Now is your time to experience the world class brown bear hunting from certified Master Guide Keegan McCarthy. Download our free PDF hunting guide.

Join Us for Alaska’s Premier Yacht Based Brown Bear Hunts!

Alaska Brown Bear HuntsCoastal Alaska Adventures yacht based brown bear hunts are an outstanding option for hunters who want an all-in-one luxury hunting experience. This is a true world-class brown bear hunt from start to finish, with standards that no other Alaska hunting outfitter can match.

Our close knit staff of fully licensed professional guides set the standard for knowledge, skill, effort and experience to help you harvest the trophy brown bear of your dreams.

Not only do we have the finest accommodations and the hardest hunting most experienced guides, we also have what is probably the best concession for boat based brown bear hunts in Alaska. Owner and Master Guide Keegan McCarthy has worked for years to buy up and take over the longest standing and number one producing concessions available. You will not find a better hunting area–one that has consistently produced the largest trophy bears in SE Alaska for nearly 30 years.

About Our Alaska Brown Bear Hunts

Hunt Admiralty and Chichagof islands – World renowned for the highest density of brown bears in the world.

Admiralty Chichagof Island Alaska Brown Bear HuntingLocated in the heart of SE Alaska coastal inside passage, Admiralty and Chichagof Islands claim the most brown bears per square mile of anywhere in the world. A successful hunt is based on opportunity, and more bears equals more opportunity. We work hard to find only the best trophies for our clients, with most bears averaging in the 8’6” to 9’6” range. It is not uncommon to see upwards of 20 bears in a day of hunting.

Not only will we work to give you an opportunity to harvest a trophy brown bear, but all of our hunts are sold as an adventure. You will be immersed in the natural beauty and awe of SE Alaska’s stunning scenery while aboard. It is not uncommon to see whales, eagles, seals, sea lions and a host of other animals while cruising between hunt areas. All trips include fishing if available, and we do our best to provide fresh Alaska crab and shrimp harvested during your trip.

Our hunts are all yacht based, providing you with not only first class accommodations, but the best possible means of access to the remote shorelines of all of our hunting areas. We cater not only to the hunter, but non-hunting companions as well. Our first class accommodations make this the perfect adventure for the husband and wife.

Spring Brown Bear Hunts

Alaska Brown Bear Hunting

In the spring, primarily in the month of May, the brown bears begin to emerge from their dens. When they do, the first thing they want after 9 months of sleeping is to eat. Southeast Alaska is covered by dense rainforest and in the spring the first thing to turn green is the beach grass located along the coastline. As the bears come out of their dens they head straight to the beach to consume the fresh buds.

This allows us to know exactly where the bears are headed when they come out of
hibernation. We will anchor the yacht in an area where we know bears frequent, and where there is plenty of grassy shorelines. Once anchored we will use smaller skiffs, typically 16-18 foot aluminum runabouts, to cruise the miles of endless shoreline. Once we spot a respectable bear we will put the boat ashore and make a stalk. If the bear is a trophy, we will then do what we can to harvest the bear while on shore.

This method of hunting is highly successful, and typically allows us to see many bears on a 10-day hunt. We usually run at about an 80% success rate for shot opportunity on our spring hunts, with it not uncommon for every hunter to go home with a bear.

Fall Brown Bear Hunts

Alaska Brown Bear Hunting

Mid-summer the salmon start to run into the streams. Southeast Alaska has literally thousands of salmon streams and millions of salmon return to spawn each year. When these fish enter the streams it is like a buffet line for the bears. Brown bears will use these streams from August until late September, feasting on the high protein salmon in preparation for denning up for the winter.

This again allows us to know where the bears are, concentrated over a dominant food source. In the fall, we will anchor the yacht somewhere near a multitude of productive salmon streams. We will then use the small boats to access the shore, and will hike up the streams in search of large trophy bears. Typically we will trip over many small bears and sows on the way to the best fishing holes, which the largest bears lay claim to. It is a very interactive hunt, and not one for the faint of heart. Close encounters with bears of all size are not uncommon. A typical shot opportunity on a fall hunt is at about 40 yards!

