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Alaskan Brown Bear #8450920 11/17/21 02:46 AM
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Been a long time since I posted, but wanted to share this successful hunt! After killing a big moose in 2018 with Phil Shoemaker and Grizzly Skins we decided to book a Brown Bear hunt with them( they book out 3 years in advance), it's a very expensive hunt so we sent payments periodically for 3 years, the hunt took place in Becharof NWR 1 million acres of natural habitat on the Alaskan Penninsula they get 5 bear tags per year. After arriving to camp a day early and being flown out to our drop camp on the river, the day we landed we scouted as you cannot hunt the day you fly and it was 1 day before bear season opened. We were sitting above camp doing some glassing and 200 yards below camp on the river this monster bear comes walking 100 yards from camp, we watched him catch about 6 salmon by diving in the river and hence named him "Superman", things were looking up for this hunt. Well fast forward to the next day Superman did not return but we had another Boar right in front of camp that had his bottom canine hanging from his mouth that was damged thought about putting him down several times as the guide said it was a pretty good boar 9'-9.5' but after seeing Superman in his prime this old bear just wasnt doing it for me....I was confident Superman would return, that night and next bad weather began moving in with rain and 45 mph winds and 39° so things changed and we only saw a few small bears, overnight it rained like crazy and snowed on the mountains 1000' above us. The next day things werent much better...everything was very wet, cold and windy and the river came up almost 2 ' and became very cloudy... the next several days we saw very little bear and finally on day 7 the river was going down and the sun began to come out, we had gotten word 3 of the 5 hunters had gotten bears and some already flown out, by this time it was a test of will after 7 days of brutal conditions and we were hunting the river from above camp so their was very little movement, literally 10 hours a day sitting still, waiting in the brutal Alaskan Penninsula elements things got cold... we started to get discouraged and I had 2 days left of hunting, we saw alot of bears on day 7 but mostly sows and Cubs, fast forward to day 8 and same story but the most sunshine we had seen and alot of bears back on the river fishing but no Superman... finally at around 6 pm after sitting their all day I went to camp for some coffee and some food, the guide said he would wait until dark....I wa s in the tent and heard get your gun let's go.... I threw on my waders and grabbed my gun, he said it's a good boar fishing right below camp. We hurried a few hundred yards to the rivers edge to set up... when we got their the bear was gone so we slowly moved along the bank...suddenly we saw a bear 200yds across the river from where he had just seen it, we jumped in the river moving slowly crouched down to a sand bar and I found some drift wood stump and set up, he ranged..225 yds so I set up on my knee and felt good, we had 5 mins before it was to dark to see so he said let her RIP if you feel good. The bear was leaning down the bank looking for a salmon I could see his big broad shoulder clearly so I let the .375 H&H eat and herd a loud thud... he said I think you hit him good but the bear ran into the Thick...thick Alders. We didnt even have our packs so we decided to go a few hundred yards to camp and get the packs and we had a small boat with paddles, we put our stuff in the boat and tied off where he went in. We slowly moved through the thick alders in the fog and mist,.as it was completely dark now, even with the flashlights you could only see about 10-15 yards so we move cautiously with all the bear activity in the area that day, we found a blood trail and started to follow it about 50 yards and I asked my guide Mike, do you think hes hit good? He exclaimed I dont know you tell me their he is...I immediately got alert and looked to the left he was laying piled up, I said is it a good one and he said yes I think this is Superman, it had happened all so fast we werent sure he just knew it was a shooter and with 1 day left we were shooting! The persistence and patience paid off, we had waited 9 days for this bear to come back and he finally did, several times they radioed in asking if we wanted to move to other areas with more bear activity but we stayed the course. All 5 hunters got their bears and 3 of the 5 were over 10'! This one went 10' even and had a 27-5/8" skull, wow what a hunt and a testament to the Grizzly Skins team I highly recommend them, when we got to the airport their were many bear hunters their that didnt get bears and some had given up before the hunt was over because of the brutal conditions. I was very grateful for the experience and results AND CHECKED THIS ONE OFF THE BUCKET LIST.


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Nice bear!

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That’s awesome!

Re: Alaskan Brown Bear [Re: sparrish8] #8450931 11/17/21 02:55 AM
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Great trip and a really great trophy.



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Man that’s awesome

Re: Alaskan Brown Bear [Re: sparrish8] #8450952 11/17/21 03:23 AM
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Absolute monster! Great bear and fantastic write up….. up


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Re: Alaskan Brown Bear [Re: sparrish8] #8450957 11/17/21 03:29 AM
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That sounds like my kind of hunt!

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Giant bear

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Outstanding trophy and hunt sir. Definitely on “the list”. Congrats.

Re: Alaskan Brown Bear [Re: sparrish8] #8451030 11/17/21 04:39 AM
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Congratulations !


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Wow ! That is one big bear . Congratulations sir .


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Re: Alaskan Brown Bear [Re: sparrish8] #8451084 11/17/21 10:23 AM
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Awesomeness!

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Awesome hunt!


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Re: Alaskan Brown Bear [Re: sparrish8] #8451095 11/17/21 11:14 AM
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cheers Excellent hunt. Congratulations on a fantastic bear!


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Great write up and congrats on a fantastic hunt!


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Congrats great bear and recap of the hunt cheers
Do you have any cool pics that you will share with us of your trip like the bears fishing in the river or?

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Re: Alaskan Brown Bear [Re: sparrish8] #8451140 11/17/21 12:46 PM
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Very Nice...!!! up


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That is awesome. Congrats!

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Huge bear and excellent story. Congratulations.

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Great bear!! Really enjoyed the story…….congrats! cheers


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Wow huge !

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Fortune favors the bold...or however that saying goes. You braved the elements and got rewarded. Trip of a lifetime, or 2.

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Awesome! Congrats!

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Heck of a bear! Congrats


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Great write up, hunt, & bear!!!

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