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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Tags and Fees?

Where can I buy my hunting license and tags?

You can purchase your license and tags from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

What do tags cost?

Alaska Tag & License Fees NonResident NonResident Alien
Hunting $85 $300
Fishing (14 days) $80 $80
Brown Bear/Grizzly $500 $650
Moose $400 $500
Caribou $325 $425
Dall Sheep $425 $550
Wolf $30 $50
Wolverine $175 $250
Duck & Waterfowl Stamp $5 $5


How do I get to Cold Bay? (Spring and Fall Brown Bear)

After arriving in Anchorage, take Peninsula Airways (Pen- Air) to Cold Bay.
Pen-Air Anchorage - 1 (800) 448-4226
Pen-Air Cold Bay - (907) 532-2485

You will need to pre-arrange your charter with Kenai Floatplane Service who will be there to fly you to David River (base camp).
Theo - (907)-989-2237 or (907)-989-4080

In the event of bad weather, and they are unable to fly, accommodation options are:
Cold Bay Lodge – (907) 532-2767
Barefoot Inn - (907) 532-2327

**Arrive at Base Camp 2 days prior to start of hunt (allow for weather)

How Do I Get to Bettles? (Sheep, Grizzly, Moose, Caribou)

After arriving into Fairbanks, AK, you will go the "East Ramp" at Fairbanks International and catch a Wright Air Service (907) 474-0502 flight up to Bettles. Wright Air services Bettles twice a day, except Sundays, with Cessna Caravans. A Mountain Monarchs representative will meet you at the airport in Bettles upon your arrival. Often times you may spend the night in Fairbanks and then catch a morning flight on Wright Air.

Accommodation options in Fairbanks include:
Pikes Landing Hotel: (907) 479-6500 restaurant/bar/airport shuttle
Sophie Station Hotel: (907) 479-3650 restaurant/bar/airport shuttle
Alpine Lodge: (907) 328-6300 restaurant/airport shuttle or taxi
Golden North Motel: (907) 479-6201 airport shuttle/ coffee in lobby

** Arrive at base camp 2 days prior to start of hunt

Do I need to bring sleeping gear?

We provide sleeping bags, sleeping pads, and cots.

What are the recommended weapons and caliber for my hunt?

Brown Bear

Rifles: your rifle should be equipped with a weather proof scope and dialed in 2” high at 100 yards. Synthetic stocks perform best in the inclement weather.

Recommended Calibers:
.338 Winchester mag - 250 grain minimum
.375 H&H mag - preferred caliber – 270 grain minimum
.416 Rem Mag – 350 or 400 grain bullets

Bullets – No Solids for Bears!!! Swift A-Frame; Barnes Triple Shock; Woodleigh; Nosler Partition or similar work well on the big bruins.


** We highly recommend the heavier belted magnum calibers in a bolt action with a minimum bullet weight of 250 grains. The .338 Winchester Mag, .375 H&H Mag or the .416 Remington Mag are all well suited for our type of shooting situations.
Be sure and remove grease and oil from your action and bolt assembly!!!
Check all screws for tightness. If you handload check to be sure all cartridges will chamber and eject properly.

Dall Sheep

Your rifle should be a light weight bolt action, scoped with good quality optics and dialed in 2 inches high at 100yards. You should be adept at hitting targets out to 350 yards. If you handload, be sure all your ammo will chamber and eject properly. Practice as much as possible in all shooting positions. Silhouettes are especially good practice. Be sure scope mounts and all screws are checked for tightness. A good sling is worth its weight in gold.

Recommended Caliber:
On Dall Sheep, we recommend .270 or larger calibers, with the flat shooting characteristics of the .30 caliber magnums being the most commonly used. Examples: .270 Win; .280 Rem; 7mm Mag; .300 WSM; .300 Win. Mag.; .300 Weatherby.


Having hunted with Mountain Monarchs seven times in the past twelve years, the Peninsula brown bear hunt just concluded was the best yet. In fact, it was probably the finest North American hunt I've experienced in the last thirty years! Not only is my old boar spectacular, as he squared 10 feet, 10.5 inches, every aspect of the hunt was flawless. The David River base camp was like a home away from home, with great food and wonderful crew. Spike camp was more than comfortable, and the number of bears viewed over the five actual hunting days was staggering. To the smallest detail, everything went off without a hitch, and I can't wait to return.

- Dwight Van Brunt