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If you love Sea ducks, and want to experience one of the world’s premier water fowling hunting opportunities, then King Eiders in the Bering Sea is a must! Enjoy the confidence of a seasoned and reputable outfitter who understands the intricacies of this challenging and exciting hunt. Inhabiting some of the harshest areas in Northern Alaska are these extraordinary Eiders. We would like to invite you to come with us to hunt in the famous Bering Sea at Alaska’s Pribilof Islands for King Eiders. This is the perfect opportunity for the avid hunter in search for a premier fully-guided waterfowl hunting in Alaska for King & Pacific Eiders, Pacific Harlequin, Long Tail Ducks (Old Squaw) and various Scoter species. Our outfitter is equipped with top tier equipment ensuring sure your hunt is safe, enjoy and successful while in a very remote part of the world. Enjoy a local commercial crab fishing operation on the island, featured on episodes of “Deadliest Catch”, so we hopefully you love crab! Our team is made up of dedicated waterfowl hunters, as well as local staff and guides who permanently inhabit the Pribilof Islands, collectively offering some of the most exciting & unique duck hunts in the world.
This is an adventurous, late season hunt for those seeking a real experience, in a remote place for highly prized species as King, Pacific Eider and Harlequin. The Bering Sea rarely disappoints with its famous, inhospitable weather, so ensure you are properly equipped to hunt in cold, wet, windy climates. Hunt typically occur from boat-blinds in better weather, but strategically located shore-blinds are very effective, and provide an option in poor weather. Our outfitter will adopts any variety of hunting methods to maintain safe and successful outings with clients for a range of weather conditions. This allows for maximized opportunities for coveted King Eiders, rather than be grounded inside at the Lodge. Hunters on this trip can expect to see large groups of King Eiders and other mixed sea ducks each day, while hunting with our outfitter in the Bering Sea. Opportunities at drake King Eiders has been 100% in recent years. Due to the remoteness, weather conditionals and these Eiders notoriously tough reputation, getting at these birds is not an easy task. Late season conditions in the Bering Sea are known for its known for winds and cold temperatures. Layered, insulated clothing with a with a wind and waterproof outer-layers can make the difference. Insulated and preferably waterproof boots, hand and headwear is also recommended. Our Outfitter in return uses the highest quality equipment and a huge spread of quality custom decoys, to first get you to the birds, and then bring them in close. In good weather we hunt Eiders from custom 17 ft TDB duck boats, and all the captains hold valid US Coast Guard licenses coupled with years of local experience in the Pribolof Islands and Alaskan Peninsula. Our Alaskan Outfitter takes a pride in creating safe and successful, oncei n a lifetime hunts. Be sure to contact Adrian, your GSS today to reserve your spot on the best hunt of your life, for King Eider!
Accommodations are a comfortable and relaxing lodge type setting where hunters can recharge after a day hunting on the Bering Sea. All meals are included and will sustain the hungry hunter, created to fuel you in the cold and ensure your comfort success. The day begins with a hearty breakfast and then a lunch that most likely will be brought with you on their hunt. Dinner is often a variety of steaks and chops and heaps of freshly caught crab, fresh from the Bering Sea only a stone’s throw from the dinner table. It’s a locally unique, hunt-camp dining experience that’s soon not to be forgotten. Almost as memorable as the world class wing-shooting also found just outside your doorstep. King Eider King Eider, Somateria spectabilis, are possibly the most gorgeous and coveted waterfowl species in the world. These extremely hardy birds generally inhabit circumpolar and sub-arctic biomes the year round across Canada, Greenland, Eurasia in addition to Alaska. They overwinters in the Bering Sea, Western coast of Greenland, Northern Norway in specific ice-free areas known as “polynas”, were Ocean currents inhibit seawater from freezing. Small groups are occasionally encountered in southern latitudes however. King Eiders primarily feed on benthic invertebrates, snails and mussels, crustaceans and small fish, and are known to fish at depths greater than 180 feet. This makes King Eider the second deepest diving bird in the world second only to the Long-tail Ducks, caught in fishermen’s nets set 200+ft water. The colorful glands above the bills allow Eiders to drink seawater, yet extract the salt through this specialized organ, allowing them to spend most of their life in marine areas.
