2021 HUNTER TESTIMONIALS
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After talking to my Son Frank, who has been successful hunting a Brown Bear from a campsite with Michael and guide Ben, I asked him if it was something I could do at my age (71 at the time). He said he thought I could, but, I would have to get ready for the hunt, physically and mentally. Getting ready for the hunt was exactly what I did and it paid off. For me, this was the hunt of a lifetime especially because my Son went with me. The hunt was brutal as my Son had informed me but I was prepared mentally and, for my age, physically. During the hunt I was lucky to harvest a large grey wolf and see two other wolfs, which is very rare, according to Michael and our guide Ben. I met all of the Litzen Team at Sand Point and I can say he has a great bunch of guys in his team. Harvesting an enormous Coastal Brown Bear was the icing on the cake and we got to do what I said I would if I was fortunate to harvest my first bear ever; my Son, Ben and I took a polar bear plunge in the north Pacific Ocean. It was cold, to say the least, but did help forget body aches while in the cold water.
2021 Brown Bear Hunt: I have hunted with Michael and his crew multiple times, All have been well planned and safety always a priority. 2021 Brown Bear hunt was no different. Exciting hunt with a bow. I trusted my guide with my life and never questioned it. Obviously it was very successful. The Boat crew were awesome and the accommodations were first class. Thanks again Mike. Will be seeing you again in 2022 .
For those of us who hunt, we have all dreamed of taking a bucket-list hunt – that once in a lifetime outing which requires time, planning, blood, treasure and a really understanding Significant Other. Topping my bucket list was a trek to Alaska to hunt the legendary coastal brown bear (truly one of the most magnificent animals ever to walk the Earth).
My journey started by talking with fellow hunters and doing research on outfitters who offer this type of hunt. I came across Mike Litzen’s outfit via the internet. He is a licensed guide service specializing in the coastal brown bear. I got his contact information from his website and hit dial. After a few minutes talking with Mike, I knew this was the outfit I wanted to hire for my hunt of a lifetime.
I really enjoyed my conversations with Mike, especially his candor and his encouragement to reach out and contact others who have hunted with The Litzen team. Wow! What a pleasure to visit with hunters that have experienced one of Mike’s hunts. It made me 100% sure Litzen Guide Service was for me.
When I got to Alaska, I found myself the sole rookie. Every other hunter was a repeat customer which spoke volumes on how popular Mike’s team was with previous clients. The best analogy I can think of for hunting coastal brown bear in Alaska is like going from Pee Wee baseball to the Major leagues. Everything is just that much larger and more intense. From the vastness of the land to the awesomeness of the wildlife, until you lived it you cannot appreciate it. The need for an experienced guide service is critical and Mike’s team of professional hunters as well as his prep sheets were the equivalent of first round draft picks. It was also spectacular the way Mike and the other guide services helped each other in the field. I witnessed firsthand the professionalism, courtesy, compassion and helpfulness not just with clients but for the animals and the environment and each other: attributes that inspired my soul…. That level of cooperation is a paradigm too few industries truly share
I’d like to personally thank Mike’s team of Professional Hunter/Licensed Guides: Joel, Don, Jason, John, Ben and especially my personal guide, Brock. They were just a few of the many wonderful people who helped make my Alaskan journey epic. They have earned my respect and admiration. Gentlemen, thank you for doing a phenomenal job. Thank you also to Captain Ross and his crew abroad the “Spirit”. Your hospitality and seamanship lived up to her name. Lastly, thank you to Anchor Inn for providing endless hot water to wash off 18 days. Best Shower Ever!
Life isn’t perfect, people aren’t perfect and hunting is called hunting for a reason. But, I must say my experience start to finish was close to perfect. The people were magnanimous and the time spent in the field was spectacular. My journey was one of the best trips of my life.
If you’re thinking about an Alaskan hunt, you owe it to yourself to look into Litzen Guide Service. Lord willing, I will be going back.
Robert “Bobby” Baldock, Tuscola, Texas
2021 Brown Bear
2021 Brown Bear
Brown bear hunting has always been on my bucket list, but because of the cost, I thought it would be a few more years before I could afford it. I couldn’t even believe my luck when I got a call from my friend John Salgat, a guide for Mike Litzen, telling me they had a last minute opening to hunt brown bear. I couldn’t pass up this opportunity, and I am so glad I didn’t!
The process of getting to our final base camp was quite an experience. It seemed that each flight took us on a smaller and smaller plane, ha! It was an adventure I’d never forget!
Upon landing in Sandpoint, I finally had the chance to meet Mike. Up until this point, all our communications had been via email. He was always very on the ball answering my questions, and getting information out to me quickly. I was so grateful for his thorough communication. Mike is the real deal! Everything was so organized and the whole process was seamless.
My land hunt, with John as my guide, soon had me realizing that the rumors I’d heard were true. Brown bear hunting is 90% patience and 10% full tilt adrenaline rush. Things started out a little slow. We were seeing bears and tracks but nothing worth pursuing yet. The weather gave us an added challenge and was relentless. It rained and rained for days with wind that made things even more difficult. On day 9 the weather finally cleared, and my guide said we needed to take advantage of the good weather. We headed to a higher point on the coast and his decision was spot on. Trust your guide! After hiking for a few miles we came across a monster! He was staring right at us! My guide gave me the go ahead to take him so I had to be quick! I took the shot and the rest was history. It was the most exhilarating and terrifying experience!
The pack back to camp, despite being incredibly difficult, was well worth it. We got back to camp at 2am and slept like a couple of babies until late the next day. John did an amazing job taking care of the hide and prepping it for the tanner.
I ate well, was warm at night, and felt like Litzen did a really great job making the entire experience as enjoyable and comfortable as possible. I wouldn’t have changed a thing and couldn’t have asked for a better outfitter and guide!
I look forward to hunting Dall sheep in August and hope to have a similar outcome. Thanks Litzen.
