This was my first hunt
with Litzen Guide Service and it was a great experience. We
glassed two nice grizzlies on the eve of the opener as well as a
couple bulls--one of which was a trophy. We couldn't locate
the bears the next day but my guide, Shay, and I stretched our
legs quite a bit playing cat and mouse with that big bull for a
couple of days before he decided to head for parts unknown. On
day four I spotted a tremendous solitary bull caribou that we
agreed was too good to not go after and, after a long stalk,
Shay put me right on top of him. Precious hunting time was saved
thanks to Mike flying in a packer who had an adventure of his
own while being socked in for an extra day. Shay and I were
able to continue hunting for moose and we saw a lot of nice
bulls--one absolute monarch. But on day 9 Shay spotted a
grizzly up high above the mountain valley. We made the climb but
were unable to locate him after tiptoeing around for a few
hours, so we dropped back down to focus on moose. As soon as we
reached the bottom we spotted the bear again. So back up we
went. On the second stalk were able to find him--a big old
boar--and that ended my hunt: Two beautiful animals. Shay
worked really hard for me. My thanks to Mike, Shay and the rest
of the crew. It was a great hunting adventure.
Cell (989) 948-0200
Litzen Guide Service,
specifically Mike Litzen and John Salgat in my case, provided
the setting for a great Alaskan moose hunting experience in
2016. The camps were well thought out with respect to
location and access to the prime hunting locations, and Mike was
very well organized in moving hunters, guides, gear, and
supplies from base camp to the different hunting camps,
maximizing hunting time in the field. I did not harvest
the moose until day 9 of a 10 day hunt, but John never wavered
in his enthusiasm and dedication to helping me succeed in the
harvesting of a trophy of a lifetime. Success required
patience, spike camp relocation, Alaskan air drops of supplies,
and some good fortune with the temperamental weather.
Whether it was stories to pass the time while glassing, history
lessons while fighting through alders and ‘shin tangle’, or
competition to find the best tasting patch of blueberries, John
Salgat went above and beyond to provide a complete experience.
I would be remiss however, if I did not mention that once the
trophy was harvested, thank god for the young packers! All
of the people I met that were associated with or worked for Mike
were top shelf and made me feel as a part of their ‘group’.
I would highly recommend Litzen Guide Service and with some good
fortune, will return myself someday.
Cody, Wyoming 2016 (307) 351-7387
My 2016 hunt with you
was one to remember. The moose and caribou that I got exceeded
Your attention to
detail and organization is why it’s easy to recommend Litzen
Guide Service to anyone looking to hunt Alaska.
I would like to thank
Jason Reinalda my guide for all the hard work and effort he put
forth. He’s a great person and I enjoyed my time with him.
Again thanks for
providing a successful Alaskan Adventure. Hopefully someday I
Patrick J. McLeod
Groathouse Construction, Inc.
I have recently returned home from my
second Alaska hunt with Litzen Guide Service in 2016. It has
been my pleasure to have had 2 successful hunts (Caribou and
Moose) with Mike and his staff. The Moose hunt this year turned
out to be quite memorable. My guide George Taylor (MSG) made an
extraordinary effort to make my hunt a success. I cannot thank
him enough for his efforts. If you are considering booking an
Alaska hunt, please do not hesitate to give Mike Litzen a call.
Mike and his entire crew will make every possible effort to
provide a safe, successful hunt. They are simply top notch in
Bendena, KS 66008
Litzen Guide service helped me
achieve a boyhood dream. My guide Brad was both
experienced and professional, but most importantly great
company. The country is breathtaking, the level of service from
Mike and his crew exemplary, and all of the support Mike has
arranged from others is above expectations. Simply put I am
grateful I was referred in Mike’s direction and anyone seeking
to achieve their dream of hunting for Dall sheep will certainly
enhance their experience through the services provided by Litzen
Guide Service. I hope to return to Alaska in a few years to
achieve another dream of taking a Caribou and Grizzly: Litzen
Guide service will definitely be the outfitter of choice!
I want to thank
you for the really “killer” Alaskan Brown Bear
hunt. You and all of your guides were extremely
knowledgeable and professional. As you know it
has been quite some time since my last hunt (20
years), and it showed on day one when I couldn’t
spot a bear at 600 yards. However; by day three
I spotted a monster Brown Bear at well over a
mile. Joel and I pursued and at 1500 feet above
sea level, brought the big boy down with three
quick shots from my Blaser Jaeger R8 375 H&H
magnum. As you know the Blaser R8 has a really
fast slide bolt action.
My Bear was well
over 10 feet and the skull is a Boone and
Crocket 27 & 0/16ths inches qualifying it for
trophy status in the Boone and Crocket Club .
The taxidermist you recommended was also awesome
to work with, and I cannot wait to get my full
body mounted bear back!
forward to my next hunt with you and your team.
It will probably be a Dall Sheep hunt. Oh did I
mention the crew? Both Ross and Chris were
great captains, who could really serve up the
chow along with an entertaining story or two at
the same time.
Again many thanks
and see you soon!!
Kennesaw, GA (678) 516-2854
you for the hard work and paying attention to every detail to
make this hunt fantastic. From the great food at base camp, the
great guiding/calling of Shay, the unbelievable beauty of the
land, and Michael's expert flying, there is no better place to
hunt Alaskan moose than with Litzen Guide Service. This year's
hunt proved the weather in Alaska can be challenging, but
Michael's preparation was there. We saw over a dozen bull moose,
multiple Dall rams, ptarmigan, caribou and two grizzly bears.
Shay is the best guide I have ever met and his moose calling
was vital to our success.
I can’t wait to return and again feel
the challenge of hunting Alaskan game with Shay and flying with
Michael. Thanks again for another wonderful hunt and the
camaraderie of your camp."
Broadview, New Mexico
I wanted to say big thanks again for
another great hunt. All 4 of my hunts over the last several
years have been incredible experiences! From the nice caribou to
the huge moose, followed by the B&C coastal brown bear and
finally the dall sheep. I couldn’t have asked for better guides
and service. Hoping one day I can do it all over again with my
Take care and keep up the fantastic
Dear Mike Litzen,
Thank you very much for doing
everything in your power to make my hunt the experience of a
lifetime. You, your guides, and boat captains are some of
the best people I've met. Intelligent, safe, generous,
hardworking, courteous, and fun loving are few words I would use
to describe you people. Congratulations on finding and retaining
such a wonderful staff.
To my guides Don (Fall 2015) and Kurt
(Spring 2016) a special thank you. You are the reason these
hunts are so memorable. Being in a land as beautiful as Alaska,
and being able to share it with men like you has truly been an
Thank you to some of the other guides
I met: Joel, Ben, John, Howard for helping everyone. Your team
effort attitude is truly appreciated. Also, thanks to the
captains: Chris and Ross. Your vast knowledge of seamanship,
wildlife, fishing, cuisine, and storytelling added tremendously
to the whole experience. And finally, thank you to the other
hunters I met: Ted, Frank, Tony, Mike, Matt, and Danny. We
should feel blessed to have experienced a trip so wonderful,
and sharing it with guys that have the same passion is awesome.
For you hunters considering
an experience in Alaska, look no further than Litzen's Guide
Service. Become part of the brotherhood and make some
friendships for life. And, for those of you who need a big bear
to accentuate the whole experience, don’t worry because this is
the Mecca of large brown bears.
Willoughby Hills, OH (440) 448-5590
Mike and Staff
What an amazing adventure with you
again. This being my third trip with you and once again. One
AMAZING ADVENTURE. After spending 8 days in the Alaskan
wilderness. Sleeping in a cold sleeping bag and eating freeze
dried food in a bag and walking miles every day and to end the
way it did, could not have been better. Seeing moose and caribou
every day and the grizzly chasing the moose is memories I will
never forget. On the morning of the 7th day, Brad Patterson my
guide was excited and never gave up on me. We were rewarded with
a 65" trophy moose. (A moose of a life time). I realized that
day that not only Brad but everyone at Mike Litzen Outfitters
wanted that moose as bad as I did. You fly to check on us every
day. Dropping us care packages on those cold days and Brad and I
giving you something back I'm sure you will never forget. 9'
Brown bear, Full curl Dall sheep and now a 65" Yukon Alaskan
moose PRICELESS. Thanks to your packers and Tom for the great
meals at your main camp. All this added together equal one
AMUSING adventure. My hunting partner Bobby Brown taking a great
moose with his bow is icing on the cake. The best part about all
of this is meeting and making friends for life. If you are
reading this and have not booked your dream hunt with someone
else, stop looking. No one in Alaska does it better than Mike
Joe R. Wilson, CAI
Wilson Real Estate Auctioneers, Inc.
929 Airport Road
Hot Springs, AR 71913
1-877-243-2289 Toll Free
RE: 2016 Spring Bear Hunt
Thank you and your Team once again for a
memorable hunt. I had the opportunity to hunt with you in the
Fall of 2015 and this Spring Hunt was nothing short of my first
hunt. As before my guide and I hunted hard and long, we were
patient and when the time came we made a quick decision and
never looked back. The stalk was fast and physically demanding
but we took advantage of an opportunity and it worked in our
favor. Specials thanks to Ben Thimons for reacting quick and
being knowledgeable of the area; he lead me right to where that
bear was going to be. Mike, my family has hunted with you for
many years and has a deep respect for you and your business
thank you for allowing me to be a part of that and I look
forward to future hunts with you and your Team. Will see you in
2017 for my Dall Sheep Hunt!
Frank Spencer III
1200 Wyoming Ave. El Paso, TX 79902
July 13, 2016
I would like to thank you and your
great crew for an awesome Dall sheep hunt. Your organizational
and piloting skills are unmatched. My time spent with Ron
Heidemann on the mountain will never be forgotten. I look at the
ram we took every day and the memories flood back. I look
forward to hunting with Litzen Guide Service again in the
To Mike and Family
I have done 2 unsuccessful hunts with
Mike and that's just hunting. Mike and his guides went far above
their duty to find animals. I have been on a lot of hunts and
Mike is a first class guy and runs a top notch show. His word is
better than a contract. That said I’m looking forward to hunting
with him again in 2018. (And a beer in South Dakota come
Thanks my friend
Joel Van Ravenswaay
This moose hunt was my second hunt
with Mike Litzen, the first been brown bear. I’ve hunted
with three other outfitters and no one comes close to the
service, coordination, effort put forth and hospitality Mike and
his staff and guides provide. Everything was coordinated
well in advance of my hunt which provided me and the other 4
hunters a strong sense of security and comfort. We talked
several times on the phone to make certain all my questions were
answered. When we arrived in base camp we were greeted by a
friendly staff and started preparations right away to get to our
hunting sites. I saw at least 10 different bull moose
during my hunt and probably an additional 10 to 20 during my
flights to and from our spike camps. I would highly
recommend Mike Litzen to anyone wanting the experience of a
lifetime hunting moose or bears in the beautiful wilds of
Alaska. Not sure that I got to thank you Mike for a
wonderful experience as we rushed to catch flights ahead of the
strong winds heading to camp. Thank you and Thanks to Jon
for being an excellent guide.
Mike - I wanted to thank you again for
the incredible hunt that Matt and I had. You and your team
exceeded every expectation we had coming in to Alaska!
Your focus on safety, professionalism, and your outstanding
equipment sets Litzen Guide Service apart from all others.
From the time we landed in camp there was a sense of urgency
with everyone involved to ensure we had an incredible
experience. Your operation truly sets a standard that all
other should be judged by.
I can't say enough about our hunt.
We definitely hunted hard but were constantly kept positive by
Shay that we would connect on the ram of my dreams. Train
hard, shoot every chance you get, and be prepared to accept what
Mother Nature throws at you. Taking this ram was truly
icing on the cake. The experience you provided alone made
our trip. We hope to be back in your camp many times in
the years to come. Don't worry, two rednecks can provide
all of the entertainment ya'll need! YeeeeYeeeee!
9 Year Old Ram 14.5"
Bases 37" Long
Jess Foshee San Antonio,
TX (281) 898-8092
Dream Hunt of a
It wouldn’t be
farfetched to say a big part of my heart and soul lives in
Alaska; its unbounded beauty and sheer mass never ceases to
amaze me. Mike Litzen and his team makes this experience, no
matter how my times, a trip of a lifetime each and every time.
Whether you’re hunting magnificent Dall sheep, Trophy
Yukon/Alaska Moose or Caribou in his interior camps or
experiencing the huge coastal brown bears on the peninsula –
it’s a checklist trip of a lifetime. I’ve been fortunate to do
them all. Truth be told, I would like to be buried there!
The Coastal Brown
stands out (well maybe not the Dall sheep – that’s rocks!!!)
I have hunted bears
before with varied success – that’s bear hunting. The Litzen
crew makes it worthwhile to come back and finish unfinished
business. Mike’s territory is amazing to say the least. The
habitat, salmon streams and denning environment makes it ideal
for Monster Bears. This is exactly what we encountered with
Mike. After my guide Joel Doner spotted a “suspect” from the
comfort of the 65’ boat we began our strategy to come ashore and
put a hunt on this bear. After an awesome hike and stalk it all
came together. The wind was perfect, 105 yards away from bear
of a lifetime. The .375 answered the call with an opportunity
to notch my tag on a record 10' 6" Monster.
Ted Kruzan, Ankeny, IA
It was busy when we said our good
byes. So I wanted to again thank you for a trip of a
lifetime. I feel truly blessed to have had the opportunity
to hunt for these amazing animals.
Your camp, guides and equipment were all first class. I
really enjoyed having Brad as my guide. He really knew his
animals and did a great job for me. Would hunt with him
Weather was unbelievable and the sites were incredible in spike
camp and base camp.
Quality and quantity of sheep was over the top. You have
done an excellent job in managing your animals.
Just wanted to sincerely thank you for the experience of a
lifetime. An Alaskan adventure that I could have only
dreamed about previously. My Archery quest for a Yukon
Moose started in 2014. After researching thoroughly and
checking with many of your past hunters like Joe Wilson from my
hometown of Hot Springs, AR I knew that Litzen's Guide Service
was the best choice for me. Every detail was so well
planned out that I really appreciated all the preparation that
went into a first class experience. My 2016 Archery Moose
trip with your group was the best hunting expedition that I have
ever taken. Your guide Jason Reinalda was a true Alaskan
expert guide. All your staff was amazing taking the time
to make sure that every need and expectation was taken care of.
From your Head Chef Thom Clay sending out special goodies to our
spike camp to your other guides Shay & packers Brock from
Salmon, ID everyone went overboard to make me feel at home.
A special treat was flying the Alaskan bush in your Cub and the
scenery of Denali Mountain. Beautiful country. I
can't wait to come back and go after Sheep and Brown Bear with
your crew. Thanks for everything. Please tell anyone
to call me if they ever need to know who the best guide service
in Alaska is.
All my best,
Bobby E. Brown, Jr. Hot Springs, AR
Our recent Coastal Brown Bear Hunt was
an amazing trip. I always wanted to hunt a coastal brown
bear so this was a "Bucket List" trip for a 73 year old man. The
trip lived up to my expectations and was even better than I
expected. I chose the boat trip instead of a land camp
because my wife wanted to accompany me on the trip.
The accommodations were excellent, the food was great, the staff
was very helpful and our guide was very knowledgeable.
Everything went smoothly and I would recommend Litzen Guide
Service to anyone making a coastal brown bear hunt.
