounds. The size difference is primarily a result of diet, with the coastal bear subsisting on the high-protein salmon diet and inland bears more reliant on flora. Though specific habits and primary food sources vary, all brown bears will eat nearly anything they can find.
The pursuit of an Alaska grizzly bear focuses on spot and stalk hunting. For example, in the spring, this approach involves climbing to higher elevations and look for signs of a bear, typically a boar, leaving its place of hibernation. Spotting tracks across glaciers and snowfields can lead the hunter to the animal.
Alaska grizzly bear hunting is typically done with large caliber rifles, though some outfitters offer opportunities for bow hunters and even muzzle-loading weapons. No matter what your weapon of choice, this hunt is for experienced persons. You must know your weapon and how to use it; one small mistake in the field could cost you your life.
The grizzly hunt, like other large animal hunts, whets the appetite of almost every hunter. However, these hunts are complicated and require significant financial and time investments. Non-residents are required to hire a guide service. Your guide will know the habits and habitats of the grizzly bear and put you in the best position to have a successful and safe hunt.
For non-residents, the state requires Alaska grizzly bear hunters to be accompanied by a licensed guide. Ram Aviation can help get your Alaska grizzly bear hunting trip set up with one of our approved guides.
We’ve provided some of the best hunting trips in Arctic Northwest Alaska for over 20 years and we know which are the best guides to work with. Give us a call when you want to go on an Alaska grizzly bear hunt and we’ll help you find the right guide for your trip.
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