Jeff Herbert 2021 Alaska Brown Bear Hunt
2021 Brown Bear
2020 Hunter Testimonials
I would like to thank you again for the hunt of a lifetime. I couldn’t have dreamed up a better hunt than what you put together for me. You have assembled an awesome group of guys, very hard working that were a blast to be around. I can’t even put into words how big, beautiful and remote the country you hunt is. I feel very fortunate that I got the opportunity to meet you and experience Alaska under your wings. The best hunt I have been a part of no doubt. I can’t thank you enough Mike.
About our trip, from the very moment we arrived your actions and your Base Camp setup, told us we were in VERY good hands! Our hunt awesome and the end results speak for themselves. It is easy to see why others say such good things about you, why your success rate is so high and why you’re booked up so far in advance. Thanks to you and your entire team of guides, packers and of course you!!!
Thanks for everything,
From the very beginning of researching and planning for this once in a lifetime moose hunt; there was one common theme throughout: “Go with Mike Litzen in Alaska”. You, did not disappoint! After a successful hunt taking a 64” bull moose and a very respectable bull caribou; (wide enough to drive an Argo through) I now know why you came so highly recommended.
Communication from the beginning to the end of the hunt was always brief and precise. There’s no question that navigating and planning logistics in Alaska is challenging at best. Add a COVID pandemic to the mix and logistics go from challenging to downright difficult. Your laser focus and attention to detail did not go unnoticed. I respect the work you do and all the effort it takes to run your high-quality outfit.
Your guides, (mine was Shay), your packers, and all of the hard-working people that I had the privilege of meeting during my time in Alaska were some of the most genuine and down to earth folks I have ever met. The folks in McGrath (Jenni), the meat cutters, the expeditors, the taxidermists; every one of them exceeded my expectations. Thank you for the hunt of a lifetime!
Cheers to planning our next adventure…
Fort Mill, South Carolina
I wanted to thank you for making a lifelong dream come true this fall on a successful dall sheep hunt. As with any mountain hunt, it was extremely tough physically. My guide Brock was more than up to the challenge on this, and did an incredible job. The toughest part though, for me, was keeping my head in the game mentally, Mike was super encouraging on this and kept our heads in the game by moving us to multiple different camps and allowing us to keep covering country until we found what we were after. In the end, I shot a fantastic sheep and a big bull Caribou. Thank you Mike, I look forward to hunting with you again someday soon.
Mike, I have used your guide services the past 5 years for various hunts and I must say first of all I have never been disappointed in either the quality of the hunt , the outcome of the hunt, or the professional guides that you have paired me up with. In particular this past moose hunt of 2020 has been one of the best guided and most enjoyable hunts that I have ever been on. That’s a tall statement particularly in light of the fact that I was one out of the 12 scheduled hunters that came back empty handed with no moose from the hunt. This hunt proved to me it is not the taking of game, but the lifetime experience that really matters. My professional guide Brad Patterson, was without a doubt the most intense , considerate, and hardworking guide that I have ever been associated with, either from yours or any other Alaskan hunt service. While I did not shoot the moose I was looking for(the WOW factor as Brad would describe it) I had at least three opportunities to shoot a legal moose which would have brought Mike’s success ratio to 100% with 12 out of 12 hunters bagging a legal moose!!!!! I did though on the last day shoot a very nice caribou , which in 6 months should be hanging in my trophy room , waiting for that elusive 62″ plus moose to join him. Thank you for introducing me to a guide that I can only hope that I can hunt with one last time before he retires , he will be hard to replace. I will always remember my 10 day adventure with one of the best–Brad Patterson.
Britt Baker Cumming, Iowa
“My experience with Litzen Guide Service was absolutely exceptional! Mike’s area has a LOT of big moose and I was able to take a spectacular 60” bull the first morning of my hunt. My guide (Howard) set us up for a bear and we had an opportunity on a nice wolverine the following day. Our packer – Cooper – was outstanding. But more importantly, I was impressed with his focus on safely, professionalism (from himself and his guides), and quality of his operation. There are a lot of outfitters in Alaska but few with this level of area production and experience. I’m looking forward to my brown bear hunt with Litzen Guide service in May of 2021!”
Chris Drazan Brentwood, TN
Thank you for the great hunt. It was an adventure I will never forget. You have a great area with lots of game and awesome scenery. You run a first-class operation and I could not ask for more.
I hunted with Litzen Guide Service for moose in September 2020. Overall, I would rate my experience as excellent. Mike Litzen and his experienced group of guides provide an exceptional level of experience and safety. I got in to camp a day early and shot a very nice 62-inch moose my first day. We then spent a day getting the quarters out and ready for pick-up to be taken to McGrath for processing. My guide Jon was a real pro and I felt very safe the entire time we were out. We spent the balance of my time trying to fill my bear tag with whatever we came across, bear, wolverine, caribou. Overall, I highly recommend Mike and his guys for this experience.
Des Moines Iowa
Wesley Crow – 2020 – Caribou
Bill Thompson – 2020 – Moose
George Keys – 2020 – Moose
Brandon Bouma – 2020 – Moose
Dino Tomei – 2020 – Grizzly Bear, Moose
Brad Ward – 2020 – Grizzly Bear & Wolverine
2019 Hunter Testimonials
“It’s been four consecutive years I have hunted with Mike Litzen Guide Service and Team. In my opinion Alaska is what is left that is pure and wild in North America. It doesn’t surprise me that Mike runs his outfit nothing short of pure, straight forward, no nonsense, and wild. It’s all hunt but it is not for the faint of heart. My experiences over the years are priceless”.
Frank Spencer III El Paso TX
Thank you Mike and the rest of the team at Litzen Guide services for an amazing Alaskan adventure!
After winning this sheep hunt from Epic Outdoors 5 months before the hunt my wife and I headed north a little nervous of weather, bush plane flights, hunt logistics and overall success. This was our first sheep hunt and first time in Alaska so we really didn’t know what to expect. After witnessing Mike and his team calmly roll with the punches to get all the hunters from camp into the field on time, after the runway had been flooded 3 days prior, calmed any nerves we might have had! After Mike dropped us in the field we entrusted our guide Brock to lead us on our dream hunt. 2 short days later I was holding my dream ram and haven’t stopped smiling since.