Bill Hough Gulfport MS
Mike, I would like to personally thank
you for guiding me on my first spring brown bear hunt. Your
attention to detail and the client is nothing I have ever
experienced and is second to none. I can tell guiding is a
passion for you not just a hobby. Your knowledge of the
surroundings, on a normal year would have put us in exactly the
right spots to harvest a trophy of a lifetime but Mother Nature
did not cooperate. The willingness to go the extra mile,
literally to harvest a brown bear really showed me you wanted me
to come home with a trophy. Let me add, the accommodations were
very comfortable. The Captain and crew was a fun, lively bunch
of guys that even though the hunting was slow they made sure we
were having a good time. That’s what I like to see in a hunt,
good natured, fun loving people! Keep up the good work and look
forward to seeing you in the future.
Fair Oaks, IN
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very much for the sheep hunt, I am very proud of finally
realizing my lifelong dream of taking a mature ram. I’ve started
with a Dall, and will continue with trying for the other three
sheep. I’ve hunted in Alaska several times and killed Moose and
black bear in the past, and have tried for Caribou and Grizzly
(none of which was with you). I would not hesitate to book any
hunt with you in the future. I greatly appreciated your flying
abilities, logistics and general preparedness once I arrived in
camp. I would recommend your hunt to anyone and would be glad to
speak to anyone as a reference. I thoroughly enjoyed the country
in which I hunted, one day seeing and having at least 40 sheep
within 300 yards was icing on the cake. Thank you again.
Baldwin , Chicago, IL (312) 316-7484
Thank you Litzen Guide Service. You have
met or exceeded all of my expectations on this hunt of a life
time. Will be back soon for sheep and bear.
I just wanted to thank you again for my
Alaskan Dall sheep hunt. I was able to fulfill a lifelong
dream. You run a great camp and have a really great group of
guides. Brad is a real asset to your company and I appreciate
the effort he put forth in helping me kill my ram. I truly
believe he was as excited if not more so than I was, when I
finally dropped that sheep. The rest of your guides made me
feel like part of the gang after I returned back to base camp.
Everything was top notch and it is clearly evident the pride you
have for your business. Best of luck in the future. I hope to
have a chance to hunt with you and your group again.
Thanks again for helping me live a dream.
2015 Moose / Grizzly Hunt
It is with my highest praise that I
recommend Litzen Guide Service. I won my hunt in the “Huntin
Fool” 2014 membership drive for moose and grizzly. Huntin Fool
works with the best guides and outfitters in the business and
Mike Litzen is surely one of those. Mike called me numerous
times to make sure my questions were answered and put me in
touch with my actual guide George Taylor. George provided
additional details about what to expect at his camp and was
always available to answer questions and provide guidance. I
made arrangements with Mike for one of my sons to come along on
the hunt so we were able to enjoy some father and son time
together. We had a wonderful time, took lots of pictures, saw
numerous moose, called in several bulls, George was a great
guide and the entire staff at Litzen Guide Service was great. I
am 64 years old and highly recommend Litzen Guide Service and
his entire staff to anyone considering an Alaskan adventure.
Dennis and Derek Wehling
I just want to say Thank You for another
memorable Alaskan Adventure. With this being my third hunt with
you and your team, its getting predictable to always receive
great service, great guides , great logistics and outstanding
hunt areas with lots of game.
With my trip being the last Sheep hunt of
the year, and winter showing up early, we had a bit of a
challenge with the weather. We were the last plane out of
McGrath for three days and just made it to base camp.
Regardless, we saw numerous sheep and seven grizzlies and two
wolverines. I harvested a great ram on day 6, passed on a
Grizzly on day 7 and missed an opportunity on a wolverine. We
spent the remaining time looking for a true trophy bear, and we
saw them- we made four different stalks on three bears but just
couldn’t close the gap. It was a truly thrilling and successful
I must compliment Brad on his expertise,
experience and skills. We had some rough weather, deep snow,
high winds and lots of rain, and had a great time. Through all
of that he never once balked, he was a great, motivating hunt
partner to have for 14 days. I hope I have the opportunity to
hunt with him again.
Thank you again for the opportunity to hunt
with you and your team, I look forward to my fourth hunt!
I booked a Moose Combo hunt thru Mike
Litzen for my 50th birthday. I have to say it was the coldest,
wettest, best hunt of my life. We arrived on Sunday and saw a
few moose and one almost ran into me as I hid by a bush. My
guide John did a fantastic job. On the morning of my 50th
birthday I was lying at the end of the runway and saw horns
coming up the creek behind me. I rushed down to John (who was
watching the other side of the runway), grabbed him, and we
sneaked down to the Creek. John said "its big and legal" and
within a fraction of a second he was down. That evening Mike
Litzen flew in a pork sandwich, nachos, and German Chocolate for
a birthday celebration. It was truly amazing.
The morning we were ready to depart I
spotted a giant caribou about a mile away. I just started
running in and out of the trees with my Guide close behind.
Within 20 minutes we cut off the angle of a heavy 400" Caribou
and took a heavy breathing shot at 250 yards. The first missed
shot was quickly backed up by a nice shot. We then packed him
out, Mike picked us up, and we enjoyed a fantastic dinner, beer,
and stories about the various hunts for that week.
I would recommend Litzen Guide Service to
anyone who wants the best of hospitality and hunting.
December 9, 2015
RE: 2015 Fall Coastal Brown Bear
I don't know if my words will do
justice on highlighting this amazing adventure on my first trip
to Alaska on a fall brown bear hunt with you are your Team this
year. This trip has truly left a lifelong impression that I will
A special thanks to my guide Tony Marchini for guiding this
hunt. Thank you for looking out for me and pushing hard to find
that bear we named Mickey what a trophy he would have been,
however we were unable to close the distance or even get an
opportunity to make a play on him. You were always the first one
out and the last one to put the spotting scope down as you never
gave up hope on spot an evening bear. Your positive attitude and
hard work ethic is impeccable. Thanks for pushing me through the
difficult walks in the tundra and the muskeg and especially
through the alders. When you’re in the thick of those alders it
definitely puts things in perspective.
I have never been tested to the extreme I was on this brown bear
hunt. It was awesome adventure and there was so many things
that I learned from this experience. Alaska for my friends that
hunt is no joke its hunting and nature at its best. You are
always at full alert while hunting brown. It was wet, and it was
cold you would get dry and minutes later you were wet again and
even colder than before however; there we were scanning the
terrain in hopes of spotting that single bear. A few days we had
winds over 35 mph where the rain, sleet would slap your face so
hard your face went numb. It made me wonder why I expose myself
to those conditions but within in seconds I was right back in
the game and nature the mountains the hunt would take you to a
solitude that only one can understand.
I saw bald eagles fly in front me and swoop down and pull salmon
from the fresh water and eat on the sandbank. I saw salmon
spawning and flapping there last breath as the low and high tide
came and went. Moose crossing the open streams and caribou
prancing quickly across the open country trying to make it to
high country before the bears or wolves would spot them. I
witnessed blankets of fog and rain cover the country side within
minutes only to see the sun push through and then notice the
reflections of the mountains bouncing off the lagoon we sat
over. We had curious foxes come so close to us we could almost
touch them. There were so many other impactful experiences I
had on this trip that I cannot wait to go back again.
Mike, thank you again for your attention to detail, your
professionalism, your candor and most importantly I felt I left
Alaska with new friends. I truly appreciate the opportunity
that you gave me to experience a trip of a lifetime.
Frank Spencer III
1200 Wyoming Ave.
El Paso, TX 7990
Thank you very much for
wonderful hunts with you and your team.
I enjoyed a 2009
successful caribou hunt with Ron.
I had a great 2012 successful moose hunt with Jon.
I next had a 2015 successful hunt with Ron.
Hunting Alaska with the
untouched environment und wilderness is unique in the world.
It’s especially enjoyable if there is a team like your team,
with the spirit of fair chase hunting. It’s such an unbelievable
pleasure to experience such a hunt. All three hunts were
fantastic, but the last one was extra special with Ron on Dall
Every time I see photos
or close my eyes I’m instantly back in Alaska – feeling the
wind, sun, rain, snow, fog creeks, mountains and the smell of
wilderness. It always gives me a feeling of joy and happiness.
Litzen Guide Service is
the first place to look if you are a hunter who likes to hunt in
a fair chase style, combined with physical challenge. I will
come back, together with my family or with my friend Ralf.
“The way is the target”
Thank you very much for
all you did for me.
Your friend Frank
Frank Broker, Germany
Well, after nearly two years of planning
and shopping a successful moose hunt has come and gone. One
thing is for certain, when scheduling flights listen to Mike
because it snows, rains, blows or is foggy in Alaska daily or
all in the same day. I was fortunate they all worked out but I
see now where you can lose half of your hunt. You have to
remember all of your moves are by planes, not like the lower 48.
Mike’s flying ability and knowledge is impressive, and its a
great feeling to be in such good hands. Wish I were there right
now, just to fly and see all that scenery from the air.
My hunt was great! I saw moose every day even though I shot mine
on the second day. The first day we saw a decent bull- legal..
but not what I wanted. Brad my guide should be called "MR MOOSE
". He called one away from a cow and he swam across the lake to
see us. He ended up following us back to camp. Brad calls him
The second day was rainy, cold, and foggy and we didn't see
much. It was quite miserable out so we crawled in our tents to
warm up. So when you are pricing rain gear $$$$ buy the best!
You can't afford not to up here. Also in our suggested supply
list it says bring reading material which didn't make sense to
me. But if the only place you have to get warm is your sleeping
bag you could be in there all day in bad weather. My boots were
wet from the first day till 3 days after I got home but my feet
never were wet, it isn't fun pulling them on in the morning when
there about 25 degrees.
Brad is a great cook he never burnt the water once. You eat
freeze dried meals that require boiling water, actually they are
not bad, maybe better than some of the restaurant food in
Anchorage. That was one of the only regrets- we couldn't cook
the tender loins when I got the moose. There no fire or pan.
Several of the days I had opportunity to take a caribou (which
are beautiful, by the way) But couldn't get the green light on
them they were always just a little small but looked huge to me.
and on the last day we had a big grizzly on my carcass but we
had bad wind so for 12 hrs we paced back and forth then decided
we would drop in just after day break, but he was gone.
Overall I had a great hunt and a great experience in Alaska. But
this is the real deal, it's a nasty place and I see how people
can die out here. If you’re not sure talk to Mike, he can tell
you the way it is. "MR MOOSE". Brad Paterson is a great guide
and person and I would recommend him highly and I sure did
appreciate having him for a guide. Mike Litzen is a good
outfitter and I would use Litzen Guide Service again in a minute
and recommend as a great outfitter. That there the real deal and
you can take it to the bank.
Jay Krystyniak Sterling MI, (989) 239-3060
This was my second hunt with LGS. My son
was also able to go along as a non-hunter. I was able to hunt
with my previous Guide George Taylor again, and Cole, one of the
packers, helped out. We lost 3 hunting days due to weather
factors, including unfavorable wind directions. I got a nice
boar late on the seventh day. Everyone said that they had a lot
larger Salmon run than normal this year, so the big boars were
probably up in the headwaters of the Salmon streams.
We were on a land based hunt and it was a
wilderness adventure. If you want all the luxuries and
conveniences, this hunt is not for you. My son and I had a
great time! The scenery on the Alaska Peninsula was fantastic
plus we saw lots of different wildlife. Everyone at LGS works
hard to ensure that you have a great experience. I would highly
recommend LGS. As a matter of fact, my son and I are both going
on a moose/grizzly hunt with LGS in 2017.
After years of
dreaming about hunting moose in Alaska, my husband researched
and purchased a 10 day combo Moose and Grizzly Hunt for me. I
hunted the early season and was lucky enough to get Most Senior
Guide George and his camp, which was more suited for me. George
was a super guide, host and made me very comfortable.
It was a
difficult hunt, but I loved most every minute of it. The
mountains around our Camp received 4 ½ Ft. of snow before we got
to camp, which made things a little more challenging. Alaska is
an unforgiving place. Mike, George and Shay did everything
possible to get me on a huge moose. I harvested a 61 inch older
bull on the 9th evening of my hunt. I was so excited
and thrilled with him.
It was a dream
come true and trip of a lifetime! I can’t thank Mike and his
team enough for the special effort. No grizzlies this time,
Camp Verde , Az (928) 607-7677
I'd like to thank you for another
great hunt this year! This was my 4th time hunting with you and
like all the other hunts you are well prepared, organized, and
you get the job done. This was also my 4th time having Jason
Reinalda as my guide and he does a great job! We have become
friends now and I'm looking forward to my spring 2016 brown bear
hunt with you and also my 2017 moose hunt. Thanks again for
I received a Grizzly Bear/Caribou hunt with Litzen Guide Service
as a retirement gift from the company I worked for. Litzen did a
great job preparing me for the hunt regarding gear. What they
couldn’t prepare me for was the level of physical exertion and
endurance that I lacked at age 67 after 45 years behind a desk.
My guide (Jon Salgat) exhibited great patience and adjusted the
hunt to my limited physical capabilities. It was a true Alaska
hunting experience that resulted in a trophy Caribou and
fantastic photos to share. Litzen Guide Service is obviously
very experienced in organizing these hunts, has first-class
staff and equipment and would be my choice for any future Alaska
New Braumfels, TX
September 2015 was the date of my very
first Alaskan guided hunt. After visiting with several
outfitters I selected Litzen Guide Service to help me fulfill
the dream of harvesting a trophy Alaskan moose.
Arrival in base camp came a day late
because of heavy snow hitting the area prior to our arrival.
After a short repack at base camp, I was shuttled by Mike out to
a spike camp where I met my guide, John. I spent the next 9
days with him as my guide, searching for legal moose and
The first morning we spotted 2 immature
bull moose 400 yds from the door of our tent. For the next 9
days we maneuvered, crisscrossed, and waited for wind changes in
the most spectacular hunting grounds I have ever been able to
see. We were in game rich area throughout the hunt. We saw
epic 70 inch moose (2 miles away) that we weren’t able to put on
a successful stalk, often had the wind blowing the wrong way for
us, but the right way for the moose; we had 24 hours of driving
rain and 40-60 mph winds that kept us in the tent. We saw moose
every day except for the day we were confined to the tent. I
realized fully on day 2 that this was no gimme. We would have
to do everything right, not take unreasonable risks, and we
would need a little help from above. We hunted hard, cursed the
wind, glassed more than I ever had before, hiked and hustled
across the tundra for nine days. My guide and I agreed we would
not pass up on day 2-8 what we would shoot on day 9 and 10.
Being from Texas, I do not see many moose or caribou from my
blind so I was not a picky hunter. I had the right gear, the
right attitude, the right guide and the right outfitter but I
didn’t get the moose or caribou. My family was a little scared
I would come home depressed in light of how much I talked about
this hunt for the two and a half years prior to going. However;
I wasn’t depressed. Here’s why: This was by far the purest
hunting experience I’d ever had, the tundra was in full Fall
bloom, my guide was a pleasure to work with (and boy did he
work!). When the clouds parted which they did throughout the
hunt I had a clear view of Denali peak, I drank water every day
gathered from a beaver pond and boiled for our enjoyment (that
one thing is pretty different from my previous Texas hunting),
and I was reminded in the best way this was hunting with no
guarantees while risks were minimized as much as possible.
Hunting in Alaska with Mike Litzen and his crew was the full
cake. Taking a trophy moose would’ve been the icing. I admit I
like icing along with the cake but the cake I had was incredible
and someday I will take the risks, gear up for the challenges of
weather and terrain and do it all over again, and I’ll call Mike
to lead the way.