Either style hunt can be very productive and successful. Spring hunts are usually less physical and can be enjoyed by hunters of almost any ability, while hunting in the fall you will need to be ready to spend long days in hip waders on slippery rocks and fording streams. Fall is much more physically demanding, but can be highly rewarding and a full adventure!

Luxury Accommodations Onboard The MV Sikumi

Alaska Brown bear hunting accommodations

For hunters who want the ultimate hunting experience, the MV Sikumi boasts a 5 star chef with personalized meals and ocean view staterooms. Read more about the accommodations aboard the MV Sikumi here.

Alaska Black Bear Accommodations

  • Four Private Staterooms with in suite bath and shower
  • Full guide service
  • 5 star chef aboard vessel
  • Wine and Beer
  • Trophy Prep
Alaska Brown Bear Photo Gallery
Coastal Brown Bear Hunting Reviews
  • Tim Gauthier

    I first met Keegan when he was an assistant guide for Scott Newman while on an Alaskan Brown bear hunt back in the middle 90’s. Since then I have been on 3 separate hunting adventures with Keegen in one of my favorite places on earth, the Pacific Northwest.

    When Keegan became a master guide and outfitter my brother Scott and I booked a hunt with Keegan for Spring Black Bear. All of my expectations of Keegan as an Alaskan Guide were met. Not only was he very knowledgeable of his hunting area and the numerous black bear he guided us to, but the waters of Alaska can be treacherous and although young in age his experience as a boat captain helps assure that your trip will be as safe and pleasurable as possible. Keegan, his wife Chelsea and staff soon became good friends.

    I then joined Keegan on 2 separate Sitka Black tail hunts. One was an archery hunt and one was a rifle hunt. Both were for 2 separate outdoor television programs I produced. The one thing I have learned after 30 years as a wildlife producer is to do as much homework as possible in finding the best place to document and hunt a particular species.

    I didn’t hesitate to give Keegan a call. There was a tremendous amount of game to pursue and I can’t even count the number of beautiful Sitka Black tails that we harvested with both bow and rifle not to mention the incredible Sea Duck hunting we experienced. And there is nothing better then after a long day of hunting to return to a full pot of Dungeness crabs to feast on back at the warm floating lodge.

    What can I say besides the fact that Keegen is a very respected and reputable guide who will go to extremes to make sure you experience a hunt of a lifetime? As long as I am alive I will yearn to hunt with Keegen and Coastal Alaska Adventures. You owe it to yourself to experience this true Alaskan adventure at least once in your lifetime.

    Tim Gauthier, Michigan

Contact Coastal Alaska Adventures for availability

*** We currently have four hunts denoted with an asterisk to showcase our exclusive SCI Pathfinder Hunt. These hunts are for two hunters and two observers to be potentially featured in a future episode of SCI’s award-winning series Expedition Safari on the Outdoor Channel. Read more about these incredible brown bear hunts that you just can’t miss.

Exclusive Package

This hunt is for the discerning hunter with a busy schedule. We take care of all the details. You show up and hunt with no worries or concerns. Simply arrive in Juneau Alaska and we will take care of the rest, your gear and rifle will be waiting aboard the vessel. By far our most popular choice for the avid trophy hunter. This hunt includes:

  • Airport Shuttle Pick up
  • One night stay in Juneau Alaska at local hotel
  • Air Charter to Vessel
  • Full guide service
  • 5 star chef aboard vessel
  • Wine and Beer
  • Concierge Service for help with purchasing required gear, we will have your gear on board for the hunt (gear cost is extra).
  • Use of Blaser R8 Pro Rifle .375 HH (available for purchase if desired)
  • Trophy Prep and shipping to expediter
  • Air Charter back to Juneau
  • One night hotel upon return to Juneau if needed
  • All license, tags and land use fees included for one brown bear

Standard Package

Hunt in the same prime areas, geared towards the well-experienced hunter who is happy to take care of all the details.

  • Full guide service
  • 5 star chef aboard vessel
  • Wine and Beer
  • Trophy Prep

Coastal Alaska Adventures works in conjunction with other fine outfitters to offer other options for brown bear and black bear in SE Alaska with more affordable hunts if desired. Please inquire with us if interested.

Your Name (required)

Email (required)


Your Message