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Hunting the Kenai Peninsula of Alaska

The Kenai peninsula, which is commonly called the Kenai, is world reknowned for its high density of big game animals, such as moose, caribou, dall sheep, mountain goats and brown and black bear.
It is also well known for such smaller game animals as the hare, ptarmigan or grouse, making it a remarkably diverse place to hunt.

The Kenai extends about 150 miles into the gulf of Alaska, situated between Prince William Sound and the cook Inlet.
Into the mixture enteres the Kenai mountains, a large portion of which are glacier covered.

The Grizzly, or Brown Bear, requires a guide for non resident hunters

On the western side near Cook Inlet is low marshy type terrain, with small lakes and larger ones lying to the west of it.
Numerous rivers, creeks and streams are dotted throughout the peninsula, most of which make fishing Alaska quite an experience.
Some of the best salmon rivers in the world are right here, including Russian River, Skilak Lake and Kenai lake.

Not only does the Kenail offer so much in fishing opportunities but the hunting and the terrain are both exhilerating, regardless of which big game animals you choose to go after.

Trophy Moose are very common here

Moose
season usually opens in early September and closes later in the same month.
The hunting is divided there into open harvest areas and permit only areas making it a great place to take your first moose.

Caribou
Four caribou herds currently reside on the Kenai, and caribou hunting is permitted by permit only,. there are no open areas.

The Kenai mountains herd is estimated about 400 animals while there are three other herds which total about 850 animals.

Dall Sheep are also plentiful on the Kenai

About 250 permits are issued on the Kenai for hunting season, which opens in August and lasts til about the end of December.
Because the hunting here is not high pressure the potential for taking home a trophy Caribou is very good.

Black bear are so plentiful that you are permitted to take two per year

Mountain Goats
Live and range over most of the Kenai Peninsula but are more prolific near the coastal mountains.
The Alaska Fish and Game estimates their numbers to be about 4500 animals strong, and issues permits through a lottery system.
Goat season begins in the first part of August and ends the middle of October.

The long season, combined with prolific animals offers you a great opportunity for a trophy goat here

Dall Sheep
are also found nearly throughout the central area of the kenail Mountain range.
Alaska Fish and game states the animals are about 1500 in number and offer both open area hunts as well as permit only hunts.
The season for sheep opens the second week of August and will last til the end of September.

Black Bear
Nearly 3000 black bear call the peninsula home, ranging over much of the Kenai, and they are so plentiful in number that Alaska permits each hunter to harvest two bears per season, one in the first half of each year and one in the last half.
Alaska fish and game says that historically success rates are much better during the spring season, most notably May is the best time for Black bear hunting.As with Brown bears and any other animal, common sense is encouraged.
Harvesting a female bear with cubs is not only poor sportsmanship, but is in this case illegal.

A Grizzly Bear snacks on salmon

Brown Bears are found the entire area, however being lesser in numbers, only one Brown bear mnay be harvested every four years. The Alaska fish and game encourages the harvesting of the boars and you may not hunt sows with cubs. One additional requirement for Brown bear hunting is that non resident hunters much be accompanied by a licenses guide in the Kenai.

There are ample places for lodging near the hunt area, however the only reliable access to this area is by boat or plane.

To comply with the licensed guide requirement for brown bear or to arrange for lodging and a guide, one of the best in the area, and winner of several awards is the Alaska Outfitters.com where you will find not only information on the guide and lodging but also view some great photos of the Kenai Peninsula area.


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