Hey Mike, just got back to Florida with sheep and horns. This
was the most unbelievable and awesome hunt I've ever been on. It
tested every muscle in my body, and every emotion was showing
from highs to lows and back again. I have to tell you Ron was
the most positive guide I have ever used his knowledge of sheep
hunting and mountaineering was far beyond anything I could have
asked for. Ron talked me through every step of the way. He
literally did on the last day coming down the mountain. The
young man, Shay, who helped us out had a lot of knowledge
himself for a young guy. He will make a great guide, don't let
him get away. What started at 6am and ended at 11:30pm back at
camp on day 5 gave me this beautiful ram. The climbing, the
rain, the freezing cold, and the dangerous mountains was worth
every second. thank you Ron, Shay, and Mike, I will never forget
As I said in 2013, I couldn’t hardly
wait for my youngest son Andrew to go on his Moose hunt in 2015.
After bragging to my son how great hunting in Alaska is and how
his brothers and myself have done, I was a little nervous, but
that proved to be a waste of over thinking! This was the 7th
hunt that I have booked thru Litzen Guide Services and have
taken four of my sons. It truly lived up to our expectations.
It was everything Andrew and I could ever want in a hunt! The
challenge of getting to the animals, your flying, weather, the
terrain, food, everything made the hunt memorable. Especially
our guide Jason. He is on top of details and his knowledge of
hunting and stalking is superb. All of the hunts have been great
and all of your guides have been the best. I just can’t
say enough about Litzen Guide Service!
Thanks again Mike. Looking forward to next
The tremendous amount of salmon still
running into the rivers in Mid-Oct 2015 was highly unusual. What
we originally thought would be an advantage, quickly turned into
a disadvantage. The big nocturnal boars were already well
layered in fat and easily gorging themselves at night. In
normal years, bears have to work much harder, and feed during
the day to put on the calories for hibernation. We were not
seeing mature boars during daylight hours. The Litzen crew and
we hunters were very frustrated, but we stayed positive and
hunted hard. Even though I never had an opportunity on a bear
this Fall, it gives me a great excuse to go back and hunt with a
first class operation and awesome people.
This was my 3rd sheep hunt with Mike. This
goes along with 3 moose hunts and 3 brown bear hunts. To say
Mike runs an outstanding outfitting service is a great
understatement. The care and dedication that is committed to
the hunting experience is remarkable. Out of my 9 trips with
Mike I have never been disappointed in his efforts or commitment
to my hunting experience. Mike is constantly committed to
providing one with a lifelong memorable event. His guides are
exceptional; I have used several over the years and would give
special shout out to Brad, should you be so lucky to draw him.
Their knowledge and skill of the land, area, weather, tents,
food and animals exceed expectations and are superior to many
other guides I have experienced in my travels. One would be hard
pressed to find anyone that has the passion for his hunter’s
success that Mike possesses. To have the peace of mind of an
honest reputable person is a huge relief. Mike’s word is golden.
If he tells you he will delivery something he will. Hunting is
hunting and takes skill and luck. From all my trips Mike has
delivered the skill and the Luck, well that’s up to you. Oh, and
thanks for the boomer SHEEP!!! Take care. Jc
John Callaham, Broken Bow, OK (580)
Brown Bear - Fall 2015
If you're like me and want to be hunting every possible minute,
then the boat based hunt is not for you. With four hunters and
four guides aboard, it takes too long to get everyone situated
every morning. Between breakfast, discussions were everyone is
going to hunt for the day, and time consuming boat drop offs,
most of the morning was wasted. What I would do next time is
book with Mike Litzen but do his land based hunt with one guide.
This way I could get after it before the sun rises. I would give
up the comforts and sociability of the boat to be hunting more.
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Mike, Thanks so much for a hunt of a lifetime. Even
though spring came early, you were still able to find a 10' bear in
all the alder cover! Stocking him for hours really extended the
excitement! The76 foot Nautilus II as base camp was over the top
and a great way to see the beautiful terrain, wildlife and gray
whales! The fishing from the boat was a great bonus! The fresh
cooked halibut was delicious! I can't say enough about you, your
guides and boat crew! My guide Jason put 110% effort into this hunt
I would recommend Litzen Guide Service to
anyone interested in a big coastal brown bear! He is honest and
runs a straight forward operation! Anyone needing a reference
should give me a call. Thank you Mike Litzen for a great hunt!
Steven E. Tachoir
Dall Sheep August 2014
Day 1- This was my second hunt with LGS but my
first sheep hunt. From Anchorage we flew to McGrath where we met up
with Mike. It must be the salmon because Mike hadn't changed a
bit. In McGrath, I saw Mike arrive in good Alaska fashion landing
at the airport in one of his airplanes. I didn't realize how good
Mike's flying skills were until later that afternoon when he flew me
into the Alaskan Range in his super cub aircraft! Being from West
Texas, the taxi to base camp in that super cub was AWESOME.
Apparently these aircrafts are a way of life in Alaska, but for me,
and maybe the majority of the lower 48, it's an adventure I can't
describe but whatta ride! Before setting out to base camp, Mike
introduced me to Ben. Ben is one of Mike's professional guides.
Just like the last time I hunted with LGS, Ben taught me so much
about sheep hunting and hunting in general. Ben's knowledge of
Alaska sheep hunting made all the difference in the world. He
prepared me for the gear I needed to take up the mountain and the
attitude I need to have for a successful sheep hunt. I really had
no clue of the ACTUAL WORK required to bag one these bad boy
Day 2- I woke up around 8 in the morning, but there
was already light out by 4. Ben had been up with the spotting scope
out examining about 10 sheep on the notorious "Sheep Mountain." The
sheep were well over mile from our base camp. These sheep were
virtually on the peak of Sheep Mountain. Ben wanted to look for a
path through the alders that Mike had made because it might be a
shorter path to the sheep. Shorter does not mean easier! All day
we spent climbing, jumping, and swinging through the alders to mark
this path. Once we got to the other side; Ben realized this was
not a good path we can take to climb up toward the sheep because
we'd be exposed without any cover.
Day 3- First day of hunting season, we started
climbing the mountain and that's where I saw Ben transform into a
Centaur. It was like he walked faster with a pack. I, on the other
hand, had the opposite effect. After a few hours and Ben's
professional patience, we climbed half way up Sheep Mountain, set up
spike camp and hunted the sheep we saw from the day before. We were
1200 yards from spike camp to the where the sheep were settled.
That night Ben determined we needed to wake up the next day at 4am
to climb the second half of Sheep Mountain so we could hunt the
sheep from the top.
Day 4- We woke up late at 4:05 but made up time
when we started climbing at 4:25. Two hours later we made it to the
top. The travel time was less because we carrying less weight but
the climb was not easier! This day I learned sheep hunting is not
for the weak. The rocks were as sharp as razors. The ground was so
loose that the wind would cause rock slides. For every three steps
up, I slid 2 feet down. The vertical incline was at least 70 to 80
degrees. It was steeper than a double diamond ski run. THIS CLIMB
WAS NOT A GAME, DANGER OF FALLING WAS REAL. From 6:30-8, we hunted
from the top of the mountain looking for the sheep. From our
position, we had to maneuver our way back down to get into shooting
position. Like always Ben is out in front. Then he jumps two
sheep. Immediately he drops down, takes his pack off and signals to
me to lock and load. We slide down the mountain about 30 yards
until we see the herd of sheep come out from underneath us. Ben
calls at the sheep so they can stop and at the same time we're
trying to find the leader of the pack. Then they stop and cluster
together. With the my finger on the trigger, 15 minutes later the
leader steps out of the group in shooting position. BOOM! Sheep
down! The sheep rolled at least 300-400 yards straight down until
it finally stopped in this beautiful area where there was a
waterfall coming straight out of the rocks. Ben said that probably
only we and God has ever seen this part of the mountain. He said he
would bet no human has ever set foot in this part of the mountain
virtually impossible to get to and the only people crazy enough to
be here are sheep hunters. Mike and Ben, thank you for this amazing
experience. Everything about this hunt was first class. I learned
so much and have a whole new respect for sheep hunting. I wouldn't
do any Alaskan hunt without LGS or LGS approval. Everyone is
professional, honorable, and well equipped to ensure a successful
hunt. Hunts are not guaranteed, this holds true especially in
Alaska; but with Mike and his team success seems to be automatic.
Thanks for the memories! Josh
Spencer (915) 422-4024
El Paso, Texas
A special thanks to you and your crew.
Your attention to detail in the heart of the Alaskan bush made
for a memorable hunt. With typical Alaskan weather and a
no-frills camp in beautiful rugged terrain, the big old grizzly
I was hoping to stalk never presented itself. Then the decision
to move to another location was made. There I was able to
harvest my first caribou, what a beautiful animal wow! The
extended hunt was more than I expected. I was especially pleased
with my guide Scott Carter with his determination made the hunt
enjoyable, safe, and productive. Thanks to everyone for a job
well done; this hunt will be remembered for a long time.
Waupaca, WI. 715 572 4032
I want to thank you for an experience of a
lifetime. My moose hunt and guide George was one of the best
hunts of my life. The 65 1/2" moose I took and my two companions
getting their moose over 60" was unbelievable. You helped me
take care of #1 on my BUCKET LIST! Hope to join you on future
hunts. Thanks again.
Tommy Rice Houston
TX (713) 875-0829
You and your team of professionals did it
again. What a great trip and a dream come true for me. At 60
years old I was not sure this old man could even do this. Very
rewarding to say I did. This being my second time to hunt with
you, I was not disappointed. My guide Brad and my packer Shay
were so much fun to hunt and hang out with. It was by far the
most draining mental and physical hunt I have ever been on and
the most rewarding. We saw lots of sheep and other wildlife. I
do not believe there is better sheep hunting in Alaska than what
you have. Harvesting a 36" 8 year old ram was icing on the cake.
Making new friends for life was even better. Please thank Brad
and Shay again for me and tell Brad I'm coming back to go Moose
hunting with him and Mike Litzen Outfitters soon. Late season
2016 if available. Let me know. Thanks again
Joe R. Wilson, CAI
Wilson Real Estate Auctioneers, Inc.
929 Airport Road
Hot Springs, AR 71913
1-877-243-2289 Toll Free
Whoa! What a blast. I can't believe that 4
months have passed since my Spring Brown Hunt yet, the excitement
still very fresh in my mind! I have dreamt about a bear hunt for
many years and am thankful that after an extensive research effort I
chose you to help me get it done. Not only for me but, I also
convinced a good friend of mine to join me. The anticipation was
high in preparation for this great adventure. We chose the boat
style hunt and were graciously hosted on the Nautilus II. The two
man crew handled all their duties very well, keeping all the
passengers very well fed, comfortable and dry. The nightly stories
and camaraderie were great. The fishing from the back of the boat
was a great way to spend time as well. The group of guides you work
with are a great addition to the hunt, all very personable,
knowledgeable and experienced hunters and fisherman who work well
together. My guide Ben, wow, still an overwhelming site of him with
my bear hide and head in his pack, high above his head. Surely more
than most men could carry in that type of terrain. A great feat no
As for bears, oh yea, we saw bears. Probably
25-30 in a week, many more than I would have thought possible. It
was such a great relaxed type of hunt, glassing from the boat, and
then making stalks from the zodiac to the coastal shorelines.
Climbing to the high points to glass such immense and beautiful
landscapes. Never knowing what would show up. There were 4 hunters
on the boat and we all successfully harvested 10 foot bears in less
than a week. This alone says plenty for your hunting area. I don't
know how the trip could have gone any smoother. From our initial
conversations to the airport pickup, every aspect very streamlined.
Being an outfitter myself, I know the importance of delivering what
you said you would, and you did. I have given several referrals and
will continue to do so. Anyone looking for an honest and
hardworking outfitter in the bear business, this is the place! Thank
you Mike for an unforgettable hunting experience. I am hoping that
my boys and I can join you in the near future for another great
trip. As soon as they can shoot a "Big Gun" you can count on a
Your friend, John Halandras, H and H
Outfitting, Meeker, CO. (970)878-5126
I couldn't believe it when Huntin Fool told me I was the lucky one
who won the opportunity to hunt moose/grizzly with you in 2014! I
prepared for months and envisioned how the trip would go. I never
thought my expectations could be exceeded, honestly they were. My
guide, Jason Reinalda, is one of the very best hunters I've been
around. I never second guessed his judgment. I was fortunate
enough to take my bull on the fourth day of the hunt. That gave me
some time to see how your operation really worked. I was amazed at
the lengths you went to for not only me but for every hunter in
camp. Weather conditions were less than favorable but I witnessed
you going above and beyond to ensure everyone's success. You don't
collect money and sit back, you make it happen. It's obvious that
you don't cut corners and truly care about the experience for every
one of your hunters. I thoroughly enjoyed all of it, even the camp
humor, (thanks Thom)! I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to
hunt with you and I truly hope to be back. Mike thanks again for
the experience of a lifetime!
Coalville, UT 801 550-1934
What an experience!! Thank you Litzen
Guide Service for an outstanding Dall sheep hunt and adventure
this fall. It is tough to know what you are getting yourself
into when trying to choose a guide for this kind of an
investment of time, money and the experience. After searching
the internet and talking with several guides over the phone,
both my brother and I agreed that Litzen Guide Service was our
guide of choice. We definitely made the right choice. My
guide, Brad, obviously has a passion for sheep hunting, and
enthusiasm to keep looking for that one exceptional trophy. I
took an excellent sheep after hunting for 7 days (Brother got
his in 2) and looking over 75 rams. Mike had all the logistics
in order, an enthusiastic camp staff and packer, and a top notch
airplane(s) with an awesome pilot (Mike). I am smiling, even as
I write this note thinking of what a great hunt I had. I look
forward to getting back up there!
"This was my third trip with LGS and most likely
there will be a fourth. As usual was greeted with friendly smile
and a big firm handshake. Logistics were good. It was an unusual
almost unprecedented weather pattern for spring bear and it made
things a bit tough.
Ben Thimons my guide and now friend, by
experience, patience and knowledge of the bears’ behavior, kept us
in the game with a positive attitude. We made several stalks, all
but one successful and decided not to shoot smaller or rubbed bears
before finally getting on my 9' 11'' bear.
If you are looking for a great non-pampered
trip then this is the place to be. Food was plenty good for a land
camp in an isolated location and all of the equipment was top notch.
I've now shared camp with three LGS guides and have nothing but good
to say about these fellars and Mike Litzen. I have also met a few of
LGS other guides and get the same feeling from them as well. I won't
say LGS is the best out there but will say the best will have to get
up early and work hard to beat Mike and his bunch.
