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These spring bear hunts take place in GMU’s 13 and 20 that are home to some of the densest Bear populations in the state. The majority of the state allows for a Bear every 4 regulatory years but these units allow for a Bear every year as the population is strong and growing in spite of the outfitter’s efforts. The spring time bear hunts kick-off in April and are conducted primarily by snowmobile. These early hunts are usually denning hunts that entail snowmobiling in the mountain ranges of the Talkeetna’s and the Central Alaska Range and looking for the telltale sign of a den that has been freshly excavated. Bears will typically come and go from their dens from several days to a few weeks from when they first wake up. Bears harvested at this time of year have long unblemished coats and claws that are long and knife-like as they haven’t been digging for foods and such. Later spring hunts are conducted in May and June by ATV, horseback and foot. These hunts entail sitting on prominent knobs glassing vast amounts of country looking for a suitable bear that the hunter desires. Bear hunting has often been described as ten plus days of extreme boredom followed by ten to twenty seconds of pure adrenaline rush as the hunt comes to a typically fitful conclusion. For all of their spring hunts they tell hunters to block out two plus weeks as sometimes it takes u 15, 16 or even 17 days to find a suitable Bear. They do not charge you for these additional days as they want your hunt to be a success as much as you do and they prove it all the time by putting in the extra effort to get you the trophy you desire! They have had multiple clients whom took 15 and 17 days to harvest some huge Grizzly Bears recently. Their camps are hard cabins and wall tents at base camps. They do spike out if necessary during Dall sheep season and this will be done in high performance mountain tents. They are well equipped and stocked as they have been in their camps for years and visit them on a year round basis as they come and go throughout the seasons. Their constant use of their camps gives them a great opportunity to know what the game populations look like and where they are. Their horseback hunts occur in game-rich fields units 13 and 20 in the central Alaskan Range. They have maintained consistently high success rates for as long as they have been in business, and their success has come as a result of exceptionally talented guides and the hard-working string of mountain horses they maintain in their stables. Depending upon the season, weather conditions and type of hunt you choose, they might travel to their remote spike camps aboard bush-equipped aircraft, snowmobile or boat. Their hard work doesn’t end when the hunt is over either. Your taxidermist or butcher will appreciate the exceptional care they put into the preparation of your trophies and meat. They can arrange the shipping of hides, meat, etc., locally, or you may take it all home with you. Either way, it will be in excellent shape to travel.