Alaska is home to an estimated 30,000 brown bears. The term “brown bear” actually encompasses both the bears found in coastal areas, while brown bears found inland and in the northern habitats are called “grizzlies.” Going on a brown bear hunt is one of a hunter’s greatest thrills and spring is a prime time to go on your hunt.
The brown bears are found throughout Alaska, except on some islands. Brown bears love to feast on berries, grasses, ground squirrels, plant roots, and, of course, salmon. These bears typically travel solo, with mature males weighing 500-900 pounds, but with some reports of even larger bears! Hunting such large animals requires skill, patience, and the assistance of a guide. However, the hard work pays off with the downing of one of these magnificent creatures. There are few North American big game trophies more impressive.
The spring hunting season is in April and May. With winter hibernation over, the bears are on the prowl for food. They are best hunted as they lounge for a few days near the entrance to their den. After that period, they are on the move for food. Hunting at this time requires strenuous tracking in deep snow.
Much of the areas targeted for spring hunts are not easily accessible. Guides take most hunters to prime areas via small planes that land on the snow. Hunters then embark on the rest of the trek using snowmobiles and snowshoes! Hunters are required to be in top physical condition as the days are long and the work is more demanding.
Alaskan bear hunts are among the most memorable events for the outdoorsman. The spring hunts are demanding, but offer hunters the chance to experience the Alaskan wilderness in a way few others do. Now is the time to plan and budget for your guided hunt for the majestic brown bears of Alaska.
Source: Alaska Bush Adventures
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