Dates: Spring/May 1st to 31st and Fall/Sept 10th to 30th
Self-Guided hunts in Alaska can be offered throughout the
state with varying degree's of success. At Ravencroft
expect wide open area's with easy access to vast rugged
shorelines using boats to shuttle you and your friends to
seldom visited Alaskan terrian. Location is key, when
choosing the right destination for your next hunt.
With 3,800 miles of pristine coastline and a remote lodge
located in the heart of Prince William Sound, hunters can be
assured that finding wildlife can be very rewarding when
your in the right environment, free from crowds.
We offer a Hunting/Fishing Combo packages at the lodge
for the outdoorsmen that wants to experience it all!
Fish for salmon and halibut, while you hunt the coastlines
in search of a bear. The
Spring hunting season ends June 10th and the fall season
starts Sept 10th for Black Bear Hunting in our area.
Spring hunts are available in May and the first fall hunt
package starts Sept 9th and ends Sept 15th (gets you
there ready for the opener on the 10th). We have 200+
acres of prime hunting ground that the lodge sits on and
guests are welcome to hunt directly from the lodge, or from
the 18' boat that is provided. There are also hundreds
of acres of public lands that surround the lodge. Use your
boat to familiarize yourself with the surrounding country
side and scout new
area's. Coastlines are full of life both spring and fall
times in Alaska. Self guided hunters will be amazed at
the diversity that Prince William Sound has and will keep
you busy looking at all the wildlife that it offers!
Expect diverse weather conditions for both spring and fall
hunts. Spring time can bring late winter storms, so
make sure to pack accordingly. Fall hunts vary from warm
pleasent days, to cold rain filled days.
You'll be provided with a 18' boat thats outfitted with new
honda 40hp motor, depth finder, mounted and handheld marine
radio's, steering console and a small anchor with rope for
beach excursions. Breakfast is at 7:30am, you'll be
sent out with a hardy sack lunch, with dinner at 6:30pm.
Most hunters ask to have their boat left at the dock for
easy access for early morning trips before breakfast.
And if you find yourself skinning a bear just before dinner,
just call ahead on the marine radio and we'll hold your
dinner until you arrive back a the lodge!
Once you've killed your black bear, you'll still have
full use of your 18' boat. You can then fish for the
rest of the week for
halibut/bottom dwellers in the spring time or salmon and
halibut in the fall time.
Guests can also mix and match any day you choose for hunting or
fishing. Its entirely up to you! Remember to read and
understand the local hunting laws/regulations before making
your trip to Alaska. ADFG Hunting Regs
General FAQ page and
COMPLETE HUNTING ADFG REG booklet (PDF).
Along with bear hunters, we also offer non-hunter spots
(observers), available during each week. This gives
individuals or groups the option to bring
wives, brothers, sons/daughters, along for the "hunt".
We do ask that solo hunters bring either another hunting buddy or
observer along during their hunting trip, so guests are not
operating alone. Ask us for additional information
Have a large group that wants to
come? We offer discounts, just ask!
Self-Guided Black Bear Hunting
Trip Itinerary (fall)
Sept 9th - Travel to Valdez and arrive on the
5:30pm flight. We will pick you and your luggage up via our
15-passenger courtesy van, stop for any last minute items in
town and head out to the lodge using our Stormcat catamaran
boat, arriving later that evening at the lodge. Get settled
into your rooms, have dinner, get familiarized with the area
before heading back to your room in preparation for the
start of your hunt the next day.
Sept 10th - Opening day! Spend the day cruising the coast line
using one of the 18' boats in search of a black bear (guest
should note that shooting bears from a boat in Prince
William Sound is illegal, so plan accordingly during the
lunches are provided before you start your hunt each day at
Sept 11th - Hunting, spotting and sightseeing!
Sept 12th - Spend your morning in the boat cruising
the coast line or hike the lodge property in search of a
black bear. The lodge was built on a old mining settlement
and there are still logging roads that are accessible.
You'll also find old mining equipment from the Copper/Gold
mine that was in operation in the early 1900's, to explore
while hunting on our property.
Sept 13th - If hunter or hunters have taken their
this time, start your day out planning your fishing
adventure that morning. The Silver Salmon are still running
strong during this time of year and produce spectacular
battles at the end of a wet line! Bottom fishing is still in
full swing during this time as well.
Sept 14th - Fishing and sightseeing, maybe even
watch a pod of Killer whales making their regular tour
around Prince William Sound!
Sept 15th -After
breakfast, we'll get gear, luggage and fish boxed up and
ready for a 9-10am departure from the lodge. This allows
enough time for any unforeseen weather and gives guests a
chance to explore Valdez gift shops before departing on the
5:45pm flight. (Floatplanes will follow the same schedule, but
the only floatplane service is from Cordova, AK or
Anchorage, AK. Please remember that floatplanes have a strict
weight limit and you may have to charter a second plane for
any extra fish boxes.)
Note: Black bears must
be sealed and tagged by an Alaska Fish and Wildlife officer
before legally leaving the state of Alaska.
Additional costs for licenses/tags:
Non-Resident Fishing and Hunting Combo License (7 Day) =
click here Non-Resident Black Bear locking tag = $450.00
Registration Permit #RL065/Harvest
Ticket = Free from ADFG
click here Alaska Dept Fish & Game FAQ page -
Comfortable, heated bedrooms - including bedding and towels.
Bathrooms & hot showers - accessed from the covered porch which surrounds the sleeping quarters building.
Meals - three meals per day. Breakfast and dinner served in the lodge dining room, with a sack lunch on the boat or back at the lodge.
Fishing boats - Fuel and are equipped with all Coast-Guard required safety equipment.
Fishing rods/reels - spinning rods for
Salmon & deep-water rods for Halibut & various other
bottom fish. One salmon lure provided per
person to start you off, but salmon lures are not
provided. Please make sure you bring your favorite
One heavy-duty fish-box, which holds #50 pounds of cleaned, frozen fish (additional boxes, if requested, are for sale at the lodge)
Daily checking and re-fueling of your
fishing boat by lodge staff
Lodge staff assistance in
showing you area to package and process your game/catch
(we assist you, we do not perform the task)
Self-Guided Black Bear Hunting Packages Do Not Include:
Water-taxi or float-plane
(We will help with arrangements but
guests pay for this separately)
Salt to preserve hide,
but can be purchased at arrival
Bait and lures - Bring
your own or purchase at the lodge
harvest tickets and tags
Other personal expenses due to weather or delays in flights.
The Weather and What to Bring -Alaskan weather is
unpredictable and can change hourly. Summer
temperatures range from the mid-60's to the low 70's.
Rain and showers are frequent in the during these
months. Even on the sunniest days of summer, the
temperature may feel cool. Layered clothes is a
good idea, and you will find that long sleeve shirts
feel good on most days. A light jacket will
probably come in handy. Good rain gear is a must,
along with warm head gear. Good rubber soled shoes, or
rubber boots. Be sure to bring a camera,
flashlight, binoculars and your personal items.
(Fly fisherman are welcome to bring their favorite fly
rod for some extreme fighting action)