Alaska Outdoors in the Spring

April in Alaska is a transition month. We love the longer days and the sunny days and much warmer temperatures. Those hardy individuals who train all winter in pursuit of winning the Iditarod can now rest for a few months. The snow and ice are quickly receding and our thoughts are of the multitude of possible summer/fall outdoor activities we will enjoy in months to come. But, for all the sun and warmth we’re having, there’s really not that many outdoor adventures we can actually have until more snow and ice melts away. So, we plan a lot in April.

If you want to hunt Alaska now, bear hunting in Alaska is one of the earliest pursuits many of us Alaskans plan for. Many brown and grizzly bear hunters will begin their hunts in late April, but most black bear hunters will have to wait until at least early May before there are sufficient animals out to begin their hunts.

Top of the Butte

 

The drawing hunt permit winners have already been chosen, so those lucky individuals are seriously planning to go sheep hunting in Alaska and moose hunting in Alaska. But, until at least August, these animals are all out of season for now. However, April is a great time to begin training in earnest for those in the quest for Dall sheep; they can even mix some spring hill climbing with some actual practice of sheep stalking in Alaska. I get out a lot in April, hiking the hills with my Labrador, while trying to help him understand that upland hunting in Alaska is closed until August so I can’t shoot at the birds he flushes.

A Man and his Dog

 

One of the most important goals I’ve come up with over the long winter is to have moreoutdoor adventures here in Alaska. At least one per week is my goal. And I will include at least one Blog per week on this site – with photos. Alaska is a great place to live, if you love it, and I do. But I have been spending too much time on work and other stuff, and not enough time enjoying the Alaska outdoors. Now is the time…  http://www.tonyruss.com/PageBookBearHuntinginAlaska.html

14 thoughts on “Alaska Outdoors in the Spring”

    1. Your guide will tell you if you are lucky enough that your guide gets tags. I can tell you have not done much raecsreh. Non-residents cannot hunt brownies in Alaska unless you are with a guide and use his tags. Expect 10k to 20k to hunt there. Its a supply and demand market and fees are high.BTW I doubt a 14yr old can go there alone and hire a Guide for 10-20k.

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  4. I am a long time Alaskan hunter, aperptr, and Certified Alaskan Hunter Safety Instructor.Non-Resident big game hunters require a certified guide. Brown Bear hunting for non-residents come in two types of hunts Drawing Permit and Registration.In a Registration Hunt you simply buy a $450 or so Brown Bear tag (who knows what it will cost in 2 years) and then you hire a certified guide to take you into the Registration area.In a Drawing Permit you buy an Alaskan Hunting License online in December and then pay $5 or $10 to put your name into a Lottery. You can choose 3 different areas. Once you win a Drawing Permit you will be given a list of guides certified to take hunters in that area. You book the guide and then go hunting. Drawing Permits are the way to go these areas only allow a few hunters per year. You are almost guaranteed a good bear unless the weather is against you or you blow the shot. You very much need to visit the official state of Alaska web site and download the Hunting Regulation, and the Drawing Permit suppliment. The Drawing Permit suppliment does not change much from year to year.Kodiak Island and Afognick (sp) Island have the biggest brown bears. Most are fly in or boat in trips. I lived on Kodiak for many years lots of big bears not too far from town. If you want to take a nice one for a Registration hunt you can enter Bear Valley’ behind the US Coast Guard Communications Station. Just call or drive up and be nice they will let you drive up to the end of the road through the antenna field. Sure beats walking 1.5 miles. They got some huge bears back there.You can email me any questions.

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