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Vessel Based Bear and Deer Hunts

For the last 20 years we have called the North Gulf Coast of Alaska our backyard. During that time, fishing for Alaska halibut and Salmon has been our livelihood. Exploring the vast shoreline and fishing and hunting in this expansive wilderness for food and sport has been our passion. Lucky for us and you; this stretch of coastline holds one of the largest population densities of black bears in the world and some great fishing too.

We are again pleased to offer our long range vessel Crackerjack Voyager for “live aboard” vessel based spring black bear and in the fall, Sitka black tailed deer hunts. All the attributes that make the Crackerjack Voyager perfectly set up for long range sport fishing all summer also make it the ideal hunting platform for the spring and fall. Comfortable accommodations, fully equipped galley, full restroom with hot and cold water, safety and communications equipment that far exceeds industry standards make the vessel an ideal floating hunting lodge.


We are a licensed “big game transporter” so we are authorized by the Board of Game to offer a Transport hunt – This is a do it yourself bear hunt. The definition of the transporter is very specific and it allows us to offer your group the transportation, meals and accommodations to make our vessel floating base camp.

We will also provide you with a list of vendors who can outfit your hunt with all of the required gear and a list game and fish processors and taxidermists that can process the hides and meat.
Our four day five night hunts start at the beginning of May from Whittier. This time of year, Bears are foraging for spring greens. Their proximity to the shore and snowline makes spring hunts considerably less physically challenging than many hunts. These trips require diligent glassing along the shoreline and up into the hillsides and a stealthy approach. Our trip schedule will allow for ample time see some pristine country and to glass, stalk and take your trophy bear.

Each day we will start our group off with a hot breakfast and coffee. The Crackerjack Voyager is equipped with two commercial grade skiffs, so we will pack you a hearty lunch and a thermos of coffee to gom and drop you off on the shoreline and you can hunt all day long. When you are ready, we will pick you up, take you back to the mothership and you will have a hot meal waiting for you.

It is likely (weather permitting) that there will be time for a little fishing, kayaking, beach combing and exploring the area during your trip as well. Bring the whole family, and let them see it all. You can even spend a night or two at a remote lodge, if you wish to take a break from hunting.

Doing your homework is an important part of preparing for a do it yourself bear hunt in Alaska. Here are two important links to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website:

Black Bear species profile
Black Bear Hunting information

Please review our “What to bring section” and call us to discuss this trip. Hunting equipment, processing supplies, fishing and hunting licenses and special tags are not included but we can provide guidance on where to obtain all of these.

Our 2012 bear hunting schedule:

  • Tuesday May 1 – Saturday May 5
  • Monday May 7 – Friday May 11
  • Monday May 14 – Friday May 18
  • Monday May 21 – Friday May 25
  • Monday May 28 – Friday June 1

Trips depart Whittier at 10 AM.  Return to Whittier not later than 4 PM on the last day of our hunt.
Each trip requires a minimum of 4 hunters and a maximum of 6.

Rates : $2750 per Hunter and $1500 per Non-Hunter

Fall Combination Hunt/Fish Trips

We offer two “Get it all in the Fall” Halibut, lingcod, rockfish and salmon fishing, Black Bear and Sitka Blacktail Deer hunting combination trips. These are also do it yourself hunts and they require more hiking to higher elevations to find Deer. Please contact us to get the details of these great fall excursions.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Wednesday September 5th – 12th
  • Wednesday September 14th – 21st
  • September 24 – October 1st

Rate for the 7 day hunt is $3600 per person.

Each fall trip requires a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 6.

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