We met Steve Hicks several years ago while on a Dall Sheep hunt in Alaska. He was just a pilot/transporter then. Since then he has became a registered guide and started his own outfitting operation in AK. We went back 2 years ago and harvested two giant Bull Moose. This spring, Tom Rhoads, Tim Seitzinger and myself hunted with Steve, www.wcoadventures.com Our target animal was Brown Bear. I took my Darton DS3800, Tom Rhoads took a 300 Win Mag from Accurate Arms and Tim was armed with the Bighorn Video Camera. It rained 7 out of 8 days we spent in the bush. Our two camp locations consisted of Bomb Shelter tents and we slept on cots. Pretty comfortable as far as most extreme hunts go. We didn't kill any Brown Bears but we did manage to kill two big Black Bears. We did see a few Brownies from Steve's two seater Bush Plane but Alaska law does not allow you to hunt the same day you fly. We could have landed the plane within 5 miles of the Bears we observed anyway. On the last day, on the way out, we spotted a 10 foot Brown Bear laying on top of a dead cow moose and her two calves. He was right slap in the middle of 20 mile square (swamp) for lack of a better word. We would have had to land 7 miles away, camp over night and walk/crawl/swim to get to him, then get him out. A challenge that I would have gladly accepted on day 1-6. But since we had to be on a plane heading home the next day, my trophy would have to be the memory of him swatting at the plane as we buzzed him 50 feet away. I'll get his hide this fall when he's feeding on Salmon in the Creeks. Remember this, if your camo lets you down on a deer hunt, you came home empty handed. If your camo lets you down on a Brown Bear hunt, you may not come home at all. Trust Predator Camo, Unmatched, Unseen.
Please sign-in to view and add user comments on this blog post.