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#7309301 - 01/14/13 Kodiak Bear Hunting
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I'd like to start planning a Kodiak bear hunt. While I have lots of hunting experience, I haven't hunted bears, and I haven't been to Kodiak.

What's the best way to start this odyssey? How difficult is it to draw a nonresident tag for Kodiak? Are these typically 7-10 day hunts, are do you hike in or float plane, etc?

Thank you.
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#7309868 - 01/14/13 Re: Kodiak Bear Hunting [Re: richardca99]
FishN4Eyes Offline
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Loc: Clancy, Montana
You need a guide to hunt brown bears in AK unless you have a blood relative who lives there.

Most guides have exclusive guide areas on Kodiak that get guaranteed tags so no draw is necessary.

Most hunts are 10-15 days.

Transportation depends on area, most require a float plane, some boat and they also have a road system tag.

Guides I'd recommend include Paul Chervenak, Sam Rohrer, and Jake Jefferson. Some other good names out there as well.

If it was me, I'd try to hunt the west end of the island.

I hunted Kodiak three times and will be back.

Hope this helps a little.

Chris


Edited by FishN4Eyes (01/14/13)

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#7310255 - 01/14/13 Re: Kodiak Bear Hunting [Re: FishN4Eyes]
richardca99 Offline
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Loc: Jacksonville, FL
Yes, that's helpful. Thank you.
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#7310325 - 01/14/13 Re: Kodiak Bear Hunting [Re: richardca99]
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I can vouch for Brian Peterson and Dennis Harms.
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#7310599 - 01/14/13 Re: Kodiak Bear Hunting [Re: dawaba]
richardca99 Offline
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Posts: 919
Loc: Jacksonville, FL
Originally Posted By: dawaba
I can vouch for Brian Peterson and Dennis Harms.


Thank you.
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#7310603 - 01/14/13 Re: Kodiak Bear Hunting [Re: FishN4Eyes]
richardca99 Offline
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Registered: 05/13/08
Posts: 919
Loc: Jacksonville, FL
Originally Posted By: FishN4Eyes
You need a guide to hunt brown bears in AK unless you have a blood relative who lives there.

Most guides have exclusive guide areas on Kodiak that get guaranteed tags so no draw is necessary.

Most hunts are 10-15 days.

Transportation depends on area, most require a float plane, some boat and they also have a road system tag.

Guides I'd recommend include Paul Chervenak, Sam Rohrer, and Jake Jefferson. Some other good names out there as well.

If it was me, I'd try to hunt the west end of the island.

I hunted Kodiak three times and will be back.

Hope this helps a little.

Chris


What is it about the west end of the island that appeals to you? Just curious...so you would pick an outfitter that focused there?
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#7311484 - 01/14/13 Re: Kodiak Bear Hunting [Re: richardca99]
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Two guides that I know personally are Jake Jefferson and Jim Bailey. I hunted with them around 12 years ago when Jake was working for Jim. Both are class acts and great guides. Jim Bailey is one of the last real old timers out there and he adds so much to the trip with his experience and stories. That year I passed on many bears looking for just the right size without rubs and my brother shot a 10+ the next to last day of the trip. One suggestion. Be in great shape because it will really impact your hunting and disposition.

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#7311722 - 01/14/13 Re: Kodiak Bear Hunting [Re: tnscouter]
AkMtnHntr Offline
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Loc: Alaska
You can't go wrong with Jake, bears are his specialty.
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#7312425 - 01/14/13 Re: Kodiak Bear Hunting [Re: AkMtnHntr]
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I don't think Jake is guiding any more. He would still be a great resource and has always had great advice.

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#7312671 - 01/14/13 Re: Kodiak Bear Hunting [Re: richardca99]
FishN4Eyes Offline
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Registered: 06/23/08
Posts: 908
Loc: Clancy, Montana
Originally Posted By: richardca99
Originally Posted By: FishN4Eyes
You need a guide to hunt brown bears in AK unless you have a blood relative who lives there.

