About Us

A family buisness.

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SINCE 1979

Norton Sound Guide Service began in 1979, when Vance Grishkowsky started guiding for grizzly bear in Alaska. Our business has grown over the years to include other game hunts as well as sport fishing. Through mostly word-of-mouth advertising, we’ve reached clients around the world. Much of our client-base is repeat customers; over the years, many of these clients have become family friends.

We invite you to join us for the adventure of a lifetime! If you enjoy fishing, imagine an Alaskan river filled with King Salmon, Silver Salmon, Chum Salmon, Pink Salmon, Char/Dolly Varden and Arctic Grayling. This much variety is unique, but a river so remote that you see more wildlife than people, that’s a river ever avid angler dreams of. Don’t daydream any longer. Pack up your fly-rod, spinning rod, and camera and come visit us on the Unalakleet River.

For those of you who enjoy the thrill of big-game hunting there’s few places in North America like Alaska. You can hunt Grizzly and other game with your bow or rifle. Rest assured, you’ll go home with a story worth telling.

Vance Grishkowsky

(Owner & Registered Guide)

Vance has been guiding in Alaska since 1979. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and has an uncanny understanding and great respect for Alaska’s environment and wildlife. He worked on the Alaska Pipeline and commercial fished in the Bering Sea for years. He is a commercial boat guilder, private pilot, trapper, hunter, guide, home builder, electrician, and all-around handyman — We like to think of him as our very own McGuyver.

Vance is also a fantastic cook. Give him a Coleman stove and a skillet and he’ll whip up a belt-stretching camp cuisine.


Unalakleet is a remote village located along the northwestern coast of Alaska. The population is roughly 750 residents.

Air travel is the only way to get to Unalakleet as it in not accessible via road. There are two passenger airlines that service the village: Pen Air and Ravn.

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What we offer


Guided rifle and archery hunts!
Typically 10-12 days in the field on ATV, boat or in a treestand. We primarily hunt grizzly bear. Many of our clients have made Pope & Young and Boone & Crockett.

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Swing dry-flies or cast your favorite lures. The Wild and Scenic Unalakleet River is home to many fish - and wildlife! Seasonal salmon runs: Kings, Silvers, Chums, and Pinks. World-class grayling fishing!

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Our client accommodations include a remote river cabin with running water/sewer and a sauna. There is one main cabin and nearby smaller cabins. Meals are provided daily and popcorn is served every night!

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Snapshots. Memories. Shared.