This is the cabin we stayed at when we were at Little River Lake on Kodiak in '68. (L to R) Tex Sodergren, Gary Binkley and Denny Bush. I was taking the picture. See "My Quest For A Brown Bear."
My First Brown Bear
I took this 9'2" brown bear in the Chignik Lake area on the Alaska Peninsula in the fall of 1971. We killed four bears on this trip.
My 2nd Brown Bear
I took this beautiful 8'6" brown bear on Kodiak Island in the early 80's.
Brown Bear Hunt
This was the '71 hunt at Chignik Lake. We stayed in this old native cabin. Better than a tent, but no much. (R to L) Dick Roberts, myself, John Mulay and Bob Butler all Air Force guys.
Russ with his 8' 10" brown bear. This was the second largest bear that I was in on as a resident hunter
Packing Out From the Sturgeon River
I have a good load with the camp and my brown bear. We were about 4 miles in and the lake was frozen so we had to hike out to the Karluk River crossings for pick-up.
1st Guided Brown Bear
Roland and me with his 8' brown bear taken the spring of '83 in the Western Alaska area north of Dillingham.
Steve was my 1st brown bear hunter when I worked for Rich Guthrie the fall of '83. We took this 9'5" in a swamp in the Cold Bay area.
What You Don't Want To See
Steve Vaughn, GA with his 9'5" brown bear in the swamp. It was really hard to skin and then the hide weigh an extra 50 pounds. Check out the story "What Guides Never Want To See."
David was another hunter I guided on for Rich Guthrie the fall of '83. This is a really nice 9' bear. (R to L) Guide Donnie Smith, David Morris and myself. You may see David Morris on TV talking White Tail deer.
1st Brown Bear Hunt for AAA
These were the first two bears that Brent and I guided our first two clients to. A 10'10" and a 10'2" both making the Boone & Crockett Record book.
Tim Orton With His 10'2"
Tim was one of the first two hunters to hunt with AAA Alaskan Outfitters. His brown bear squared 10'2" and scored 28 5/16 B&C official. You can read about the hunt in "It Pays To Wait" in the hunting stories.
Mike Dobransky from Anchorage, AK with Brent and me and his 9’ brown bear taken during AAA’s first brown bear season the spring of ‘84.
All of the partners guided Bobby to his 9'2" brown bear in the fall of '87. This was the old Lee's cabin in Wide Bay on the Alaska Peninsula. (L to R) me, Bobby, Dan and Brent.
Big Fat Brown Bear
Kurt Jaeger of Liechtenstein harvested this 10' brown bear in our Cold Bay area in 1986. The skull was only 27 12/16 B&C but I couldn't get my arms around the bears neck. His front pad was 10" which would have made him a 11 footer.
One Big Bear
Partner Brent Jones, Kurt Jaeger and myself talk about the size of this monster. He was only 10' ,but had a 10" front pad.
Kurt Jaeger, from Liechtenstein, with his 10' brown bear.
I'm packing out of Right Hand Valley in the spring of '86. Carrying a 100+ pounds is always fun.
Karl from West Germany and me with his 9'3" brown bear taken in the Cold bay area in 1986.
Bengy from CA with his 8’6” brown bear taken at Cold Bay during the spring of ‘86.
John Bermen and Me with his 10'5" Brown Bear
The Bear was taken in 1988 and had a 28 11/16 B&C skull.
John with his 10'5" brown bear on his back. Check out that paw!!
Bill and me with his 10' brown bear taken out of our Dog Salmon River camp in 1989. This was the only 10 footer that I guided on in the fall.
Bill with his 10' fall brown bear. I guided Bill in '89.
Blond Brown Bear
This was the blondest brown bear that I ever guided a client to on the Alaska Peninsula. It was an 8 1/2 footer taken by Ronald Arndorfer from WI in the spring ‘92. (L to R) Dan, Ron, me and Dee.
Randy was featured on the cover of AAA's 1992 Newsletter. His bear squared 11'3" with a SCI score of 30 5/16 which tied for the SCI World Record. It was the largest brown bear taken in Alaska during the previous 26 years. The B&C score was 30 1/16. My partner Dan was Randy's guide.
