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  Bear hunting trips in Alaska

 Alaska self-guided black bear hunting   

Self-Guided Black Bear hunting

Season 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 website and 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 if interested.

Have a large group that wants to come?  We offer discounts, just ask!

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Sample 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 day).  Sack lunches are provided before you start your hunt each day at breakfast.

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 bear by 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) = $230.00  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 - click here


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 lures.
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)
Vacuum Sealing.
Satellite T.V.

Self-Guided Black Bear Hunting Packages Do Not Include:
aswal Water-taxi or float-plane transportation costs
(We will help with arrangements but guests pay for this separately)
aswal Salt to preserve hide, but can be purchased at arrival
aswal Alcohol
aswal Bait and lures - Bring your own or purchase at the lodge
aswal Hunting/Fishing License, harvest tickets and tags
aswal Gratuities
aswal 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)

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