After the experience my wife and I had on our sheep hunt I have already started recommending Mike’s outfit to my family and friends!
I just want to say thank you again! You and your crew are a top notch group of awesome people. I will never forget this trip and hopefully get to see you guys soon. I wish I didn’t have to leave. But want you to know it could not have been any better in my book. Thank you for everything Mike.
Thank you once again for an amazing adventure. Just like last time everything was perfectly planned and very well organized. All of my expectations were excided from your superb pilot skills to the beautiful base camp and the hospitality of all of your guides. It was an absolute pleasure to go up the mountain with Ron, we had an amazing time and the insight he provided was top notch. I was able to harvest an amazing 9-year-old ram on the third hunting day and could not have asked for a better hunt. After 2 hunts with you now, I would highly recommend you for any Alaskan adventure, I could not have asked for anything else! I look forward to our next adventure together.
I was able to hunt with Litzen Guide Service in September of 2019. All around the hunt could not have been better. Michael was great to work with and matched me with a great guide, Kelen who fit my hunting style perfectly. We had a wonderful time and saw lots of game. While out in the field Michael would check in at least daily to make sure we didn’t need anything and the hunt was going well. I was able to harvest my bull on the third day of the hunt and after that was fortunate enough to also harvest two wolves and a beautiful Caribou bull. It was definitely the experience of a lifetime!
“Thanks again for the great hunt and fantastic adventure. The overall hunt lived up to all of my expectations. Mike is a great pilot who made the whole process of getting to and from camp very comfortable. Mike’s level of service and professionalism came through in all portions of the hunt. My guide Shay did a fantastic job on the mountain and helped me take a nice ram on the eighth day of my hunt. The challenge of a Dall Sheep Hunt is something I’ve wanted to accomplish for many years. I would highly recommend Litzen Guide Service for anyone wanting to experience a once in a lifetime sheep hunt”
My father went on a moose hunt in the late 90s on the Alaskan peninsula when my 3 brothers and I were young; upon returning home he started a savings account to someday take his 3 sons to experience this last wild place ourselves. 20 years later with all of us grown, after lots of research and recommendations we booked our hunt for 2019 with Litzen Guide Service for Alaskan moose. The fulfillment of my father’s 20 year dream came by the middle of our 9 day hunt with all 3 of his sons, including himself, killing monster bull moose and as well as a large barren ground bull caribou. By the end of the hunt, my brother had also killed a wolf and grizzly. I killed a bull of ten lifetimes, a 69” monarch, on day 4 of the hunt (that same morning my younger brother and father punched their moose tags as well)! The territory that Mike is able to put his hunters in is as remote and trophy rich as it gets, and he is an incredibly safe and calculated bush pilot to get you out there worry free. My guide was as mentally and physically tough as they come and became a great friend over the course of our hunt and Mike’s packers made a seemingly impossible 3 mile- one way pack out as streamlined as one could hope. When we got back to McGrath at the conclusion of our hunt, the trophies from mike’s camp were the most impressive by far among all the other heads spread out in front of the local meat processor. We had 20 years of dreaming and saving money riding on this trip and we couldn’t have picked a better outfit- if you’re looking for a guide service for your once in a lifetime – Mike’s your guy.
Bill Strimbu II
“Hunting Alaska by yourself or without an experienced guide service will usually result in an unsuccessful hunt and possibly a deadly situation. You need someone that has territory with abundant, trophy quality, game, experienced guides and exceptional aircraft to get you in and out safely and efficiently. Litzen Guide Service is definitely a 5 star outfit fulfilling all of these requirements and more. Michael Litzen is a professional hunting strategist and exceptional pilot that have the skill sets to put you in the right place, so you can get a trophy animal and have a great experience in the process. When you save your money to go on a hunt of a lifetime, this is the guy you want to call.”
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It is difficult to adequately put words to this amazing experience. From the beautiful scenery, to the number of sheep, to the ever changing Alaskan weather, there was truly something to enjoy each day.
Michael and his team are pros from the moment you are picked up to the moment you are dropped off. A special thank you to Brock, who did an outstanding job guiding me to successful 150 yd. shot.
Absolutely recommend Michael and the entire Litzen Guide Service to team for the adventure of a lifetime
For the last 15 years I wanted to go hunt moose in Alaska. I had been doing lots of research, going to hunting expos, looking on the internet and talking to other hunters. I was always hoping to get the best experience and kill a trophy bull moose. After seeing Litzen Guide Service in the Huntinfool magazine, I looked into Mike’s website and saw Monster Bull Moose as well as a lot of happy hunters, and let me tell you they were right! I booked with Mike for an early season moose/grizzly combo hunt for 2019. It was a great hunt! I harvested a great mature bull of my dreams. I had Brock Oliver as a guide and we were hard working and knew how to get on big moose. I would recommend this hunt anyone that has a big bull moose on their bucket list! Thanks again Mike and his Great Crew of Guys!
This hunt was amazing! Mike and his crew were awesome and professional, my guide Brad Patterson and packer Konnor did a fantastic job
And thanks to their vast knowledge I was successful in harvesting a Dall sheep. I cannot stress enough how special this hunt was and would highly
Recommend Litzen Guide service to anyone looking for Alaska big game hunting, this truly was a hunt of a lifetime.
“I won this 2019 14 day combo hunt of a life time for me, with a $100 raffle ticket in June 2018. From day one Mike’s willingness to make my hunt 1st class was almost unlimited, with safety a first priority! Landing at Base Camp, I was greeted by no less than 7 friendly helpful accommodating team members that exhibited a true sincere attitude to make me feel welcome and comfortable. Guide Brad and Packer Konner were hard working fun camp and hunting mates. After several non hunting weather days, Brad put me in front of my trophy ram at 60 yard’s! Litzen Guide Service is awesome big fun! ”
What an incredible adventure! Right from the start when I landed in McGrath. The local residents were incredibly accommodating and friendly, especially upon my return. My hunt was fantastic. The first evening during dinner we had a young caribou bull walk right in to camp. That night I awoke to a cow and calf caribou grazing a couple yards from my tent. Over the next four days we counted 18 rams. Six of those were legal. The mountains are amazing and I couldn’t be more tickled with the ram I harvested! A big thank you to you and your guides for the great experience!
