Are you looking for that brown bear hunt of a lifetime? At Infinity Hunts, we specialize in helping you find the type of hunt and experience you want. Through our extensive research and boots-on-the-ground approach, we work with the best brown bear guides and outfitters in North America’s top areas. Throughout your entire adventure, we will be there for you – from choosing the perfect hunt with the right outfitter to personal support before, during, and after the hunt. So let us put our experience and proven outfitters to work for you on your brown bear hunting adventures!
While we offer many types of brown bear hunts, we love finding those incredible locations throughout North America for world-class trophy brown bears and putting our hunters in those camps! We conduct all of our brown bear hunts in Alaska, and we hunt the top areas of the state – southeast in the ABC Islands, the south-central gulf coast, Kodiak Island, and the famed Peninsula. Our top outfitters have an excellent track record of taking 8 to 10+ foot brown bears, with 10-foot and 28+ inch Boone and Crockett record book skull bears taken annually. We have done the research, know the different areas of Alaska, have hunted brown bears ourselves, and have the outfitter connections to help you find that giant brown bear you have always wanted.
Imagine yourself stalking up a stream in southeast Alaska and coming around the corner when a bear emerges from the alders 30 yards away. In another scenario, you are boating in a secluded cove on a spring hunt when a big boar comes out to feed on fresh grass. You quietly skiff to shore and start your stalk. Or you are glassing an extensive valley on the south-central gulf coast from a high knob when a big boar emerges from an alder patch, chasing a sow. Or you are lucky enough to be sitting on the Bering Sea coast on the Peninsula, watching a walrus carcass with a trail of colossal bear paw prints on the beach. When your shot comes, you will be both excited and terrified all at the same time. There is nothing quite like getting in close range of these gigantic predators.
A hunt for a brown bear is often the dream hunt of a lifetime for many and something you may only do once. Chances are, though, you will want to go again. There is just something unique about these incredible animals, the places they live, and their size. Brown bear generally live near the southern and eastern coastal areas of Alaska (Units 1-10 and 14-18, to be specific) and have rich food sources and shorter hibernation periods than the inland grizzly bears. They are stunningly beautiful trophies with long claws, blocky melon heads, and thick chocolate hides.
These bears are enormous! Bears can range from 8-foot class to over 10-foot class! Determining the size of a bear hide is done by taking the entire fleshed, but unsalted skin laid out flat and measuring from tail tip to nose tip and again from front claw to front claw. Add the two numbers together and divide by two, and that’s what you get. Skull measurements are the official way to score a bear and are the length and width measurements of the skull without the lower jaw added together. Boone and Crockett record book bears will have skulls over 28 inches. Although 25 inches and 8-foot bears are generally considered great trophies, we take several 28-plus inches and 10+ foot bears each year!
We often get asked about gun selection for these hunts. Generally speaking, most of our outfitters want you to have at least a .338 and preferably a .375 caliber rifle. .300 caliber rifles will work but are marginal, especially in a close encounter situation. Low power scopes and shots under 200 yards are the norms for these hunts.
Spring hunts take place in late April through June, but the best timing varies based on the area. We generally see fewer bears in the spring than in the fall, but we tend to take more monster boars in the spring than in the fall because spring hunts take place during the rut, and big boars will be seeking sows this time of year. Visibility is also good this time of year before the alders, and other vegetation is fully leafed out. We do see some rubbed hides this time of year and sometimes have to pick through a few bears to find a good one, but in general, the hair and hide quality is good this time of year.
Fall hunts take place from September through November, but the best timing will vary based on the area. We generally see more bears in the fall than in the spring, but the average bear will be slightly smaller than in the spring. However, we do take some giants in the fall as well. Hunts will focus on feeding areas for the bears this time of year; usually, streams and rivers choked with salmon and ridges covered in berries. Fall bears generally have incredible-looking hides.
We offer brown bear hunts in several locations in Alaska. Our locations and outfitters are carefully selected based on the quality and quantity of animals and the outfitters’ track record of putting our hunters on good bears. We are passionate bear hunters here at Infinity Hunts and understand what it takes to get a big bear on the ground.
We selectively work with a handful of Alaska outfitters who hunt brown bears in some of the state’s best areas.
Southeast Alaska – ABC Islands. These are boat-based hunts for those looking for a more comfortable experience. In the spring, we will cruise the shoreline looking for bears feeding on emerging grass, then boat to shore and begin your stalk. On fall hunts, you will be walking salmon-rich streams and often have very close encounters with good bears. This area has the highest concentrations of bears in Alaska. The average bear here will run in the 8-9 foot class with some larger ones taken.
South-Central Gulf Coast. We hunt about 120 miles of coastline in this area. Spring hunts require many hours a day of glassing. We hunt productive valleys as they green up and catch boars on the cruise, looking for receptive sows. Spring bears will average over 9 feet; we take 10-foot bears here most springs! Fall hunts will find you glassing one of the many salmon-rich streams in this area. Fall bears will be in the 8.5 to 9.5-foot class, with some ten-footers possible. These hunts are all remote fly-out hunts based out of spike camps. We do have the ability to accommodate archers and hunters of all abilities.
The Peninsula. Units 9D and 9E on the Peninsula have produced more book bears than any other state unit. We put quite a few hunters each year on the Peninsula, and for a good reason – there are monster bears here! Spring hunts are in May on even-numbered years, and fall hunts are in October on odd-numbered years. These are all remote fly-out hunts utilizing nice spike camp set-ups. The weather on the Peninsula can be some of the most challenging in Alaska – be prepared for rain and winds most days, but this is the home of giant bears. Our spring hunts will see over a 9-foot average on the bears, with 10-10.5 foot bears taken most springs. Skulls are huge here, and your chance to take a Boone and Crockett bear is high. You will generally be hunting productive valleys catching boars emerging from the den, and cruising for sows. Occasionally we will even camp on the beach to catch cruising bears. Fall hunts will see bears in the 8.5 to 9.5-foot class harvested, with some 10-footers possible. On these hunts, we are targeting streams loaded with spawning salmon. The landscape and environment of the Peninsula are like no other in Alaska.
We also offer select hunts in a few other areas of Alaska, including Kodiak Island. We can discuss your trophy expectations, level of physicality, spring vs. fall considerations, hide color and quality characteristics, and methods of hunting with you to match you up with the best outfitter for your adventure of a lifetime.
We are constantly in the field seeking additional great outfitters and world-class trophy brown bear hunts. So if you are looking for an excellent brown bear hunt and outfitter, please contact us so we can start putting together the perfect brown bear hunt for you.
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Lock Haven, PA 17745