Matt and me with his 10'1" brown bear taken in our Cold Bay area in 1992
Matt with his 10'1" beach bear. We are getting ready to skin.
Matt with his 10’3” brown bear taken in the spring of 2018 with AAA Alaskan Outfitters.
Dick with his 9' brown bear sow taken in '85 in our Cold Bay area. This was the largest sow that we harvested. I got Dick within 20 yards of her as she slept in the alder.
Paul with his 9'4" brown bear that he took with his .454 Casuall. He was my only brown bear handgun hunter.
Crossing Cold Bay
I did this many times from 1984 until 1998. Most of the time not much fun.
Dave and me with his 10'3" brown bear taken in 1994.
Spring at Otter Lake
A spring hunt at our Western Alaska area. (L to R) Dan, client Darryl Rodgers, CA, guide Demitrious Deoudes, "Dee" and myself.
Dan and me with one of the prettiest colored brown bear that we harvested in our Western Alaska area. Dan took a larger brown bear while hunting with us at our Alaska Peninsula area.
Dan Artery a guide from WY and me with his 8’9” brown bear taken on the Alaska Peninsula.
Terry from OH and me with his rubbed 8 1/2 footer taken in the spring of ‘01. I was helping Terry’s guide EJ Hiett as we hunted out of base camp.
Jack and me with his 9'8" brown bear taken in '91 behind our Otter Lake base camp. This was the largest brown bear that we took in our Western Alaska area.
Tom and me with his 10' brown bear taken the spring of 2000. That was the first spring that I guided at the Dog Salmon instead of Cold Bay.
Tom and me with his 10' brown bear.
Jeremiah Simmons and I gave Brent a hand guiding on this 10'4" brownie. The picture doesn't do it justice since it is all balled up down the creek. (L to R) Brent, Jeremiah, Doug and myself as a team effort.
Boone and Crockett Brown Bear
(L to R) Brent, Guide Thor Juliussen, Danny Webb from WV and myself with Danny's 10'3", 29 2/16 SCI brown bear taken in 2000.
Get That Bear In The Boat
Frank Sadlon, WI, shot his bear and it ended up in the creek. Brent was able to get the boat up next to it and we rolled the bear into it. See the story "What Guides Never Want To See."
Brown Bear In A Boat
Brent was able to get the boat up next to shore and the bear which allow my client, Brent and me to roll the 400 to 500 pound bear into the boat. The bear was taken by Frank Sadlon. First time for everything.
Victor Workman's 10'8" bear ended up in the water. The bear weight close to 1000 pounds. My son-in-law Sagen was the guide and almost couldn't get the bear out with only the help of the client.
Mack and me with his 9'6" brown bear that we took out of our Western Alaska area the spring of 2003. This was the largest brown bear that I guided on in our Western Alaska area.
A beautiful day on the Alaska Peninsula with the plume of the Chiginagak volcano showing.
Bryan Artery a guide from WY with the largest sow that we ever harvested in Western Alaska the fall of ‘05. She was 8’5”.
My Son-In-Law Sagen Juliussen
Sagen and me with his 10'1" brown bear that we took on the Alaska Peninsula back in 2006. This guy was with a "Giant Bear". I guessed him to be 10'8" or so, and this bear ran him into the snow and out of the valley. Old and mean.
Sagen with the paw of his 10'1" brown bear.
My Grandson Greg Rapp
Greg with his 10'1" brown bear that we took in 2008. This was Greg's graduation present.
My Grandson Greg
Greg holding his 28 3/16 green score skull from his 10'1" brown bear.
Greg and Me
My grandson Greg and me with his 10'1" brown bear.
Jeremiah Simmons Guide And Friend
Jeremiah with his 9'4" brown bear taken on the Alaska Peninsula. Jeremiah went with us on a graduation brown bear hunt for my grandson Jared. (R to L) Jeremiah, son-in-law Sagen, myself and grandson Jared.
My grandson Jared on his spring brown bear hunt after high school graduation.
Jared and Me
On a cold day bear hunting on the Alaska Peninsula.
Matt and Me
Matt and me with his 10’3” bear. I went along with Matt.
Matt, me and Brent with his bear. They flew Brent up from camp for a photo shoot.