Black Bear Hunting in Alaska
Established in 1991, Aurora Charters, LLC is a locally owned and operated family business with years of professional and personal knowledge of Alaska. Our diverse services enable us to provide your own personalized quality adventure!
Aurora Charters has a broad customer base, in which we cater to all individuals and group clientele. We put the emphasis on fun, in a safe atmosphere. Our goal is to provide a great hunt that will give you a lifetime of memories. This allows us to perform in a flexible manner without the need to adhere to strict performance standards which requires a very rigid format. This is not a big game guide service; our operation consists solely of providing transportation, lodging, and meals.
Vessel Lodging & Meals
The M/V Emerald Fjord is a safe and confortable floating hunting lodge. She is equipped with a head (bathroom), dining area, bunk area, kitchen area, and spacious back deck. She also has a generator onboard that provides power. Each hunter will have their own personal bunk with storage compartment.
We will provide lodging to accommodate a minimum of 2 and maximum of 4 hunters on the vessel each night, as well as three meals a day. Two of which, consisting of breakfast and dinner, will be provided on the vessel. Lunches comprise of a sack lunch prepared by the crew for the hunters to take with them.
Your Alaskan Black Bear hunting experience begins in Whittier, located 60 miles south of Anchorage, where you board the M/V Emerald Fjord at 9 am in the Whittier harbor for a seven day hunting trip. Our operation begins with a safety briefing, verification of all licenses, and organization of the necessary paperwork. Transport to and from the predetermined area of your choice will take one day each way; however, hunting officially begins after leaving the harbor. Prince William Sound is prime black bear habitat. The mountains, islands, coves, and fjords that make up the Sound are some of the most spectacular terrain found anywhere in the world.
The M/V Emerald Fjord carries a custom built Naiad rigid hull inflatable skiff. It will be manned by the crew and used to shuttle hunters to the shore for their daily hunts. You the hunter determine the overall pace of the hunt. You are solely responsible for operation and performance of the hunt and for the processing of the game procured in the field. A VHF radio will be provided for you to call the boat when ready for shore pick-up. The last day ends no later than 5 pm returning to Whittier harbor.
Be advised there is a tunnel into Whittier with limited times available. Go to http://www.dot.state.ak.us/creg/whittiertunnel/index.shtml for the current schedule.
Schedule & Rates
Additional fishing and hunting licensing costs are not included.
- Spring 2012 Black Bear Hunt ($2750.00 per person): 4/28-6/1
- Fall 2012 Black Bear Hunt ($2750.00 per person): 9/8-10/5
Fishing & Hunting License
You may obtain the appropriate licensing on-line through the ADF&G web site conveniently from any location, purchase them in any Alaskan hunting store, or we will carry the appropriate licensing and tags on board.
ADF&G Hunting & Fishing Regulations
- Non-resident hunting license - $85.00
- Non-resident hunting and 7 day fishing combo license - $140.00
- Black Bear kill tag - $225.00
- Black bear cubs or sows with cubs are NOT allowed to be harvested.
- Before for June 1st, all black bear meat MUST be taken from the field.
- Black bear hides and skulls must be sealed by the Alaska Department of Fish and game.
- Evidence of sex MUST be naturally attached to the hide.
- Glacier bears are NOT allowed to be harvested.
- See the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Hunting Regulations and Fishing Regulations to comply with the State of Alaska's requirements. All rules and regulations pertaining to hunting and fishing must be followed and adhered to.
Prince William Sound is one of the premier halibut fishing grounds in the world. What better way to complement your hunt then with a chance at a barn door halibut. All of our captains are Alaskan Fishing Guides with years of experience fishing at the mouth of the Prince William Sound. So, if time permits and your hunting party would like to go fishing, our Captains will surely put you on some fish. We furnish the appropriate rod, reel, bait, tackle, and instructional services on halibut fishing technique. Please ask for more details when you ask about our hunts.
This scenic setting is an attraction even if you don't hunt; the wildlife scenery and fishing are worth the trip. As part of our hunt, we provide all the equipment needed for hooking the 2 per person, per day halibut limit with a chance of catching other incidental fish. Locating shrimp and crab are yet another possibility the seas may offer.
Game Care, Shipping, and Sealing
After you have procured your black bear there are two ways of taking care of your animal. First you are allowed to clean them onshore or you have the option of bringing it back to the boat. There will be freezers onboard the vessel for hunters who wish to not only store their meat but also for the hides if they wish to save the hides for a taxidermist. We will also be providing wax boxes which will hold approximately 50 lbs. of meat. Once back in port the hunters must have their bear hides sealed before it is allowed to leave Alaska. Taxidermists in Alaska will provide this service, or you can bring an unfrozen hide to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Please remember that the sex of the bear must be naturally attached to the hide and the skull must be removed.
Give us a call to request more information at our toll free number, (888)586-8420, or if you prefer via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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