Spring Grizzly & Black Bear Hunts

Spring Grizzly & Black Bear Hunts have been a tradition with Pioneer Outfitters since 1924.

The Grizzly Bear is a North American subspecies of the Brown Bear.

These awe-inspiring giants tend to be solitary animals—with the exception of females and their cubs—but at times they do congregate.

Grizzly bears are powerful, top-of-the-food-chain predators, yet much of their diet consists of nuts, berries, fruit, leaves, and roots. Bears also eat other animals, from rodents to moose.

Spring Grizzly & Black Bear

Grizzly & Black Bear

We have one of the only areas in Alaska that a Grizzly Bear may be taken every year instead of one every four years. With an area of 55 by 65 miles, our Bear population supports this harvest.

Our Grizzlies never leave the Chisana Valley ~ they are true Mountain Grizzlies.  The cold breeze that is always blowing off the glacier ice makes the Grizzly’s coats prime, thick and silky, no matter what season.

The color phases of Grizzly Bears in our area range from a true toklat (blond with chocolate face and paws) to black.

Good binoculars and patience is what it takes to be a good Grizzly Bear hunter. You must be willing to sit and glass and let the bears do the moving. One more good point, you do not need hip boots here, in Chisana

  • Black Bear may also be taken at no additional fee to your hunt.

Spring Grizzly & Black Bear Hunts

(End of April through June, depending on the spring) 
Spring Grizzly & Black Bear Hunts … 12-Days …   $16,900.00  

(On this hunt, extra days may be purchased at a per day rate of $500.00)

More Hunting FAQ’s

Spring Grizzly & Black Bear is best pursued the entire month of May thru June.

Spring is a really good time for our Interior Mountain Grizzly Bears. We gain so much light during that time in the Interior of Alaska and the warm temperatures make for enjoyable and comfortable days hunting.

An 8.5 foot is a big Grizzly, 7 foot to 8 foot is a good possibility, with beautifully primed out coats, and claws that have not dug into the ground yet.


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And on the lighter side:

If you’re a bear, you get to hibernate. You do nothing for six months. I could deal with that.

Before you hibernate, you’re supposed to eat yourself stupid. I could deal with that too.

If you’re a bear, you birth your children (who are the size of walnuts) while you’re sleeping and wake to partially grown, but cuddly cubs. I could definitely deal with that.

If you’re a mama bear, everyone knows you mean business. You swat anyone who bothers your cubs. If your cubs get out of line, you swat them too. I could deal with that.

If you’re a bear, your mate expects you to wake up growling. He expects that you will have hairy legs and excess body fat.

Yup, I wanna be a bear.
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