Let’s discuss Spring and Fall Brown bear hunting and the gear list you should have with you. These are guided hunts in Alaska .The outfitter should have a list of what they provide but I will provide the list that we use in Dillingham Alaska with Nushagak Guides! We offer Bear and Moose hunts in remote high-success areas!
Everyone wants to whack a monster Alaskan brown bear and having a good working list of equipment is essential!
In Alaska, the conditions can be harsh and unforgiving stacked on top of you are hunting a giant animal like the Alaskan Brown Bear!
I want to break this down as simply and straightforward as possible. I will post a ton of links for you to look through and make the decision. Usually, you want to contain this to 50 pounds of gear along with a rifle. Alright, let’s get started with the Spring Bear!
Spring Brown Bear hunting
Spring bear is a wild ride this is hunting Brown bears coming out of their den. We ride snow mobiles! This is about having the right gear for riding. Absolutely the “best fun” you can have according to Brian Donovan!
Now we can discuss and argue about what is better. I am telling you I am wearing Kryptek and the reason why… I believe they have a great durable product and the head guy Chad from Eagle ID is a great person and really cares about the product! I can call him anytime with questions. Comparing the product side by side with other top-of-the-line gear. I find this product to meet the requirements of quality, service, and price. This is discussing the actual hunt clothes. I don’t care what you are wearing back at the cabin. Do what’s comfortable wear your new balance shoes! I had these clothes and gear for 40 days.
Here is a breakdown of what I’m wearing.Start at the top:
Ventus Beanie for keeping my head warm this is a must!
Neck and face mask for snowmobiling! Wyot Balaclava.
Mid layer is key to retaining body heat while being able to breathe. Riding snowmobiles can create a lot of sweat having a great mid-layer will help keep you comfortable that’s the goal in all of this. I am using
Gloves are so important! I struggle with winter conditions having the proper circulation in my hands when it gets cold. Riding snow mobiles across the ice and snow you need good gloves. I use the Gyes Glove.
Socks can be difficult I know times when it’s perfect and times when my feet are either sweating or miserably cold. I find riding the best socks for balance are Danner I can’t tell you enough how much I love these socks. I guide all over the place and these babies go everywhere with me.
Boots are incredibly important. Speaking to Master Guide Brian Donavan from Nushagak Guides explains that using an Artic muck boot is key in riding through this kind of terrain in the Tundra. I also keep a pair of crocs around the lodge.
Chest bino holders
I use an Eberlestock pack. I like this pack for several reasons but mainly it has hide packing capability and I can easily slide my rifle in and out.
Pack right pack light!The new thing isn’t always the best thing look for a product that is proven!
This is easy on the headlamp get Last light backcountry bundle. Charging bank awesome headlamp and a light rope. I bought one at a hunting show and loved it!
I am a big fan of the Sure Fire 6 PX pro it’s a great light and super durable!
“I don’t want to skip out on something because of a few hundred dollars.”
Here is a great article about setting a bhttps://www.huntinfool.com/states/alaska/bearudget for your hunting trip!
I am playing with fire with this conversation. I am giving my humble opinion. Based on caliber and type of ammunition can be a major factor in chasing a giant into the alders or not!
I recommend first a 375 H&H from Best of The West! they have a great system you can also use this caliber with your Moose hunt in the fall. The Scope I use with my rifle is a Huskemaw 5-30×56. You do not need a high-powered scope in Alaska most of our shots are close range. If you have specific questions for me about this rifle let me know! Send me a message I am happy to discuss it! The ammunition I use is 300Gr Hornady Interlock. Make sure you have hearing protection. I use Walker Game ear.
The knife you want an outdoor edge razor pro it’s simple and easy-to-replace blades. More than likely you won’t use it much the guide will do the skinning!
Lighters I use Black beard arc lighters.
Paracord is important to get the good stuff!
Water bottle I can not stress enough how you need a good filter bottle I use Grayl 24 OZ bottle.
InReach Mini 2 will save your life get one and learn to be efficient with it! This is a GPS satellite and you can text with it. It also has an SOS button that will give your location and save you!
Snowmobile goggles I like the Aviator 2.0 goggle by 509.
For the most part, you should be in a lodge and the guide will have most everything beyond this list… at least we do.
Fall Bear hunt
Some of this could be some of the same products but it’s important to create this list. I will make printable for these. Spring brown bear hunts are full of adventure! You will either be hunting rivers or lakes with your guide. We provide a lot but you will need the following!
Binoculars and Bino holder
Eberlestock packs are great this one I use this one personally. I like it for several reasons but I like the gun scabbard built into it and the ability to pack out a hide if I needed to!
Headlamp and flashlight
Lastlight is it! Headlamps, they are first class! They are rechargeable! Just buy the bundle you get a charge pack and a rope light! Buy it! As far as a great flashlight guide approved get a Surefire 6PX Pro it has 15k lumens and plenty of durabilities to get you through your kill!
I like great polarized sunglasses I wear Smith! I really like the comfort and on a 10-day run you want comfort!
Being on the water for hours at a time the sun can really hammer on you. I like this no-scent sun screen .
Here is my theory on lighters have plenty I buy 2-3 cheap lighters but I use one main expensive wind proof tough lighter Black Beard! Get one!
Gun Cleaning kit
On the water, it’s important to check out your rifle every few days. You will need a stainless rifle in Alaska. A cleaning kit is key to saving you from having issues short-term and long! Grab a Range Maxx they are just right for a lightweight kit on the river!
I like two knives on the hunt. Now your guide will be doing most of the work along with a packer but you will want a few knives to help out and for general use. I buy the Outdoor edge razor pro and a Cutco skinning knife! It’s all you need! watch my review on the Outdoor edge!
I wear Gyes glove from Kryptek waterproof and will keep your hands warm.
It is usually raining and then sunny then windy and all of the above! Plan accordingly you usually need to have your bag at 50 lbs of gear and then a rifle. Have a great raincoat and waders do not skimp on this!
I wear long johns from Kryptek Merino wool!
Find pants that you can wear under your waders that are comfortable they don’t have to be extremely heavy.
Get Danner socks!
You will want a pair of Crocs to have around camp!
Head net can I tell you how serious this is? It’s really important to have 2-3 head nets. I use this brand head net.
Grayl 24 OZ water bottle! Get it!
Get an InReach Mini 2 these have texting and SOS. It will save your life do not forget this!
To have the best trip possible I would make sure you pack a few of your favorite snacks. We provide snacks and food but it’s always nice to have what you like. Chewing gum get a bunch I have no reason why except it’s really nice to have it! Bring Nylon rope it’s super nice to have to string out for clothes drying. Bring some Klean Freak wipes you will thank me!
Weapon for Killing
Here is my advice and it’s humble get a 375 H&H to get ammo that will throw the hammer like 270-grain interlock ammo. You have to want massive devastation with brown bears very seldom they will not die on the first shot. Save a guide and buy a good rifle like Best of the West! If you want to carry a side arm many do it’s a 10MM Glock 20. Make sure you have hearing protection! I use Walker Game Ear!
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