- Rates & Schedule
- The Environment of your hunt
- The Black Bear
- Alaska Hunting and Fishing Regulations
- Equipment (what to bring)
- Hunting and Fishing Licenses
- Transportation, Flight information, and Logistics
- Game Care and Shipping Home
- 3 Options For Bear Hide Sealing
- Fuel Surcharge
- Reference list
|Rates & Schedule|
Alaska Black Bear Hunts
Hunt dates for spring 2016 $ 2,850.00 PP
April 27-May 1, May 2-6, May 7-11, May 12-16, May 17-21, May 22-26, May 27-31, June 1-5, June 6-10
Hunt dates for fall 2016 $ 2,850.00 PP
Aug 25-29, Aug 30-Sept 3, Sept 4-8, Sept 9-13
Prince William Sound Black Bear and Sitka Blacktail Deer Hunt
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All hunts are 5 days/4 nights, minimum of 2 and a maximum of 10 hunters.
All fishing gear and processing provided.
All Hunts Include: Meals & Snacks, Hot & Cold non-Alcoholic Beverages, Freezing of Hides , Assistance in Travel Arrangements between Anchorage, Whittier and Homer.
For the past 18 years, Ninilchik Charters has grown from our success of providing great hunting and fishing adventures to thousands of people. We understand that a hunting trip to Alaska involves a large investment and requires a substantial amount of research. We are excited about having you aboard, and the best way for us to get started is by providing you as much information as possible about our hunting trip. This is a detailed information packet about our 5 day, 4 night on the Kenai Peninsula black bear hunt. We designed this packet in hopes that it will give you a better understanding of what to expect on your bear hunting adventure.
|The Environment of your hunt|
Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula is a vast waterway offering 3,000 miles of scenic shoreline. The Sound is encircled by the snow capped Chugach Mountain Range and its many gigantic blue-ice glaciers. It holds hundreds of islands and is a veritable maze of waterways. Fish and game opportunities abound.
Ninilchik Charters operates out of Whittier and Homer in the Chugach National Forest operating 2 vessels: the 50 foot “Sundy”, and the 43 foot “Arctic Endeavor”. We use these 2 vessels to transport our hunters to the remote areas of the Kenai Peninsula and Prince William Sound. These vessels also serve as our lodging and base camp during the hunt. Your vessel will have a knowledgeable, experienced captain and deck hand on board that will provide transport, lodging, and meals during your hunt.
The black bear in Prince William Sound are well at home in their habitat. These are wild, free-ranging bear, and hunters must utilize their hunting, glassing, and stalking skills to be successful.
Each day of your hunt, you will be skiffed into shore with your hunting partner. You and your hunting partner will be dropped off in good hunting areas equipped with a radio and a strobe light. When you choose to end your hunting day, radio the boat, and we promptly pick you (and your bear) up, and return to the boat for the night.
In Alaska hunting regulations, there is a significant difference between a big game “Transporter” and a big game “Guide”. We are Big Game Transporters. We offer transportation and lodging services to hunters looking for a more “do-it-yourself” type of hunt. You as the hunter determine the overall pace of the hunt. You will also be hunting with your hunting partners and not a guide. You can set your own level of difficulty, and only you choose which bear to take.
The Kenai Peninsula and Prince William Sound, Alaska is a breath taking beautiful place. This area of Alaska is considered an “arctic rain forest”, and the spruce forests here are carpeted with ferns and soft green moss. Red alder, wild rose, raspberry, and blueberry thrive. The snow capped Chugach Mountain range grows out of the blue green water on all sides, and its many glaciers carve rivers of ice through the jungle valleys. Lush, green grass meadows quilt the mountainsides making this place an absolute black bear heaven. Black bear abound in the area we operate, and harvest opportunities can be found everywhere.
The area we operate offers a variety of terrain. There are moderate rolling hills with grassy hillsides offering a hunter easier access. Other areas are more steep and rugged, cut with cliffs and waterfalls. Many hunters choose to hunt the beach, and spend their time glassing the shoreline for a beach combing bear. You as the hunter sets your difficulty level. If you chose to hunt the beach, walk inland, or hike high into the hills, the choice is yours.
No matter where you are in Alaska, the opportunity for foul weather always exists. In Prince William Sound at this time of year, it can be calm and sunny, with mild 65 degree temperatures now, and downright nasty with high winds, temperatures in the 30’s, and driving rain tomorrow.
Weather plays a very important role on the hunt. Because our vessel serves as base camp, it is top priority of your captain to operate your vessel in safe, protected waters at all times. High surf or wind conditions may determine where we can hunt safely.
It is also important for the hunter to bring suitable all weather gear. A Top priority when hunting Alaska’s remote country for any length of time. Insulating layers, wind break layers, and water proof layers will make your hunt much more comfortable. It may be rough weather outside, but once you’re on the boat, you’ll have a comfortable cabin to tell hunting stories at the end of the day.