To The Ram!
2018 Hunter Testimonials
Litzen Guide Service was absolutely outstanding. I hunted the early season, with moose being my main objective. Michael did a great job of matching up guides to clients, based on client input, and I couldn’t have been happier with his choice. Jon Salgat was highly experienced and confident in his craft. Furthermore, he was a great conversationalist who went out of the way to make the hunt as comfortable as possible. The hunt absolutely was top notch. We saw many moose, but I knew immediately when the right one presented itself at 460 yards on the 8th morning. Jon skillfully combined bull grunts with bush raking using a shed antler to call this monster in for a 106 yard broadside shot. Our young packers were soon on the scene, and after photos, we made quick work of the meat and trophy. This amazing hunt represents the fulfillment of a bucket list item which I had been dreaming about for over five years. Thank you Michael and Jon!
Michael thanks again for a great hunt. Truly you run the best outfit I have hunted with. Everything was spectacular. I could not have asked for a better hunt. I appreciate your professionalism and safety. All of my hunting buddies want to book hunts with you. I would highly recommend your operation to anyone.
I hunted with Mike in May of 2018. I was fortunate to be able to take 2 of my sons and a good friend with me. From the minute we stepped on the boat our expectations were exceeded. The first day we saw over 30-Brown Bears. I harvested my Bear on day 7 and my hunting partner did on day 8. Most incredible hunting experience of my lifetime. Headed back in 2020 to try it again. You won’t find anybody better in my opinion.
Just completed another great hunt with Litzen Guide Services. This moose/caribou hunt was my third hunt with Mike, he and his guides continue to provide quality, professional hunts and outstanding service. I had the privilege of hunting with Jason, a long time guide with Mike. Jason went above and beyond to make this a memorable and enjoyable hunt in this beautiful part of Alaska.
We got our moose early and then concentrated on a nice caribou, unfortunately, that caribou didn’t show up for the hunt. However, Jason did forge a relationship of sorts with a particular wolf and on its third visit to camp, finally afforded us a shot even I could make! All my hunts with Litzen Guide Services have left me with lifetime memories such as this one. If you are looking for a quality Alaska hunt, I highly recommend Mike Litzen.
Ray Mahalick Squim, WA
Mike, thank you very much for my bear hunt. In May 2018 I went on a coastal brown bear with Litzen Guide Service. My hunt was done from a boat. It was my third bear hunt in Alaska and first bear hunt from the boat. I did a goat hunt from the boat before.
So I can confirm that the hunt was well organized and accommodation on the boat was superb. I really felt pity for guys soaking rain in spike camps ashore. The couple who run the boat and the kitchen were extremely helpful and friendly. All Food was tasty and hearty. My guide Joel is a great character and very knowledgeable hunter. I was lucky to have great buddy hunters on board and it was a real pleasure to spent time together. And of course I’m absolutely happy with my great trophy bear.
So Mike, thank you very much for your efforts and commitment and only all the best for your company!
Surrey, Great Britain
I’ve been fortunate to hunt a variety of sheep around the world and here in North America. My recent Dall sheep hunt with Litzen Guide Service was – like other sheep hunts, most memorable. After an unsuccessful hunt in 2016 – I came home empty handed and disappointed. That is part of free-range, fair chase sheep hunting and if you hunt long enough, it will likely happen sometime. I returned in 2018 for another attempt. On the second day I took a beautiful 11 year old, double-broomed ram with my handgun from 210 yards. I have found Mike Litzen to be an honest, reputable outfitter with first class guides and equipment. He is extremely well-organized and manages the area he hunts with sound wildlife conservation management goals. I wouldn’t hesitate hunting with Litzen Guide Service again.
Thank you for a most memorable and truly a dream come true experience. As you know, this was my second hunt with you (2015 Fall Brown Bear and 2018 Spring Brown Bear). Both hunts exceeded my expectations. Although I was unsuccessful in 2015, I never thought once about not returning to fulfill my dream of taking a brown bear with Litzen Guide Service. On both hunts, I saw numerous bears and was fortunate enough to have Jon Salgat as my guide for each hunt. Jon is a very qualified individual who takes his clients safety and abilities into each aspect of the hunt. You run a first class operation and your skills as a pilot are second to none. You are very honest and a man of great integrity. The equipment is first rate. I was treated exceptionally well by your whole staff. All of the guides were safety conscience and dedicated to the success of the hunt.
I was blessed with a 9’6” Brown Bear on the third day. The hide was absolutely beautiful, not a rub on it. It will make a fine rug.
I would highly recommend Litzen Guide Service to anyone interested in fulfilling their dream of a true Alaskan adventure. Please feel free to add me to your list of references.
Dale E. Donaldson
Saint Clair Shores, MI
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I had the privilege of hunting my first sheep with Mike Litzen and his guide Tony. I’ve hunted other species with other guides and I can say from multiple guided hunting experiences that Mike runs a top notch operation. I was super impressed with his communication and attention to detail before the hunt, something that often lacks in other outfitters! The transportation in and out of camp was great, as not only is Mike a great outfitter, he’s a top notch pilot as well. As for my hunt, it was everything I expected and more, grueling packs, steep mountains, unpredictable Alaskan weather, and lots of sheep. I was blessed to harvest a very nice ram on the end of day 2! My guide Tony was a mountain goat/pack mule all in one. He was patient and helpful in every way. He helped me do more than I thought I could and made the trip very enjoyable for sure! Anybody wanting a top notch Dall sheep experience needs to look nowhere else! Thanks Mike and Tony!
