If you want the details on the phenomenal combo hunting from this season just take a moment to check out my latest article! Combination Secrets!
The 2017 season saw major changes for us again, moving away from partnerships to simple working relationships we found ourselves with a lot fewer hunts this past season but some incredible benchmarks were set for us as an outfit.
As the season approached we only had three hunts this fall on the books and because of limited guide availability and the approach of our baby girl we had to cancel a late season grizz hunt and this left us with two combo hunts totaling right at 30 days straight of combination hunting!
I will save most of the details for an upcoming article but our first hunter was pursuing brown bear and caribou and took the caribou on day one of what had to be one of the worst stretches of miserable rain and socked in weather I can remember and eventually after a miss on one bear we lost a the first big game animal ever in my career, a really nice 8' plus brownie that took several rounds, left bone and blood trail behind as he plunged 500 - 700' down and alder choked slope, finally losing us with a diminishing blood trail as darkness fell on us in the middle of the tangled jungle. The bear had began moving sideways on the slope as the blood trail diminished and it was obvious the hits were not what we wanted.
The following hunt was a two one one hunt with me supervising and helping out as Mark McGuiness guided my two British clients (Ian Harford and Steve Wild) and their cameraman in pursuit of 8 big game animals on a 15 day hunt! Virtually no one would have thought it realistic to think that we could actually harvest 2 moose, 2 black bear, 2 brown bear and 2 caribou and most everyone realized getting 3-5 of those animals would be a major accomplishment in that time frame but ultimately we took everything but the 2nd moose which ultimately was a judgement call to not pursue it because of the additional work involved, and yes we were all beat after taking care of the first bull along with all the weather we had to deal with as well. The grand moment of this hunt came though on the 12th and last day of our actual hunting with a dilemma making the decision to pursue a double on two caribou bulls, or a brown bear on the opposite side of the creek. Ultimately the guys decided to try to take both bulls, but as soon as they started making their move the brown bear started down the slope and they had to change their minds and go after the bear at the last minute. The bear ended up less than 200 yards out when they took it and within 30 minutes they went on to take both bull caribou at 400 yards! 3 big game animals within 30 minutes is simply something that I'm not sure I will ever see again, but it was a phenomenal end to a fantastic hunt!
Slots are filling up and we are expecting another great season. Some sheep slots are still available along with those great combination opportunities! We believe you will be hard pressed to find greater potential for combination hunts than what we have in the surrounding country around our base camp! It is definitely time to get on board and if you need additional info just give us a shout and check out our photos from this past season if you need further convincing!
Our sheep hunts continue at 100% for those who stay the course and we continue to find some incredible rams in this area we now call our home base! We still have slots available for this year and last year we had one of our clients take this incredible 43" ram that fell just shy of the all time B&C score of 170 after the drying time!
Brian took this ram with us on the opener and returned later to take a great late season bull moose with his bow and a B&C caribou on this combo!
I can't stress the potential for successful combos in this area enough! Having guided extensively in three of the five major mountain ranges of Alaska I can say unequivocally this is the greatest area I have been in for a host of different combination hunt offerings! Whether you want to pursue sheep/grizzly, moose/caribou or a number of other potential combinations including a 3 species 14 day offering we have the place for you!
Now is the time to get your hunt booked, or if you are interested in a single species hunt just let us know! Give me a shout at 907 982 2426 or simply e-mail email@example.com for more info!
To say the least it was a year of adventure. On a personal level, spiritual level and in regards to the hunting it was pretty phenomenal.
I was honored to have married the most beautiful woman in the world, Renee Santostefano in June of this year and we thank God that we were able to spend time together, both before season and during season at the main cabin in Alaska, and I simply thank God and my love for allowing me the opportunity to be a devoted and passionate husband until the end of my days here on this earth!
So many stories from this year when it comes to hunting that it will take a while to put them all into writing and get them posted in the article section but stay tuned. We had 4 out of 4 brown bear bear hunters score ont he Peninsula this spring with a couple bears going over 9' and a great hunter who booked with us for sheep in August and moose/caribou in September taking 3 out of 3 species pursued and two of these being Boone & Crockett entries. Haven't got the release yet due to his TV show and a magazine article to post the pics, but the hammer of a ram was 43" and the caribou bull scored in the mid 420's! More moose on the ground and some hard earned rams and one of the most memorable father/son hunts I have evder had the privilege of being on brought the season to a close, so check out the 2016 pics as I get them posted and keep an eye out for the B&C pics when I get the release to publish them!
Still room to get on board for this year, in particular still have room for the opening slots for sheep and the full rut slot for moose and late season brown bear so give us a shout! 907 982 2426!
Make sure to read Derek Harbula's article from Spring 2016 Peninsula brown bear hunt.
We are now booking for 2017 brown bear season on the Peninsula, and still have a good number of opportunities left for moose and fall grizzly/brown bear, caribou and even a slot left for sheep as well. Success was great last year and our camps continue to get some new enhancements in the Alaska Range, so now is the time to book if you are wanting to hunt in 2016-2017 and be the main character in our next success story.
It looks like we are going to have a great season lined up with many great clients on the books and some great combination hunts lined up and a good schedule lined up for the spring Peninsula hunts as well.
We do have some remaining slots for the 21st through the 30th of May on the Peninsula and a good number of opportunities left for moose and fall grizzly/brown bear, caribou and even a slot left for sheep as well. Success was great last year and our camp continue to get some new enhancements in the Alaska Range so now is the time to book if you are wanting to hunt in 2016!
Time to get on board for the few remaining slots for this coming spring on the Alaska Peninsula @ $17,500 and while you are thinking about it check out our latest video clip from one of our last hunts there!
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One slot still remains for anyone wanting to hunt the season opener on the world famous Alaska Peninsula for the brown bear of a lifetime. This hunt will run from October 1st-10th and the client will fly commercially into Iliamna before being picked up by us to fly into the bush. Great success rates, great opportunities on big bears, and great guides, and the price is a couple grand less than most of our competitors @ $16,000. This really is a limited time offer so give us a call, or drop us a line below! 304 239 0860 or 907 982 2426