Hunting Expeditions

About Our Hunts

Grizzly Expeditions is committed to facilitating the absolute best hunting trips possible and we take it seriously! Alaska Big Game hunts require months of planning, careful weather and location considerations, high quality gear selection and experienced guides. We are with you for the entire process, from the moment you choose us to guide your hunt all the way to your departure from Alaska. We will communicate frequently via telephone and email in order to ensure you are fully equipped and ready for the hunt of a lifetime!

Game Management Units (GMU)

We hunt Unit 21 for Grizzly & Moose, Unit 6 for Brown Bear, Moose & Black Bear, and also Unit 16 for Black Bear only.

GMU 21 GMU 6 GMU 16

Gear List (What to Bring)

These are the recommended items to bring with you on a Grizzly Expeditions hunt

  • Rifle *
  • Ammunition * (2+ boxes)
  • Soft gun case & Cleaning Kit
  • Scope Covers
  • Sunblock & Lip Balm
  • Towel & washcloth
  • Shaving Supplies
  • Long underwear
  • Large day pack
  • Wool socks
  • Camera(s) w/ extra memory card
  • Camp shoes/boots
  • Binoculars (8x or 10x)
  • Shirts
  • Small flashlight
  • Polar Fleece (pants & jacket)
  • Hunting knife
  • Hip boots or breathable chest waders (no felt bottoms)
  • Sunglasses
  • Good rain gear
  • Personal medication
  • Warm hat
  • Gloves & liners
  • Reading material
  • Satellite phone (optional)
  • License(s) & Locking tag(s) (see pricing)

* Heavier belted magnum rounds with a minumum bullet weight of 200gr are recommended. Premium quality ammunition should be used and if you handload, please make sure your rounds are going to fire! There is no simple "right or wrong" in selecting a rifle and ammunition for your hunt and how accurately you shoot is more important than the equipment you choose to use. See ADFG's article on firearms & ammunition.

Note: Your gear should not exceed 100lbs and should be packed in soft duffle bags. Upon reaching the remote village the hunt will start from, we ask that you repack your gear into medium duffle bags and your day pack to better assist in loading the small high performance planes we utilize in the bush.

Grizzly Bear vs. Brown Bear

All Grizzly Bears are Brown Bears, but not all Brown Bears are Grizzly Bears. Confused? Here's the difference... the Grizzly Bear subspecies is a designation for inland Brown Bears. They are identical in every way except for where they live and their diet, which mostly consists of berries, roots, plant bulbs, ground rodents and whitebark pine nuts. They also prey on moose, elk, mountain goats and sheep. The "Brown Bears" we hunt are considered coastal and are found along.. you guessed it.. the coast! They eat fish (a LOT of it) and because of the consistent availability of salmon, Brown Bears tend to grow larger than Grizzlies.

Grizzly Bear Hunt + Fishing Float Combo

Season/Dates: August 9th - August 16th
Length: 8 Days
Game Management Unit: 21, Middle Yukon

This one of a kind combination Grizzly Hunt and Fishing Float trip takes you down a 30 mile prime stretch of a tributary to the Yukon River. During this time, the grizzly bears are still feeding on salmon and therefore they are concrentrated along the river. We set up camp at each end of the stretch. During the float, you will have the opportunity to participate in world class fishing for grayling and arctic char. Also during this trip, it is not unusual to see anywhere betwen 5 and 10 bears per day. However, if you don't take one, we fly back to the upper camp and do it all again the next day!

More Info

You'll fly to Unalakleet from Anchorage where you'll rendezvous with Rick before flying out to upper camp in the Super Cub. The season opens on August 10th and you'll float with your guide down the river, hunting and fishing along the way. If you don't fill your tag, we'll just fly you back up to the top for another go! This hunt takes place right at the end of the salmon run when the bears are all down by the river trying to make their last catch. It's been a very successful hunt over the years and we typically fill the tag within 3 days.

Our Brown Bear & Moose hunting trips begin in Anchorage, where Lori will pick you up for a 1 hour drive to our lodge in Wasilla where you'll spend the night. The following day, Lori will drive you to Chitna (about a 4 hour trip) at the end of the road system. Rick will be waiting there with the Super Cub. After a 2 hour flight to camp, the hunt is on!

See below for hunt options and specific info

Brown Bear Hunt

Seasons/Dates: Fall Hunt, September 1st - September 30th | Spring Hunt, May 10th - June 10th
Length: 10 Days
Game Management Unit: 6, North Gulf Coast - Prince William Sound

During the Fall hunts, there are typically a few mooose carcasses around the area that attract the bears. Spring hunts are spot and stalk style as we comb the beaches and grassy meadows along the ocean.

Moose Hunt

Seasons/Dates: Fall, September 1st - September 30th
Length: 10 Days
Game Management Unit: 6, North Gulf Coast - Prince William Sound

Moose terrain is pretty easy walking. We typically don't wander more than a mile from camp before spotting a moose.

Brown Bear + Moose Combo Hunt

Seasons/Dates: Fall, September 1st - September 30th
Length: 10 Days
Game Management Unit: 6, North Gulf Coast - Prince William Sound

Why not both? Join us on this great valued Fall combo hunt for both Brown Bear and Moose with a very high success rate.

Black Bear Hunt

Season/Dates: Spring Hunt, May 10th - June 10th | Fall Hunt, September 1st - September 30th
Length: 10 Days
Game Management Unit: 16, Lower Susitna for Black Bear Only OR 21/6 as an Add-On

We offer Black Bear hunting as an add-on to our Unit 21 Grizzly hunt or any of our Unit 6 hunts. Additionally, if you're interested in a more budget friendly hunt, then join us on one of our Spring or Fall Black Bear Only hunts for an equally enjoyable Alaskan Big Game experience! The Black Bear population is siginificantly lower in the areas with Brown Bear. Because of that, for Black Bear only hunting, we head to Unit 16 where the Brown Bear population is lower.

Wolf Hunting (Add-On Only)

Wolves can be found throughout mainland Alaska and are classified as "big game" under hunting regulations. They are highly adaptable and exist in just about all Alaska habitats. Wolves may be hunted without a locking tag while on our Grizzly/Fishing Combo trip (Unit 21) and with a tag (see pricing) while on any of our other hunts.