Great trip, great time and great friends all in
the wilds of Alaska, it doesn’t get much better than that. Talk with
Mike at Litzen Guide Service and I’m pretty sure you won't regret
318 259 8870
Just wanted to take this opportunity to thank
you for a great Moose hunt in 2014. Although it was early season, I
and my 2 hunting buddies each took a great Moose between 62-66
inches and the bonus was I took an incredible white with silver and
black tips wolf. The animals in this region are absolutely amazing
and my guide Jon was equally amazing. I think he still deserves
guide of the year but I will leave that for you to sort out. Thanks
again and looking forward to a hopeful return for a 2016 coastal
Best, Mike McGrath
Sugar Land, TX (281) 787-2040
To all Hunters: Litzen Guide Service and
Mike Litzen the outfitter runs a first rate operation. This is
my second hunt with Mike, in the fall of 2011 my son Joshua and
I hunted Brown Bear and this last August my two sons Jake and
Joshua and I went on an incredible sheep hunt. I have hunted
from the Arctic to South America and New Zealand, Mike and his
guides take a back seat to NO ONE! All of his guides are very
knowledgeable and competent. In the harsh environment of
Alaska, one need to be secure in his outfitter and Mike's crew
gives one that level of comfort. The only thing Mike has not
been able to control yet is the weather, but sometimes I felt
that even that he was working on. No doubt the success his
hunters have year after year is directly attributable to Mike's
tenacity in pre scouting and his work ethic. While his success
rate is high, he will NEVER compromise ethics for success, but
tempers that with dedication to his art. Since the first hunt
when I arrived as a client and felt I left as a friend, I would
not hesitate to entrust my family's life with Mike. By the time
we arrived in camp, Mike already had established 6 spike camps
and many sheep spotted. We were successful on day one and two,
only because of his hard work. The memories we have hunting
together with family and Alaskan friends cannot be put into
words. Knowing Mike now for several years, when you speak with
him, he will down play his success and his humility is a breath
of fresh air in this business. But don't be fooled Book your
hunt of a life time and you will have a lifetime of memories
that will live on from generation to generation.
Michael, Thank you again
for another awesome hunting adventure. As this is my 3rd hunt with
your guide service, I've come to expect nothing but the best and you
delivered again! My guide, Jon, was outstanding as we had a
tremendous hunt. As you know, not only did we harvest a possible
B&C bear, watching a group of coordinated orcas take down a grey
whale in real time was something I will never forget. Take care and
can't wait to book a sheep hunt for myself and my wife together.
Matt Struttmann Columbia MO
I would like to thank Mike and his guides for
making this one of the most memorable and amazing hunts I have
experienced. This was my first trip to Alaska and I cannot say
enough about the beauty of this state. Alaska is truly the last
frontier. There were 3 hunters in my group and we all took trophy
bulls. All 3 were over 60 inches. The 64 inch moose I harvested
was a trophy of a lifetime. My guide John was very experienced and
we had a great time during the hunt. Litzen Guide Service is top
notch and I did not have to worry about anything on this hunt except
for making a good shot on my bull. From my guide to the packers,
the team took great care of everything and gave me a great hunting
experience. This was not an easy hunt by any means but it was well
worth the challenges. I would recommend for anyone who is looking
to hunt in Alaska to make sure you use Litzen Guide Service. These
guys truly know what they are doing. Thanks guys and hopefully I
will see you again in a few years for my next Alaskan adventure.
San Antonio, Texas
THE TEXAS RANCH COMPANY LLC
JOHNNY CAVAZOS, BROKER
Definitely a hunt of a lifetime! Litzen
Guide Service was the right choice. After a few weeks of looking
over options and talking to Mike, my brother and I scheduled our
trip. Upon arrival to camp Mike and the guides where more than
welcoming, and in good spirits. Mike was able to get my guide
Ron and me to a spike camp that same day, even though the flying
conditions were very rough. Mike did everything in his power to
accommodate us. Throughout my stay, Mike flew in and out of our
hunting area more than 8 times, hauling gear, meat, maps and us
in and out. The hunting was amazing and being in such gorgeous
country was spectacular. My guide Ron was a great guide/person
and easy to get along with. Once I harvested my sheep, Mike
allowed us to try and round up a Caribou, which we did. This
really put the icing on the cake to an already perfect trip!
Thanks Mike for a hunt of a lifetime!!
Brian Kneedy, Farr West, UT (801) 725-4983
My son Matthew
and I did a duo Brown Bear hunt with Michael Litzen on May 13th
through the 23rd 2014. When we arrived the weather was
unseasonably warm and windless. A full moon shown in the clear each
night. The hunting was very slow and saw only a few small sows
along the beach and up on the hills. This continued for the first 5
days. We fished and glassed the hill sides restlessly. The bears
were very quiet and spent all their time in the thick alders, coming
out only at pitch dark. We changed hunting strategies to start
hunting about 4-5pm until dark 12:00 am. When the sun went down out
came the bears in numbers. The wind started blowing 40-50 mph and
the hunting was on. We tagged out on the 6th day, 9'+ and an 8'6"
was very experienced and easy to get along with. The guides worked
very hard to engage us with every opportunity that was available.
The food was great, just caught Halibut, and crab with the works.
The boat crew
is very experienced and safety conscience. My guide Don was very
much into killing a bear as I was. We worked hand in hand stalking,
glassing, and going after even the ones that were far away.
The Litzen team
is well organized and experienced even for the most discriminating
hunter. I liked the boat to get out of the weather and have a dry
bed and shower. All the other things were just taken care of...
Mike and Matthew
Another great adventure in the books! My
compliments to all the staff of Litzen Guide Service, what a World
Class operation. The Moose hunt was exceptional as we were in
multiple legal moose every day. We called in our share of moose
including a psycho to ten paces. In addition, we were even
fortunate enough to watch two of these heavy weights fight until
they couldn’t stand any more. Had I elected to harvest a Caribou,
there were plenty of them available too.
Drew Zimmerman, WA
Mike, I just wanted to take the time to
write you and let you know what a great time I had on my hunt
and how impressed I was by your overall operation. I can see
why you have repeat clientele and strong harvest results with
your combination of attention to detail, a strong, dedicated
staff and great core hunting areas. My guide, Brad, was not
only a great hunter but a great person, which is very important
especially when you will be spending two weeks in a tent
together. Shay and the rest of the guys at camp were very
friendly and always had time for a question or a request, always
looking to assist. Of course, I was lucky enough to be able to
harvest two true trophies; my first black bear (6'10") and the
Dall sheep of a lifetime (39 3/4"). Without a doubt, the Dall
has become the most prized trophy I have ever harvested and I
cannot foresee ever topping the thrill of taking such a
Ernie Hedrick Collegeville, PA (610)
My brother and
I have been on several guided hunts and we both agree yours was
second to none. Although we did not harvest an animal, it definitely
was not due to your territory or guides. We saw big bears but an
unnatural warm spring seemed to be our downfall. We were very
impressed with the crew, the guides were all great and we will
remain in contact with all of them as our new found friends. It was
great how they all worked together to make our hunt a hunt of a life
time. We also were very impressed with the accommodations and food.
The fishing was an added bonus. Coming back each evening and
hearing everyone's stories made the hunt that much more enjoyable.
We would not hesitate to come again. It was truly a great
Rod and Bart
During September 2014, I had the great pleasure
of hunting with Litzen Guide Service. Mike and his entire crew will
make every possible effort to provide a safe, comfortable,
successful hunt. Through the efforts of my guide, Jon, I was able to
take a very good Barren Ground Caribou, a trophy I have dreamed of
for many years. I have to thank Mike, Jon, and all the guys for
making my first Alaska hunt a very memorable one.
For those who are considering an Alaska hunt, I
certainly recommend Litzen Guide Service.
Bendena, KS 66008
66" Bull Moose
I cannot thank you enough for such a memorable
experience during my 2014 Spring Bear Hunt. It will be one of those
memories I will cherish for many years to come and God willing, I
would like to have more in the future with you.
I did a great deal of research before selecting you as my outfitter.
What impressed me most was that every previous client I talked to
had hunted with you multiple times. Even the two other 2014 land
based hunters had been on other hunts with you. That says a lot for
you as an outfitter and your guides and was the convincing factor
for me to book this hunt with Litzen Guide Service. And I know now
I made the right decision!
Everything we discussed on the phone was just as you said and my
guide Kurt was top notch. Not only did he have a wealth of
knowledge and experience bear hunting but he was also a great human
being and made my trip a great pleasure! I certainly would
recommend him to anyone who is planning a hunt with you.
I have taken four previous guided hunts and I believe your operation
is the best I have ever experienced. Please feel free to use me as
a reference as I would be happy to spread the word about Litzen
Regards, Mike Dennis
(work) 309-675-1946, (cell) 309-253-6592, (work e-mail)
firstname.lastname@example.org, (home e-mail)
Just want to drop you a note telling you that I
appreciate all you and the crew did to make my Alaskan hunting trip
a true adventure. Starting with the "Frank-have you ever been in the
Principals Office?" which was a play on the fact I retired from
teaching High School Agriculture for 34 years and you remembered
that fact from the previous year. In reality it was a check to make
sure all our paperwork was in order. Flying out in the middle of the
hunt to have Thom hand deliver a huge container of stew (which
lasted us two days) and cake with chocolate frosting (which we saved
for the next day as a special treat). Making accommodations to help
me into the Super Cub (I am vertically challenged) and especially
when Scott is pounding me on the back congratulating me for shooting
a "Toad" which I now know means a HUGE bull caribou! I hope that I
am able to be back with you in the future.
"the Gnome" Frank Kugel, WI 715-524-3275
I just got back from an Alaskan sheep
hunting adventure. I did not kill a ram, but still had an
amazing experience. I spent around 14 days flying, backpacking,
climbing, hiking and camping in rugged and beautiful terrain. I
saw many sheep, and stalked a handful of them. The hardest
thing is finding a sheep with “full curl” that is legal to
harvest. The penalty for shooting a sheep that is not full curl
is severe, so it is a big risk to shoot one that you are not
sure of. I was in rifle range of many rams that appeared to be
right on the edge of being legal, likely within centimeters, but
did not take the risk. I had a potential opportunity to stalk a
legal ram ruined by a sow grizzly and two cubs that showed up
and scared the sheep away before a stalk could be planned. I
had the same ram located and bedded the next day but several
lambs and ewes were bedded beneath him so there was not a route
to get to him without the busted ewes alerting him. We had
sheep put to bed on some nights, but the next day the wind
direction was wrong so I could not move in on them. I had days
here and there when the weather, wind, fog, rain prevented
hunting or even glassing for animals. Some sheep were in
terrain that was so rugged that I felt it to be too dangerous to
pursuit them. There were two different hunters that were
med-evacuated out of the area in separate incidents while I was
hunting. In one case, the rescue helicopter bumped the sheep
from the spot where I was going to hunt them. Despite these
troubles, it is very exciting to sneak within a few hundred
yards of a wild sheep, size him up, and then sneak away without
it ever knowing you were there. To spend time in the shadows of
the tallest mountains in North America, with hundred mile views
through clear air, and the roar of the rivers, streams, winds,
and rumbling glaciers in the background was surreal. As my
guide Jason said, some guys get lucky and shoot a sheep early
without ever experiencing what sheep hunting is. He said that I
got the full experience of what sheep hunting is; now I just
need to shoot one. There were many highs and lows, physical and
mental challenges, stunning natural beauty, horrible weather,
dangerous animals, and a constant awareness of how isolated and
helpless it would feel to get into trouble in those mountains
where help is far away and may not be able to respond. When I
was preparing to go on this hunt I thought that killing a ram
was the most important thing and to fail would be devastating.
Now, in hind-sight I feel that hunting in the Alaskan wilderness
and returning safely was the most significant accomplishment,
and even though taking a sheep would have been icing on the
cake, the experience was worth the effort. I hope to return to
try again someday.
Jeff Porter, UT (801) 446-1786
Wow!! I am still
smiling after my brown bear hunt with Litzen Guide Service. I was
fortunate enough to come across Litzen Guide Service a few years ago
on an internet website. I emailed Mike Litzen on a grizzly/black
bear combo hunt and when Mike returned my email, I never dreamed I
would be doing a brown bear hunt as well a few years later. My first
hunt was more than expected and my second hunt (brown bear) was even
more!! It was an adrenaline rush that I have never experienced at
that level for quite some time. I was thrilled to have Mike himself
as my guide this time, but would not be disappointed to have any of
his guides guide me. They are all 120% there to help you be
successful in getting a chance at a huge brown bear. The day I shot
my bear Mike said he was taking me to the land of milk and honey,
and it was for sure that. We saw nine bears that day and I was
successful in harvesting a nice ten foot bear that evening! Another
hunter of Mike's in a different area also harvested a nice ten foot
bear at about the exact time I shot mine. The next day another
hunter of Mike's got even a bigger bear than those two. I guess my
point being that if you want a chance at a big brown bear, you do
not have to hesitate in contacting Litzen guide Service. Awesome
people who became good friends. The captains, Dave and Chris, did an
awesome job and prepared delicious meals. The Nautilus was very
comfortable. Thanks Mike for a hunt I will never forget, and thanks
for having your good friend Tom, now a friend of mine along for the
Montana, (406) 937-2200.
The next hunt I
do in Alaska will without a doubt be with Litzen Guide Service!!!!!
Mike Litzen's Guide Service is certainly the
place to go for trophy moose. There were five moose hunters in camp
when I was there. Four got moose. All over 60". After I tagged out
I saw several trophy size moose. They will be even bigger next
year. I met all of Mike's guides. They are all dedicated to find
hunters trophy moose.
Millerstown, PA until December (717) 589-7079
January 2015 to March (863) 326-9367
When my dad told me we were going to be
hunting Dall Sheep in Alaska, I was so excited for a once in a
lifetime hunt. When we first arrived in Alaska all that was
going through my mind was how physically and mentally difficult
the hunt was going to be. My dad said that Mike Litzen was going
to make this an unforgettable experience for me (my dad had
hunted with Mike Litzen before). Boy was my dad not kidding.
From the moment we stepped into camp, Mike was all business. He
had done his spotting and knew where the sheep were weeks before
we had arrived. When we got settled in base camp, Mike told us
what essentials to pack for spike camp. Then Mike flew our guide
out first followed by myself then my dad. Mike told us about
flying in the “Supercub” and some of the unbelievable places he
could land that plane. I didn’t believe it until I saw it but he
made it look so easy. I guess that’s what over 35 years of
flying experience does. Our guide Ron was there with the tent
already set up and everything organized. After a good dinner,
the first day of hunting season was the next day and I couldn’t
wait. The next morning before my dad and I could finish getting
ready, Ron was already spotting sheep. Then we spotted a sheep
that was worth getting a closer look. After a good hike up the
mountain we saw this awesome sheep about 1200 yards away. Ron
told my dad and I the game plan on our stalk. We made our way
across the mountainside where we came within 400 yards of the
sheep, which was astonishing considering where the sheep were. I
was truly impressed how careful and precise Ron was to get us a
good shot at this stud of a sheep. Ranging at 380 yards away, I
pulled off one of the best shots of my life, which led to this
awesome sheep. I cant thank Mike Litzen’s guide service enough
for the best hunting experience of my life. It truly was an
unforgettable once in a lifetime experience.
Well, what can I say that hasn't already been said on these pages
about Litzen’s Brown Bear Hunts? At 69 yrs. old I was a little
hesitant as to what to expect and what I was getting myself in for.
I discussed many aspects of the hunt and boat with Mike until we
were both comfortable I could have the kind of hunt I would really
enjoy. I can tell you he went out of his way to provide me with what
was needed to make this hunt including a very good guide named Joel.
This hunt exceeded my best expectations. From the accommodations,
the staff guides and cooks the whole thing was super without even
mentioning my 10ft plus Brown Bear.
Joel my guide is a
friendly fellow aboard the boat but once he starts stalking a bear
he is a Drill Sargent and that's good because when this beast
started to get up after being shoot twice and running toward us I
had no idea what to do until he yelled shoot him again but not in
the face. I shot him again free hand standing as did Joel, but the
bear was still heading toward the alders we were standing above and
looked like a big locomotive coming after us. Turns out he must have
died within a few minutes of entering the alders but we could not
see or hear him and Joel felt it was not a smart idea to go looking
as it was just about 11pm.
