Archive for brown bear hunting

Kodiak: Reality TV with a Bear Problem

In the spirit of other popular Discovery shows based in Alaska comes this new series following three hunting families determined to prevail over hardship and danger in one of the remotest places on earth.

May 09, 2014

John Zent's Brown Bear Adventure Roundup

Check out John Zent's blog and photo coverage, detailing each step of his thrilling Alaskan adventure.

June 27, 2011

Brown Bear Adventure in Alaska Part 7

The two big brown bears taken near the end of a lengthy, challenging hunt certainly met, and perhaps exceeded, our hopes. Stephen’s bear was a 9½-foot brute, while mine pushed 9 feet, and both possessed perfect, not-yet-rubbed pelts that will make stunning trophies. The only downside was that Andrew never did connect despite gamely pushing it right to the end. On our way back to port, in fact, he and guide Dan Ondersma took off in a skiff seeking a last-ditch black bear, a detour that meant a long, cold boat ride in rough water before finally arriving back in Valdez late that night. For all three of us, cruising the breathtakingly beautiful Alaska coast in search of North America’s alpha game animal added up to an extraordinary adventure.

June 24, 2011

Brown Bear Adventure in Alaska Part 5

It was rainy, it was cold and the clock was ticking. The end of our hunt was looming too fast. What made it worse was that Andrew and I had botched opportunities at bears we should have had.

June 22, 2011

Brown Bear Adventure in Alaska, Part 4

You’ve heard it’s always darkest right before the dawn? Well … not this time. The darkest came our fifth day out when a fierce storm swept in from the Pacific bringing torrential rain and gale winds up around 50 mph. The Ruffinit bounced like a cork and swung wildly on its anchor line. Repeatedly the skiffs nearly swamped in the vicious chop and the guides had to battle to keep them pumped out. Though nowhere near “Deadliest Catch” turbulent, the storm was an amazing spectacle of nature’s power even in those sheltered waters.

June 20, 2011

Brown Bear Adventure in Alaska, Part 3

Our floating “camp” was like nothing else I’d ever experienced. With eight men aboard, living space in the Rufinit’s cabin was elbow-room tight. But in fact it was way more comfortable than that might sound, and we soon assumed a practical “flow” that allowed all of us to move around at will. Because it was mostly rainy and cool and at times quite windy, being able to get inside and get our gear dry was a real luxury compared to tent camping. We had heat, lights, a bathroom/shower, even a flat-screen HD monitor for watching movies. Cook Tom Jennen (Greg’s cousin) proved to be a comfort-food wizard, cranking out meatloaf, ham, mashed potatoes, biscuits, etc., and so it even had the feel of a visit to Grandma’s house. I was one of the lucky ones who got a bunk to sleep on, a cozy little slot in the bow with a mattress and its own reading light. It was lots better than sleeping on the ground, and the roll of the tide made me sleep like a tired old hound.

June 17, 2011

Brown Bear Adventure in Alaska, Part 2

Just getting out to hunt was a bit of a production, what with hip boots, rainwear and all the usual gear, and then into the skiffs and off we’d go. Because our attention focused almost exclusively on open shoreline areas where bears could be spotted, it involved quite a bit of waiting and watching for big trophy boars to poke their heads out of the heavy timber. And while we did see some good bears that way, all were on the move and gone before we could close in for a crack at them. We also spotted potential shooters from the Ruffinit and while cruising in the skiffs, but they wouldn’t stand still long enough either. There were several likely spots—coves, lagoons and little inlets—close by and so when one place got stale or the wind switched, we could pull up anchor and motor on to another.

June 14, 2011

Brown Bear Adventure in Alaska

Part One

June 13, 2011

Brown Bear Hunting in Alaska: The Bear Finds You

The Alaska Peninsula experience includes torturous treks up steep hills, cramped quarters, freeze-dried food and predators aplenty, but the adventure endures.

November 29, 2010