“Mike runs a first class operation for multiple big game species in Alaska. My most recent hunt with Mike was a land based Brown bear hunt. We saw many different bears every day but just didn’t have an opportunity at the trophy bear I was looking for. Great guides, food, and operation as a whole, you can’t go wrong!”
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Cedar City, UT 84721
Litzen guide services ,made sure that I have a wonderful experience in my bear hunt ,Mr. Litzen and his team of guides are very knowledgeable of what they need to do to get you what you looking for I would not go with anybody else ,They can hunt as hard as you want or they can take it as easy as you need ,if you thinking in going to a bear hunt ,I recommend that you do it in the boat , you will cover a lot of ground and see a lot more bears, I was lucky enough to be there in my birthday and I even have a birthday cake. These guys are amazing I would be going again when I have the opportunity!
Thank you for a successful and memorable 2018 spring bear hunt. This was my second trip on the boat and 3rd hunt with you and as always you never disappoint. You run a top notch guide service and I will always tell people you are the best in Alaska. Thanks to you and all your guides who work hard to make sure the hunt is a memory.
Hopefully see you in South Dakota for a beer this Fall.
Joel Van Ravenswaay
I had the opportunity to Michael Litzen on a ten-day brown bear hunt in May of 2018. The experience was one I will never forget. On the 5th day Michael put me on a very good bear. I told him that I wanted to pass and try for a monster. For the next 5 days we saw several extremely big bears but they zigged when we zagged. I have big game hunted for 53 years, and it was a true pleasure to hunt with Michael. I especially appreciated him respecting my decision to pass on nice bear that we did. All of the other guides were very friendly and experienced. The accommodation and food on the boat were excellent and I would highly recommend this hunt to anyone looking for a unique quality brown bear hunt.
This was my third hunt with Litzen Guide Service and it seems to always leave me speechless for weeks. The scenery, wildlife, hospitality, and overall hunting experience have left a huge impact on my life and I will be forever grateful. Your guides are always prepared and willing to put in the hard work for your clients and make the hunt very enjoyable and successful. I was able to take this gorgeous 8 ½ year old ram on my 4th day of my hunt. Ron was an absolute blast to go up the mountain with and I truly enjoyed learning from his vast knowledge of sheep hunting.
Mike, thank you again for another first class experience on my sheep hunt this past fall. Your hospitality, experience, and dedication always make for a trip that we will cherish for years to come. I hope to see you soon for another hunt of a lifetime.
Thank you. I do not know what else to say, but this was a hunt of a lifetime. I booked a hunt for bear in 2019 and saw your moose and was able to fill in for a cancellation. Whoever cancelled really missed out. Everything was well organized and a great time. Shay, your guide was a lot of fun, like hunting with a friend. He was also a great guide, calling the moose in just liked planned, what a thrilling experience. I want to hunt sheep in the future with both of you, as well as bear next fall.
I have no reservation recommending you to anyone.
This was a once in a lifetime hunt, that I have done twice. My first trip in 2016 for Dall and Grizzly, was amazing; professional staff with Brad Patterson and Brock, safe and thoughtful leadership from Mike and a hunting range without compare to anything I have seen before. I missed my chance at a huge ram after seeing many throughout the week due to gun issues but was successful the very next day on a mammoth Grizzly. I just couldn’t get past not getting a Dall, so I booked again with Mike for 2018 and what a hunt! For 4 days we climbed and stalked three huge rams, but one stood out from the crowd. I was lucky enough to have Brad as my guide again on this hunt and what a hunt. He crafted a flawless stalk on my ram, amongst 13 other sheep. In the end, a great game plan and a little luck had my ram close the distance from 600yds to <50yds. My ram made the elusive 40” mark and my hunt of a lifetime was fulfilled. The quality of the camp, the area, the guides, and the planes is unsurpassed in all my trips to Alaska. I have gone on more than 10 hunts in Alaska and more than 20 fishing adventures, but you will not find a better run operation. If an Alaska adventure in on your bucket list, which it should be, Mike Litzen and his team is the outfitter you want. I’ll be back for Coastal Bears soon and might even try to put a second moose on the wall based on the caliber of animals seen.
Overland Park, KS
I have always dreamed about a moose hunt in Alaska. I asked a friend who guided hunts in Alaska who he would recommend. His top recommendation was Mike Litzen, Litzen Guide Service. I am extremely happy I followed his advice. The first time I talked to Mike he encouraged me to reach out to any of the references listed on his website. Mike is not only dedicated to getting you the trophy of your choice, but he is committed to provide a quality hunt that you will always remember!
I booked my 2018 Moose & Grizzly hunt with Mike and I was not disappointed! From the time I met Mike in McGrath to the time I left, he and his guides were professional, friendly and willing to make my hunt memorable and an exciting experience. Once we landed in basecamp, Mike had me hunting the next morning! On the morning of the 3rd day, I had a 60 inch monster down!
Anyone looking for an experienced guide who will do everything they can to make your hunt successful needs to call Mike!
Thanks again Mike for taking care of everything and making my Alaska hunting experience a dream come true!
I’ve been fortunate to have had several “once in a lifetime” opportunities and my 2018 sheep hunt with Litzen Guide Service was by far the best. After enduring our fair share of Alaskan wind and rain, I was fortunate to take a 9 year old heavy ram that far exceeded my expectations. I’ve never had as much fun being cold and wet as I did on this hunt. Shay was a great guide. His knowledge and experience in the area was a key piece of our success.
Mike’s operation is extremely well run and his planning and coordination is meticulous. Mike did everything he could to work around the weather to get us into and out of the field. The entire team was friendly, welcoming and accommodating – truly first class. I really enjoyed the brief moments in base camp before and after the hunt. Being in good company in such an amazing place made a great hunt even more memorable. Thank you for a great experience and an awesome ram.
