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Alaska Remote Guide Service
PO Box 874867 – Wasilla, AK 99687
907-376-9568
Email us

ABOUT US:  I hold Alaska Master Guide License #147, and have conducted over 130 guided hunts for moose, brown & grizzly bear, dall sheep and/or caribou since 1986.

 

My “sole use” guide concession in Denali Preserve near Mt. McKinley, just renewed through 2017 and was also expanded to 600 plus square miles, and to include great Dall’s Sheep and additional Brown & Grizzly Bear hunting opportunities. Besides phenomenal hunting, this pristine area offers some of the most spectacular scenery on the planet! “Sole Use” means I am the only guide that can legally conduct hunts here.

We are now living in our new home/shop/hangar/office complex on Jacobsen Lake. In addition to guiding, we also market two Moose Calling and Hunting DVDs (“Love, Thunder & Bull in Alaska, Vol. 1 & 2), and our Bull Magnet ® Moose Call.

I’ve lived in Alaska for 32 years, hunt and fish every chance I get, own my own Super Cub and have 5000 plus hours of Alaska bush flying experience. I hire Alaskan registered guides whenever possible, and all guides are required to have current Wilderness First Responder certification (an 80 hour first aid class). I generally hire one guide besides myself, and take two clients at a time and about 12 per year. Low volume affords me flexibility to personalize my hunts to match the client’s preferences, abilities and expectations.

If the above hunts interest you, contact me by email ASAP for specifics or to get on my active list for updates and announcements! If you’re interested in the best Moose Calling and Hunting DVDs available and/or the Bull Magnet®, check out our product links

WHY HUNT WITH US:

Checkbox I hold Alaska Master Guide license #147 and have conducted over 130 guided hunts for moose, brown/grizzly bear, dall sheep and/or caribou since receiving my registered guide license in 1986. Brown/Grizzly Bear and Dall Sheep are our specialties, with reasonable opportunities for black bear, wolf and even wolverine. We achieve consistently high success and trophy quality.

CheckboxWe conduct most of our hunts in our 600 plus square mile “Sole Use” (this means I’m the only guide that can operate here) Guide Concession in Denali Preserve, near Mt. McKinley. My concession is located in the heart of the Alaska Range in some of the most spectacular scenery on the planet. I’ve been guiding in this area since 1986, and just signed the new ten year contract that continues through 2017.

CheckWe hunt in remote areas and receive minimal competition from other hunters.

CheckMy concession was expanded in 2007 to include parts that have been off limits to guiding for 18 years! Since the disappearance of Guide Areas in 1988, most areas on state land are receiving heavy guiding pressure. This “sole use” concession will help ensure a quality hunting experience.

CheckWe run a small, full service operation and seldom take more than two hunts at once, or more than 10-12 per year. We work hard to personalize our hunts to match the client’s preferences, abilities and expectations. We can offer excellent hunting at varying levels of difficulty and in a wide variety of situations.

CheckSafety - Alaskan terrain, weather conditions, and game can be very challenging, yet no past client has ever received injuries more serious than scratches, blisters, or sore muscles.

CheckWe own our own bush-equipped aircraft.  I’ve lived full time in Alaska since 1976, and have over 5000 hours of bush flying experience.

CheckI actively participate in every hunt myself.

SPRING BEAR HUNTS:

Our “EARLY BIRD” BROWN BEAR hunts offer the "ultimate" in North America hunting. These hunts start as early as late March, run through May, and are an excellent way to "crawl out of hibernation and jump into spring!"  These hunts are my best bet for big boars with prime hides, but they aren’t easy! 

We hunt in GMU 16B in a 600 plus square mile “sole use” guide concession in Denali Preserve, where you won’t be competing with other guided hunters.  My concession was recently expanded to include prime denning areas that have been off limits to guided non residents since 1988!  

We target large males just as they are emerging from their dens, and while their hides are prime.  Early spring snow depths accommodate excellent access by a Super Cub on skis, to areas that are hard to reach otherwise.  Tracks help a great deal in determining a bear's size and location and make it easier to retrieve wounded animals. Also bears are hungry and killing a moose (or several) seems to be first on their agenda.

We’ve been hunting spring brown bears in this area since 1987 and do consistently well on large males in the 8’1/2’ to 9’ range with most skull sizes of 24 inches and up.  Our largest was 9’ 10” with a 27 & 7/16ths skull.  We keep a detailed account of where and when bears and/or concentrated activity (feeding, tracks, trails, diggings, or dens) are seen. This extra effort is worth it to help you get your bear!

Alaska spring brown bear seasons do not start until May in most other units. By this time the snow is gone, access is more difficult, and vegetation has started to green, making bears harder to see. Bears have been out of hibernation for some time and hides are often "rubbed." We can't control the weather but effort will be 100%+ !