We cannot control the weather, but we’ll do everything we can to cope with it.
|The Black Bear|
The area we hunt is known for its large and thriving population of black bears. Black bears are numerous in this area, and a fair amount of 6-7 foot bears are taken every year by our hunters. Hunters are allowed to take 1 bear of either sex during the spring hunt. Cubs, or sows with cubs are not legal to harvest.
Many hunters choose to spot and stalk hunt with a good pair of binoculars in hand. Other hunters choose to hunt from a stationary position glassing drainages, avalanche chutes, and open meadows. Black bears can be found on the beach all the way up into the mountain high grounds.
Black bears have an average life span of 25 years, and sexually mature at age three to six. Mating takes place in June and July. Apart from that time, black bears are usually solitary, except for sows with cubs.
Black bears are creatures of opportunity when it comes to food. When they emerge from their dens in the spring, freshly-sprouted green vegetation is their main food item, but they will eat nearly anything they encounter, including winter-killed animals, newborn moose calves and deer fawns. As summer progresses, feeding shifts to salmon, if available. In areas where salmon are not present, bears rely primarily on vegetation, including berries. Ants, grubs and other insects round out their diets.
Important Hunting Regulations
- Black bear cubs, or sows with cubs, are NOT allowed to be harvested.
- Before June 1st, all black bear meat MUST be taken from the field.
- Black bear hides and skulls must be sealed by the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game.
- Evidence of sex MUST be naturally attached to the hide.
- Glacier bears (blue phase) bears are NOT allowed to be harvested.
Please review the Alaska Department of Fish and Game regulations for specific instruction on sealing requirements and wanton waste laws. Just click here.
Fishing opportunities for Halibut in the Gulf of Alaska are numerous. If your hunting group decides they would like to spend an afternoon fishing instead of hunting, we have all the equipment needed to chase halibut. Our captains are all Licensed Alaskan Fishing Guides, and we know the waters of the Sound very well. Halibut reaching 100 pounds or better are not uncommon on these trips. You might do so well fishing for halibut, that you’ll choose to chase fish instead of bear a couple more times during your trip!
Your captain and deck hand will process all of your halibut, and get your fillets into the onboard freezers. The daily limit for halibut is 2 fish per day.
|Alaska Hunting and Fishing Regulations|
We at Ninilchik Charters promote fair chase, lawful hunting. We have a close working relationship with the Alaskan State Troopers, The Alaskan Department of Fish and Game, and the Coast Guard. We strive for a safe, lawful hunting experience. We follow all hunting and fishing regulations, and encourage local law enforcement agencies to visit us during the hunt. We have a good reputation, and we conduct our hunts in a manner to maintain it.
|Equipment (what to bring)|
Here is a list of items that you should bring with you on your Alaska Hunt.
- Rifle (270 cal. or larger) or Bow and Arrows
- Good waterproof hiking boots with strong ankle support
- Rain gear, all purpose outdoor clothing. We recommend Cabela’s Dry-Plus
- Layered non-cotton clothes
- Day pack / frame pack
- Sleeping Bag
- Skinning knives w/ sharpening stone
- Personal toiletries
- Binoculars/Range Finder
- Drag rope
- Space blanket
- Flagging tape
- Canteen / water bottle
- Water filter or purification tablets
- First aid kit
- Gun cleaning kit (salt water)
This is a short list of items you should bring on your black bear hunt. Of course items you feel you need can be added. It is important to remember that Ninilchik Charters is a big-game transporter, and this is a “do-it-yourself” hunt. The equipment you need to go hunting, remove game from the field, and process game (caping, skinning, quartering, butchering) must be supplied by you.
Other amenities can be brought on board as well. Beer and Liquor is not provided by Ninilchik Charters, but you are welcome to bring your own. We ask, for safety reasons, that you drink responsibly while on board.
|Hunting and Fishing Licenses|
You will need to purchase hunting or fishing licenses from a licensed Fish and Game vendor, before you show up to board the boat.
(You must have these three things to hunt in Alaska)
1. Hunting License
2. Harvest card for the animal your hunting no cost for this card
3. Metal locking ring
- Non-resident Hunting license – $85.00
- Non-resident Hunting and 7 day fishing combo license – $140.00
- Black Bear Kill Tag – $225.00
The “Sundy” lodges 6 hunters and the “Arctic Endeavor” lodges 4 hunters. Both boats are equipped with a dining area, bathroom, bunk area, kitchen area, and a spacious covered back deck.
Each hunter has a personal bunk and storage compartment. We provide a comfortable cabin and bunk area so you can relax and enjoy yourself while on the boat.
We will be spending 5 days in remote Alaska, living on a boat. This makes a more rugged hunting camp atmosphere. We only have the freshwater we can carry with us, so we must practice water conservation. Warm water wash-downs take the place of showers, and though we can dry wet hunting clothes by hanging them, we don’t have a clothes washing machine on board.