In my opinion 4 things make for A HUNT OF A LIFETIME: a quality outfitter and guide, a game rich hunting area, great logistics and other outdoor experiences. Litzen Guide Service exceeds in all four of these areas. Mike kept the logistics running smoothly by providing supplies, piloting and generally meeting the needs of the hunter. Jon Salgat was my guide and provided knowledge, experience and maintained a friendly, accommodating atmosphere all during the hunt. I can’t say enough about the quantity and quality of game in the area. We saw abundant numbers of moose and caribou in the area I hunted. On the fifth day Jon called the trophy moose of a lifetime in from about 1/2 of a mile away, to within 150 yards for an easy shot for me. Words cannot explain my satisfaction about this trophy moose; it may go in the record books. We then turned our attention to hunting caribou. When things hit a lull Jon would make a cow call and the moose would come trotting in. He probably called in 9 moose. On the seventh day he called one in from about 600 yards away to within 16 yards of us. This one was definitely a shooter and had both of our hearts beating fast. On the eight day Jon spotted a grey wolf about 400 yards out circling the moose carcass. Somehow he got me in position for a 200 yard shot that I missed. All of these experiences/things I have mentioned made for A HUNT OF A LIFETIME for me. Can’t say enough good things about Litzen Guide Service. Thank you and I am looking forward to another HUNT OF A LIFETIME with Mike and Jon.
Ronald Joe Robinson
2017 Hunter Testimonials
I hunted with Mike Litzen and his guide staff during the 2017 Coastal Brown Bear hunt. It was the 10-day hunt staying on the 67 foot Spirit. The accommodations on the boat were very comfortable and the food and crew were excellent. All of Mike’s guides were great guys and I enjoyed all of them. I actually hunted with Mike himself and enjoyed him as well. He is a very experienced PH and I learned a lot from hunting with him. I did get my bear and was very happy to do so as I had not hunted dangerous game previously. All of the guides were very professional and safety conscious during the entire hunt. I would very much recommend to hunters that Litzen Guide Service is a high quality experience with a group of experienced professionals’.
George Milligan, Des Moines, Iowa
It was a once in a life-time hunt and amazing adventure. As a repeat client (coastal Brown Bear in 2013), Litzen Guide Service once again under promised and over delivered….I cannot thank Mike and his Team enough for putting me in place to take a 41 ½ X 40 9/16 trophy Dall sheep! After watching this monster sheep for 7 days and not being able to get close enough for a shot due to wind, weather, and location, my guide (Brad Patterson) and packer (Cole) got me in position to take a successful 200 yard shot.
Mike maintains his pristine area by limiting hunting pressure on the animals and thus affords his clients the opportunity to take trophy-caliber sheep. He and his hard-working guides know the area and are able to think ahead of the animals to place the hunter in a prime location to take harvest the animal. After 30+ years in the business there are no signs of Mike or his team slowing down anytime soon.
While I have hunted with several other outfits in Alaska and throughout the world, they all pale in comparison to how Mike treats his clients. Whatever the question, I have found that he is always honest and upfront with what the client can expect to ensure a most memorable experience. If you are thinking about an Alaskan hunting adventure, Mike is the outfitter you want!
I am already planning my next trip with Mike and his outstanding team!
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I received Litzen Guide Service’s name from a referral from a fishing guide while silver fishing in Alaska in 2015. He informed me that Mike ran a first class operation and boy, was he right.
I could not book my hunt until 2017 for Mike was totally booked until then. In speaking with Mike on the phone he asked what I expected from my hunt. I informed Mike I was looking for the full experience of an active Alaskan Hunt and if I would happen to shoot a Moose or Caribou it would just be a bonus. Mike made it a point to inform me the better shape I’m in for the hunt the better experience I would have. I’m glad I took his advice and prepared for this hunt.
Once again Mike did not fail. My guide, Shay, was exceptional and well experienced in the field. With Shay’s help, I was able to stalk and shoot a beautiful moose as well as a caribou. Both stalks were not easy, but it was definitely something I was looking for.
I thank Mike and Shay for a trip of a lifetime which resulted in a successful hunt, as well as an experience that I will never forget!
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Mike Litzen & Crew:
I’d like to thank you for another great hunt, this was my 6th time hunting with you and like all the other hunts everything was perfect. You and your crew were well prepared and had everything ready to go. After 6 hunts with you, and Jason Reinalda as my guide, we have become friends and whether I get an animal or not it’s always fun. This hunt was for the last animal I needed from your central Alaska camp, as I’ve killed Dall sheep, caribou and grizzly with you and Jason.
I was after a trophy moose, like one over 60” and on day 6 of the hunt Jason spotted this monster 68” bull with perfect points. The next day as we were taking a lunch break in camp a pack of 6 wolves passed by and I was fortunate to get 2 wolves. Talk about a dream come true. Well thanks again Mike for everything, and I’ll see you, Jason and crew in Sand Point May 22, 2018 for another try at a mature brown bear.
Thanks Mike for making dreams come true.
From the first time I spoke with Mike at Litzen Guide service, I could tell it was top notch and that feeling never left me. Mike was very open and up front on what to expect and what was required on my end. I, like most, had lots of questions and Mike was quick to respond back to them. Upon arriving at base camp and seeing his operation I knew I was in good hands. The hunt went pretty much as planned -logistics were great, quality of rams was great, and the reward was great. There were no surprises or unexpected details. Be prepared to work hard and you’ll be rewarded. I would recommend Mike Litzen to anybody.
Select Engineering Services
Thanks again for a truly memorable hunt. It was a pleasure to finally meet you after years of planning.
To finally harvest a Moose on the 8th day of the hunt was an intensely emotional experience. Brad, (your excellent guide ) kept me in the game and did an excellent job throughout the hunt.
Shooting my trophy caribou on the last day of the hunt capped off an incredible 10 days.
Your dedication and attention to detail truly made this a hunt of lifetime.
I hope to be back soon to hunt with you.
