7 Day Black Bear Hunt/Fishing on Boat
Northern Pike, Arctic Grayling, Dolly Varden, Shee Fish, King and Chum Salmon. (What you catch depends on season)
Costs: June - August $8,000
Trophy fees: Grizzly $6,000
State License/Tag fees:
Hunting $225, Grizzly $1,000, Fishing $85, Black Bear $500, Wolf $0
Equipment list for hunts:
Hunts for Black Bear/Fishing are conducted out of open riverboats. This hunt has transitioned to more of a Grizzly hunt with trophy fee because the Black Bear have been on decline. (We believe the Grizz are eating them) The weather at this time can be freezing or close to it. Combined with the chill factor created by moving at moderate speeds produces winter-like conditions. Hunters must be prepared for very cold traveling at times. Most of the actual hunting is done by walking to likely habitat and calling or sitting for extended periods. So one must be able to add or remove layers as needed.
The first layer of long underwear should be poly or the lick for wicking (at least 2 pair) some include a liner sock in this category and a balaclava to cover the head and neck. 3 pair of heavy and 3 pair of medium socks. (Important if you have newer boots) Insulated Gore-Tex hunting boots. Wool or similer pants for quiet stalking. Please don't expect to stalk with cotton or nylon! Heavy wool or poly field shirt. At times you will be hiking with only these layers on, so they must be excellent quality. We still have not found any pants better than the old wool hunting pants. An insulated camo wool or fleece jacket. Some hunters from more southern climes have found it necessary to add an insulating layer of fleece pants for a third layer. The outer layer should be waterproof and large enough to fit comfortably over the other two or three layers. The camo parka with attached hood and bibs of Gore-Tex or similar material are critical to withstand the common wind, rain, or snow. An insulated 'musher' or 'Yazoo' type hat that straps under the chin or a baseball cap and fleece cap if you have the balaclava. Insulated Gore-Tex Gloves. Insulated hip boots.
Other items needed are common things like a small flashlight and a headlamp. (Both) A katodyne water treatment bottle (nice when you can just add water from any creek or lake) and a simple water bottle.
Your day-pack must be large enought to add your extra clothing on top of your personal hunting items.
(Ammo, knife, camera, water, lunch, etc.)
Not unlike siting in your weapon, your gear should be fitted before your travels. It's surprising how many times hunters have shown up and tried their gear for the first time. Remember that there is no place to buy replacement equipment in Galena.