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Imagine hunting sought after waterfowl species such as Eiders, Brant, Harlequins, Pintails and more along the mighty Alaskan coastline. Combine this adventure with upland hunting for two varieties of Ptarmigan, as well as river or offshore fishing ventures, all included with each package! September offers milder weather, Black Brant, pintails, teal & ptarmigan, as well as Cod or Halibut fishing from boat. Or choose to target riverside Salmon and Dolly Varden in a maze of inland waterways. October offers the best mixed bag waterfowl hunts and high volume shooting and waterfowl numbers. Species like Eurasian Widgeon, Harlequins, Black scoters & other mixed puddle and diving ducks are all available! November to mid-December brings rougher conditions but sought after, trophy waterfowl specimens for collectors, including Pacific Eiders, Harlequins, Longtail Ducks, and Black Brant. Pintail and Mallard hunts take place from shore in hard winds on those severe weather days. Guests arrive Saturday for 6.5 full days of professionally guiding world-class waterfowl, ptarmigan and/or fishing, then depart the following Saturday.
September – Action oriented sea duck hunting and fishing, with long days and mild weather. Primary species hunted this month include; Black Brant, Canada geese, Pintails, Mallards, Widgeon, Teal and Ptarmigan. Typical access and hunting is done by boat with large custom painted decoy spreads. If the weather is too rough for boating, then a number of excellent shore blinds are utilized. Dependant on the berry crop in the uplands, geese and dabbling ducks may be hunting from blinds similar to field hunts. These decoys spreads are the first many geese see, and certainly the last a number of them will ever see! The majority of the Canada geese are Taverner’s sub-species and the remainder are Cacklers. Pintails are the most common dabbling duck species. This is the best month for fishing. Coho Salmon, Dolly Varden, Halibut, Cod and Flounder are available. Salmon fishing is done by wading small rivers while saltwater species are fished from boats. Fishermen will see abundant wildlife including Brown Bears, wolves and caribou.
October – This is the best month for Alaska duck hunters interested in waterfowl species diversity. A good mixed bag hunt can see as many as 20 different species of waterfowl and two species of ptarmigan. October is when the majority of the seaduck species before arriving and commonly encountered species include those from September with the addition of; Bluebills, Eurasian Widgeon, Pacific Harlequin, Black and White wing Scoters, Goldeneye and Bufflehead, Mergansers, Longtail Ducks and Pacific Eider. This time of year, good numbers of Emperor Geese and Stellers Eiders are seen, but there are no open hunting seasons for these species, yet. This is the best month for hiking the uplands to access prime hunting areas for both Willow and Rock Ptarmigan. Camp retrievers double as flushers boosting success rates in this exciting hunt. Coveys can reach up to 30 birds per flush, which can be pursued in a half day to mix up the waterfowl routine. In terms of fishing, saltwater species are still available, but the salmon runs will be largely completed.
November to Mid December – This is the time of year for the collector hunters looking to secure trophies prime for mounting. Many sea ducks have arrived and the birds are in prime breeding plumage. Popular species this time of year include; Pacific Eider, Pacific Harlequin, Longtail ducks and both Black and White wing Scoters. Mergansers, Bluebill, Buffleheads, Barrows Goldeneyes and other diving ducks are also plentiful. Black Brant and dabbling ducks are still available. Weather can be rough and boating can be dangerous at times, but many locations from shore can still be hunted. Weather days do not occur.
While hunting in Cold Bay Alaska, don’t forget the various exciting fishing opportunities awaiting you on location. Enjoy fishing streams and small inland rivers focusing on Coho Salmon and Dolly Varden. Strong spawning runs of Chum or Dog salmon, as well as Pink and Sockeye Salmon can also be had in certain watercourses. We encourage guests to bring their own fishing tackle, but lodge equipment is also available. Both fly, bait cast and spinning setups are available along with the necessary tackle. For the angler wishing to experience saltwater fishing, ventures for Cod and Halibut are also available.