FALL BEAR HUNTING:
We offer some fantastic fall hunting for Brown & Grizzly bears!!  Most of our hunts take place in our “Sole Use” (I’m the only guide that can legally operate here) guide concession in Denali Preserve, near Mt. McKinley.  My concession just renewed through 2017, and was expanded to 600 plus square miles, and to include some prime fish streams and denning areas that have been off limits to guided non resident hunters since 1988!!!. 

80-90% of my concession is in Game Management Unit (GMU) 16B, and bears are classified as brown bears by Boone and Crockett and Safari Club International.  This major portion has a two bear per year bag limit and a season that runs August 10th – May 31st.  I’ve taken a number of bears on spring hunts in this area that squared from 8’6” to 9’11” with skulls ranging from 24” to 27 & 9/16th” .  The remaining portion is in GMU 19, where bears are classified as grizzlies, the bag limit is one per year, and the season starts September 1st.  We do most of our fall bear hunting along salmon streams.  Fall bear hunts, as a general rule, aren’t overly strenuous, but patience, persistence, and being in the best physical condition possible, will only increase your chances for success and increased trophy size.

We generally see a lot more bears while hunting along salmon streams in the fall, than on our spring hunts.  We access these locations by light weight jet boats, rafts, and/or air plane spike camps.  Bears in the 7’ – 8’ range usually aren’t overly hard to come by.  The big ones are still there and can be taken with persistence and patience.  The scenery, which includes several of the tallest peaks in North America, provides an awesome visual experience.  The two bear bag limit, allows you the option of taking a larger bear on a trophy fee basis, if you’ve already taken a medium bear - you would have to buy a tag in advance. 

The exception to hunting fall bears along fish streams, is that grizzly hunting can often be very good in higher elevation sheep country, where bears are actively feeding on berries.  Grizzlies can be a great add on hunt if you get your ram early – or even if you see a good one first - when time, weather and resources permit.  “Berry bears” that hang at higher elevations often have greater color variations from silver tip to very blond, and make spectacular trophies.

NOTE: A person who has been airborne may not take or assist in taking big game until after 3:00 a.m. following the day in which the flight occurred.  For this reason we most often use rafts or jet boats to hunt small fish streams, because we can relocate whenever necessary without losing hunting time. 

We’ll work hard to give you a good hunt.  We hunt remote areas and there are no private land holdings, roads or established trails inside my concession.  Hunts will be conducted from base and/or mobile camps with expedition grade tents and equipment.  Meals can vary greatly depending on the trip and can range from cots to only ground pads.  Food can vary from only freeze dried all the way up to include canned, frozen and fresh.  Boat hunts generally offer better accommodations and food than do float trips and airplane spike camps, because we don’t have to carry everything on our back.  “Leave No Trace” camping practices are required by the National Park Service.

DALL SHEEP HUNTS:

We offer incredible Dall’s Sheep hunting opportunities and only take a few clients each year.  We hunt in our “Sole Use” guide concession in Denali Preserve, near Mt. McKinley.  My concession just renewed through 2017, and was expanded to 600 plus square miles, and to include prime sheep areas that have been off limits to guided non resident Sheep hunters since 1988!!!. 

This is a remote area with no private land holdings, roads or established trails.  Access to sheep camps is almost exclusively by bush aircraft on big tundra tires.  Hunts will be conducted from base and/or mobile spike camps with expedition grade tents and equipment.  These are back pack type hunts where we sleep in tents on ground pads, and often carry our camp on our back.  Most meals especially in spike camps will be freeze dried. “Leave No Trace” camping practices are required by the National Park Service.

This area consistently holds some exceptional rams, and I have several access points that put us above timberline and within a few miles of good sheep hunting.  I can offer hunts with varying levels of difficulty, but as a rule, the big ones don’t come easy. Being in the best physical condition possible, will increase your chances for success and increased trophy size, but slow and steady on most hunts, will win the day as well! 

 BROWN or GRIZZLY BEAR ADD ON – Brown and grizzly bear season runs concurrently with sheep in most portions of my guide concession.  If you harvest your Dall ram early, and want to also hunt for grizzly we’ll do our best to accommodate you. You can hunt grizzly from the same camp for a $5500.00 trophy fee – time, weather and resources permitting.   If we have to move to a different spot to initiate a second specie hunt for grizzlies, we charge $2500.00 plus extra air charter fees up front.  The remainder of the trophy fee ($3000.00) would be collected when you get your game. 

DALL SHEEP OR GRIZZLY?? : Tags work for species of equal or lesser value.  Purchasing a grizzly tag for $500.00 versus a sheep tag for $425.00, would allow a sheep hunter to shoot a grizzly instead of a sheep, if he ran into a nice one before harvesting his ram.  I’m a license vendor and can sell you additional tags in the field if you want to hunt for a second animal, but tags do have to be purchased in advance.
 