We went in the next
morning and only then saw this giant bear with a skull measuring
just a tad under 29 inches. The whole crew worked to get this beast
out of the creek as rigamortis had set in and no small job,
fortunately they had a whole crew to get him out of the creek and
Don't think this is
some luxury hunt just because you have a nice warm bunk at night on
a 76 ft. yacht with hot showers; you still have to walk through and
around alders and sink down into the tundra with each step while
going up and down hills. There was one hike I passed on though that
was too vertical that a couple of the younger hunters went on and
got big brown bear.
This is the real
thing in a great part of Alaska and for me was a real hunt of a Life
Parkland, FL 954-346-7200
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Litzen Guide Service
I cannot thank Mike enough for the memorable
experiences that were afforded me during my recent 2013 Fall Brown
Bear hunt. The ability to share this experience with my 84
year old father will never be forgotten.
Having previously hunted in Alaska many times and
dealt with outfitters from all corners of the world, Mike and his
crew are first class in all aspects. From the initial contact
thru to the end of the hunt, Mike was always upfront and honest on
what the client can expect, what is required to make the hunt a most
memorable experience, and give the hunter the highest probability of
success. His success rate speaks for itself.
His brown bear hunting area is second to none.
His 75+ miles of coastline that he has access to is exclusive in all
aspects. He is the ONLY outfitter that has access to the area
and his people know where the animals frequent and how to put the
hunter in the best position for success. The majority of his
guides have been with him since he started Litzen Guide Service over
25 years ago so the resident knowledge of the area is outstanding
and all the “honey holes” are well known.
Great people, great atmosphere, and a totally
professional outfitter resulted in a most memorable hunting
(402) 884 – 0041
Thank you again for a great hunt, everything was
as you said it would be and better. Your camps, equipment, guides, and
planes are all top notch. Thank you for letting me hunt with Ben (Thimons),
as he is one of the best guides and greatest human beings I have had
the privilege to hunt with. I had a blast flying in the super cub, and
seeing all of Alaska's beauty. Harvesting a great ram made all of the
training and tough nature hikes worth it. I look forward to hunting
with you again in the future.
Jack Roper Jr.
Las Vegas, N.M.
I sent you some pictures of my bear. After
getting back from the trip and having a chance to reflex on it, I
thought “WOW what a great time my daughter and I had”. I have been on
15 guided hunts all over North America, some have been good (I’m not
talking about successful) and some have been not so good. Mike Litzen
and Litzen Guide Service is the best. I talked to many outfitters
during my time of making a selection on who to use for this hunt. I
really liked you because of your honesty and had a real peace about
using you. It was the right decision. I found hunts cheaper than you.
The old saying “you get what you pay for” is always true. My guide
Joel Doner was great. My daughter and I really enjoyed being with him.
Joel is very helpful and very professional. He really knows his
business. And being able to harvest a 9’1”trophy brown bear did not
hurt anything either. I am very excited about my sheep hunt booked
with you next August. I want Joel Doner as my guide again. Use me as
a reference any time you wish. Also the guys on the boat could not
have been any more professional and helpful. The boat was great and
the meals were great. Sarah Kathryn and I have made new friends for
life. See you next August.
Joe R. Wilson, CAI
Wilson Real Estate Auctioneers, Inc.
929 Airport Road Hot Springs, AR 71913
1-877-243-2289 Toll Free 1-501-624-1825 Office
I would like to thank Mike Litzen and Litzen
Guide service for a most enjoyable hunt. After booking my hunt
through Cabelas, next Mike contacted me and discussed rifles and
bullets. About a month before the hunt, George my guide contacted me
and he made a few pointers.
After flying from Anchorage to McGrath, the clouds set in and we were
stuck in McGrath for three days, putting everyone behind the eight
ball. Finally the clouds broke, and we flew out. When we arrived,
Mike quickly flew everyone out to their camps. There I met George
and we hit it off right away. The next afternoon, the first day I
could hunt after flying, George spotted a bull. After putting a stalk
on him I shot a 64 1/2 bull moose. What a great experience it was
skinning and hanging the meat of such a huge moose.
I would like to thank George, Mike, and the
packers for getting my moose out. I would recommend Litzen Guide
Service for a wonderful hunt.
Jonathan Nitschke 701-830-0245
I've been to Alaska before, but it wasn't a great
experience. We didn't find the animals we were hoping to find.
This time was different because Mike put us
where the moose were. Also, as a guide myself in northwest Colorado, I
appreciated working with someone who knew what he was doing. John was
a good experienced guide. We worked well together--he spent an entire
day fleshing my caribou out. Then, after we killed a 61"
moose, he and I worked for 12 hours, making nine trips to get the
moose back to camp.
Mike Litzen runs a quality guide service--he has
top-notch planes- they'll get hunters where the animals are, and he
and his crew will help hunters to have a good experience out in the
field. Camp is no-frills, but it was all worth the experience of
taking trophy animals in a pristine environment.
Note: D&C Expediters was great to work with, too.
They picked the antlers up from the airport quickly and gave me
discounts in getting both animals mounted.
This was my sixth hunt with you ( second one of
this season ) and is one of the most memorable.
My son Ryan and I had the time of our lives!
First, there was Ryan shooting a wolf, and then a
great brown bear.
Like all of the previous guides, Jason was
relentless in looking for the right bear.
Your dedication in getting the clients to the
hunting areas and your hard working guides have made their dreams come
true for three of my sons.
Can’t wait until my youngest has his
grizzly/moose hunt in 2015!
This is why I keep coming back.
Just wanted to say thank you for a successful Dall sheep hunt this
August. Hunting with Ben was a great experience. He is an excellent
and hardworking guide. The sheep country we hunted was absolutely
beautiful and challenging. It was a very memorable hunt. Thanks for
everything that you and your team did to make my hunt successful.
Many thanks to you and your guides! Your
attention to detail made my first trip to Alaska smooth, safe, and
successful. I also had my friend Frank come along to be my camera man.
We stayed in a wall tent by a river.
Our guide, George Taylor, made the hunt the best
I've been on. I got a great bull the 6th day of the hunt.
Thanks again Mike, George, and Scott (my packer)
for getting the meat, cape, and antlers out. For a great Alaskan
hunting experience I will always recommend Litzen Guide Service, first
Waupaca Wi. 715-258-8690
The Dall Sheep hunt I had with you and your
outfit this past August was one of the most memorable hunts I have
ever had. That is saying a lot because I have hunted most of my 59
years and on four different continents. You under promised and over
My guide Brad Patterson was very good. He knew
the area very well, he did not try to out walk me, and in addition he
was very knowledgeable. We were stalking sheep 3 out of the 4 hunting
days it took me to get my ram.
Even base camp was fun. The night before I left
to go back to Anchorage was very entertaining. Listening to all the
old music with you and all your guides is a special memory which
really added to the whole experience.
This hunt was very challenging, but at the same
time very rewarding and my success was a direct result of you and Brad
and Shay's dedication to details, and the professional effort that was
given 100 percent of the time.
Thanks again for a tremendous hunt. I have
already recommended you to another hunter and I will continue to
praise you, your hunting area and your crew. Hopefully a Brown Bear
hunt with you is in my future.
Ken Von Storch
Michael Litzen and crew,
Thank you so much for the adventure of a
lifetime! It was more than I had expected. We saw so many bears and
the trip was top notch in every way (crew, guides, hunting, food,
accommodations). The operation was very impressive and
professionally run. This is the best trip I've ever experienced by
far. Hope to do another hunt with you in the future. Thank you so
I wanted to thank you for one of the most awesome
hunts of my 48 years of age. Everything you said was accurate and
true. I went to Alaska 10 years ago and did not have the experience
that I had with you, in fact, nowhere close. The boat, the food, the
guides, and the hospitality were off the charts, my friend. I will be
back with my son, and I already have two friends who also want to book
a hunt. I will be booking a Moose hunt as well. Thank you kindly!
Wake Forest, NC
I just wanted to drop you a BIG Thank You! The
hunt in the Alaskan Range was a dream hunt that had everything in it.
Alaska delivered all that I could have asked for...... weather, lots
of game, tough, physical challenges, and some great laughs. Your
attention to details, one on one relationship with the hunter, and a
reputation of having the hardest working guides (who want to take a
ram as badly as I do) all shined during my experience. Thanks for
making two years of planning my dream hunt a success. It paid off in
my taking of a great ram.
Joe Vander Poel
After a great 2012 sheep hunt, I allowed Mike and his group to talk me
into a moose hunt for 2013. Once again this was not a mistake. As in
the past hunts, Litzen Guide Service had itself well organized from
base camp all the way through the hunt. Mike and his entire staff do
their best to make sure everyone feels welcome and at home in the
My guide Jason kept our spirits high and amazingly could almost tell
when and where the moose would be. If you're looking for an easy
pampered hunt this is probably not for you. If you are looking for a
hunt that requires you to put forth effort, live in the back country,
and have an adventure, then this is the place.
Mike knows where the animals will be long before you arrive. I'd
recommend this to anyone looking for a true back country adventure,
with the nearest road some 175 miles away.
318 259 8870
Thank you for the trip of a lifetime. Every
sunrise over Denali left us in awe of the country. What a difference
from New Mexico! We saw over a dozen moose and called in multiple
bulls. Unfortunately we left the king of the ridge for next year.
Your guide John and packer Scott did a wonderful job, worked hard,
entertained us and kept a positive attitude. The caribou was a bad
wind day bonus, and what a bonus he was. I never dreamed I would stalk
such a beautiful animal through the blueberry filled tundra. Not only
did we take the caribou and call in multiple bull moose, but we were
blessed with the sight of a huge silver tipped grizzly on the last day
- too bad I forget my predator call! Mike took care of us, even going
so far as to air drop Jolly Ranchers - we could not have asked for
more from Mike. The memories Mike Litzen provided are those that few
of us ever have a chance to enjoy, but for me, the hum of a Cessna
and the call of the Sandhill cranes on migration are sounds I will
bring back as wonderful reminiscences of hunting with Litzen Guide
Roswell, New Mexico
Just wanted to thank you for making my fall brown
bear hunt a great success. Your attention to details, from your hard
working guides, to preparing your hunter for everything that will
occur during ten days of Alaska weather, is above and beyond the
average outfitter. Even though the weather made my hunting conditions
tough, John, my guide, and I were able to harvest a beautiful dark
chocolate 9’ brown bear.
I was very fortunate to not only win this hunt
through ” Huntinfool” magazine, but to shoot my bear on the shore of
the Pacific Ocean was a dream come true! For those hunters looking
for an outfitter to hunt coastal brown bears, look no further. I
highly recommend Mike Litzen. He is very honest, hard working, and a
stickler for details. And his guides are no different.
Thank you Mike, John, Jason, Joel!! You guys made
a memory that will last a lifetime.
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Dear Mike Litzen and Crew,
Just wanted to let you know I had a great
time on my 2012 Moose/Grizzly hunt. My guide,
and I reconnected and he put forth the same great effort as he did
on my 2011 Brown Bear Hunt. Also, thank you for letting me get to
meet and spend time with your Packer,
John McCleod. Your dedication and attention to detail led me to
highly recommend Litzen Guide Service. Keep up the great work and
keep in touch. I will be looking forward for my next Alaskan
Adventure with Mike Litzen Guide Service.
Marion Center PA. 724 840 4640
I want to drop a note to say thank You for another great hunt.
I had a great time, even though we were still having winter in the
spring! Kurt was a great guide with a wealth of experience hunting
Brown bears. It was a great learning experience to spend time with a
seasoned professional like Kurt. We were fortunate to see some of the
greatest Brown Bear behavior and activity imaginable, what a memory!
We saw over 20 bears during our hunt, ranging from BIG boars to sows
with cubs coming out of hibernation.
I was very fortunate to have a successful hunt on a land camp,
ending with a great trophy, but I was also fortunate to spend a day on
the boat and see another hunter get his bear.
As I have come to expect, everything was spot on, even when our plane
full of hunters had our gear miss our connection, you and your team
was great in making sure we all got into our camps without any
problems. The logistics, your area and especially your guides made the
hunts a great experience. Thanks for a great hunt and a job well done
After a lot of research and asking around, I
contacted Mike at Litzen Guide Service..and, WOW, what a great
decision. Mike was very helpful throughout the entire journey of
getting ready and getting all needs taken care of. Mike and his entire
crew helped fulfill a long time dream of taking a Dall Sheep. Right
from the get go of arriving in base camp, I was greeted and andmade
to feel welcome. One can tell straight away that preparations have
long been made and all needs taken care of including scouting for
as we were in sheep every day from the onset and choice spike camp
sites. Safety was the first and most paramount consideration through
the entire hunt, there was no doubt Mike had done his home work and
prep ahead of time. W
hen I met my guide,
could tell he was ready and safety and success were his main concern
as well. Ron and Mike were most supportive and did not allow my
spirits to get down when my first opportunity at a ram went bad due to
a huge case of self-inflicted buck fever. Ron kept me going with his
positive attitude and did not let me give up. I was able to meet
Mike's entire crew of guides and all were great, friendly and
professional. I just don't see where one can go wrong with this
choice of Litzen Guide Service. There is no doubt the decision to hunt
with LGS was the correct choice and I would do it all again and
recommend you do it as well.
Thanks Mike and Ron, you’re the best.
Johnny Hall, Jonesboro
LA (318) 259-8870
My 2012 Moose/Grizzly combo hunt was my third
consecutive hunt with Mike Litzen. Mike has one of the best areas in
Alaska to hunt moose, grizzly and Dall sheep. He is 100% dedicated to
each hunter being successful, while not compromising their safety in
any manner. Mike also has the best guides you could ask for. Kelen
(guide), Jeremy (camera guy/friend) and I had an awesome time, even in
some high winds and rain.
We were able to take my grizzly during a wind
storm and then had to wait it out for a few days in our spike camp.
Mike was in contact with us via satellite phone checking on us and
making sure we were safe. He knew we were cold, wet, hungry and tired
but still in pretty good shape. As soon as the storm broke Mike flew
in and got us back to the main camp to dry out and get some warm food.
He then did some flying and made a new game plan for us to get a
moose. The weather and a missed opportunity had me thinking I was
going home without a moose, but the last morning of the hunt the sun
was out, it was cold and the bulls were on the move. I was able to
take a beautiful 63” bull that morning. The past three years have all
been great experiences and I have made a few new friends and contacts
along the way. I would highly recommend Litzen Guide Service to anyone
looking for a hunt of a lifetime.
Paul Matthys –Kindred, ND
This was my first Alaska Hunting Adventure and I
have to say it was a adventure. I booked this hunt in 2010 through
Cabela's for the 2012 year.I talked to Mike and my guide George
several times during the summer to make sure that I was taking the
equipment that I needed and only needed. When I arrived at the base
camp Mike was already flying guides out to the spike camps. When I got
to my spike camp, my guide George was at the airstrip waiting for us.
The camp that I was in was a wall tent camp and
set up very nicely. The next ten days was a hunt that I will never
forget. Wind ,rain, snow and fog- we had it all. George and I had a
great time. On the tenth day I shot a 64" Moose to top off a great
hunt. This was only the second guided hunt that I was on and the first
to Alaska. Mike has a top notch guide service. I had an experience
that I will never forget.
