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Clients will fly to Anchorage and on to Kodiak. Four to five flights per day service Kodiak from Anchorage on Alaskan and Raven Airlines. Once in Kodiak, clients either will drive to camp via 4WD vehicles and transfer to ATVs to cover the last leg of the journey or may be required to charter a plane to camp, depending on the hunt and season chosen. Late-season hunts are more likely to require a charter from Kodiak. Charter fees, if applicable, may be shared between parties and average $550 each way. Expect to arrive in camp one day prior to the start of the hunt and to depart after the last day of hunting.
This outfitter offers three guide-use concessions on the east side of the island near Ugak bay. One is a registration area, and registration can be obtained online or over the counter. The remaining two areas are by draw, each averaging around 66% draw odds. Alaska currently does not offer any point system; therefore, all tags are selected by random draw. The application period is from November 1st to December 15th and May 1 to May 31st. Clients will be assisted through the draw process by the outfitter.
Deer tags are over the counter with a limit of three per person. One locking tag is required per each deer harvested and tags must be purchased in advance.
An Alaska hunting license is required for any resident or non-resident. In addition to a hunting license, clients must purchase the applicable locking tags for the species they wish to hunt. Beginning in 2017, the cost of hunting licenses has increased to $160 for non-residents. The cost of locking tags has also increased to $1,000 for non-resident brown/grizzly bear and $300 per non-resident deer tag.
Kodiak brown bear are hunted in both the spring and fall seasons. Spring seasons begin in the middle of April and conclude in the middle of May. Fall hunts begin around the third week of October and conclude around mid-November.
Each season comes with advantages and disadvantages. Spring hunts offer more daylight, resulting in more hunting time during a 10-day hunting period. Glassing can also be easier if the vegetation and leaves have not yet fully developed. The fall seasons offer better hair quality / lower chances of rubbed hides and the ability to hunt Sitka deer on a trophy-fee basis. The weather can be unpredictable and extreme in either season.
Expect a 12-day schedule with 10 full hunting days and one-on-one guiding (unless booked otherwise).
Bear hunting involves long hours of glassing. Patience is very important when looking for good trophies. An average hunting day may produce a handful of bear sightings. Although not considered a physically difficult hunt, hunters should be able to pursue bears with their guide in thick to rugged terrain.
Shot distances are almost always 150 yards or less. Thirty-caliber rifles and larger are adequate, with .300- to .375-caliber magnums ideal. It is important that clients do not arrive in Alaska with a large-caliber rifle they cannot accurately shoot under pressure. Guides will always carry large-caliber firearms for safety.
Approximately 80% of clients will have at least one good shot opportunity on a mature bear during their hunt. A mature bear is considered any bear over 8′ in size from the registration area and 8.5′ in size from the draw areas. Giant bears over 10′ in size have been taken on past hunts from all three areas.
Half Price Return Offer
If a client does not have a quality shot opportunity on a mature bear during their hunt the outfitter offers the option to return at any time for a second hunt at half price. This offer does not apply to missed shots or to clients who pass on mature bears seeking to harvest a giant.
First introduced to Kodiak Island in 1924, the population of deer as well as the trophy quality of bucks on Kodiak Island has been exceptional in recent years, and now is the time to hunt them. Sitka deer may be added to any fall brown bear hunt for a trophy fee of only $500 per deer if the applicable locking tags have been purchased by the client in advance. Blacktail-only hunts are offered during the fall months, including seven-day schedules with five full hunting days. Two (2) bucks are included and a third deer can be added for an additional trophy fee of $750. The pricing for a fully guided hunt is exceptional at only $2,500 for early season hunts in September and October accessed by 4WD vehicles and ATVs. Late-season hunts in November and December that require charter flights after the road system has closed are priced at $3,500 (charter included).
It is common to see many deer each day. Early season hunts are conducted in the higher alpine areas of the island, whereas later-season hunts generally find deer lower in altitudes and closer to the coast. The outfitter targets bucks scoring in the mid-90” range and larger, with most consisting of 3×3, 3×4 and 4×4 bucks, not including any brow tines.
Vehicle or charter plane transport from Kodiak to camp, meals and tented camp accommodations during the hunt, one-on-one guiding and basic field preparation of trophies are included with the cost of the hunt.
What is Not Included
Commercial flights to Anchorage, Alaska and on to Kodiak (ADQ), non-resident Alaska hunting license ($160) and locking bear ($1,000) and/or deer ($300 each) tags, optional trophy expediting, taxidermy or shipping, voluntary tips at client’s discretion, before- and after-hunt meals and hotels, and trophy fees for additional trophies are not included in hunt pricing.
$2,500 for two Sitka Blacktail deer per hunter. Third Blacktail deer trophy fee $500.
$3,500 which includes charter and two Sitka Blacktail deer per hunter. Third Blacktail deer trophy fee $500
Global Sporting Safaris accepts payment by business check and personal check, as well as by Bitcoin. American Express, Visa, and MasterCard credit card payments are also accepted, but they do incur a surcharge of 3.5% in addition to the price listed in the Kodiak Island Bear hunts above.
A 50% deposit is required upon booking to reserve your spot. In some cases, we can split your deposit into 3 payments, please inquire. Global Sporting Safaris will provide a Disclaimer & Waiver of Liability which must be sighed and returned. All hunts are in U.S. dollars. Final 50% payment is due no less than 75 days prior to your hunt date. Trips booked within 75 days of arrival require payment in full. Total costs of the hunt are fixed. There will be no refunds for any hunter leaving early. See our Terms & Conditions for further details.
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