INCIDENTAL SPECIES – Black bear, wolf and wolverine can be hunted for no additional charge, contingent upon open seasons.  “Incidental” means that we don’t move to or specifically hunt for them, but if we run across one while pursuing sheep or grizzly, and can take it without messing up your main hunt, you can.  You must purchase the tags in advance. 

ADDING DAYS AND/OR AN EXTRA GUIDE - We will do everything possible to try to customize your hunt to meet your expectations.  Extra days and/or an extra guide are just two options on how we can adapt your hunt towards higher success and trophy quality and/or multiple species.  Let us know if either of these options interest you.

MOOSE HUNTS:
Note: non-resident hunting for moose in my area has been closed for several years from too much predation by wolves and bears.

The aerial wolf control program in the area where I guided moose hunters for 15 years has been quite successful, so there is a chance of limited non resident moose seasons returning in 2-3 years.. 

In the mean time, the “sole use guide concession” in Denali Preserve, that I have held since 1988, was recently expanded to over 600 square miles, and to include some great Dall Sheep and/or brown/grizzly bear hunts

This newly added portion includes some great salmon streams and denning areas for hunting bears, and some terrific sheep spots that have been closed to guided non residents since 1988!  CALL ABOUT SOME GREAT DEALS ON REMAINING 2008 HUNTS!!!!!

COMBINATION HUNTS:
Dall Sheep and Brown/Grizzly Bears are the two main species we hunt.  Black bear, wolf and wolverine are also available.  We do most of our hunting in my “Sole Use Guide Concession” in Denali Preserve, which just renewed through 2017.  I’ve held the eastern half of this concession since 1988.  The western half of my concession was just added in 2007, and includes some fantastic Dall Sheep hunting areas and some great salmon streams and denning areas for hunting Brown/Grizzly Bears in the fall, that has been closed to guided non resident hunters since 1988.  I’m limited to a total of 13 clients per year in this concession area.

Most of our hunts are 11 day single specie hunts for either dall sheep or brown/grizzly bear.  Because sheep and bear hunts overlap to a large extent, we try to provide second specie add-ons for roughly half price on a trophy fee basis to clients who are interested, and when time, weather and resources allow.

For the serious hunter who wants a better chance at both species and/or increased trophy size, we can also offer a 14 day hunt in most cases.  Also, most of my concession has a two brown bear per year bag limit.  This combination might also interest the serious brown/grizzly hunter who would like to take two bears.

ABOUT DENALI NATIONAL PARK:
 
Alaska Remote Guide Service is an authorized concessioner of the National Park Service, Department of Interior.  While our hunts may offer fewer luxuries than some, we think they more than make up for it with a higher level of success, trophy quality and wilderness experience than can be found in many areas with unlimited competition. 

We offer Custom guided Hunts for Spring Brown Bear, and for Dall Sheep and/or Brown/Grizzly Bear in the fall.  I’ve had a small “Sole Use Guide Concession” in Denali Preserve near Mt. McKinley since 1988.  In 2007, my concession was expanded to over 600 square miles and to include prime dall sheep hunting areas, and additional salmon streams and prime denning areas for brown/grizzly bear hunting, that have been off limits to guided hunters since 1988! My concession just renewed for 10 years starting in 2008, and my client maximum is 13 per year.

Denali Preserve is an extension of Denali National Park. Hunting in the preserve is allowed, hunting in the park is not. The goal of the National Park Service is to conserve natural and historic objects, scenery and the wildlife therein, and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such a manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations. 

As a concessioner, it is my responsibility not only to minimize the impact of the hunts on the environment but to provide sufficient information to clients so that they fully appreciate the importance of perpetually maintaining and preserving the resources of Denali National Preserve for future visitors and for future generations.  “Leave No Trace” camping practices are utilized, client trip orientation is provided prior to the start of each hunt, and all of our guides are required to have current Wilderness First Responder certification or equivalent – an 80 hour first aid class.

We offer several different styles of hunts with varying levels of difficulty at elevations that vary from 500 to 5000 feet asl, and higher. This is a remote area with no private land holdings, roads or established trails. Hunts will be conducted from base and/or mobile spike camps with expedition grade tents and equipment, and as a rule, the camp goes in and out with the hunter – permanent camps aren’t allowed.

Access to sheep camps is almost exclusively by bush aircraft on big tundra tires.  Food in sheep camp is almost always freeze dried, we sleep on the ground with pads and often carry our camps with us.  Bear camps can be accessed by bush air craft, raft and light weight jet boats and usually offer a higher level of comfort, and food, since we don’t have to carry everything on our back. Other than boats, aircraft and limited snow machine use during times of adequate snow cover, motorized vehicles and horses are not permitted in the preserve.

If you want to hunt one of the neatest places in the world, with highly qualified guides experienced in the area, for two very desirable Alaskan species – Dall Sheep and/or brown/grizzly bear, Please give us a try!

 





Alaska Remote Guide Service
PO Box 874867 – Wasilla, AK 99687
907-376-9568
Email us

 

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