Each day your captain and deck hand will prepare meals for your hunting group. Meals are modest, rounded hunting camp food. Each evening after the hunt, dinner will be prepared for you. A basic weekly dinner menu follows:
- Halibut, Pasta, vegetable
- Steaks, potatoes, vegetable
- Hamburgers, potato salad, baked beans
- Pork Rib, rice, vegetable
- Seafood chowder, sour dough bread
- Chili, corn bread
- Spaghetti, Salad garlic bread
Of course, any wild game or fish that has been harvested by your group can be prepared as well.
Breakfast will be available each morning before the hunt. Breakfast menu is as follows:
- Pancakes and sausage
- Eggs and Bacon
- Variety of cold cereals
- English muffins, Bagels
- Biscuits and Gravy
Lunch items for your day pack will be provided each morning as well.
- Sandwiches, Soup, Fruit
- Granola bars, candy bars, cookies, chips
A variety of non-alcoholic drinks, and snacks are available for the entire week.
If you have certain dietary needs, please contact us and let us know. We can adjust the menu to fit your needs!
|Transportation, Flight information, and Logistics|
This section provides the information hunters need detailing the trip logistics.
Hunters need to be at the boat in Whittier or Homer Alaska by 6:30 a.m. the first morning of their scheduled hunt. Whittier Harbor is located about 1 hour south of Anchorage,Homer Harbor is located 4 hour south of Anchorage.
Hunters can rent a car for the week, find other transportation (taxi, train, etc.) or we can arrange to pick you up in Anchorage before your hunt.
If you choose to arrange your own transportation, be advised that there is a tunnel right before you arrive in Whittier. You can only enter the tunnel in the Whittier direction at 5:30 am, 6:30 am, 7:30 am, or 8:30 am.
Our boat will depart for the hunting grounds as soon as your hunting gear is loaded, and a brief orientation is conducted. The boat ride to the hunting grounds is very short; we can basically begin hunting after leaving the harbor. However, the boat ride may reach 4 or 5 hours to arrive at our targeted areas.
During this first day, if hunters would like to re-check the accuracy of their rifles, we can make a pit stop, and run hunters into the beach.
The last afternoon of your hunt will be spent traveling back to the Harbor. We ask that hunters have all meat, fish, and hides processed, boxed, and ready for unloading, before we arrive back at the Harbor. Wax shipping boxes with plastic inserts are provided to pack your meat and hides in at no additional cost.
Your boat will return to the Boat Harbor around 5 p.m. the last afternoon of your hunt. Transportation back to Anchorage can be arranged by us, or can be handled by the hunter.
|Game Care and Shipping Home|
We receive many questions about game care in the field, and shipping your fish and game home. We hope this section will answer our most common questions.
Once a black bear has been taken, it needs to be immediately kill-tagged and field dressed. After that, there are 2 ways to get your bear to the skiff, you can harvest your bear right on the beach (the most common way) or you can skin and quarter your bear in the field and frame-pack it out.
We recommend that hunters wishing to hike inland, bring a pack-frame to get their bear out.
Once you are on the beach, you and your bear will be picked up, and you’ll be skiffed back to the boat. Our large covered back deck has plenty of room, and works well to skin and quarter a bear. Temperatures at this time of year are usually good for hanging bear quarters.
Freezer space will be provided for hunters wishing to have their bear hides frozen for taxidermy.
Most hunters pack their meat in our wax shipping boxes provided, and fly them home as extra baggage. Each shipping box will hold roughly 50 pounds of meat. Be sure to check with your airline carrier about extra bag charges so there are no surprises when flying home with extra bags.
Once you are back in Town you MUST have your bear hide sealed before it is allowed to leave the state of Alaska.
|3 Options For Bear Hide Sealing|
1. Arctic Fox Taxidermy
We recommend Arctic Fox taxidermy for all your taxidermy needs. They have offered to meet you in Anchorage to pick up hides and skulls at the end of the hunt.Arctic Fox can also seal the hides to meet Alaska Fish and Game requirements. They do excellent work and have a quick turn around time. We have enclosed a brochure for your review or call Jim Kedrowski at 907-376-4776 or buy email at firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Alpha Fur Dressers in Anchorage
Alpha Fur Dressers is a recommended fur tannery. Hunters can drop off hides and skulls to Alpha Fur Dressers in Anchorage at the end of their hunt. Alpha Fur Dressers can seal the hide to meet Alaska Fish and Game requirements, cape and de-flesh your hide, bleach the skull, tan your hide, and ship your tanned hide and skull to your home address when completed. Once you receive your hide at home, you can take to your taxidermist of choice for mounting or rug.
Alpha Fur Dressers
1901 W. 48th
Anchorage, AK 99517
3. Alaska Department of Fish and Game
At the end of your hunt, you can take your UNFROZEN bear hide to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game office in Anchorage for sealing. Skull must be removed from hide, and as always, evidence of sex must be naturally attached to the hide.
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
333 Raspberry Rd.
Anchorage, AK 99518
Due to fluctuating fuel prices, there may be a fuel surcharge up to 5% added to the cost of your hunt.
We will do our best to provide the Kodiak Island deer hunting adventure of a lifetime. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us! We are anxious to have you aboard!