Hunting Kodiak Brown Bear

Bear hunting can be a very controversial topic. However, hunting bear on Kodiak island is completely necessary. Those who are offended by hunting are often uneducated about it. Without having the facts, it is impossible to form an educated opinion. So, first and foremost, let’s lay out some cold, hard facts about bear hunting on Kodiak:

Bear Extinction Myth

I have received hundreds of comments about hunting causing bear extinction. However, Kodiak Brown Bears are far from extinct. Over the past several years, our bear population has been at an all time high. In fact, it is now dangerous for children to walk to school. Additionally, homes and cars are being broken into and house pets, like dogs and cats, are being attacked.

Annually, hunters kill 180 Kodiak Brown Bears under tightly controlled regulations. Can you imagine the problems that would arise with nearly 200 additional bears on our small Kodiak island? That is a lot of bears! And since these Brown Bears do not have any predators on Kodiak, the population would quickly grow out of control without the assistance of hunters.

High Quality Meat

Aside from conservation and population control, many criticize hunting bear based on the belief that it does not provide quality meat. However, this is completely false. People actually eat bear meat regularly on Kodiak! Every year, the state of Alaska hands out multiple tags to every village, providing bear meat to it’s residents.
 
Please note: when cooking bear, it’s important to make sure it is fully cooked. Eating undercooked bear meat can cause trichinosis, which may be deadly (similar to eating undercooked pork or chicken).

Boars Vs. Bear Cubs

Believe it or not, hunting boars actually benefits the bear population. Yes, you heard that right! Hunters primarily target the bigger boars which very often kill cubs. The ADFG website states, “Most cubs stay with their mothers for [the first] 3 years. Over 25% of the cubs die before they leave, with cannibalism by adult boars being one of the major causes of death.” Over 25% of bear cubs are killed by boars. This means bear cubs are more likely to be killed by a boar within the first 2 years of their life than being killed by a hunter during the remainder of their lives. Yes, you heard that right, too.

 

Economical Support

Bear hunting brings in a large amount of money to Kodiak island. Kodiak Brown Bears are the largest bears in the world, making them a bucket list item for many avid hunters. Non-resident hunters pay $1,000 for tags and $10,000-$25,000 for guiding fees. Additionally, these listing hunters pay for food, lodging, and supplies from local stores.

Krimsons Kodiak Brown Bear Hunt

In 2017, I was drawn for a Kodiak Brown Bear hunt on the South end of Kodiak island, called the Aliulik Peninsula- one of the most highly populated areas of Kodiak Brown Bear. Not only was I beyond ready for this exciting adventure and to do my part of conservation, but also to participate in such a highly-regarded tradition…

 

I am a 4th generation Kodiak Brown Bear hunter. In the photo stands my grandfather in the 1940’s, my father, brother and I with our Kodiak Brown Bears.

I had no idea what to expect, other than that fact that I had 15 days to hunt. And truthfully, it was so exciting. Before this trip, I hadn’t visited this part of the island. In the two weeks to follow, I didn’t know what would unfold- things we would see, dangers we would face, challenges we would conquer. Of course, sharing this experience with my dad and fiancé (boyfriend at the time) was the icing on the cake. We had a camera man with us, too, to capture and share the exciting adventure!

 

Feel free to contact Krimson with any other questions regarding hunting Kodiak Brown Bear.

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