Cold Bay is located approximately 600 miles southwest of Anchorage, on the western tip of the Alaskan peninsula. The scenery is absolute breathtaking, complete with snow covered peaks, glaciers and ice fields, as well as volcano’s, stands of boreal forest, inland tundra and networks of coastal waterways and fresh water courses draining the mountains. The area is also teeming with wildlife outside of the waterfowl and fish species guests travel here for. Expect to have encounters with Brown Bears, wolves, caribou, eagles, seals and sea otters during this northwestern escape. Near Cold bay is the renowned Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. Here vast concentrations of waterfowl and other bird species stage and congregate, directly adjacent to our hunting areas!
Expect temperatures from mild to frigid as the season progresses from Sept to Dec. As a general rule count on at least a few windy, wet weather days hovering around the freezing mark.
Count on remaining warm, dry and comfortable while staying in camp when you recharge to the next day afield. The lodge offers spacious rooms for all hunters, and is complete with a full kitchen, laundry, TV, phones and bathrooms. Hunters should also look forward to well rounded, chef inspired meals. A big hearty breakfast starts off the day, at which point a packed lunch is typically brought out into the field. Upon returning to camp in the evening a delicious dinner will be waiting, prepared by the camp cook. Fresh salmon, pork & pasta’s are just some of the menu items, and freshly harvested fish or fowl also finds its way to the dinner table!
Travel – Cold Bay is located approximately 600 miles southwest of Anchorage, on the western tip of the Alaskan peninsula. Daily commuter flights to Cold Bay are serviced from Anchorage by Peninsula Airways – a partner or Alaska Airlines. This flight is approximately two and a half hours in duration. To make your reservations directly, please call Peninsula Airways at (907)243-2323 or 1-800-448-4226. Alaska Airlines can be reached at 1-800-252-7522.
It is recommended that hunters spend the night in Anchorage in advance of the commuter flight continuing to Cold Bay. Should time be an issue however, it may be possible to condense the travel into a single day. With this option, travel days are long, and the risk of inclement weather could interfere with rigid bookings and travel plans.
Baggage – With frequent wet, cold and windy conditions, hunters need to bring appropriate outer garments and layers to stay warm and dry in the field. Gortex or other waterproof shells, waders and rain pants are popular, followed by various fleece and polypropylene “next-to-skins” for all day comfort. Waterproof hiking boots, or MUCK style boots are also very popular. Don’t forget a digital camera as well! The local town has a liquor store and a bar, but hunters should consider bringing their own alcohol, or particular favorite to enjoy during their Alaskan waterfowl hunting adventure.
Ammunition – Hunters are required to bring their own firearms and ammunition. Steel shot sizes #BB-1 are recommended for geese, brant and eiders, while shot sizes #1-3 are best for ducks. For Hevi-shot or Tungsten type shells, shot size #2 for geese and #4 for ducks has proven effective. As a general rule, a minimum of 1 case (x10 boxes) of shotgun shells is recommended per hunter, per week. It is also suggested to bring 2+ boxes of #4-6 lead shot for ptarmigan hunting. Providing your own fishing equipment in recommended, but various lodge rods and other fishing gear can be made available.
6.5 days (Sat to Sat) mixed Alaska waterfowl & Ptarmigan hunting /fishing
September through December: $5,000
Included in cost
All transportation to and from the Cold Bay airport
All transportation within, to and from the hunting/fishing areas
All accommodations and home cooked meals during hunt
Field preparations of trophy waterfowl for taxidermist
Fish and Waterfowl meat preparation, wrapping and freezing
Not included in the cost
Round trip travel between Anchorage and Cold Bay Alaska.
Hunting Licensing – Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Federal Waterfowl Stamp ($15)
State Waterfowl Stamp ($5)
Small Game ($20)
Non-resident 7 day fishing license ($55)
It is recommended to purchase these licenses online in advance to your arrival to Alaska*
Shipping and handling of mean, or trophies to taxidermist,
Gratuities for guides and staff,
Pre and post trip accommodations and travel
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 Alaska Sea Duck 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. Global Sporting Safaris recommends the purchase trip cancellation insurance. Click here for travel insurance.
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