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I haven't booked with a Outfitter up there. There are plenty to choose from though. If I was you I'd look in the South portion of AK like around Sitka and Such. I've seen plenty of good bears come out of there !! Keep us informed on your Search. Maybe one of usss... AHHHHHEeem !! Might like Bear hunting and might ride coat tail if allowed
We have been working together and known each other for many years.
His website is out of date. The Mozza is no longer in the water.
I also rate my combo at $6000 base and $2000 when and if successful on Brown. There are many $8000 Brown hunts on the market. Not all are $15000.
We don't hunt a Brown Bear (only) populated area. We hunt the Misty which has Browns, Blacks and Wolf. We rate our hunts accordingly. But our guide friend Scott Newman does motor down from Petersburg to finish off the season in the Misty and he gets $10k or $12k for hunting the same bays.
No other Guides have Brown Bear permits to work the area.
I just sold my last Brown Bear hunt for '05 (unless the USFS gives me one more hunt, which I have asked for). Actually my spring '05 is looking full. Starting on POW in late April and then moving over to Hyder for the rest of May. Ed might have an opening.
I was afraid that a year was going to precious little time to plan. I guess '06 is plenty soon to hunt a brown bear. But I am going to chase black bears! Bears are just too much fun to let them go for a year.
SRR, I went up there without a guide and did very well on black bears. However if you don't have the resources and experience, I think Muskeg's advice is good. While S.E. Alaska is a beautiful place and a great place to hunt black bear, it is also a place where one can die young if not careful. It is not a place to practice your boat captain skills. Better to go with someone that knows what they are doing on the water. Muskeg is a great resource and it's been my experience that he doesn't mind helping folks out with good basic information. Best of luck to you.