Most guides have exclusive guide areas on Kodiak that get guaranteed tags so no draw is necessary.

Most hunts are 10-15 days.

Transportation depends on area, most require a float plane, some boat and they also have a road system tag.

Guides I'd recommend include Paul Chervenak, Sam Rohrer, and Jake Jefferson. Some other good names out there as well.

If it was me, I'd try to hunt the west end of the island.

I hunted Kodiak three times and will be back.

Hope this helps a little.

Chris


What is it about the west end of the island that appeals to you? Just curious...so you would pick an outfitter that focused there?


IMO, the west end of the island is the most remote part of it and I'd recommend picking one of the outfitters that covers that area.

Paul Chervenak has the Sturgeon River area and that's a great area with some big bears taken there and it is about as wild as anywhere on this earth.

I hunted that area twice and loved it.

Some other good names mentioned on this thread and some guys who probably know a lot more than I do.

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#7312679 - 01/14/13 Re: Kodiak Bear Hunting [Re: hawks406]
FishN4Eyes Offline
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Registered: 06/23/08
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Loc: Clancy, Montana
Originally Posted By: hawks406
I don't think Jake is guiding any more. He would still be a great resource and has always had great advice.


Hmmm....maybe you know more than me but I don't think that is the case unless something changed recently.

But maybe it has, I'll check.

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#7312781 - 01/14/13 Re: Kodiak Bear Hunting [Re: FishN4Eyes]
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I think you can find Jake on the AOD, if it's the guy I'm thinking of.
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#7312796 - 01/14/13 Re: Kodiak Bear Hunting [Re: ironbender]
AkMtnHntr Offline
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Registered: 08/15/06
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Loc: Alaska
Jake Jefferson and he is still guiding, there's info for contacting him on his website.

http://www.alaskasgreatoutdoors.com/Jake/Black%20River%20Hunting%20camp.htm

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#7314593 - 01/15/13 Re: Kodiak Bear Hunting [Re: AkMtnHntr]
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PM me if you aren't finding what you are looking for.

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#7315399 - 01/15/13 Re: Kodiak Bear Hunting [Re: richardca99]
AlaskaCub Offline
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Registered: 01/12/06
Posts: 5462
Loc: Temple, TX
Originally Posted By: richardca99
How difficult is it to draw a nonresident tag for Kodiak?


Not hard at all.....just get your checkbook out and write a check for $12,000-$20,000 and go hunting. Seriously!

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#7318570 - 01/16/13 Re: Kodiak Bear Hunting [Re: hawks406]
markopolo50 Offline
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Registered: 12/16/09
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Loc: Wolverine State, Fenton MI
Originally Posted By: hawks406
I don't think Jake is guiding any more. He would still be a great resource and has always had great advice.


Don't know where you got this information from but I hunted with Jake Jefferson, Black River Hunting Camp, last August for Dall sheep. He is alive and well and still guiding and I can vouch for him. He is a great honest guide who will give you 100%. Good luck to the OP on his search for browns, I will go with Jake when the time comes.
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#7318715 - 01/16/13 Re: Kodiak Bear Hunting [Re: markopolo50]
markopolo50 Offline
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Registered: 12/16/09
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Loc: Wolverine State, Fenton MI
Originally Posted By: markopolo50
Originally Posted By: hawks406
I don't think Jake is guiding any more. He would still be a great resource and has always had great advice.


Don't know where you got this information from but I hunted with Jake Jefferson, Black River Hunting Camp, last August for Dall sheep. He is alive and well and still guiding and I can vouch for him. He is a great honest guide who will give you 100%. Good luck to the OP on his search for browns, I will go with Jake when the time comes.


