All tours begin and end at the airport of Magadan. We meet our clients on their arrival and take them directly to the base camp by helicopter, or in the event of non-flying weather we move them to a Magadan hotel. Hotel and meals expenses while in town are the responsibility of our clients.
Upon arrival to the base camp, you will rest, sight your rifle, get to know your guides and check the equipment. Bear Hunting base camps come equipped with kitchens, professional cooks, wooden/metal cabins, saunas and hot showers, metal stoves, electricity, satellite phones etc.
Hunting is done by scouting on snowmobiles (both the hunter and the guide ride their own snowmobile) until you spot the prey, then you will proceed to stalking. Most of our snowmobiles are 2019+ Ski-doos.
Average shooting distance – 75 yards, average distance covered during the day around 50-70. Guides, at all times, carry their own rifles, binoculars, satellite phones, fly tents, food supplies. The guides are also skilled in taking trophy pictures and preparing the trophies according to international standards. Upon completion of the hunt, you will fly-out to Magadan.
Brown Bear Hunting is the king of Big Game Hunting trips. The Kamchatka Brown Bear offers hunters a unique opportunity to harvest trophy quality brown bears in the pristine wilderness setting near Magadan, Russia!
What it’s like to hunt brown bears with kulu
Magadan is home to both Siberian Brown Bear (inland areas, habitat closer to Yakutia) and Kamchatka Brown Bear (coastal areas, closer to Kamchatka). We hunt brown bears with the assistant use of snowmobiles in late spring (usually May) when we still have enough snow cover to traverse large swaths of hunting grounds. Unlike other outfitters, we don’t put our hunters on a sled, instead, we give them a new (2017+) ski-doo to ride on, so both the guide and the hunter drive their own separate snowmobiles. You will average 50-90 miles every day during the bear hunt. The terrain resembles rolling hills of Yukon, Northern Alaska, or North of Russia, with occasional mountain ridges. However, on a snowmobile, almost every point on the map is accessible. The ride itself is medium difficulty: the upper snow layer is firm and can hold a large ski-doo just fine, trees and bushes are present but are avoidable, occasionally you will encounter steep uphill or downhill areas. A Brown Bear hunter is not expected to be very fit, however, bear hunting in Magadan is still a physical challenge even for younger hunters.
Once in a base camp, hunters will be able to get the rifle sights right, get to know their bear guides, and practice snowmobiling. At dinner, plans will be discussed regarding the upcoming hunt: who goes where, is the hunting equipment ready, what happens if you get a bear trophy etc. On the following day, hunters and guides will all travel in different directions to remote cabins and hunt 2-3 days from there. Alternatively, they will hunt the areas surrounding the base camp and come back every night. The decision will be made solely by Sergey Rudakov, the outfitter. A typical day of brown bear hunting would look like the following: wake up at 6am, breakfast at 6.30, scouting on snowmobiles till 7-8PM, dinner at 8-10PM. Once the trophy is obtained a hunter can either keep hunting for an additional trophy or remain at the base camp.
Shooting a brown bear: Shooting varies with most of our shots sitting at 40-200 yards. Be prepared to shoot without a range-finder, because unlike snow sheep hunts, you will not get a lot of setup time and the range will likely not require ballistics calibration. We recommend all calibers above .300. Kulu Safaris does not have experience with bow hunting for brown bears, nonetheless, we are open to organizing such a bear hunt, but with extra precautions and extra cost. Please write to us directly to discuss bow hunting for brown bears in Magadan.
Why hunt brown bear in magadan?
Why Magadan: Whether you are in for an elite snow sheep hunt or a Kamchatka Brown bear hunt, Magadan Region has a stunning nature to offer. Most of the brown bear hunts will be held at coastal base camps located near the mouths of salmon rivers. The Coast of Magadan Region is a beautiful sight, there is nothing quite like it. Cliffs, often hundreds of yards high, rise straight from the sea, the terrain is fully covered in snow even in May, usually with no black spot visible. Even the coasts of Kamchatka or Chukotka pale in comparison. The real advantage of hunting Kamchatka brown bears in the Magadan Region is the lack of human population and infrastructure. There are no roads and almost no settlements for hundreds of miles around our base camps. Brown bear population is very healthy and growing. Bear hunters are expected to see up to 10 large bears each day. For example – Kamchatka has a dwindling bear population that is being overshot each year by foreign and local hunters. Another advantage of hunting with Kulu Safaris in Magadan is the snow cover. Magadan Region has a unique coastal climate – snow stays all the way till the end of May and sometimes till June, while the bears wake up en masse around late April-beginning of May. Bears are visible on the snow from very far away and are easy to stalk in such conditions, wherein Kamchatka or other areas, snow melts faster and the Pine Bush rises earlier, making the bear hunting experience tougher.
Best time to hunt brown bears
We recommend May as the best time to hunt brown bears: the fur is excellent, often a hunter will be able to harvest a great bear days after it has left its den. Another reason for the late spring hunt is the difficulty in hunting bears when the Pine Bush has risen from the snow. Bears spend most of their day in the Pine Bush during summer and fall , which makes it almost impossible to discover them at that time of year unless they come out to the rivers or hunters manage to catch them traveling through rocky areas. Kulu Safaris also has 2.5m acres of hunting grounds. Therefore, we can ensure that our hunters will be able to hunt areas without any interference, with robust brown bear populations inaccessible to other hunters.
