Glacier Guides is the longest-tenured outfitter operating on the Tongass National Forest, America’s largest National Forest. We pioneered yacht-based expeditions in Southeast Alaska, and are the only outfitter in the area with luxury vessels custom-built specifically for our operations. We offer the largest, most diverse area of operation in Alaska.
Glacier Guides is a 2nd Generation Alaskan family-owned and operated business that’s been sharing this pristine Alaskan wilderness with people from all over the world for the past 40 years and counting. We are fortunate to have some of the most experienced Captains in the area, familiar with navigation in the myriad of islands and knowledgeable on where to find fish and wildlife. All of our captains have guided in the area for multiple years, and are recognized as some of the best captains and guides in the industry.
Our founder, Jimmie C. Rosenbruch, was the 2005 Safari Club International Professional Hunter of the Year, and his daughter, Alisha "Mutts" Rosenbruch-Decker, was the 2008 Safari Club International Professional Hunter of the Year. When you travel with us, you travel with true professionals who have lived and guided in the area for years. Our service is simply unmatched!
Your host at Glacier Guides, Inc: Jimmie C. Rosenbruch, Founder. Glacier Guides, Inc. has been providing amazing tours and adventures into the pristine grandeur of Alaska and Glacier Bay National Park Since the 1970's. Glacier Guides is the longest-tenured outfitter operating on the Tongass National Forest, America’s largest National Forest. We pioneered yacht-based Brown Bear, Black Bear and Mountain Goat hunting in Alaska, including fishing expeditions and Adventure Cruises into Glacier Bay National Park. Glacier Guides is a second-generation Alaskan family-owned outfitter, with Master Guide Alisha “Mutts" Rosenbruch-Decker & Zach Decker (RG) carrying on the tradition. We are the only outfitter in the area with luxury vessels custom-built specifically for our operations. We offer the largest, most diverse selection of "Guide Use Areas" of any operation in Alaska allowing for superior flexibility and better access during your stay with us. We strive to provide unparalleled service and exceptional commitment to each of our guests.
Hunting and fishing experience at Glacier Guides, Inc: You will be hunting the Famous ABC Islands (Admiralty, Baranof, and Chicagof) for huge Brown Bears. We have hunts available in both spring and fall every year. Our hunts take place from one of our Yachts that serve as base camp. From there you access the hunting areas in smaller 16 -18 ft boats or “Skiffs.” Our spring Hunts are combination Brown Bear and Black Bear hunts and are 10 days long. Spring Brown bear hunting in Gustavus, AK begins in mid-April extending into mid- May. During the spring season, bears emerging from their winter dens venture to the shoreline and grass flats in search of the major source of food this time of year - new plant growth, kelp, and small crustaceans along the coastline. Hunting is a spot-and-stalk style. Skiffs launched from the base-camp vessel are used to cruise promising stretches of shoreline, or to access grass flats where bears come to feed, typically in late evening - often at last light. This is a totally free-range, fair chase hunt that brings you to some of the most magnificent country on Earth - with the added bonus of a chance at a phenomenal Brown Bear trophy, and World-class Black Bear; often the size of Grizzlies! Click here for quick link country guide.
Imagine standing along a pristine stream, among towering ancient Sitka Spruce and Hemlock trees, where the only traffic on the river ahead of you are the bear! Next, imagine Fly Fishing for 4 species of Pacific Salmon, Arctic Char, Cutthroat, and Rainbow Trout where the action is steady - sometimes a fish every cast! Enjoy the wonder of the World's last true and unspoiled Temperate Old Growth Rain Forest and all the bounty of the seas that surround the myriad of forested islands in Southeast Alaska's Alexander's Archipelago. This is truly an experience not soon to be forgotten. Click here for quick link country guide.
A typical hunting and fishing day at Glacier Guides, Inc: The average day on a Spring Bear hunt is generally rather relaxing! Mornings are spent lounging and enjoying a good book or glassing from the decks of base camp enjoying the splendor of the surroundings. Breakfast is typically served between 9 and 10am. Depending on the weather, we sometimes pack a lunch for the days’ hunt, departing our separate ways from ‘base camp’ between 1 and 3pm. Prime time for the class of bears we are looking for is late evening as typically the big boys are quite nocturnal. High-quality Optics are a MUST on your rifle due to low-light conditions (so bring the GOOD stuff!! Swarovski or similar 30 mm tube with HEAVY or ILLUMINATED reticle!!) We travel back the yacht in the dark, often 11pm or midnight this time of year! Dinner is served between midnight and 2am. This may vary depending upon adventure of your choice.
Accommodation at Glacier Guides, Inc: Stay at Glacier Bay’s Bear Track Inn and spend your day out on the water with Glacier Guides! Click here to view the lodge. To select and view the top suggested hotels and accommodation in the area, when hunting and fishing at Glacier Guides, Inc click here.
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Permits: To read more about hunting permits or travelling with your sporting equipment, click here. For fishing permits it is best to go online to the Alaska Fish & Game Online Store and follow the instructions to purchase your fishing license. Be sure to add on the King stamp if you will be targeting Kings in July. Print out two copies and pack them in different locations. We cannot guide you if you do not have an Alaska fishing license. We do not sell licenses at the lodge. They can be purchased at the airport store.
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