Hawks406, I apologize for doubting your report, etal, I am going to temporarily plead the fifth on this subject. I just talked to Jake Jefferson and he has had a change of plans.........I spoke too soon. I will let Jake tell the "rest of the story" when he is ready.
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#7319012 - 01/16/13 Re: Kodiak Bear Hunting [Re: markopolo50]
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After years of research, I killed a 10 footer with Brian Peterson on a 14 day backpack spring hunt.

https://www.24hourcampfire.com/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php/topics/1105955/1

http://www.ugakbay.com/

Scott Mileur on the south end is a living legend hunting out of Pinnell & Talifson's old outfit.

http://www.huntalaska.com/index.html

Couldn't do wrong with Dennis Harms...

http://www.alaskakodiakbearhuntingsafaris.com/kodiak_bears.html

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#7319256 - 01/16/13 Re: Kodiak Bear Hunting [Re: Salmonella]
markopolo50 Offline
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Registered: 12/16/09
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Loc: Wolverine State, Fenton MI
Jake just posted this on the Alaska outdoor forum. He IS going to stop guiding and outfitting. I am sorry to see this, he is a great guy.

http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/showthread.php/127577-BRWNBR-is-done-guiding
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#7320549 - 01/16/13 Re: Kodiak Bear Hunting [Re: markopolo50]
AkMtnHntr Offline
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Registered: 08/15/06
Posts: 17497
Loc: Alaska
Wow, that was a bit of a shock. The state of Alaska just lost a real good guide in Jake Jefferson.
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#7320919 - 01/16/13 Re: Kodiak Bear Hunting [Re: AkMtnHntr]
FishN4Eyes Offline
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Registered: 06/23/08
Posts: 908
Loc: Clancy, Montana
Originally Posted By: AkMtnHntr
Wow, that was a bit of a shock. The state of Alaska just lost a real good guide in Jake Jefferson.


+1.

Just saw that too, I stand corrected.

Too bad, he's a heck of a good guy.

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#7321093 - 01/16/13 Re: Kodiak Bear Hunting [Re: richardca99]
Bear_in_Fairbanks Offline
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Registered: 07/08/01
Posts: 1418
Loc: Fairbanks, Ak.
Originally Posted By: richardca99
I'd like to start planning a Kodiak bear hunt. While I have lots of hunting experience, I haven't hunted bears, and I haven't been to Kodiak.

What's the best way to start this odyssey? How difficult is it to draw a nonresident tag for Kodiak? Are these typically 7-10 day hunts, are do you hike in or float plane, etc?

Thank you.


For you non-residents? Piece of cake. 100% guaranteed. Unlike we residents who would have to wait for hell to freeze over first. Ya better have deep pockets tho.
Bear in Fairbanks


Edited by Bear_in_Fairbanks (01/16/13)
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#7321893 - 01/16/13 Re: Kodiak Bear Hunting [Re: Bear_in_Fairbanks]
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Registered: 06/23/02
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Loc: Alaska
Yep, hoping I'm one of the lucky residents this year to get a brownie tag for Kodiak...

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#7322141 - 01/16/13 Re: Kodiak Bear Hunting [Re: Bear_in_Fairbanks]
FishN4Eyes Offline
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Registered: 06/23/08
Posts: 908
Loc: Clancy, Montana
Originally Posted By: Bear_in_Fairbanks
Originally Posted By: richardca99
I'd like to start planning a Kodiak bear hunt. While I have lots of hunting experience, I haven't hunted bears, and I haven't been to Kodiak.

What's the best way to start this odyssey? How difficult is it to draw a nonresident tag for Kodiak? Are these typically 7-10 day hunts, are do you hike in or float plane, etc?

Thank you.


For you non-residents? Piece of cake. 100% guaranteed. Unlike we residents who would have to wait for hell to freeze over first. Ya better have deep pockets tho.
Bear in Fairbanks


Although, I'm a non-resident and reaped the benefits of the current regulations, I don't understand the screwing of the AK residents in regard to the Kodiak tags.

I'd be pizzed if I was an AK resident with how they handle it.

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