I would like to thank Mike, my guide MSG George,
John the packer for getting the meat, cap and antlers back to camp.
For a hunt of a life time and an adventure,
I would highly recommend Litzen Guide Service.
Gillette, Wyoming (307) 685-0204
I learned of an opportunity through a friend who
guided for Litzen Guide Service about a Grizzly Bear/ Black Bear combo
hunt which was available for the fall hunt of 2012. Since I was
interested in getting a grizzly bear,
I checked out Litzen Guide Services references to see if he was
reputable. Satisfied he was indeed,
I contacted him & booked this hunt for Sept. 1-10. My hunting
experience with him & his outfit and the guide who was assigned to me
was exceptional. I found the rugged beauty of the Alaska interior to
be breathtaking and enjoyed every minute of it. The area seemed to
have plenty of game animals. I harvested a really nice grizzly bear
and although that would have made a wonderful hunt in itself, I also
got a wolverine and was absolutely elated. I don't know which of the
two I was more excited about. They both are wonderful trophies. I also
saw moose, dall sheep, black bear, & caribou on this hunt. I would not
hesitate to go hunt again with him and would recommend his outfit to
any interested hunters. Thank you,
for a wonderful hunt.
Bloomfield, New Mexico (505) 634-6788
I wanted to thank you for the fantastic hunt. This being my 3rd hunt
with you, I can't say enough about you and your group of guides. They
put a 110% effort in each day of every hunt. The conversations and
stories after hunting makes it even more enjoyable. This Brown bear
will sure look great next to the Grizzly. If you ever have anyone that
needs a reference, please feel free to have them give a call. My cell
Brian Anseeuw, MD
At the age of 62,
I knew this would push my limit. Even after seven months of
preparation and conditioning,
I told my guide Ben Thimons on the first day“ I may have bit off more
than I can chew.” With the will to succeed and Ben’s encouragement, I
kept pushing. We got on sheep the first day but we could not get to
them. At about 7:00 PM on the second day Ben asked me how badly I
wanted to kill a sheep. All I could think was I didn’t want to kill a
sheep that we or I could not recover. I decided to take the chance and
was lucky enough to take the sheep where it was. Spent a miserable
night on the mountain with no survival gear, but my 39 1/4 “ ram made
me appreciate the hunt that much more. Thank you Ben and Mike for
making my last sheep hunt a great success.
Jack Janicke Sales Manager -
Olmos Equipment, Inc.
210/675-4990 Office 210/275-6892 Mobile
Thanks for a trip of a lifetime! The memories
generated on this trip are some of my most treasured from my time in
the outdoors. I want to commend you on your first class operation and
your ability to provide sportsmen like myself with this amazing
experience. My professional guide,
was not only knowledgeable beyond words but a great guy who made my
first Alaska experience one I never will forget.
Litzen Guide Service is a "first class outfitter"
and I would recommend you to anyone without reservation. I am already
looking forward to my brown bear hunt in with you in 2014.
All the best,
Ankeny, Iowa (515) 490-7511
like to thank you for another great hunt this year in Alaska. You’re
a no nonsense outfitter who does what he says and gets the job done.
I appreciate how well prepared you and your guides are. You always
have everything in place and are ready to hunt. I’d also like to
thank my guide Jason, and this was my second hunt with him. The
thing that impressed me the most on this hunt was Jason’s cooking
ability. He can turn a Mountain house/caribou back strap into what
tasted like, at the time, the best meal I’d ever had.
knowledge of the area along with yours from years of hunting combined
for a very successful hunt for me. I took a nice 7’4” grizzly and
caribou. I had a moose tag to fill also but I was trophy hunting, so
I didn’t want anything under 60”. We saw a couple of huge moose,
definitely shooters for me, but could never get them to come out of
the timber. That’s hunting and that’s how it goes. I look forward to
my Dall Sheep hunt with you next year. Thanks again Mike and Jason.
Tulare, CA (559)
Great hunting experience with Litzen Guide
Service the Spring of 2012. Saw some beautiful terrain and wildlife,
and harvested a nice brown bear from a land-based camp. During the
trip I was fortunate to view an abundance of wildlife - - numerous
sows with cubs, moose, lone mountain caribou, mating foxes, eagles, a
variety of waterfowl species, seals, and whales. I thoroughly enjoyed
the trip and highly recommend the hunt to other serious outdoorsman.
Robert Epps Corpus Christy TX (361) 249-7750
Mike and Crew, Thanks so much for making my
spring 2012 Brown Bear Hunt everything I expected it to be and more.
Mike, you and your guides are true professionals and the years of
experience each of you have made the trip a huge success for everyone.
You guys truly do care that each hunter realizes his goals which is
refreshing. I chose the boat hunt because it provided warm dry
quarters and as a bonus allowed some fishing time. We caught Halibut
and viewed whales, seals and sea lions on the trip,
which was a first for me. Having shot the first bear on the boat I was
jokingly promoted to cruise director for the remainder of the trip.
Also a special thanks to Eagle Eye Joel for spotting and guiding me to
my Boone and Crocket class Brown Bear. Hopefully some day I can come
back and take over my cruise director duties again.
Your friend , Jim Vickers Three Oaks MI
My 2012 Alaskan Brown Bear hunt was the best hunt
of my life! I thought the luckiest part of the hunt was winning this
hunt on a $50 raffle ticket with Huntin Fool Magazine. I was
definitely wrong on the luckiest part, because as it turns out,
meeting and hunting with Michael Litzen and his guide Jason was the
luckiest experience and moment of my life. I thank Litzen guide
services for a perfect hunting experience. I truly appreciate their
guiding services and experience of a full Alaskan wildlife adventure.
When it comes to guiding services Litzen Guides have the experience
and knowledge to produce amazing results.
Again thanks to my Guide, Jason Reinalda, for a
perfect successful hunt and Michael Litzen for a great hunting
Operation. I Plan on using Litzen guiding services for Dall sheep
Ilias Zaharopoulos, Lancaster, CA. (661) 816-3559
aka “Louie The Greek”
Dear Mike, I just wanted to thank you for
the hunt of a lifetime! I cannot tell you how thrilled I am with my
bear and my trip as a whole. There is not much more to say about a
bear that big-other than just wow! Most people who look at the
pictures think I photo shopped him in, and to be honest it is tough
for me to get my head around a bear that big.
I would be lying if I didn’t tell you I was a
little concerned about being in a tent for that long, but my guide had
camp set up perfectly and the days and nights flew by. A warm tent and
a hot meal made it seem like home and I cannot say enough great things
about my guide, Ben. We always seemed to have something in common to
talk about and it made the hours of glassing an enjoyable part of the
Even now that I’m back home and at work I find
myself zooming in on Google Earth to our camp sight and reliving the
hunt on my desk top computer and day dreaming about being back on the
Alaska Peninsula hunting giant brown bear! I am looking forward to
another hunt with you and Ben in the near future.
Thank you again,
Paul Vollmar, MD, MBA (218) 878-7677
My wife and I would like to thank you for a great
2012 moose hunt. We had a wonderful time. We really enjoyed the whole
crew and our guide Jason was awesome. Everyone’s efforts to
accommodate my wife on the hunt were greatly appreciated and Jason
really helped make it a good experience for her. In addition, his
calling skills and knowledge of the game were impressive and made it
possible for me to take this very nice Bull Moose. This hunt was one
of the best I have ever had and I would recommend to anyone that is
looking for a world class moose hunt and outfitter to consider going
with Litzen Guide Service. Hope to join you guys again in 2014!
Ryan Coffey San Antonio TX (830) 714-7323
Once again, Litzen Guide Service came through
under challenging travel and hunting conditions. My hunt (2nd moose
hunt in September 2012) occurred during a windy Alaska fall. Several
nights I held on to my tent poles to keep the tent from being torn
apart. The winds made for a tight flying schedule but Mike got all
hunters in and out of camp on time. In addition to being physically
prepared for an Alaskan hunt, Mike mentioned being mentally prepared
for weather and access to game. Some game is unreachable and
unrecoverable because of the varied Alaska landscapes. He also
stressed being prepared for every opportunity. That preparedness made
for a successful hunt in 2008 and my moose hunt this fall. On a very
windy day at noon, a moose came across a ridge, with Mount McKinley in
the background, and headed toward the valley behind our camp. We were
able to intercept and successfully harvest the moose.
An Alaskan hunt is very challenging and also
rewarding. This is a result of dedication and preparedness on the part
of Mike and his guides. Alaska and Litzen Guide Service have been very
good to me and I would recommend them to anyone.
Lynn Johnson Hannaford, ND (701) 769-2554
|Mike, being this my
second time hunting in Alaska, I truly had an exciting and different
experience for the facts that I lived in a fishing boat, had beautiful
views, had the opportunity of seeing many brown bears, some cubs,
whales, and many other animals of the wildlife.
Mike and his team of guides were always very kind during all the hunt,
specially I want to thank mike because he took the time to get
specific food knowing that I am a vegetarian.
I had great time, met great people, and I hope going hunting again
with Litzen Guide Service.
San Luis Potosi Mexico
52 (444) 4479295
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|I was introduced to the services of Mike Litzen in
2004. He hosted me to an exceptional Alaska Hunting Adventure. His
hunting area, camps, and Guides were all top notch. More
importantly, Mike took personal interest in me having an
opportunity to be successful. This resulted in acquiring the
trophy I dreamed of and memories that will last a lifetime. So it
was with no hesitation that I returned this year (2011) and
brought my eldest son Nick with me..... Not surprisingly we both
experienced hunts of a lifetime. We enjoyed the same great service
and attention to detail that makes this type of hunting both
successful and rewarding. For Dall Sheep, Moose, Grizzly Bear,
Caribou and Wolf, in the Alaskan Interior, I highly recommend
Litzen Guide Serive. I won't wait another seven years to return.
|Dr. R.W. Taylor
St. Joseph, Missouri
Dear Mike Litzen and crew:
I had only been hunting for a year when Matt, my
boyfriend, asked me to go moose hunting with him in Alaska. My first
response was "Yes! Of course!" As I began reading multiple books
about moose hunting, hunting in the wild, and survival, I found myself
getting a bit more nervous as our flight into Alaska approached. Matt
and I landed at base camp and I felt more at ease as I meet each
member of the Litzen crew. Your expertise, confidence, organization
and enthusiasm made my first moose hunting adventure that more
enjoyable. Being out in the Alaskan bush is one experience I will
never forget and I would do it again in a heartbeat!! Thank you so
I wanted to say thank you so much for the
incredible moose hunting expedition. As I mentioned to you before we
went, I felt this was going to be a once in a lifetime opportunity and
it truly was! Ashley and I couldn't have asked for a more competent
and trustworthy guide. You and your staff are top notch and I've
already recommended your services to many of my friends. Keep up the
great work and hope we keep in touch for future hunting endeavors.
Matt Struttmann, Columbia, MO. (573)
Truly a super hunt for Dall rams in August, 2011.
Mike Litzen and his guides run one of the best outfitter businesses I
have seen. Extremely organized, safety conscious and detail oriented
to the last item. Mike’s area encompasses remote ranges that few other
hunters can safely access due to the logistics. Just getting to the
spike camp is half the fun and an adventure in itself. Mike and my
guide Brad Patterson are not only professional hunters, but
conservationists as well. They go above and beyond to ensure you get
the best trophy animal while choosing to shoot rams 8+ years of age,
making sure the area has a good supply of future trophies. A good
supply of sheep in the unspoiled beauty of the Alaskan range.
Brad was phenomenal to say the least. We were
stuck in the tent for two days waiting for the clouds to lift and
winds to shift so we could get into the basins and spot. Patience and
flexibility is a virtue as you are at the weathers mercy. We sat on
the top of a ridge for over two hours waiting for the fog to lift, not
knowing that 3 rams were a little over 300 yards down the other side
of the slope. However when the opportunity presented we capitalized.
Brad’s persistence, knowledge of the country, sheep behavior and
ability to field judge rams is amazing. Mike and Brad once again
thanks for a great hunt!!!!
Rusty Shelton, Hyde Park, UT (C) 435-770-5030
awesome hunt. The only thing I would like to have had was more time to
visit with Mike Litzen, But he is so busy making sure his hunters get
to where they need and when they need to be there as well as all the
other details such as licenses, Tags, trophy care and then flying who
knows where for most of the daylight hrs. Making sure that his guides
and hunters have everything they need. Then there are the guides who
also are TOP NOTCH and make every effort to see that their hunter has
a memorable and successful hunt. My guide Jason Reinalda did an
awesome job of spotting this trophy Moose and making the successful
stock on it. The Adrenalin rush you get when an animal such as this
hits the ground just cannot be put into words, it’s something every
hunter has to experience for themselves. THANKS MIKE
Norm - Middle
My 2011 hunt with litzen guide service was way
more than I had expected. This was my first ever guided hunt and will
not be my last. My next Alaska hunt will definitely be booked with
litzen guide service. I cannot thank Mike and my guide Bob enough.
Mike runs a top notch business and his guides all work very hard to
produce a successful hunt and hunting experience. I was very fortunate
to have harvested a beautiful grizzly bear, a wolf, and an awesome
caribou. I hunt a lot and realize any trophy does not come easy, so to
harvest three animals, that is what I mean by fortunate. My first trip
to Alaska, and first guided hunt, was an experience that I will never
forget. I met some people that I will cherish as friends forever and
seen the most beautiful country I have ever seen. Memories that last a
lifetime because of a good top notch guide business. If you are
planning a hunt in Alaska, I would recommend Litzen Guide Service
without a hesitation. It will be the hunt you have been dreaming of,
and in my case it was much more. Thanks again Mike, and thanks for
pairing me with an awesome guide, Bob.
Shawn Simmes, Sunburst, MT
Litzen, Thank you to
you and your guides for another amazing Dall sheep hunt in the Western
Alaska Range! Your level of commitment to me and Jeremy (photographer
a.k.a. Grizz) was unprecedented. You are very well organized; your
guides are seasoned, very experienced and passionate about what they
do. Along with honesty and great service your hunting area supports a
healthy number of animals including legal Dall rams. To all potential
hunters reading this post, you should strongly consider Litzen Guide
service for your hunt of a lifetime. My simple advice would be to show
up in extremely good shape and listen to your guide...especially when
your patience is wearing thin! Last but not least I would like to
compliment my guide, Brad Patterson. He showed his true experience and
grit during my Dall sheep hunt with him. I am not sure who got more
excited before, during and after the stalk on my sheep, me or Brad!
Thanks again it was a blast. P.S. I guess the mint smell Grizz kept
mentioning was Labrador Tea, so it wasn't Brad after all, Ha Ha!
Matthys - North Dakota (701) 238-0817
I can't say enough about my experience with Litzen Guide
Service. As a non-hunter on a mission to get some great wildlife photos, I
succeeded in getting some great wildlife photos of grizzlies, wolverines,
a variety of birds, and of course, Dall Sheep! My buddy Paul Matthys was
also successful in hunting a very nice ram this year as well. I have to
admit with a considerably smaller fee than a hunter, I was originally
concerned that I would be given a back seat on this trip, and I am very
happy that wasn't the case at all. This was an adventure of a lifetime two
years in a row, and both you and our guide Brad did an excellent job of
accommodating, leading, and getting us great results. I've enclosed
several hundred pictures and some videos, which will give you something to
do this Winter! Thanks again for the outstanding experience, I hope we
cross paths again someday.
