I have been visiting outdoorsdirectiry.com for over a year now and after returning from my first of hopefully many journeys to the great state of AK I would like to introduce myself. I own a small tree service in Connecticut. Been climbing trees professionally for 18 years. Last Oct. 2011 mother nature decided to dump 12" of heavy wet snow on us but she forgot that the leaves were still on the trees, thus shutting down our state. This event was epic and unprecedented there was never a recordable snow in Oct. in CT since they started keeping records over 150 years ago. Needless to say I had work up the wazoo. I had been researching Grizzly bear hunting for years and in winter of 2011 found a guide service www.freelanceoutdooradventures.com I spoke to the owner Lance Kronberger and decided that if I was going to make the trip from CT to AK his service was the one. At that time in 2011 his earliest available spring hunt would be 2013. Fast forward to Oct. 2011 two weeks into cleaning up after winter storm "Alfred" it became clear to me that I was going to be financially able to book a hunt with Lance and try to close the deal on a life long dream...hunting Grizzly. I called Lance to book for 2013 and got great news he had an opening for spring 2012 so I took it. I would be hunting Grizz in AK in 7 short months! This was a backpack style hunt we hiked many beautiful miles. Observed many bears, watched sows and cubs play, had mostly good weather, got torn up by mosquitoes a few times but on the 6th day of a 12 day hunt I was lucky enough to take a Grizz. I took him at 65 yards with my Winchester Model 70 Extreme Weather .338 win. mag. loaded with Barnes ttsx 225gr. He dropped at the shot and a follow up shot was not needed. Because the rut was in full swing he was with a sow. The sow charged us twice. After a few choice words and two warning shots under 40 yards she caught our wind and was gone. The reality of a dream come true finally sank in...I got my GRIZZ! Special thanks to my guide he genuinely wanted to make this happen just as much as I did. Hide squared 8'4" Skull measured 24 13/16"
Jim Tweto and I with his 180