Named after a famous Russian navigator, the Pribilof Islands were first established by Russian Fur Traders in the late 1700’s. St Paul & St George, two of the largest islands relocated Aleuts Natives from surrounding islands to hunt the great concentrations of fur seals, and who’s relatives persist on the island to this day. By 1890 the fur seals had been severely overharvested however and by 1910 on an estimated 2,000 Fur Seals remained and their management was overseen by the US Bureau of Fisheries, regulating the harvest. These were difficult times on the Pribilof’s as food and clothing was a scarcity, racial discrimination towards Aleuks and social segregation occurred, and little work was available. During the Second World War threatened life in the Aleutians once again by the forces of the Japanese Imperial Army. With sudden notice, local mining and commercial salmon operations were abandoned until May 1944. Aleut harvest of Fur Seals occurred briefly in 1943 however as seal oil was needed by the War Effort. In 1949, after a long history or relocation, internment and imprisonment on Admirality island when not working on the Pribilof Island, the Aleuk people were awarded a pardoned and awarded reparations. Government control and commercial harvesting of Fur Seals ended in the mid 1980’s, now managed by local entities, with federal funding however each provided to St Paul and St George Islands for social and economic development.
Q. What city do we fly in and out of?
A. Final destination is St. Paul Island, AK via Anchorage
Q. 5 full days hunting means we arrive in camp the day before and depart the day after hunt dates?
A. The package includes 4.5 days of hunting, with 5 full morning hunts targeting King Eider’s specifically. Mornings are typically the best.
Q. How many hunters would we need in our group to be exclusive in camp?
A. 7 guys fill up the lodge.
Q. What is the process for getting birds on to our taxidermist?
A. Hunters will take their ducks with them frozen in soft coolers as a carry on-luggage. This eliminates the risk that items do not become lost or stolen.
Q. What costs are there besides the $4500?
A. Extra costs: license, stamps 45$, tips, hotel in Anchorage and possible hotel stays and food if hunters get weathered in on Island beyond their hunt dates (rare)and typical rates tend to be about $150/day including meals & lodging per hunter.
Q. Is good quality ammo available and costs as not possible to bring much on commercial airlines!
A. The outfitter will have a good supply of Hevishot available at regular price. 40-50$ a box. It is stressed that hunters not skimp on quality ammo as King& Pacific eiders are big, fast and tough birds!
Q. What temperatures should one expect?
A. Temperature ranges from 10- 40 Fahrenheit, very windy most of the time.
Q. Please advise the typical arrival date, hunting days and departure date for a trip.
A. Arrival day, no hunting, too late in evening. Days 2-5 hunt all day if possible. Last morning hunt till 11:00 or 12:00 then fly out 3-4 pm
Q. You mention that 7 hunters is a full camp. If our group was say 3 or 4 hunters would we hunt ourselves as our own group or we would be hunting with the other guys totaling the 7 hunters?
A. Seven (7) is full, and the outfitter would split up the hunters most days into groups of 2-3 or 3-4.
Q. What deposit is required to secure the hunt? When are balances due?
A. Global Sporting safaris requires a 50% deposit at the time of booking, and the balance no later than 60 days before your hunt. For your convenience we accept both check and credit card.
If you want to experience the wing shooting trip of your life, then we invite you to hunt in extreme conditions for trophy waterfowl! These isolated islands in the Bering Sea make the best destinations for waterfowl hunters to encounter large populations of King Eider followed by feasts of delicious King Crab!
5 days hunting –King Eider & other sea ducks – Dec 27th – Jan 22nd 2015 – USD$4,500 Call Adrian at 888-850-4868, Ext. 706 or (204) 898-8565
Terms: 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 King Eider Hunting trips 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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