Jeremy Mahowald a.k.a. "Grizz"
Kindred, North Dakota 701-261-1975
This was my second hunt and will not be my last
hunt with Litzen Guide Service. I hunted Moose in 2008 and Brown Bear
in the fall of 2011. I have hunted in Argentina, Canada and Africa
with different Guide Services. None of those compare to the effort
that is put in to making sure the client has the “Hunt of a Lifetime”.
The areas that Litzen has are second to none. The abundance of
wildlife is incredible along with the views. I shot the 54th
Bear that I saw on the 8th day of my hunt. You would be
hard pressed to find anyone in the hunting industry that will be as
Honest and Upfront with was is to be expected from start to finish
then Litzen. Thanks,
Mark Kawolsky Glasford, IL. (309) 208-2032
This was my second hunt with Mike Litzen
Guide Service. Once again Mike and his staff did everything possible
to make my hunt a success and a trip of a lifetime. Mike goes
out of his way to make sure everyone achieves their life long dreams.
I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to have Ben Timmons as my
guide again. He pushed me out of my comfort zone and I was able to
take a beautiful dall sheep. Mike Litzen runs a first class guide
service and I have no problem recommending Mike to anyone. Feel free
to call me at 707-272-1930. I've gotten a brown bear with Mike and now
a dall sheep and when it's time to book my moose hunt, Mike will be
the guy I'm calling.
Ken Farris Lakeport, CA. (707) 272-1930
I wanted to let you know I had great time brown
bear hunting with you and your crew. I would like to thank you again
for the great guides and the service that they provided, and the way
you run your business, keep up the great work. Thanks for making my
2011 Bear Hunt a Huge Success.
I would like to thank you and my guide Jason for
the effort you guys put forth on my 2011 Sheep hunt. Your willingness
to change plans as needed and the offer for the extra hunting days was
much appreciated. Even though I did not end up taking a sheep I came
home with some great pictures and fond memories of chasing that old
dark horned ram. I look forward to our moose/grizzly hunt in 2012 and
hopefully the opportunity to hunt sheep with you guys again sometime
in the future.
Ryan Coffey San Antoni TX (210) 232-1552
When I decided to go on a Dall sheep hunt I did
my homework and chose to book my hunt with Litzen Guide Service. Mike
was always very professional, upfront, and honest about his guide
service, the hunt area, the animals, and his expertise. More
importantly though, Mike’s work doesn’t end on the phone, he works
hard in the field to ensure you have a great hunt. When I arrived in
the hunt camp Mike had already located the sheep, had a game plan in
place, paired me with a great guide and got us both out into a spike
camp. My guide Ron was first class and his hunting instincts cannot be
overstated. Mike and Ron’s experience and hard work gave me the
opportunity to take a great ram on the first day of the season! I left
home hoping this hunt could live up to my expectations and somehow
they were exceeded. If you are considering hunting in Alaska you need
to talk to Mike and book your hunt with Litzen Guide Service.
Chris Dahl - Blair Wisconsin
hunt was a qualified success, even though I did
not get a ram. The hunt and your operation were beyond my
expectations. The logistics were great, the country was spectacular,
and your team is excellent. I appreciate the dedication and concern
for making my trip a success.
The true measure of any outdoor experience is the memories and how do
you really feel after time has passed. For me, I experienced a great
hunt, with some great people, and really that's all that matters, I
fact I am planning on coming back in 2012.
Would I like to have shot a ram, you bet, this hunt is proof that you
don't have to kill game to have a great hunt. Talk to you soon about
Ced Damby, Granite Bay, CA. (916) 730-3999
|STOP RESEARCHING! I have already done it for you. Trust
me, I spent countless hours researching outfitters, guides ect. I
would say Litzen Guide Service is probably one of the most organized
and seasoned outfitter, that promises little but produce over, all
expectations. I experienced a successful combo hunt with my
professional guide Brad. Then I spent a couple days hunting with my
Dad and his friends moose hunting. When my Dads group came in with big
'ol smiles on their faces they said, "well what do you think?"
How many trips you been on that they're smiling when they come in and
smiling when they leave. Mike and his extreme guides are the real
deal. Thx mike and your hard working team of
SHAWN TAYLOR 1-765-499-0570
Just wanted to say thanks, it was a trip of a
lifetime. It was well organized and everyone that I met was top notch.
My guide, Bob Dykeman did an excellent job and was great to be around.
I would recommend your guide service to anyone.
Terry Taylor Hartford City, IN
What a great combo hunt! I hunted with Guide Ben
Thimons for Dall sheep and Moose. The first long day yielded an
excellent 37" ram, a hunt I will never forget! On to Moose with the
taking of a nice 59" early season Moose on the third day. Mike runs an
excellent up front operation, every effort is made to provide a safe
and successful hunt. His guides are all experienced no nonsense hard
hunters. This was my second great trip with Litzen Guide Service; I
hunted brown bear with them in May of 2010. I highly recommend Litzen
Edgewood, NM. (505) 980-4297
Michael Litzen and his staff of professional
guides, made my 2011 moose hunt a memorable experience. Myself and my
two hunting companions all scored trophy moose. The experience of the
Alaskan wilderness accompanied by excellent guides created a memorable
experience. The trophy moose was icing on the cake.
had no idea what to expect for my first Alaskan wildlife experience,
especially hunting for the coastal brown bear. What I experienced is
more than I can put into words. There is nothing like surviving the
Alaskan elements! What made it even better was the excellent guide
service. My guide, Joel made sure I had a great Alaskan experience
and Mike along with his world class guides, Howard and Don, defined
what hunting in Alaska was all about. No doubt I was hunting Alaska
brown bear first class with Mike Litzen Guide Services. My first day,
within 10 minutes of walking, we were in the direct path of an on
coming brown bear less than 10 yards away. THAT WAS AWESOME! Seven
days and 50 bears later I tagged my first bear ever! The spot, stock,
and hunt was challenging but if it were easy, it wouldn't be Alaska
brown bear hunting.
I learned so much from my guide, no book or article
can compare to the wealth of information my guide taught me. I felt
like I was a student of Alaska thanks to my guide from Litzen Guide
Service. I would absolutely recommend this hunt to anybody who is
looking for big brown bears and not scared to hunt hard. I look
forward to my next hunt with Mike and eventually another brown bear
hunt with a bow. These guys will get you there.
Joshua C. Spencer, Esq. - Texas Democrat
915-422-4024 cell, 915-532-5562 office
have hunted from South Africa and in the Arctic; from the Colorado
Mountains and Sonoran Desert; there is nothing like the Alaskan hunt
after the magnetic coastal brown bear. Two years before the hunt my
brother who's a wildlife biologist did the research for the premier
outfitters and after the renowned research, there was nobody better
than Mike Litzen.
After months of communication, my son and I arrived
at the airport and were met by his first class guides, had a quick
lunch and were put on the Patricia Ann which was our floating base
camp for the next ten days. Excitement was high and expectations were
equally high. On our way to anchor for the night, Mike had found a
beached wale that had died and sure enough we saw a brown bear feeding
on it. We knew that was going to be Mother Nature’s
The first night was restless in anticipation to begin
our hunt. First morning, not more than a quarter mile away, we saw
our first bear that according to all guides was a shooter (9.5 -10
feet); however, we had mechanical problems with the skiff so the bear
meandered into the alders and disappeared. That was the only problem
we had but after diligent work on the skiff there was never another
First day was spent spotting bears; none were
approachable so the day turned to be uneventful. When the evening
came and Josh was coming off shore, 50 yards away I could see his face
with a smile from ear to ear. His first 30 min, from 30 feet away he
had his first encounter with a seven foot brown bear. After that he
saw 25 bears some shooters and some only 7.5 feet. Trying to avoid
other bears and navigating through the tundra and the alders the
shooter bear (10+ feet) got away, but still he could not contain his
On the second day, we went to the eagle’s
nest where Mike said it was "walk in the park." I suggest that it was
not a walk in the park. After 2 hours walking in the tundra and
through the alders we got to the perch on eagles nest. Twenty minutes
later out comes a bear and it is the biggest bear Mike said he has
ever seen. Mike thought it was at least 10, close to 11 feet tall and
heading our way.
It was amazing to watch a moose and two calves as the
bear walked by them on his way to his fishing hole. Ten minutes
later, another bear (9.5-10 feet) at the opposite end of the river, so
within an hour we had our first dilemma. On one side, I had a larger
bear 400 yards away and smaller bear (9.5-10 feet) that was coming
within shooting range. At about 400 yards, the larger bear goes into
the alders and goes to sleep; so we kept a four-hour wait. Then I
could see ptarmigans fly out on high alert, so I knew that bear was
coming out and he had two choices, come to us or walk away. And after
what seemed like forever, the bear decided to walk away from us and I
could see how huge his rump was. After factoring the wind direction,
we only had an hour of light and two hours to walk back to shore so we
decided to come back another day. We spent the next six days hunting
various parts of Mikes hunting lease, everyday encountering bears and
everyday enjoying paradise and country that God must play in, Alaska!
It was the third trip back to eagles nest that proved to be the
charm. We were on eagles nest for an hour taking in the scenery when
Howard, one of Mike's guides, spotted a bear about a mile and a half
coming towards us. After watching him for two hours in various
fishing holes, and discussing whether to go after him or play the odds
and wait for him to come closer. Eventually from 154 yards away my
first Alaskan brown bear was on the tundra. There was so much of this
hunt that was unforgettable, watching whales, seals, watching bear
fish, climbing mountains, eagles flying and plucking there dinner from
the ocean and Josh's excitement with his first bear.
Eating fresh crab and fishing halibut everyday, one
thing is certain, we arrived as clients and we left as friends.
Spending over 100 hours and getting to know Mike as a guide, a hunter,
a sportsman, a conservationist, a father, a husband, He made this trip
a memory I will treasure till the day I die. I am proud to call Mike
my friend. I look forward to sharing more hunting camps with my
Joe Spencer - Texas Democrat
575-589-9706 home, 915-204-0955 cell
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The attention to detail and genuine concern for a great Alaskan
experience and harvest of game really exemplified in you and the
guide I was paired with. Your guide taught me so much about
hunting in general that I feel that it was more like an elective
class than a guided hunt. I can’t thank you and your staff enough
for such a wonderful time and I would recommend Litzen guide
service to anyone wanting a hunt of a life time (optional: ; the 3
years it took to save for this opportunity was worth every penny).
The first evening of scouting was more than I had anticipated; we
glassed over 70 sheep and had located several legal rams and 1
grizzly. I’m not sure if the guy up stairs blessed us with these
sheep or the man who did the preseason scouting (maybe both).
Needless to say, after a restless night of sleep up the mountain
we went, 5 hours later we were back in camp with meat hung.
Believe me I know how fortunate I was to have such a great hunt,
thanks again Mike for a hunt of a life time.
Drew Zimmerman, WA (253) 222-1165
2010 Sheep Hunter
I have dreamed of an Alaska Moose hunt since I
was a teenager and it finally came true. I went on a combination
Moose/Grizzly hunt in 2010 with Mike Litzen. Mike and my guide George
made sure that I had a great experience. While, the weather was good
for camping, sunny and warm, it was not good for moose hunting. But
everyone had a positive attitude. The trip was everything I hoped for
and so much more!!!!!!!! To top off the great adventure I had, on the
8th morning of a 9 day hunt I was able to get a really nice
moose. I sure hope to do another hunt with Mike Litzen some time in
Rolla, Missouri. Cell (573) 465-0040
2010 Moose Hunter
Mike Litzen has surrounded
himself with some great hardworking guides and also some good hunting
areas. I was fortunate enough to have Brad Patterson as my guide and
after many days of rain, wind, fog, snow, and more rain never once did
he ever become discouraged.
We had a few rams move out on us early in the hunt and then lost a few
more days due to weather; But we kept at it! We did see plenty of
sheep and made several stalks, but had a difficult time finding a true
On the 13th day of my 10 day hunt we woke up and decided to go for
broke on a legal ram Brad had spotted the day before up in the snow
and fog. After spending all day trying to relocate him with no luck,
I'll be honest and tell you my spirit was starting to break. We
stopped mid-afternoon for a rest and while sitting there reflecting on
our days passed; Brad looked at me and said “We still have Hope." 30
minutes later he had him in the spotting scope and the stalk was on!!
Thanks Mike for the extra days in Sheep Country it definitely helped
top off a great Alaskan Experience that I won't ever forget!!
Mark Pope-Sheep Hunt 2010
2010 Moose/Grizzly hunt with Litzen Guide Service was my first ever
guided hunt. Mike and his guides did a great job. Brad, my guide for
the hunt, is a top-notch hunter and a great guy to spend the hunt
with. Everyone was very professional and did their best to make it an
enjoyable hunt. In that aspect it was an absolute success.
The number of bulls seen was beyond my
expectations. We saw 10 bulls on the first day alone. I still
remember one bull in particular that we saw on three separate days.
He looked like he had two sheets of plywood attached to his head. The
unusually warm and clear weather during the late season made for tough
hunting conditions. Bulls were active for a very short time and
reluctant to respond to calling. Even with these conditions Brad was
able to get us in position on two legal bulls. They just were not
what I was looking for. Mike did everything he could to work with the
conditions, including offering to move me to a new area. While I did
not harvest an animal on this hunt I still call it a success. Mike
runs a great operation and I would recommend him to anyone.
Steve Gili, Craig, Colorado
Cell (307) 389-2835
2010 Moose Hunter
with Litzen Guide service for Dall sheep in 2010. After a slow
start, I ended up taking a great world class ram thanks to the hard
work and dedication of my guide Jason Reinalda. Michael Litzen has top
notch equipment and a great hunting area.
Martin, Lancaster,WI (608) 778-1603
2010 Sheep Hunter
just wanted to take a minute to thank you again for the brown
bear hunt this spring. It was the most relaxing and exciting
hunt I've ever been on. It's the first hunt I've ever been on
where I actually gained weight (ha)! The Patricia Ann was a slam
dunk. There's nothing like eating great food, staying dry & and
spotting over ten bears a day from the boat. You and your guides
made the "whole experience" a hunt of a lifetime! I really mean
that - Good people=Good fun.
I'm incredibly privileged that God granted me a chance to hunt
the biggest bears in the world. My bear measured 10' 1" & his
skull was 27 & 7/16 - Not bad for 3 days of hunting!
hope to see you in the near future on a dall sheep hunt - you
know, the one from the boat!
Peter Bouma - 2010
Brown Bear Hunt.
Chino, CA. (951) 712-7776
My 2010 Alaskan
Brown Bear Hunt was the most awesome adventure I have ever been
on. Living on the Alaskan Peninsula for eleven days was just so
overwhelming, from the whales to the eagles to the bears. We
saw bears everyday. From cubs that just came out of their dens
to the smoker bear I ended up getting. Mike Litzen runs a first
class guide service that I would refer to anyone that wants
to get an Alaskan Brown Bear. I was lucky enough to have Ben
Thimons as a guide who not only was an extraordinary guide, but
a lot of fun to hunt with.
I've been on
guided hunts before and I've never written a testimonial for
anyone. I really believe Litzen Guide Service is the best.
That's why I'm booking a 2011 Moose Hunt with Mike.
If anyone has
any questions about Mike's guide service, feel free to give me a
call at (707)272-1930.
- 2010 Brown Bear Hunt.
