It goes without saying that when you have finally made the decision to embark on a journey to the wilds of Alaska, be it to hunt for Moose, the popular Alaska Brown Bear Hunts, Caribou or to fish for “King” Salmon at our camp on the Nushagak River, the first thing you should consider is: “Who can I trust to take care of my safety and individual needs? What outfitter can I count on to deliver the level of service that will meet my expectations?”
Alaska Premier Outfitters is committed to helping you make the right choice. There is no limit to the caring and organization that is put forth with every experience we deliver in the field or on the water. We understand that just getting to a remote area in Alaska can be a challenge in itself. That is why we feel that when you arrive at our doorstep, the hard part is over. From that point on, you are in our care.
We firmly believe that the level of service an outfitter provides depends largely on what he or she has learned from past experiences. Residing in the same area that we personally hunt for brown bears and fish gives us a distinct advantage over the other outfitters that live in the lower states and operate in Alaska for only a couple months each year. We know what it takes to pull off a successful trip to Alaska and are eager to share our experiences with you.
The region is bound by the Alaska Peninsula to the southeast, the Kuskokwim River drainage to the North, and the Aleutian Range and Chigmit Mountains to the east. Starting at the mouth of Bristol Bay (Bering Sea) and carving it’s way through the interior and in between two of Alaska’s special parks the Wood Tik-Chik State Park to the west and Katmai National Park to the southeast is the world famous Nushagak River. Here is where we live and operate our fishing and hunting business. This area is every sportsman’s dream. Perhaps in terms of vastness & wildlife abundance, this is one of the premier hunting areas in Alaska.
All five species of salmon spawn in this river making it prime Brown Bear country. Half of the river system is “resident” only moose hunting and has had no outfitting pressure at all. The northern or upper end of the river has benefitted from the large moose numbers from the southern end and has always had a healthy population of cows and bulls. This is also home to the Mulchatna Caribou herd one of the largest herds in the state. Several key components make up a premier hunting and fishing area and this unit has it all.
The first step in “booking” a hunting or fishing trip to Alaska is to narrow your options down to a specific area that you want to go. This will largely depend on the animal that you have chosen to hunt. Alaska is broken up into 26 Game Management Units. To aid you in this decision you can contact us or the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and request a copy of the current hunting regulations, in there you will find that the State has all 26 units listed with information about each unit and the game that is available to hunt along with a map of each unit.
I have guided in many of the “best” area’s through out the State and have found that unit 17 offers many of the trates that an outfitter looks for in a hunting area. This unit has vast area’s of wilderness, mountains, rolling hills, huge lakes and healthy rivers and streams for many animals to call home. The moose populations are very healthy and this area supports an average spread on the bulls of 59.6″ along with this is the Mulchatna Caribou herd the largest in the State and hundreds of outstanding bulls.
When it comes to Alaska Brown Bear Hunts, unit 17 has proven over the years that you don’t have to fly down to the Alaska Peninsula and spend $16,000 — $18,000 to shoot a big bear. All five species of salmon run up the local rivers and lakes to spawn every year providing a health supply of rich food for bears to feed on and aid them in growing big and fast!
There are two area’s that I specifically hunt, one is the Wood Tik-Chik State Park and the other is the Nushagak River were I live. The State Park is made up of Mountains and about a dozen large lakes that are about 2 miles wide and up to 20 miles long this is big country and great hunting. The Nushagak River runs from the Bering Sea inland about 200 miles. The river for the most part runs north and south and is located approximately 40 miles to the east of the State Park the northern end of this river flows through a large mountain range. Here is were all five species of salmon spawn and moose, caribou and brown bear are plentiful.
I hope this has helped you narrow down your area in which you want to hunt or fish. For further information please do not hesitate to contact me by email or call.
April 15 – October 15
Unit 16 Baited hunt. Nonresident can take 2nd bear for $5,000 trophy fee.
Nonresident can take up to 3 Black Bear on $2,000 Trophy Fee.
Unit 17 Brown Bear hunts available.
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Unit 17 has the most liberal season for hunting brown bear in fact now there is a 2 bear limit for nonresidents. Along with that the fall season opens 20 days earlier and stays open 5 days longer in the spring to coincide with the moose calving season.
I access the fall and spring hunts with jet boats and hunt the hills that run along the river along with the back creeks. All five species of salmon spawn in this area so there is allot of opportunity in finding bears along the river or up in the hills were they feed on berries. Early spring hunts are done in this same area and I access it using snow machines. These hunts are reasonably priced because I just don’t have the overhead that other outfitters have, it certainly doesn’t have anything to do with the size of bears that I am taking as we have taken many huge bears out of this area. Primary means of transportation on the early hunt is with snow machines. (see Bear Facts for more info.)
Moose / Brown Bear Combo
$20,000 ($5k trophy fee on brown bear)
Unit 16 Sept. 19-28 (rut)
Moose Only Hunt
$18,000 ($5k trophy fee on brown bear)
Unit 17 Sept 5-15
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This is a great combination hunt! You can expect to get a chance at both of these animals on this hunt more so if the temperatures are low, in fact I quit offering just moose hunts because we see so many bears during the moose season that it seems senseless not to actively hunt both animals.
There’s no guarantee you’ll shot a 10 ft bear but you will have an opportunity to take a nice brown bear. The bull’s in this area average a true 60″ spread and I have taken several over 65″. We use jet boats to access this area and it makes short work of moving a couple miles up & down the small streams. I only offer several of these hunts every season and myself with long time friend Mike , Chad & Todd my brothers along with Joseph do all the guiding.
Wolf / Trapping Hunt
$5000 per person
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This is a 5 day fully guided & outfitted trapping/wolf hunt that takes place in Unit 17 along the Nushagak River were I live. If adventure is what your after then this is the hunt for you. We use snowmobile’s to run our wolf snare lines and to check wolverine and lynx sets that have been put out prior to the client(s) arrival.
March is my favorite time of the year as the days are long and warm and there is allot of snow on the ground letting us go were ever we want. Each client gets the chance to take home a wolf ,wolverine, lynx. These are the top fur animals that everyone wants to get but few actually do, unless you are on a hunt like this one.
We us outpost cabins that are equipped with wood stoves and are close to good ice fishing lakes.
Nonresidents can shoot 10 wolves per day. 1 wolverine and 1 lynx per year. Nonresident hunting/trapping license is $250 along with wolf tags that sell for $30 per tag and a wolverine tag for $175.
King Salmon Fishing
$2,500.00 / 5 days/ per person
Silver Salmon Fishing
$2000.00 / 5 days / per person
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This is a five day trip that takes place on the “world famous” Nuchugak River . We can accommodate up to six anglers for each five day allotment. Fishing “Kings” on the Nushagak is consistently spectacular. You can expect a lot of action from these fish. The run is at its peak this time of year and we plan accordingly.
The rainbow’s and grayling are nice and fat from feeding on Salmon eggs all summer and you often catch them by accident when “working” Kings. There are several secondary streams that are spawning grounds for “Reds,” “Pinks,” and “Chums” that you can take advantage of when you need a break from the king action.