The weather conditions during Kamchatka brown bear hunt in the Magadan region are usually mild, but unsteady. Bear hunters can expect day temperatures of 32F-50F and night temperatures of 25F to 14F. It is frequently very hot in the valleys where the sun is blazing and the snow cover reflects the sun rays in all directions. Still, temperatures on the mountain ridges can drop dramatically due to strong wind. Kulu Safaris expects our clients to bring an ample selection of winter and spring gear to be comfortable in such unpredictable weather. You can find the equipment lists for the brown bear hunt. Sun is very strong and can cause eye damage in minutes if no protection is worn. We recommend bringing protective sun goggles for the bear hunt. Skin burns are also to be expected during the hunt in Magadan, therefore lip balm and sunscreen are highly recommended.
What you need to know prior to the trip
Hunting for Kamchatka Brown Bear with Kulu Safaris is physically challenging because the hunter will be using his/her own snowmobile and ride along with the guide for over 10 hours a day. With most other Russian outfitters the hunter is placed on a sled behind the guide’s snowmobile, which makes for an accessible but boring experience. A bear hunter is expected to show up in a reasonable shape and be able to dig his snowmobile out of snow on his own. If there are physical limitations – we can always arrange for the hunter to be carried in a sled during the brown bear hunt. We also recommend to come with a large set of hunting gear. Temperatures range from below zero to warm in May. Even while scouting, we urge hunters and guides to have more than one set of clothing. Please check our gear guide for brown bear hunting in Magadan Region below.
- Transportation during the hunt including helicopter***
- Rifle & ammunition permits
- Invitation required for Russian visas
- All necessary export documentation for your trophy
- All licenses and permits necessary for the hunt
- Services of guide(s), interpreter, cook
- Trophy care and preparation for transportation
- Accommodation & meals in the camp
- All transportation (helicopter, snowmobiles and/or boats)
Price does not include:
- Return flights to Magadan
- Excess luggage fee
- Rifle transportation fee
- Service fee of meeting person in Moscow and in Khabarovsk, hotel/meals/transfer expenses in Moscow and in Khabarovsk
accommodation and meals in Magadan before and after hunt (if needed)
personal telephone calls (satellite phone calls from base camps at $3 per minute)
- Passport & visa expenses
- Gratuities and personal shopping
- Trophy shipping cost
- Personal accessories (towels, toothbrush, toothpaste, shaving kit, etc.)
- Personal first-aid set (aspirin, diarrhea med, antibiotics, and whatever else you need (only with prescription). Make sure all drugs are in their original containers and you carry a prescription for them.
- Books to read in bad weather.
- Additional relocation(s) and observation helicopter flights as per request of client.
Clothes, footwear, other
- Arctic parka (insulated and waterproof)
- Suit with waterproof trousers for wearing in the camp or for transportation by snowmobile during sunny weather.
- 2-5 pairs of underwear.
- A few pairs of cotton socks (4-5 pairs)
- A warm sweater
- Comfortable, warm, ankle-fit waterproof boots for transportation by snowmobile.
- High waterproof boots to walk around base camp (up to 3 metres of snow cover)
- Slippers to use indoors at the base camp or a cabin.
- Two pairs of warm and less warm gloves.
- Hat with a water-repellent top
- A warm hat with visor
- Knitted hat
- One or two Thin liners
- Trousers with fastened heating waterproof strap at the backside.
- Sleeping bag
- Personal accessories (2 towels, toothbrush, toothpaste, shaving kit, etc.)
- First aid kit (aspirin, diarrhea med, antibiotics, and whatever else you need (prescription must be kept with you). Make sure all drugs are in their original containers.
- Books to read in a bad weather
- Ski Glasses with UV-protection (preferably yellow and big size, to hide the eyes from twigs, wind and snow)
- 2 pairs of sunglasses
- Sunburn cream.
- Moisture cream.
- Passport, hunters’ card, required permits and documents.
- Rifle and gun cases (please, make sure your gun is properly registered in your own country prior to the trip)
- Ammunition (40 rounds recommended)
- Binoculars (10×40) with case
Before you inquire, please read the following terms and conditions:
A deposit of 50% of the total tour price is required to book your tour for the current year. At least 25% should be paid before 15 January of the same year to secure your spot. Another 25% should be transferred at least 30 days prior to the tour start date.
Deposits are nonrefundable unless:
- The guest has found a person to replace him/her for the same tour no later than 60 days prior to the tour).
- If the client wishes to postpone the tour until next year, Kulu has to be notified no later than 9 months before the beginning of the hunt. The deposit will be transferred to the next year and the client will be charged a USD $500 penalty for postponing the hunt/tour. A tour may only be postponed once.
- Other arrangements have been made with Kulu Safaris.
If you book the hunt/tour more than 12 months in advance, you can pay a USD $1,000 deposit (non refundable) to reserve a spot. However, it does not guarantee the price will remain fixed. If 60% of the hunt price is paid the price will remain unchanged.
NOTE: For deposits of 60% or more, we will refund the deposit less $500 if the customer notified Kulu Safaris about the cancellation not less than 12 months before the start of the hunt. The refund will be transferred within 30 days. If a client wants to move a snowmobile tour and has notified Kulu Safaris not later than 9 months before the start of the tour, the tour will be moved without penalties. These terms are only valid for hunts and tours that have been booked with Kulu Safaris directly.
- Dates can be moved 1-2 days according to air flights schedule. Duration of all hunts is usually 13 days including travel to and from base camps.Prices are the subject to change without notice
- A wounded animal is considered a trophy
- You can bring a hunting companion for $600 USD a day
- All prices are expressed in USD, all transactions will be held at exchange rate set by Central Bank of Russia at the day of the transaction.
If you wish to book a tour, Please read our FAQ and T&Cs, then email us at Kulusafaris@gmail.com