Aggressive Hunting

Aggressive Hunting
Hunting bear from the ground brings the hunt to a new level of excitement!

The past two years I've headed to Alaska each spring to stalk monster black bears on Prince of Wales Island.  I've also hunted bear over bait, but in all honestly, aggressive hunting is what I live for.

Not all aggressive hunting is created equal.  In Alaska, I hunt the shores and grass flats scanning for bear as they emerge from the forest looking for a bite to eat.  The shores are similar to an All-You-Can-Eat-Buffet when the tide rolls out and the shoreline is exposed. Low tide is my favorite time to hunt because I have more visible terrain to watch and a there's a bigger menu for the bear.

With that said, the shore is not always your friend.  The rocks are usually still wet, slimy, and covered in kelp or shells.  This makes for an incredibly noisy and sometimes dangerous stalk.  Imagine stalking an animal on a shore of broken glass, then being slippery on top of it!


My technique? I try to look ahead and pick the flattest approaching rocks and hop rock to rock always looking for a quieter grass path near the tree line.  Although a bear's best sense is their nose, their hearing is pretty amazing as well.  That is, when they care.  In my experience most bear are so used to being the king of the jungle and not pressured by humans in this remote area that they don't bother to look up assuming I'm a deer or another small animal.  Big Mistake.



I think one of the main reasons people shy away from hunting aggressively is the fear of spooking an animal or busting a stalk.  Sitting back and waiting can get it done, but there is a lot of enjoyment and satisfaction in knowing your decision created the opportunity in front of you.  I may not have tried it had I not been lucky enough to get first hand experience with one of the top aggressive hunters out there.

I started filming hunts straight out of college five years ago as an intern and quickly moved into the role as a producer.  I spent all fall filming some of the best hunters in the industry and soaking up as much information and knowledge as possible.

As a young hunter who grew up in central Minnesota I hadn't experienced western hunting, giant whitetails, or the wonders of Africa.  After a little hard work and a lot of time in the field all that changed.  Regardless of your career path, the best way to learn quickly is to surround your self with experts, and that's exactly what I did.


Whether it's rattling, grunting, or a simple distress call, bringing in game is a heart pounding experience. Especially when it's a black bear three to four times your body weight and he's licking his chops thinking you just might make the perfect meal.

Recommended for You

Whether you're pursuing black bears, moose or whitetails, Quebec will put you on the right track. North America

Big-Game Adventure Beckons in Quebec

Lynn Burkhead

Whether you're pursuing black bears, moose or whitetails, Quebec will put you on the right...

A record crowd of more than 67,000 people fell upon the halls of the Sands Expo & Convention SHOT Show

HUNTING's Booth Babes of SHOT Show 2014

David Draper - January 21, 2014

A record crowd of more than 67,000 people fell upon the halls of the Sands Expo & Convention

These four hunts will test your endurance. North America Big Game

North America's Toughest Black Bear Hunts

Brad Fitzpatrick

These four hunts will test your endurance.

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

2018 Petersen

2018 Petersen's Hunting Episode 16: Cedar Break Bucks

Kevin Steele treks to the cedar breaks and coulees of north-central Nebraska for a shot at a big prairie whitetail.

Cheeseburger Poppers

Cheeseburger Poppers

David Draper shares his recipe for making delicious cheeseburger poppers with wild game in this edition of "Fare Game."

2018 Petersen

2018 Petersen's Hunting Episode 12: High Plains Elk

David Draper teams up with Fred Eichler to hunt elk on the high plains of southern Colorado.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

If you're spending time in the outdoors where you might encounter bears, carry one of these guns. Survival

Which Firearm Is Best for Bear Defense?

Larry Case - July 11, 2018

If you're spending time in the outdoors where you might encounter bears, carry one of these...

Over the years, Remington has introduced a continuously expanded variety of Model 1100 shotguns. Guns

Remington Timeline: 1963 - Remington Model 1100 Autoloading Shotguns

Hunting Online Staff

Over the years, Remington has introduced a continuously expanded variety of Model 1100...

Perfection takes practice, a little skill and the understanding that not all steaks are created equal. Recipes

How to Properly Grill Venison Steak

Hank Shaw

Perfection takes practice, a little skill and the understanding that not all steaks are...

See More Stories

More Whitetail

Recently, I've heard several well-intended friends proclaim I should take a bunch of does off my Whitetail

How To Know When To Shoot Does

Jeff Johnston - December 06, 2017

Recently, I've heard several well-intended friends proclaim I should take a bunch of does off...

Don't think stand hunting is hard? Try sitting all week in a Polar Vortex. Whitetail

Winter Storm Whitetails

Mark Kayser

Don't think stand hunting is hard? Try sitting all week in a Polar Vortex.

August is the perfect time to ensure your deer stands are secure and ready. Whitetail

September Is Coming: Now Is the Time to Check Your Treestands

Jeff Johnston

August is the perfect time to ensure your deer stands are secure and ready.

See More Whitetail

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save.

Temporary Price Reduction.

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.