Grizzlies and Brown Bears 

Although very similar, brown bears are larger and live within 100 miles of the coast where they feed on nutrient-rich fish in the rivers and tributaries. Grizzly bears are smaller, much more aggressive and live more than 100 miles from the coast. They eat whatever they can to survive and are much more dangerous when encountering humans.

Alaska’s grizzly bear hunt occurs in April through May and another season is available in September.

Grizzly Bear Hunting Season 
Grizzly Bear Hunting Base

All grizzly bear hunts are based out of Kotzebue, Alaska. You’ll take a flight from your location to Anchorage and than an Alaska Airlines flight from Anchorage to Kotzebue. There are usually two flights per day. Our staff will meet you at the airport and help get your gear to the hotel or to our place of lodging.

The weather around the Kotzebue Sound and into the Brooks Range can vary greatly. We do not fly if there is any chance we may be putting anyone at risk. Make sure you are prepared with information on accommodations in Kotzebue regardless of the weather forecast for your arrival.

We take care of all the equipment you and your guide will need. You’ll have excellent tents, cooking gear, food and access to the finest grizzly bear hunting in the world. Your professional guide will ensure your enjoyment of the topography and help you find and stalk the trophy grizzly bear you’ve been dreaming of. The guide will help with cooking, safety and the care of your bear’s hide.

Guided Grizzly Bear Hunts Include 
Guided Grizzly Bear Hunts Do Not Include 

Guided hunts do not include your Alaska hunting license or grizzly bear hunting tags. Once you return to Kotzebue, we can suggest taxidermists or guide you on proper shipment of your hide back home. Northern Air Trophy is not responsible for your hide. We can only offer verbal assistance so that you can understand the options available and make choices based on your budget. Make sure to allow extra time when you return to Kotzebue so that you can properly handle your trophy prior to making your way for home.

Grizzly Bear Hunting Rates

The grizzly bear hunt in Alaska requires a permit application and you may or may not be chosen by lottery to hunt grizzly bear. You will be required to purchase an Alaska hunting license for $160 to enter the drawing. Once chosen to receive a permit to hunt bear, you will also buy an Alaska hunting license and non-residents must buy a $1,000 grizzly bear tag.

Northern Air Trophy requires a 50 percent deposit that you must pay as soon as your permit is successfully drawn.

Northern Air Trophy provides a 15 percent discount to those active in the military.


Alaska Fish & Game announced that they will take permit applications for the lottery each year. The period that they accept these applications is November 1 – December 15 each year. If you are considering an Alaskan hunting trip that offers permits by lottery, please contact Northern Air Trophy at your earliest opportunity for assistance with the permit application.

Pre-Trip Planning

The attached document contains all you will need to know to effectively plan your hunt with information about Kotzebue, airline tickets, packing checklists, etc. After reviewing this document, you will want to make a call to Julie Owen to ensure availability and to begin processing our agreement and your hunting deposit.

Click here to download the Pre-Trip Planning .pdf file.

Matt & Julie Owen 
Box 753 
Kasilof, Alaska 99610