Los Angeles, CA 90039
Ph : (323) 660-7511
Fax: (323) 661-7504
This was my third hunt with Litzen Guide Service (I did a Moose and a Coastal Brown bear hunt before). This year I was able to get a real nice bull on the first morning. I also saw a sow Grizzly with her two cubs a few days later. Originally my son was going to be in another camp hunting Moose & Grizzly. But since I got my moose so early, he ended up being in the same camp as me. He ended up getting a Moose and a Grizzly bear.
During my 2010 Moose hunt, I never had to wear my rain gear once. But this year was different, we had several days of rain and high winds. I want to thank my guide Cole and I also want to thank George Taylor (my previous Moose & Brown bear guide) for cooking and helping in camp. I would highly recommend Litzen Guide Service for anyone wanting to hunt in Alaska.
Klaus Leidenfrost Missouri
My 2017 sheep hunt with Litzen Guide Service was one of the most challenging and fulfilling hunts of my life. Mike runs one of the most professional outfits I’ve ever hunted with and I cannot recommend him highly enough. If you are going to make the commitment to an Alaskan Dall ram, you should trust Mike’s experience and results. I was fortunate to kill a very mature 37” double broken ram on opening morning. I simply could not have asked for a better outfitter and guide and will remember this hunt for the rest of my life. Thank you Mike and Ron!
Robert F. Glass
Glass & Robson, LLC
Glenridge Highlands One
5555 Glenridge Connector
Atlanta, GA 30342
Litzen Guide Service is the most professional team I’ve ever hunted with. Mike has great camps, great food and great experienced guides that work hard to get you in a great position with always keeping your safety a priority. I have recommended Mike Litzen to 5 of my buddies and I’m sure they will all try to book.
Thanks for a great hunting experience.
I just wanted to thank you and your team for an outstanding experience on my recent Dall Sheep Hunt. This is my third time hunting with you and it keeps getting better. It’s my humble opinion that hunting in Alaska is the epitome of hunting in North America; it is what is left of what is pure and real. These hunts for me have always challenged me physically and mentally and make me appreciate the little things in life. You can learn a lot of about yourself and the power of the mind. You can find yourself in some tough situations where you must carry your wit and not let pain or fear overcome you. It makes the experience that much more rewarding even when you are not successful and to me that is what it’s all about. Thank you again for providing the experience and the friendship. I hope to see you in the near future for a moose hunt. A special thanks to Tony Marchini -you have a true passion for sheep hunting and I want to thank you for sharing that with me. I appreciate your hard work and positive attitude. Thanks again Litzen Guide Service for an outstanding hunting experience and all of your hard work.
Best Regards, Frank Spencer III
I booked a 2017 Moose Grizzly Hunt with Mike, and this was going to be my first Alaskan adventure. Mike had helped arrange all the details etc. I arrived in base camp and departed to the hunting camp the same day. Mike is running a first class operation and every detail is taken care of and thought out well in advance. John Salgat was my guide for this experience, and what a great guy! We harvested the 63” bull on the 7th day. What an experience! In addition we had an opportunity on a wolf but I kind of screwed that up. LOL.
I had such a great experience that I booked a Sheep combo hunt with Mike and Crew for 2018. I can’t wait to get back.
Thanks, Shayne Babich | CEO | Logan | Member of DGI
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Mike, Please find attached picture of my trophy caribou I was blessed to harvest while on my 4th trip to Alaska with Litzen Guide Service. Every year I think it cannot get any better, but for 4 years in a row it has. To get to spend 10 days in the wilderness of Alaska in the best hunting in Alaska with guys like Joel Doner (my guide) is something that will stay with me forever. Feels like it was just yesterday that I booked my first hunt with you for Brown Bear. With Joel being my guide I was able to harvest a 9’ bear. Trip number two the next year I got a full curl Dall Sheep. Trip number three a 65” Yukon Moose and then on trip number 4, I shot a trophy barren ground Caribou. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect that, 4 for 4 is definitely not bad. Mike, All your guides are friends and your main camp cook has even been to my farm in south Arkansas to hunt and will be coming back soon. I cannot thank you enough for the job you and your staff does to make sure all your hunters have the very best chance for success. You guys are the best in Alaska. I will be bringing my son back next to let him experience the beauty of Alaska with Mike Litzen Outfitters. Please tell all the guys hello. My wife and I are coming back this summer to spend two weeks sight seeing and fishing and will make it a point to come visit. Maybe you can take her up in the Super Cub. Hope you are having great success with brown bear hunting. Look forward to seeing some pictures. Use me as a reference anytime. See you this summer!
Joe R. Wilson, CAI Wilson Real Estate Auctioneers, Inc.
929 Airport Road
Hot Springs, AR 71913
1-877-243-2289 Toll Free
In October of 2017 I went on a coastal brown bear with Litzen Guide Service. My hunt was done from a boat. Accommodations were great as well as the food. All personal were first rate. They were, to a man, friendly, knowledgeable, and extremely hard working. Owing to factors out of our control (mainly huge amounts of bear food in the form of fish), I didn’t take a bear. Seems the large boars were fat and lazy and hard to find. I did see lots of bears though, sometimes 12- 15 a day. I would definitely recommend Litzen Guide Service. In fact, I am going back for the spring hunt.
Casa Grande, AZ
Thank you again for a once-in-a-lifetime hunt! Mike Litzen Guide Service and his crew were everything I expected and more.
This was a combo moose/caribou hunt. On my 3rd day, I shot a fabulous caribou. Jason, my guide, and I saw moose 7 out of the 10 days we hunted, but they weren’t close enough or of legal size to harvest. On the 6th day, a nice black bear showed up close to camp. As we couldn’t close the deal on a moose, on the last afternoon, I harvested that almost 7 foot black bear!
I can no longer call this a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Mike and Jason – I am coming back!