I do appreciate everything you and your guides
did to help me achieve one of my life long dreams. The hunt
exceeded my expectations and that was before I shot my bear. It
is nice to know there are still those out there that do what
they say they are going to do, and really care about the "Whole"
experience for their customers. Feel free to give anyone who
has any doubts about hunting with you my name and number. I
will be happy to tell them what my concerns and fears were when
booking this hunt, and how you and your guides made it one of
the best decisions I have ever made.
Thanks again for everything,
Rick Verbsky - 2010 Brown Bear Hunt
Black Creek WI (920) 450-7731
Thanks for the
quality hunt. Everything about the hunt was exactly what you
said it would be. Don was a great guide and everybody else was
very helpful and knowledgeable. I would recommend this hunt to
anyone who would ask. This was an adventure that I will never
forget and my 9 1/2 foot bear will look great in my office!
Rick Owens - 2010 Brown Bear Hunt
Bakersfield, CA. (661) 337-0002
My thanks to
Mike Litzen and Jason Reinalda (my guide) for an incredible
Alaskan Brown Bear hunt, May 2010. After Mike dropped us off on
Saturday, prior to the season opener on Monday, we enjoyed a
weekend of warm dry weather and spent most of the time on the
beach adjacent to camp, reading and whale watching. By Monday
morning the weather changed dramatically and stayed in that wet,
windy state for most of the next 10 days of the hunt. Every
day I saw numerous bears and eventually harvested my boar late
in the hunt. Mike was great in communicating about gear
preparation, travel plans and overall hunt information prior to
the hunt. Jason and I worked well together in pursuit of my
bear. He was well versed and extremely committed to my success.
Overall, the experience with Litzen Guide Service was
incredible. I hesitate to call it the 'Hunt of a Lifetime' since
I plan to be back someday.
Perry Ashby -
2010 Brown Bear Hunt
Missoula Montana (406) 531-5900
I would like to thank you for the
trip of my lifetime. I had a wonderful time on my Brown Bear
hunt. This was my first big game adventure and I could not have
asked for a better result. If I had to pick one word to describe
my trip it would be “AWESOME.” It was unbelievable seeing and
stalking the bears. I never would have imagined that this trip
would have been so exciting. I loved being on the boat, catching
the fish, throwing the hook and seeing all the whales and
eagles. I will remember and cherish this trip and my bear for as
long as I live. I cannot wait to come back and visit you for
another hunt. Alaska is a fascinating place and I could not have
asked for a better guide to have experienced it with. Thank you
for allowing me to come on this trip. I look forward to seeing
Jake Callaham, age 13,
May 2010 Brown Bear Hunt.
Spring Brown Bear with Litzen Guide Service in 2010. The hunt
was booked as a 9 day boat hunt out of Sand Point on the Alaska
Peninsula. I was unsuccessful on the boat hunt but Mike Litzen
then moved me to a land camp where I was successful on day 15 0f
a 16 day hunt.
All things considered, this was a great hunt. Mike Litzen pays
attention to every detail of your hunt from the day you book
it. Every guide involved in this hunt was dedicated to each
client having a safe, enjoyable, and successful hunt. What I
liked most about hunting with Mike Litzen was the honest, up
front word I got when things didn't go quite as planned. This
was a hunter's hunt, and Mike and Ben Thimons(land camp guide)
went out of their way to ensure I had the opportunity to be
successful on this hunt. I will hunt again with Mike Litzen.
Ray Mahalick - 2010 Brown
Edgewood, New Mexico (505) 980-4297
2009 HUNTER TESTIMONIALS
List Can Be Viewed Here
||Mike, I had a great
time on my hunt. Best hunt of my life. George was a wonderful
guide and helped me get a beautiful bull moose. We saw six
shooter bulls the
first morning. Had a chance at a grizzly too. I will be back for
a sheep hunt and a grizzly hunt before too long. Thanks again
for a great hunting experience.
Brodrick - 2009
What a great hunt! All parties
spotted 6-12 bears daily. Food was very good and the accommodations were
very comfortable. Thank you Mike for a true Alaskan brown bear hunt!
Mike Mitchell, CO
||When I select an outfitter
there are three things I look for: An area that has an abundance of
game as well as an area that produces trophy animals. An outfitter
that has strong knowledge of the area and a history of producing
results. An outfitter that will go to great lengths to help me get my
game. Mike excels at all three. I have hunted three times with Mike,
for bear and sheep. Every time I saw lots of game and when weather or
other aspects of the hunt challenged me, Mike went the extra mile to
help me be successful. Many outfitters just drop you off and hope for
the best. Mike takes his job seriously and will do everything possible
to help you out. Even if that means some extra fly time or days in the
field. Not many outfitters like him out there. I shot a great sheep on
my last hunt and it was because Mike went the extra mile for you. If
you hunt Alaska, you better consider Litzen!
Marty Miller, WI 2009
Overall I must say this was
the best hunt I have ever had. The trophy taken just sweetened the deal.
You have a top notch outfit and you are an excellent host. Your guides are
the best I have ever seen. Not taking anything away from any of them, I
felt like Brad and Ben are your best and I appreciated the opportunity to
hunt with either of them. It was a real pleasure to hunt with Ben. He was
by far the best, most knowledgeable and hard working guide I have ever had
or been around. He was a better judge of game than anyone I have hunted
with. That was a real treat since I didn't feel the pressure was on me. If
I held him back he never let on, but he pushed me and encouraged me enough
to keep going and do my best. I hope I met his expectations. He certainly
met my expectations of a guide and then some.
Jack Janicke, Jr., TX
||Mike Litzen runs a first
class outfit. He and his team of guides work very hard to put their
hunters on game. Litzen's preseason scouting really pays off, every
hunter in our group got a nice ram, most in just a few days of
hunting. The overall Alaska experience was awesome. I would highly
recommend Litzen's service to any hunter who was serious about Dall
sheep hunting. Mike was very honest about the type of hunt I would
have, there were no unpleasant surprises.
Randy Creighton, NM
My bear hunting trip to Alaska
was an adventure not just a hunt. As all of my hunting trips with Litzen
guide services have been, the boat was comfortable and the food was
fantastic, it sure beats sleeping on the ground and eating mountain house.
My guide was very knowledgeable of both the game and the Alaskan
landscape. It was an experience I will always remember. Oh yea I got a
Wesley Crow - 2009
||Michael Litzen provided me
with a top notch moose hunt in 2009. The quality of the hunt, work
ethic of my guide and the overall experience was more thanI imagined
on this trip. My guide, Jason, showed dedication and attention to
detail that help me bag an awesome moose. This was by far one of my
best hunting experiences. I hunted with a group of friends and enjoyed
the camaraderie as well as a little competition on getting the largest
trophy. As usual one of my best friends, Craig, brought down a 66"
trophy and beat out my 64" moose. I guess that means the competition
is still on !!! We'll be back! Thank you Michael for a first class
experience; also thanks to Billy for setting up this great trip.
Kirk Rentz from Boerne TX
with Mike Litzen on a sheep hunt this past August, 2009. I had my
doubts about sheep hunting after spine surgery two months prior to my
hunt date. But after talking to Mike about my situation he recommended
using a Packer to carry any load we may have. A big THANK YOU Mike for
making my hunt an enjoyable experience. Both Ron Heidemann (Guide) and
Abe Henderson (Packer) took care of me like a brother. Ron knew very
well how to hunt sheep. Once a legal Dall was spotted he took his time
in the stalk to make absolutely sure I had a good shot. After the
sheep was down Abe was a blessing carrying hide, horns and meat out. I
think they could have carried me out if necessary. Great job guys.
Thanks again. I’ll be back.
David Catari, NY
I am pleased and
complimented that Mike Litzen asked if I would write a letter
referencing the recent bear (October 2009) hunt I had with him. It had
always been a dream to hunt the mighty coastal Brown Bear.
I booked with Mike Litzen Outfitters and had a hunt of a lifetime. I
hunted the huge bear in his native Pacific coastal tundra home; no
man's country - very unforgiving and unfriendly place. This is no
place for the weak at heart! This is a man's hunt.
Mike is personally and professionally committed to doing everything
(within the law) to help you get a bear ie: move you from one area to
another etc. He is personable, accommodating and sensitive to your
personal needs and requests. He is first and foremost safety
conscious. His guides have satellite phones so that they are in
constant contact with one another and in the event of an emergency he
has the back-up assistance of Coast Guard - boats and helicopters.
His equipment is good to excellent. He is an excellent pilot with an
excellent plane and tents. He has quality accommodating guides that
know the habits and nature of the bear you are hunting. They are hard
working, doing everything they can to help you get your bear. They
will hunt you as hard as you want to go. They are knowledgeable and
hard working men with a lot of grit - no quit in any of them. They all
Remember when you're hunting out of tent camp you are not going to a
church picnic. You can bet your last dollar the Pacific winds will
blow! It will be wet and maybe cold.
Mike has an excellent area to hunt and there will be bear wherever he
hunts you! Generally speaking your chances are good to excellent that
you will get a shot at a bear.
I am a young 72 year old who had the time of his life, 15 nights and
14 days of unforgettable memories. My guide, George, became my new
friend and did everything but pull a big bear out of a hat for me to
shoot. We saw 9 different bear, two shooters and had bears on the
beach in front of our camp area every night.
I was not fortunate enough to get in shooting distance of either of
the two big bears I saw, but what a hunt! I was even extended several
days because we experienced a five day storm with 23 to 28 foot waves,
50 knot wind and rain like you were in a shower. What an experience!
I am forever indebted to Mike Litzen for the exciting brown bear hunt
I had the opportunity to experience. Please feel free to call me if
you have any questions. I would be happy to share my bear hunt
experience with you.
Yenchesky, MI 2009
years of anticipation for my first sheep hunt was a feeling I will
never forget & once in Mike Litzen’s Camp, the feeling turned to
excitement! And let me tell you, it’s nice to see base camp with well
organized necessities, provisions, and a spit shined Super Cub which
fell just short of perfection for lack of “ArmorAll” on the tires.
August of 2009 was
there before I knew it and I was sitting in Mike’s camp. Off to the
hills I went and you would not believe it: Two days of scouting and a
pattern seemed to be developing, as on day one of hunting I found
myself staring down the gun barrel at a beautiful Ram. My guide Ron
took me on stealthy stock & calculated every move these particular
sheep made. Literally all I had to do was keep up, and shoot
straight. There he was, 200 yards 45 degrees below us. Ron was able to
size him up & once he was confident the ram was legal (which didn’t
take him long), he told me to hold at 100 to compensate for the angle
and let one fly. I did, in fact, I let two fly! This MT elk hunter
was ready to let #3 & #4 fly as the sheep was still standing. Two was
all it took. We made quick work of the cape and butchering, I think
taking pictures took longer! I’m still sore from the ear-to-ear grin
I adorned that day. I can’t wait to go back!
I can’t say enough
good things about Mike Litzen’s Camp, guides, equipment, and his pure
devotion to get tags filled. I was recommend to Mike by a great
friend of mine who is an Alaskan Resident and hunter & for that
recommendation I owe him as the hunt proved to be way above my
One Happy Hunter
Donnie Olsson - Bozeman MT. 2009
Please have anyone call me anytime!! 406-570-8859
"Mike was very up front about what to expect from
the area, risks of weather, quantity and quality of game, and also his
staff and services. Everything was top notch. I could not have imagined
a more enjoyable hunt."
Lynn Johnson - Hannaford, ND
(Took these 4 trophies on a 14 day hunt in 2008)
incredible moose hunt in 2007 with Michael Litzen, the quest for a
dall sheep began. With many months of physical conditioning
behind me, I arrived in Alaska for the hunt. Even though I had
trained hard, I was in no shape to endure the challenges facing me
in the Alaskan Wilderness. Upon deplaning, my guide Ben Timmons
should have told me "big boy get back on the plane you are not
ready to sheep hunt." Instead, Ben and Mike Litzen went to great
lengths to accommodate me with this mentally and physically
exhausting hunt and most importantly their expert knowledge of
this rugged wilderness guided me to my goal of taking a big dall
On the seventh day of a magical hunt, a
fourteen year old dall sheep was spotted. After a twelve
hour uphill stalk with Ben's words of encouragement, I was
successful in taking this incredible sheep, 38.5 " X 14".
For the third consecutive year, my friends
and I have booked our 2009 hunt with Litzen Guide Service..."
Billy Canavan, Comfort, TX.
was looking for three things on my Dall sheep hunt - a true
backpack experience, an area with a good number of legal rams, and
Mike truly exceeded my expectations. The area held good numbers of
mature rams, the equipment was top notch, and the guide was
experienced and knowledgeable. More importantly I felt very safe
flying with Mike at all times. I took a beautiful 37" by 14" ram
to top off a great hunt. You can’t ask for more! I would highly
recommend hunting with Litzen Guide Service to anyone."
Brendan Burns , Livingston, MT.
This was an
awesome 2008 trip. Outstanding start to finish, lots of bears and
wildlife. From the preparation of the hunt to the stalk
and the trophy care, the professionalism of my experienced guide,
met all of my expectations.
and his staff were there to assist with every detail. A successful
Alaskan bear hunt has been a dream of a lifetime come true.
Mike Promisco - Bozeman, MT.
Mike, I would like to thank you for the wonderful experiences over
the years. From the bears to the sheep to the moose hunts… It has
always been a truly blessed encounter.
You have a world class operation and outstanding
guides. I have hunted all over and have never found an individual
that is as concerned for your client’s overall hunting experience.
Your dedication to the wildlife and client is what puts you in a
class of your own. Thanks for all the memories and the ones to
come. Best Wishes,
John Callaham - Broken Bow OK
hunt of a lifetime, trophy, professionals. These are just a few
words or phrases that will describe Litzen Guide Service. Whether
hunting at Michael’s camp in the Alaskan Range or on the Alaskan
Peninsula, you are literally in for a hunt of a lifetime.
his guides not only are professional hunters, but
conservationists. They go above and beyond to ensure you get the
best quality animal.
have hunted the Alaskan range four times, harvesting Dall Sheep,
Moose, Wolves and a Grizzly bear. Then one trip to the Peninsula
and harvested a true "bear of a lifetime". I can honestly say
they were "hunts of a lifetime".
Not only are
the game animals unparalleled but the unspoiled beauty of the true
Alaskan bush is unbelievable. On a late season moose hunt I
literally watched winter approach and the unbelievable foliage
change in a nine day period! Mother Nature and her art work,
breathtaking views of Denali and Mt. Foraker.
Guide Michael Litzen and his crew and experience hunting the way
it was meant to be!"
Cades Pope - Sonora TX
MY EXPERIENCE HUNTING WITH MICHAEL LITZEN
I have hunted with Mike Litzen in September 2002 and September 2007.
My first hunt was for moose and caribou and second hunt
was for moose and grizzly bear. I have harvested two moose
and one caribou. I saw plenty of sign of grizzly bear,
but no bear appeared during shooting hours. came close to a
pack of wolves but they were hidden in cover of trees across the
The hunts are basically spot and stalk type of hunts. Also
we would sit on high spot and use calls to draw game into range. The
hunts are what I call a true wilderness hunt where camps were a two
man tent to a wall type tent. The trips were what I expected
them to be where you see Alaskan wilderness and some of the
Alaskan animals. Mike and his staff made the trips very enjoyable.
The biggest problem I had was getting in the best shape possible for
the hunts. The guides kept the hunting at a pace I could handle. I
would recommend Mike Litzen (Litzen Guide Service) to anyone who wants
to experience an enjoyable Alaskan hunting experience.
Paul Erickson - Langford, South Dakota
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