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SPRING BROWN BEAR HUNT
when bears wake up after hibernation
(first half of May)

The tour lasts for two weeks. The base camps are situated around twenty and forty miles inland off the coast of the Okhotsk sea, approximately 50 miles apart, one hour and twenty minutes' chopper flight from Magadan.

On the first day in the base camp our guests normally sight their rifles, familiarize themselves with the KULU staff, discuss details of the forthcoming hunt, and have a good rest before their hunting adventure. Next day in the early morning hunters with their guides set off for one of the most exciting hunts KULU Safaris is proud to offer.

The hunters and guides use snowmobiles during the entire hunt. All guides possess two machines one of which is given to the customer.

It's up to the hunter himself to choose if he wants to drive a snowmobile himself or ride on a pulled sled. The latter might influence the effectiveness though, as it reduces mobility and leaves no possibility for manoeuvering. Normally people inexperienced in driving a snowmobile get used to it within a day or two.

Two base camps are used on this hunt. Hunting takes place in between the base camps as well as around them. The hunters cover dozens of miles daily spending a good deal of time driving, tracking and glassing. They overnight in log cabins and shacks, which were specially built to accommodate hunters, and are scattered all over the hunting area. While spike-camping the guide takes full care of his client.

Once a bear is spotted, he is carefully stalked. The magnificence of this hunt is that besides taking a trophy it gives you a good opportunity to watch bears as they wake up and start roaming around.

Periodically once in 2-3 days the hunters come back to one of the base camps to replenish the food supplies, refresh and enjoy the Russian steam sauna or hot shower.

The size of the brown bear trophies taken by our customers varies from 7 to 10 feet (from nose to tail) with the average being around eight and a half.

Success rate is over 100% due to the fact that not less than 20% of the hunters take 2 brown bear trophies.

Ice-fishing for Arctic char might be additional fun for those who are done with hunting.

You can familiarize yourself with miscellaneous information concerning our hunts here FAQ

We mail our US reference list on demand. Go to Contact-us page

Let the pictures do the talking: Bear Pix Gallery


Please view our customers' report extracts:
William Joseph LasarsoB, 2004:
"This hunt was more than I expected. Service before, during & after
were excellent. I had complete faith in services.
I've been with a few outfitters. But Kulu is top of the line. Even small details were taken care of before time."

Brian Bauer, 2003:
"My hunting experience was the best adventure I have ever been on
and thank KULU for the great job.
Will highly recommend KULU Safaris to all hunters."

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SPRING BROWN BEAR HUNT
on the coast of the Okhotsk sea
(end of May- beginning of June)

The tour lasts for two weeks. The base camp is situated on the coast of the Okhotsk sea, one and a half hour’s chopper flight from Magadan.

As spring sets in, the coastal zone gets invaded by numerous bears rambling around in search of any food to get by with before the generous summer comes thru with something more substantial. The coastal part thaws out earlier than the inland and yields its limited variety of skimpy meals. So when the bears are out of their beds their instinct drives them towards the shore. the bears' menu then consists of vegetation, seaweed and carrion.

The bears we hunt on the coast are the same bears we hunt inland. Their way of living makes them travel long distances. As the snow cover goes away and food gets prolific the bears go back inland. These are the same species they have in Kamchatka.

On the first day in the base camp our guests normally sight their rifles, familiarize themselves with the KULU staff, discuss details of the forthcoming hunt, and have a good rest after their long travel and before their hunting adventure. On the second day hunters with their guides are transported by either helicopter or motor boats to their spike camps. The hunters' accommodations at spike camps are log cabins specially built to accommodate hunters or wall tents with wood-stoves in them.

Spike camps are situated in the places where the concentration of bears is highest: bays, creek and river mouths, open tundra plains. (See what the typical scenery of the Okhotsk coast is like this time of year: Coastal Scenery.)

The guide keeps up a radio or sat. phone connection with the base camp. In 3-4 days the hunter and guide are moved to another place if they don’t get a trophy, or to the base camp for a quick refreshment. The boats are used for relocations or reconnaissance. The hunt itself is done by stalking.

Success rate is over 100% due to the fact that not less than 20% of the hunters take 2 brown bear trophies.

The size of the brown bear trophies taken by our customers varies from 7 to 10 feet (from nose to tail) with the average being around eight and a half.

The hunters may as well have a chance to see bird colonies on the seashore, white-shouldered sea-eagles, whales, seals. Duck and geese hunting is a possibility, as flocks of those fly in from south.

You can familiarize yourself with miscellaneous information concerning our hunts here: FAQ

We mail our US reference list on demand. Go to Contact-us page

Let the pictures do the talking: Bear Pix Gallery


Please view our customers' report extracts:
Douglas Painter, 2003:
"..excellent overall operation!
Top quality guides, interested in working with their hunter.
A quality and very rewarding experience."

Jack Wyngaard, 2003:
"Great Hunt!
Great Stuff!
Great Camp!
Great Food!
Thank you!"

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