I was fortunate enough to be a replacement hunter on the Fall 2017 Brown Bear Boat based hunt after a friend was forced to cancel. Mike and his guides were very professional, dedicated and concerned with everyone’s well being. The ship’s Captain’s were very professional, always ready to help and far exceeded any expectations I had before the trip. I had the pleasure of hunting with his guide Don and could not have asked for a better guide to share the trip and experience with. I was able to take a nice boar in the final minutes of light on the last evening of hunting, it truly was the perfect way to end such a great trip. Even without the bear this was one of the most amazing adventures I have been on and Mike and his guys really made the trip that much more enjoyable. Since returning I have booked a Dall Sheep hunt with Mike and can’t wait for my next Alaskan adventure with Mike and his guides. I would highly recommend Litzen Guide Service for anyone wanting a Brown Bear Hunt or any other Alaskan adventure.
Thanks Mike and crew for an amazing hunt.
This was my first sheep hunt and I was a little nervous about choosing who to hunt with.
I had a bad experience in the past with an outfitter and didn’t want to do that again. From the time I first talked to Mike he was very professional and straight forward, never over selling the hunt. Mike is extremely organized and very business oriented and is all about customer service, his attention to detail shows in his airplanes and in his camp.
Mikes guides that I met were all top notch; you couldn’t find a better group of guys. The hunt was everything Mike said it was going to be and then some. I can’t say enough great things about Mike and the crew and I will recommend every one I come in contact with looking for a Dall sheep to hunt with him. Thanks again for everything Mike this is truly the best guided hunt I have ever been on.
Mike and all Staff,
I personally want to thank you and Brad for guiding my 2017 Dall sheep hunt. It was an outstanding and unforgettable experience and hopefully will have the chance to do it again one day. The services and information you provided from the first call to the flight out of base camp heading home were very professional and informative which made the trip stress free. On the mountain Mr. Brad the sub guide was just what I expected based on our conversations. He has a wealth of knowledge about the sheep and the habitat they live in which gives the hunter the greatest chance for opportunity and success. We ended up killing a ram that was “EXACTLY” what I was after and Brad was willing to go much further in difficult terrain to get the job done even though there were legal rams a lot closer and in easier terrain. Lastly the fresh cooked Dall sheep roast in base camp was exceptionally wonderful as with each and every bite since then. I am looking forward to returning in 2020 with my son to go after the Yukon moose and share the Alaska experience with him.
Cheers to you and all of your staff!
Not very many hunts will exceed your dreams, my moose hunt with you and Jon Salgat as my guide (and good friend), was beyond anything I could have imagined. After winning a brown bear hunt with you in 2013, I told you that I wanted to go on a moose hunt. Four years later, all my dreams became a reality. After four days of passing legal bulls every day, I finally filled my lifelong dream of killing an Alaskan moose. Two days later we stalked and killed a nice black bear.
For the past 18 years I have been a guide in New Mexico and currently run an outfitting business in Kansas. I have never been on a hunt that has exceeded what I have experienced with you. You and the guides do an exceptional job! The travel, camps, and hunt itself is well organized and ran very professionally. Your attention to detail makes it truly a hunt of a lifetime!! I hope to see you again soon!
Words cannot describe the professionalism and knowledge of Litzen Guide Service. In March 2017, I was the lucky winner of a Litzen Dall Sheep Hunt at the Montana Wild Sheep Foundation’s annual banquet. After my initial disbelief and excitement subsided, the nerves and worry of the unknown set in. I had never hunted in Alaska; I had never been on a guided hunt and knew nothing about the outfitter. Thankfully, my fears and anxiety were completely unwarranted.
Mike heads up an amazing guide outfit. Mike’s attention to detail, meticulous airplanes, combined with his hunting knowledge, super cub piloting skills and overall planning logistics made my hunt an amazing experience, from start to finish. And a bonus, Mike and his team shared my extreme passion for the outdoors and enthusiasm for the mountain experience.
My hunt started with a super cub flight with Mike to spike camp. Guide Tony M. and packer Brock were waiting at camp and welcomed me to the mountain. It was Tony’s first year guiding sheep hunters, but you would never know it. Tony’s years of experience hunting sheep for himself and with friends, combined with his patience for all my questions regarding the Alaska backcountry made him a great fit for me. It didn’t hurt that he was a fellow “sheep nut”. Brock never backed down from a challenge, kept us going with his positive attitude and was an all-round great guy from my home state of Idaho. By the time the hunting began, the three of us were just buddies going hunting.
From the start of the hunt, we were glassing sheep until I found the one. I was fortunate to harvest a mature heavy double broomed ram with lots of character…my dream come true! None of this would have been possible without the Litzen Guide Service. The entire team earned my respect and admiration. If and when my next Alaska adventure comes, Mike Litzen will be at the top of my list. Even though I won the hunt, I could not have hand-picked a better guide team. Thanks Mike, Tony, Brock and the rest of the crew.
Great Falls, MT
This was my first trip with Litzen Guide Service as a hunter. In 2015 I went along as a non-hunter on my Dad’s brown bear hunt. The original plan for this trip had my Dad and I in different camps a few miles from each other but since my Dad was successful on his first day Mike decided to put me into the same camp and bring my guide over there. The camp was comfortable and located in a beautiful area with abundant wildlife. I was lucky enough to get my first grizzly bear on the 4th morning and my first moose on the 8th afternoon. It was an experience that I will always treasure and I can’t wait to go back.
I want to thank Mike running such a great operation and my guide Shay for all the hard work making this an experience of a lifetime. I also want to thank Cole for the help packing meat. Lastly I want to thank MSG for the help around camp and the great conversation and many laughs.
I would highly recommend the Lizten Guide service to anyone considering a hunting trip to Alaska.
Max Leidenfrost – Idaho
2016 Hunter Testimonials
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.
Brian Tessin Charlotte, NC 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.
Fred Bronnenberg Cody, Wyoming 2016 (307) 351-7387
My 2016 hunt with you was one to remember. The moose and caribou that I got exceeded my expectations.
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 can return.
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 all respects.
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!
I’m looking 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!!
James Shosh (Kennesaw GA)
Kennesaw, GA (678) 516-2854
“Thank 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 bow.
Take care and keep up the fantastic work.
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 honor.
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 Litzen
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 future.
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 pheasant season).
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 lifetime
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 anytime.
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 (501) 282-8593
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