Hunting

Kachemak Charters also conducts “Do-It-Yourself” hunts for black bear and Sitka blacktail deer.  We will do brown bear hunts for Alaska residents on either the Alaska Peninsula or Afognak Island as well as elk hunts on Raspberry Island.  Ask about customized hunting expeditions-we will attempt to accommodate any hunt desired.

Alaska law mandates that charter operators can only transport and provide accommodations for hunters.  This means that each hunter has to provide all his/her own gear, spot/stalk their quarry without assistance from the charter operator, and be able to field dress/retrieve their quarry from the field.  We will provide you with a VHF handheld marine radio and a FRS radio so that you can call to be picked up by the small boat when you are done hunting. Other than that safety gear, the hunter(s) are required by law to provide all of their own gear.  

All hunts will be supported with a 14’ inflatable boat w/25hp Suzuki outboard and the yacht tender.  

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BLACK BEAR HUNTS

All of our hunts are focused on you, the customer.  Kachemak Charters limits the number of hunters on each bear hunt to four hunters to ensure a quality adventure. During our hunts, you will have a warm and dry bed to come back to each day, ample room to butcher and/or skin out your trophy and you will eat like a king.  Expect to have hearty breakfasts, over-sized sack lunches while in the field, and dinners of halibut, salmon, steak, chicken, and other comfort foods, with recipes inspired by one of the Pacific Northwest’s preeminent chefs.  Every hunt is a fishing trip as well. Expect to go home with your quarry, plus halibut, salmon, and/or whatever else is in season.

We do two black bear hunts each spring, with the first trip beginning approximately May 10th and the second trip beginning about May 18th.  All of our black bear hunts are a six day-five night hunt, which provides ample time for the hunter to find a bear.  

The hunting trip starts almost as soon as we depart Homer Harbor as black bears can be found almost anywhere on the south end of the Kenai Peninsula.   We will run anywhere from 2-5 hours to get to the bear-rich area on the very south end of the peninsula. Generally two hunters will be dropped off by small boat in coves to hunt the meadows/tidelands that are starting to green up and the other two hunters will cruise the bays in the Sunny Side Up spotting for bear. Sunny Side Up is set up for glassing for bears-the tuna tower opens up a whole new world for observing the shoreline. Each group of two hunters will then swap out with the other group so that each group experiences each method of hunting.

Alaska law mandates that both the meat and the hide of black bears harvested before June 1st is to be retained.  As a bonus, we will have ample time to seek out halibut and maybe rockfish on a bear trip.  Each hunter should come home with a bear and a limit of halibut.

DEER HUNTS

Like our bear hunts, our deer hunts originate out of Homer and are seven day hunts. We offer hunts beginning in early September and running into October. We will depart Homer Harbor in the morning, and arrive at our hunt area(s) that afternoon.   You will then have time for an evening hunt on our first travel day. You will then have five full days to hunt and fish, departing our hunting area on the morning of the seventh day.

All of our hunts are focused on you, the customer.  Kachemak Charters limits the number of hunters on each deer hunt to four hunters to ensure a quality adventure. During our hunts, you will have a warm and dry bed to come back to each day, ample room to butcher and/or skin out your trophy and you will eat like a king.  Expect to have hearty breakfasts, over-sized sack lunches while in the field, and dinners of halibut, salmon, steak, chicken, and other comfort foods, with recipes inspired by one of the Pacific Northwest’s preeminent chefs.  Every hunt is a fishing trip as well. Expect to go home with your quarry, plus halibut, salmon, and/or whatever else is in season.

The earlier deer hunts generally have more temperate weather conditions and you can expect to find deer from near the shoreline to above timberline.  Later in the season, expect more variability in weather conditions and deer generally move lower down the mountain as the season progresses, especially in response to snow conditions.    

We hunt Afognak, Shuyak, and Raspberry Islands for deer. We will also hunt Kodiak and surrounding islands, subject to an added fuel surcharge.

COMBO BEAR/DEER HUNTS

Please inquire about a combination Sitka blacktail deer hunt and a black bear hunt. This would be a mid-September hunt, with deer hunting on Afognak and then bear hunting on the Kenai Peninsula.  Fall bear hunting can be incredible. Great fishing, too!

 

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