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
We have been at this for quite some time now, for me it is my 20th year, and things come and go, but the grace of God has always been the consistent element in my life, and in this business, and certainly we believe it has been grace poured out upon us with the recent developments for our outfit. As we contemplated and began working toward the goal of acquiring a permit to build a base camp cabin in the Alaska Range, we encountered an offer that was, by any stretch of the imagination, just too good for us to ignore. One of the longest licensed Master Guides in the state offered to let us take over 2 cabins and another camp that he and his father and uncle had run for years, beginning in the early 70's right in the middle of our main hunt area in the Western Alaska Range.
We consider it an honor to be able to take up operations in these historic locations, and of course it has been a tremendous blessing that has saved us a truckload of work and paperwork, and we can only say that we are extremely excited about the opportunities the cabins and tent frame camp will provide for us this season and in the years ahead. Facilitating our sheep operations has become so much more streamlined, and it appears that we may even be able to actually sheep hunt directly from one cabin, and certainly from the tent frame camp, and all locations offer great opportunities for our combo hunters, moose hunters, and grizzly hunters.
We are pretty much down to the wire here on hunt openings for this year, but we still have some possible slots left, and several openings for the October Peninsula brown bear hunts which will be greater than ever, but minus the cabins!
We still have room for hunters in Game Management Unit 9 for October brown bear, and I can't emphasize what a great hunt this going to be. It isn't a back breaking, physically demanding hunt, though the hunter that is in shape can always take advantage of opportunities that the out of shape hunter may not be able to seize upon, the truth remains most of our bears will be harvest less than a mile from where you are camped. This is a 10 day one hunter per one guide hunt @ $16,000 and this is all inclusive from the time you leave Iliamna to your return to this departure point, with the exception of license and tag fee and your tips. Camps are comfortable with home cooked entrées, cots and tents that you can stand and get dressed in, and most importantly, plenty of bears, managed for true trophy potential!#brownbearhunts
We still have an opening for spring brown bear/grizzly for April 18th - 25th if someone wants to jump on board here at the last minute! give me shout at 304 239 0860, or 907 982 2426!
Alaska Registered Guide Outfitter 1354, Derek Harbula on the Alaska Peninsula. It has been a long time coming be we are very glad to be able to welcome Derek Harbula on board with Revelation Mountain Outfitters as Alaska Registered Guide 1354. Derek has been with me since the very first year I ever hunted the Alaska Peninsula for brown bear, and he has guided for us longer than anyone else, and his devotion to our company and his friendship have been above and beyond the ordinary over all these years. We are delighted to be able to bring him on board as an actual partner in our outfit, and it looks like after 15 years of being the sole Registered Guide in this business, I may actually be able to get to do some hunting myself as Derek has long desired to make me suffer after sheep, or brown bear!
I get a lot of people who seemingly freak out when I run an add on Facebook and they see the advertised price for a hunt, for example our Alaska Peninsula brown bear hunts are being offered at $16,000.
Some folks seem to think that you should just be able to wander about wherever you choose, from one state to the next and shoot whatever you want for the cost of a few rounds of ammo. Others apparently live in a cave and haven't any clue whatsoever what the average price of a pronghorn antelope hunt is on a ranch in Wyoming, let alone what it would cost to hunt a desert bighorn.
In the world of free markets and economics 101 we have these things we call "fair market value" and "supply and demand" and for those who are not aware of it, wildlife resources are limited and relatively under tight controls by any given state, not to mention most states have an abundance of residents who usually demand the greater opportunity by virtue of their residency. Many people in the West have applied for a certain tag, for bighorn, mule deer, or goat for their entire adult life and never drew a tag in their own state, and then someone is amazed when a hunt cost as much as an ATV or a Mercedes in the case of a desert bighorn.
I don't mean to be long winded but for those who seem unaware of the elements that drive the price of a hunt, let me first start by simply saying that in Alaska it takes essentially five years before you can meet the minimum qualifications to even take the exam to be a Registered Guide and this is the minimum license one must have before they can even offer big game hunting services! In case you are wondering that is more time than what it takes to get the average bachelor's degree in the US. Then if you just so happen to be a non-resident, such as myself, believing that an American should be able to live in one state and work in any other state they choose, you will have to pay double for that license. In my case that means $1,300 for a two year license. Then you will have to carry a commercial liability policy which does not come cheap, then there are all the state or federal land permits that are required before you can even legally open up your mouth and say "We are ready to book hunts!" It doesn't end there of course for every single day that a client and a guide are in the field there is a fee, and I still have to buy a hunting license, though I already have a guide license, and legally I can't hunt while a client is in the field.
When all of these things are done, you still don't have any clients. They don't fall out of the sky, so you find that you have to begin to spend money to advertise in one way or the other and then you are entering into an industry where most everyone would prefer you do something else for a living. All of these things have to be paid for before a client ever gets off the ground in a place like Alaska. Thousands of dollars spent on gear, tents, and preseason scouting and perhaps you begin to see why it may cost more than a few bucks.
When you consider an Alaskan hunt you should be aware that to fly on a commercial jet to Alaska typically cost $700 or more depending on what part of the country you are coming from, and if you did nothing but rent a car and try to drive around and camp by the road to hunt black bear on your own you would easily spend a couple grand. Nothing else lends itself very well to road hunting up there! If you get in a bush plane you can expect a do it yourself moose hunt to run $4,500 (and this is counting what it cost you to get to Alaska, or what you spend while you are in town!) and then someone wants to complain about a guided hunt that runs 3 times this much. Honestly folks I want to complain about my vehicle costing $30,000 but more guys than I can count around here are driving $45,000-$50,000 pickup trucks and they seem to think it is perfectly normal.
Just a casual glance at stone sheep prices in neighboring Yukon and British Columbia and you will see they are averaging $38,500 and $50,000 is pretty normal for desert bighorn south of the border these days. Plenty of good quality guided elk hunts in the western US run well over $5,000 and I won't even get into what it cost to hunt whitetail in half of the Midwest, and keep in mind there are literally millions of whitetails harvested every year.
On the other hand in Alaska there will be between 700-1,000 Dall sheep harvest annually, and a place like Kodiak Island on sees an annual harvest of around 165 brown bear. Limited resources add to the demand. There are plenty of brown bear hunts in Alaska that are pushing $23,000 and up, and sheep are around that $16,000 average statewide. Western Alaska moose have been at the $20,000 mark for years and I am well aware that hunt sin that price range are not financially feasible for everyone. Personally I have been married for 22 years and my wife and I have never taken a real vacation, and I certainly have never spent a small fortune on a hunt, but plenty of folks are willing and able to spend the kind of money that the market demands for these hunts and if you can't afford it then that is perfectly fine. I'm not spending the money on a desert bighorn this year either, but let's get off fantasy island where folks think they can get something for nothing, and let's give up the silly notion that the people that have spent years of investing years into forging out a unique way of life can simply afford to give away hunts for less than it would cost to wander around Disney World for a day.
Okay, rant over, let's get on with hunting, whatever it is you can afford, and if you are broke, stick with groundhogs and squirrel! Just invite me over when the squirrel is cooked!
Quite a bit of new developments going on with the business for those of you who are paying attention. We are expecting a tremendous season, and we still have some slots left for moose and Peninsula brown bear hunting in October. The latter is $16,000 and the moose is $14,800!